2020 in Books

2020 in Books

Book Goal: 40
Books Read: 37 :(
Books Set in/about Paris/France: 5
Books in French: 3 (one more than last year, and I read by far the longest one to date, “La Jeune Fille et la Nuit” at 425 pages)
Books Borrowed from the Library: 2
Books from Book of the Month: 6
Nonfiction: 9
Books by Female Authors: 24 (65%!)
Favorite Book(s): “French Exit” by Patrick DeWitt was dark and hilarious, both novels by Sally Rooney were infuriatingly wonderful, and “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers” by Tom Rachman was another stunner from my favorite author.
Least Favorite(s): “Modern Lovers” by Emma Straub was mediocre and I need to stop buying into the hype around her books, and “The Woman in the Window” by AJ Finn/Dan Mallory was meh (I’ll never get over this New Yorker profile on him)
Longest Book: “Voyager” by Diana Gabaldon at 870 pages
Shortest Book: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Funniest: “French Exit” by Patrick DeWitt and “Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell
Saddest: “The Death of Vivek Oji” by Akwaeke Emezi broke my heart open
Prettiest Cover: “Londoners” by Craig Taylor is an unconventional choice, but it’s meant to mimic the Underground map and I bought it in London so I have a soft spot for it
Most Overrated: “The Woman in the Window”
Most Enjoyable:  “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern (yay for Erins!) was so beautifully immersive, and “Tunnel Vision” by Keith Lowe, which I’ve read a handful of times since I was 16, will always be a fun read.

What are the best books you read this year?

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