books, Brit Bennett, fiction, nonfiction, reading, Robert Kolker
The year is half over (I think everyone is breathing a huge sigh of relief — what a crappy year so far) so I thought I’d check in on my 2020 reading challenge.
In 2019 I set a goal for three books a month, 36 total. I think I ended up at 40.
This year I set a goal of 45 books. I knew my summer schedule would be a little lighter, and that open time would continue into the fall with my sabbatical from teaching. Even with more open time, I thought 48 books (4 a month, or one a week) might be a little ambitious.
*(I see the average number of books pledged in 2020 is 58. How on earth is that done!? If you read more than one book a week, please let me know how you do that!)
The year is half over and I’m at 20 books, so I’m slightly behind schedule. You’d think with a pandemic and more time at home I would have blasted through a lot of books in the past three months. But like a lot of people, I found my concentration lacking. Plus, I was finishing out a spring semester online and the semester seemed busier than ever.
My favorite book so far is…
Wait for it! Let’s take a look at a couple of stats for these 20 books:
- 13 nonfiction/7 fiction
- 7 print/6 audio/7 Kindle
This is in line with last year. I tend to skew more toward nonfiction, and my blend of print/audio/Kindle is pretty even.
OK, now to my favorites. I’ll choose two — one for fiction, one for nonfiction.
Hands-down my favorite novel this year is Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half. It will be very difficult to find a better novel this year. Perhaps Bennett’s The Mothers — that’s next on my list.
My favorite nonfiction book? This is hard to choose. It’s a slim margin, but I’ll give the prize to Hidden Valley Road. A close second is Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.
How’s your reading going in 2020?
Rachael, HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD happened in my old neck of the woods! (And my dad graduated from and is buried at the Air Force Academy.) People I know or heard of are apparently interviewed in the book. When I was in Colorado last month, a family I’ve known practically all my life (44 of my 51 years) told me about it. It’s on my list!
I have a hard time finishing ONE book a month! Ugh!
Yes, I guess that was in your area! Then you should love the book. It’s fascinating.