Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 End of the Year Wrap Up Post!!


I can't believe we've reached the end of 2020!! In some regards this year has flown by so fast... At other times, 2020 time passed by so very slowly. What a strange year we've had with the COVID-19 pandemic turning life upside down as we know it, wildfires raging along the west coast of the US and other natural disasters, civil unrest throughout the nation at times, and an interesting presidential election year to name a few of the events that have occurred this year here in the US.

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 have reached and surpassed my 2020 reading goals!! I read or listened to a total of 90 books this year. Below is a small snapshot of what I read and reviewed here on my blog.

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
6. Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West
7. Ain't She A Peach by Molly Harper
8. The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman
9. The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama 
10. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
11. Assualt and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz
12. The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James
13. Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

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
10. Reading and Understanding the Mysteries of the Tarot by Staci Mendoza & David Bourne
11. Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou
12. Room by Emma Donoghue
13. Behind Jane Austen's Door by Jennifer Forest

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
21. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
22. The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
24. George by Alex Gino 
25. Romanov by Nadine Brandes 
26. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
27. Animal Farm by George Orwell
28. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
29. Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto
30. Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
31. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
32. The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories by Yukiko Motoya
33. The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura
34. Tempting the Tiger by Sennah Tate
36. The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson
37. Cubed: The Puzzle of Us All by Erno Rubik 

Additionally, I listened to another 27 audiobooks
that I was able to download from Audible, but didn't
find the time to review here on my blog.

Did you meet your 2020 reading goals?

Tell me about your favorite reads, your least favorite
reads, the books that surprised you the most,
or whatever else you want to share about
what you read this year in the comment section below.


  1. Congrats on surpassing your goal!

    1. Thank you! I hope you met your reading goal this year as well.

  2. Well done. My goal is usually 100 books but I hardly ever reach it. Still, I took part in some challenges and at least there, I managed to fulfill my goals.

    From your list (the last one), I read #s 3, 9, 19, 20, 21, 27, 31 but not all in 2020. All great books, though.

    Thank you for visiting my Statistics post.

  3. Sorry, wrong link. Here is the correct one:
    Statistics 2020