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Reading Year in Review

2020 was a good year for reading, even if it wasn’t good for much else.

I read 83 books (up from 70 in 2019) and started many more I abandoned partway through. I’m not sure if my high DNF rate was because I didn’t get to browse books first in the library/bookstore before I dove in, or because I frequently found it hard to settle down to read.

I’m teaching AP Literature this year, so a lot of titles were for school. Standouts among these reads were:

I’m also studying economics with my high schoolers and have been reading economics books. My favorites included:

  • Doughnut Economics (Raworth)
  • Deep Economy (McKibben)
  • Freakonomics (Levitt and Dubner)

The clear standout in my reading this year was Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist. I read it with our church small group, and the pace and weekly discussions in community helped me spend enough time not just to read it, but to process it.

As I mentioned in my post on 2019 reading, fiction is my jam.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Book 16)Hid from Our Eyes: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery (Fergusson/Van Alstyne Mysteries Book 9)This Is How It Always Is: A NovelLove at First: An Uplifting and Unforgettable Story of Love and Second ChancesAyesha at LastBlack Pearl: A Cold Case SuspenseThe Good Daughter: A NovelHanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 MysteryWhen No One Is Watching: A Thriller

This year I continued on my binge of Karin Slaughter, Alyssa Cole, and Connie Willis (this time on audio.)

I enjoyed Louise Penny, Margaret Mizushima and Julia Spencer-Fleming’s new releases, as well as two more Vanderbeeker books by Yan Glaser.

New-to-me authors I enjoyed included Donnell Ann Bell, Lori Frankel, Tessa Dare, Maria Semple, Uzma Jalaluddin and Kate Clayborn.

My daughter and I continued plowing through Ally Carter’s series, first the Gallagher Girls and now Heist Society.

Did 2020 help or hurt your reading life, and how?

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