Here’s my year in books (tomorrow I’ll post my favourites for 2020) –
I read 80 books in total (25% less than last year….). According to Goodreads, that’s 24,505 pages. The longest was Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe at 640 pages, and the shortest was Joan Smokes by Angela Meyer at 76 pages.
Of those I read, 64 were by female authors and 16 by male authors.
20 books were by Australian authors (18 female authors and 2 male authors) and the rest were from America, England, Germany, Italy, Chile, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Nigeria and Israel.
I read 54 books from authors who were new to me in 2020.
Of the 80 books I read, 25 were published in 2020 (which is surprising because I didn’t feel I was up with the latest…).
I read 29 non-fiction books (19 of which were memoirs).
My reading format was completely different this year (I attribute this to lockdown). Usually, my reading is dominated by e-books, followed by hardbacks, and a handful of audios. This year, I read 16 hardbacks and listened to 18 audios (last year it was just 7 audios) – the rest were e-books.
I read mostly contemporary literature plus memoirs, essay collections about nature and climate change, historical fiction, history, and a few thrillers.
There’s no question that COVID has had a huge impact on my reading habits this year. I read less, I bought more (not that that’s a bad thing). I also found my attention span was limited, and books took me much longer to read. I think the audio-binge went hand-in-hand with all my time spent doing puzzles (again, not a bad thing!). Did your reading habits change with COVID?