Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2020 Second 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 34 books so far this year and I am 9 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
5. The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

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
8. The Pearl Diver by Sujata Massey
9. The 5-Minute Face: The Quick Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman by Carmindy

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
9. Becoming by Michelle Obama
10. The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates with Linda Schatz
11. Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
12. Dearly Depotted by Kate Collins
13. Snipped in the Bud by Kate Collins
14. Night of the Living Dandelion by Kate Collins
15. Conversations With Black: 13 People, 1 Body by Bill Puett, Ph.D.
16. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
17. The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg
18. Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
19. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
20. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Here's the further break down of the books I've read this year so far in 2020.

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

* 12 of the books are nonfiction and 22 are works of fiction. 

I've really enjoyed reading the books I've read this year so far this year. How is your year of reading going? I hope you have read many great books to date. 


  1. That is an impressive list of books. My reading has been slow this year. I have allowed myself too many distractions. I need to read more.

    Happy reading in the 2nd Half of the year!

    1. Thank you!! Taking it slow is a good thing terms of reading is a good thing. Happy reading to you as well in the 2nd half of the year!

  2. Good work! Especially since you have enjoyed so many of the books. I too have been hacking away at my TBR, reading books I already owned, but also I have ordered books from my local indie, in support of them during the virus shutdown, so have also read some great newly published fiction.

    1. I have ordered books this year as well. I wasn't going to buy any books this year as I have so many books to read as it is. I was actually doing pretty good the 1st quarter and didn't buy any books, but then I went nuts and purchased 20 books during the 2nd quarter with birthday money.

  3. You are certainly zipping right along with your goal and you have quite an interesting mix there. I am five books ahead of my personal goal, which is 84 (sever a month) for the year. The pandemic lockdown has helped me along with that.

    1. Sounds like you're doing great as well with your reading goals this year too! I agree with you in that the pandemic lockdown has helped me along with my reading goals as well. Happy reading!

  4. I love that you are tackling your TBR books. I REALLY need to do that! I've been having difficulty reading physical books these past year-in-a-half. My concentration is off the hook! However, I am doing better with audiobooks. It just saddens me that I can't tackle my personal books.

    Anywho, great job with your reading so far this year!

    1. Like you, I do better with audiobooks too. I can listen to them while eating meals if my hubby and I aren't eating meals together... And I don't have to hold a book if my crps is particularly painful.