In 2020, there were over 5.3 million participants in the Goodreads Reading Challenge that pledged to read over 333.4 million books!
One of my favorite features on Goodreads is the "Year in Books" that shows really interesting statistics. Well, interesting to me. Maybe none of you care but I am going to share anyway, as always!
My Year in Books:
- 4,682 pages read
- 18 books (my goal was 20)
- shortest book: 32 pages (The Invisible Princess by Faith Ringgold)
- longest book: 470 pages (City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert)
- average book length: 260 pages
- most popular: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (shelved by 1,879,777 others)
- least popular: Traditional Aran Knitting by Shelagh Hollingworth (shelved by 29 others)
- my average rating: 3.9 stars
- highest rated on Goodreads: Where the Crawdads Sing
- my first review of the year: So Here I Am by Anna Russell
- my last review of the year: Traditional Aran Knitting
- favorite read of the year: Weather by Jenny Offill
- least favorite read of the year: Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie
I must mention that Weather was absolutely amazing. The book was nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2020. Rightfully so. It is an amazing example of how the line between the mundane and the sublime is thin, so thin. The words are simple but shocking, jumping from thoughts about the world ending and immediately turning to water the garden (literally).
For 2021, I intend to read 24 books. I know I missed my goal of 20 books this past year but there were a lot of dark days when I simply didn't have the energy to peel back the pages of books I knew would make me feel something... anything..
Better Days Ahead, folks. I've got a TBR pile to tackle and I hope you do too.