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The Books of 2020 - Round Up

Friday, January 15, 2021

How many books read in 2020?

95. I realised in December that I wasn't going to make 100, which I'd have liked to do, but I'm still pleased with 95, especially given everything that was going on in 2020. I actually had less time to read - if I was in the house, I often used to go downstairs at lunchtime and read for an hour or more then. But Lee is working in our living room now, so I tend to stay upstairs in our attic room all day so that I don't disturb him. That's cute down on my reading time.

I've set my target as 80 books for 2021, we'll see how I go! 

How many were on paper and how many electronic?
I read 50 paperbacks, which is my preferred method of reading books. I read 9 hardbacks - I find them hard to hold in bed, but I do have some beautiful hardbacks so I try to read them. I read 36 eBooks, which were mostly from Netgalley or blog tours. 

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but let's see... 3! I read They Them Their by Eris Young, Gears for Queers by Abi Melton and Lilith Cooper, and Shut Down Strangers (anthology) about Bruce Springsteen. 

Male/Female authors?
I read 17 books by men, which is up on previous years, but I read more crime novels and they tended to be more split 50/50 between men and women. I read a few anthologies which had authors of all genders, and I read two books by people I know to be non binary - They Them Their and Gears for Queers, as mentioned above (Lilith is non binary).  

Most books by a single author?
I read two books by Elly Griffiths and two books by Nell Pattison and I do believe they are the only authors I repeated in the year. 

Favourite book(s) read?
Ones that have stuck with me are With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen, Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi, The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, and Boy Parts by Eliza Clark.  

Least favourite?
I didn't enjoy a couple of the anthologies I read and skipped stuff. 

Oldest book read?
Almost everything I read was written after 2010, except for one book in 2007 and the oldest, which was Queenie by Alice Munro, published in 1998. Wow, that surprises me. 

The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths I reckon, which isn't out yet. 

Longest book title?
It must be Gracie Fanshaw & the Mysterious Guest 

Shortest title?
Toffee by Sarah Crossan

How many re-reads?
I reread Mistletoe & Murder by Robin Stevens, which is my favourite of the Detective Society novels. 

Any in translation?
Not to my knowledge. 

How many of this year's books were from the library?
Five. It's usually more, but well, it's not like I was in the library weekly like I would be normally!

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