Books I read on 2020, ranked from best to worst

Well, well, well. My 2020 reading goal included re-reading my top 26 favourite stand-alone novels to see how they held up. While I managed to re-read 5 of them (marked below), I was stuck without the library for a few months and could only read books I owned or borrowed from friends.

Despite the challenges getting books, I still managed to read 44 books, 8 shy of my goal of a book a week. I got a lot closer than I expected; I had a really difficult time reading in the early months of the pandemic.

Number of books I read each year: 44 books in 2020; 50 books in 2019; 52 books in 2018; 42 books in 2017; 45 books in 2016.

But–no great surprise here–I ended up reading much fewer pages. It was difficult to motivate myself to read longer books and even the short (under 200 page) novels took me a lot longer than normal. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What I loved

  1. In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4) by Seanan McGuire (re-read)
  2. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  3. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) by N.K. Jemisin (re-read)
  4. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  5. Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall (non-fiction)
  6. Bow Grip by Ivan E. Coyote (re-read)
  7. The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1) by Mary Doria Russell
  8. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (non-fiction)
  9. The Tragedy of Heterosexuality by Jane Ward (non-fiction)
  10. Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire (re-read)
  11. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin (re-read)
  12. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (re-read)
  13. Small Beauty by jia qing wilson-yang (re-read)

I enjoyed

  1. Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn
  2. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2) by Seanan McGuire (re-read)
  3. The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun
  4. The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
  5. The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4) by Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  7. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells (re-read)
  8. Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5) by Seanan McGuire
  9. Dark Water by Kōji Suzuki
  10. Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey
  11. Kalevala: The Epic Poem of Finland Complete by Elias Lönnrot
  12. Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau (re-read)

OK, but I wouldn’t read again

  1. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  2. Chocky by John Wyndham
  3. Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3) by Seanan McGuire (re-read)
  4. The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy (non-fiction) – I really wanted to like this one, but Mikki Kendall’s book does a much better job at covering a similar topic
  5. A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde
  6. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  7. Solaris by Stanisław Lem
  8. Romeo for Real by Markus Harwood-Jones
  9. Q by Evan Mandery
  10. The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
  11. Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic by Esther Perel (non-fiection)
  12. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Not for me

  1. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
  2. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  3. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  4. Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) by William Gibson
  5. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  6. Lightness by Fanie Demeule
  7. Succulent Wild Love: Six Powerful Habits for Feeling More Love More Often by S.A.R.K.

My goal for 2021 is to finish re-reading the remaining 21 from my list of favourite novels and to read a total of 52 books.

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