Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2020 First Quarter Reading Update!!

I set my 2020 Reading Goals on December 31st of 2019 as follows:
My goal is to read 52 books in 2020. All 52 books to be read will come from my current 'to be read' pile. No specific titles at this time have been decided upon. However, I do plan to read 13 books that I've acquired through Goodreads Giveaways, 13 books that I acquired prior to May 2014, and the 26 remaining books will be chosen at random from my 'tbr' pile... These could be books added  to my collection after May 2014, more of my older books acquired prior to May 2014, or more books I acquired through Goodreads Giveaways.
I've read 19 books so far this year and am seven books ahead of schedule at this point! 

Here's the break down of my reading so far in 2020.

Goodreads Giveaways books as follow:

1. Where the Lost Girls Go by R. J. Noonan
2. The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel
3. A Killer Kebab by Susannah Hardy
4. The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic

Books read that were acquired prior to May 2014 as follows:

1. You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness by Julie Klam
2. The Parrot Who Owns Me: The Story of a Relationship by Joanna Burger
3. The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee
4. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
5. Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
6. Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Greg Lawrence
7. Murder Is Binding by Lorna Barrett

Books read that were acquired May 2014 or later as follows:

1. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
2. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
3. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
4. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani
5. Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole
6. Smaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan
7. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
8. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Here's the further break down of the books I've read this year so far.

* 12 books were written by women and 7 by men. 

* 7 of the books are nonfiction and 12 are works of fiction. 

* 9 books fall into the mystery/thriller genre or have a mystery element to them, making mysteries/thrillers the go to genre for me thus far this year. Not that my plan was to read mostly mysteries/thrillers, it just worked out that way!

* Lots of good reads for me so far this year... Too early yet to pick my favorites.

How is your year of reading going? I hope you have read many great books to date. 

Stay safe and healthy during this time of shelter in place and social distancing while COVID-19 is going on... Hopefully, we can flatten that curve!!


  1. Wow! Awesome job with your goal.
    I have been doing terrible for over year with my reading. One would think that staying at home will give me plenty of time to read, but I'm busier than ever! Trying to teach remotely is more work than expected...

    Anywho, I pray that you are doing well and are staying safe!

    1. Thank you! It's been a good year of reading so far for me, which I am thankful for. :-)

      It's great to hear from you! I can imagine teaching remotely from home is an entirely new learning curve and would present some new teaching challenges.

      So, far my hubby and I are safe and well amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you and your hubby are staying safe and well.

  2. I've read 20 books so far this year and am actually one behind on my goal of seven a month. I blame Hilary Mantel - her book took me FOREVER to read! I've had several five and four-star reads so far, so it's shaping up as another good year of reading.

    1. Sounds like you are doing great with your reading goals this year so far. That's awesome!!

  3. I keep running a bit behind my goal because my top priority this year is to read long books. I may have to adjust my goal! Good job on surpassing yours!!

    1. Have fun reading longer books this year. I'm trying to whittle down my massive 'tbr' pile this year and read older books and giveaway books I've received.