It’s that time of the year again: the time when I like to look back and reflect on the previous year. This is always the simplest of the reviews that I do because Goodreads does most of the work for me.
I acquired 28 books this year that I did not begin to read. I acquired two more that I am currently reading. One of those 28 was the first book that I finished in 2020.
This is the second year that I have done only one story time per week and the first year that I have led the YA book club that our company started—though that’s a generous description as though we have done six such events, only one person has ever shown up and then only to the first such event. I have stopped being as diligent about reading the books that I acquire for these events; the company is kind enough to provide the questions and a fairly detailed summary of each book, which I do still read in the event that anyone ever should come.
The longest book that I read was a novel that was chosen for that book club, but it is the shortest longest book that I have read in four years—which I find a tad ironic because it is the first that has been a book for teens instead of for middle-grade readers. J. K. Rowling really did change the publishing world’s expectations about the length of book that a kid could handle.
I read 49 novels including graphic novels and audiobooks. Because I borrowed several this year and have already given away some that I didn’t love as much, not all of them are pictured here. 25 of those 49 were new to me. My favorite new-to-me novel was I think Mackenzi Lee’s The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, followed by in no particular order Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet, Jerry Craft’s New Kid, and Ru Xu’s NewsPrints (I owe you a review for that one and its sequel too).
The book with the highest rating is rated on Goodreads only by me. I gave it five stars out of five. Only one other person has yet told Goodreads that they have read it. Y’all, it’s a great read for pirate lovers, and it comes with a craft. Check it out. Our Barnes & Noble currently has it for $5 on discount.
For the 4th year, my average rating has remained the same, so I can at least say that I am consistent there.
This is the highest my average length per book has been in these four year.
I read eight novels by Rick Riordan and four picture books by Mo Willems. I re-read three novels by Sharon Shinn (and I’m hankering to do another re-read now, though I know I should read some new books) and re-read three by Diane Duane (two of those I owe you reviews for). I read three picture books by John Jory and Pete Oswald three by Norman Bridwell (all of Bridwell’s probably re-reads but from my childhood, though two I had read as recently as 2017). I read two graphic novels by Jen Wang (I owe you both reviews) and listened to two audiobooks by Liz Kessler (I owe you a book review for the second). I read two picture books by Jon Stone, two by Dr. Seuss (the two that I read every year, The Grinch and Oh! The Places You’ll Go), two by Craig Manning (one of those, Kindness Makes the World Go Round, I read multiple times), two by Naomi Kleinberg (both Sesame Street books), two by Ryan T. Higgins (both re-reads), two by James Dean (one a re-read), and two by Aaron Blabey (one a re-read).
I’m only 18 reviews behind this year, and several of those are prepped and just awaiting me to proofread and publish. I have started reviews for many of the novels, and I am considering now perhaps doing a quick wrap up, shorter reviews of each of them, just to get the word out about them. What do you all think of the idea?
I have added a tag to each year that I have done these reviews. Use it to take a look through my books for the past four years.