Halfway through 2020. Is it just me or does this feel like the year that will never end?
I haven't had the best reading year either but, thankfully, the second half is off to a strong start. I began 2020 with a long classic, followed with a string of unremarkable reads, and then it hit. Two of our daughters fled Manhattan in early March to join us here in Florida... they stayed for three months. Around that time I fell into a reading slump that lasted just over two months. June turned out to be the first good reading month of the year.
- Compared to last year, I've read 25% fewer books
- Only two were classics... I'm slipping
- 30% of my reading has been nonfiction
- Male/female authors: 22% / 78%
- Just one book in translation
- I love read/listen combinations... nearly half of my books are experienced this way.
- I've spent much more time in my comfort zone, reading reliable authors (Anthony Trollope, Emma Straub, Anne Tyler, Barbara Kingsolver, Elin Hilderbrand ) and books that aren't too heavy.
What's likely to change in the next six months?
Probably not much. I'm reading more for comfort these days (what a world!) and will likely continue to do so.
I'm being kind to myself this year... read whatever I want, whenever I want.
2020 Midyear Favorites
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
My favorite book so far this year!
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
I'll read anything Straub writes.
You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
A short story collection, recommended in print and audio
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Trollope never disappoints...
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
A fun summer read!
by Kevin Wilson, narrated by Marin Ireland
Notes from a Public Typewriter by Michael Gustafson
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
What is your favorite book so far this year? Have you read any of these?
NOTE: We're two weeks into July and this list is already outdated! I've had two more 5-star reads that will surely be on my year-end list of favorites.