Best Books of 2020
According to Goodreads, the above linked article shows the best books of 2020. I have read a few, and want to read others. It’s a varied list, and I think they did a great job putting it together.
Some of my favorites on the list are Such a Fun Age, The Midnight Library, and The Vanishing Half. I hope to get to the others soon.
Competitive book reading
The above linked article tells about how reading challenges have changed the way people read. It claims that the challenges add a layer of guilt if you aren’t reading “fast enough” or reading “all of the books available.” I disagree with it. Yes, I get pushed along with my reading when I am working on a challenge, but if I don’t meet the challenge, I don’t feel guilty. I am only competing with myself. I read for enjoyment. I do keep track of my books, but mostly just to see where I am. I will mark my pages on goodreads, and I will mark and review my finished books. For my own knowledge, not to make anyone else feel bad or good.
It is an interesting article, though. It gave me something to think about.
Thankfully, I got an early start on my reading goal of this year. I am currently ahead of schedule with my reading, but it’s because I started out strong.
When I got sick earlier this year, I didn’t feel like reading at all. That’s how everyone knew I was really sick. All I wanted to do was sleep and hope that I could breathe again.
I hadn’t really gotten back on track before we shut down and then I was so overwhelmed that I just didn’t feel like reading. I know a lot of people felt the same way.
I recently started reading again, so I’m feeling better about it. It looks like I might reach my goal this year. With more than six months left, I have only 30% of the books to finish. As always, this is just a goal for me. No competing, no stressing.
Year in Books
Those of you with a Goodreads account can take a look at my Year in Books for 2019 by looking at the above linked website, I think. I ended up reading 123 books. My initial goal was 75, then 100 and finally 120.
2020 has a goal of 100 books. I’ll be tracking it on Goodreads again.
I track my books on Goodreads. When I finish a book, it all automatically counts it toward the year I completed the book.
When I am working on my annual challenge, it’s nice to log in and see “You’re on Track” or “You’re (#) books ahead.” It also tells me when I’m behind, but I try hard to not get there.
Yesterday, on day 1 of the year, the website was down for part of the day. I was happy that it told me that I am on track. Positive reinforcement!
I did make progress on several books, but I can not update them yet. I will get a chance in the next day or two, if the website is fixed by then.
I met my goal of 100 books, but I had already changed it to 120 books. I still have over two months to get those last twenty books read, so I think I’ll make it.
I have been working my way through my annual book goal. I actually met my original goal of 75 books. I read short books during pride week, so I felt that I didn’t really get there.
I adjusted my goal, but it still shows that I’m 12 books ahead of schedule. I am still reading, and I am sure that I can get to my goal of 100 by the end of the year.
I have finally come to realize that not all books deserve a five star review. The rating system on Goodreads is 1-5, with 1 being hated it, and 5 being loved it. A 3 review is just ok.
I used to rate the books as 5 if I liked them. Then, I read an ARC that wasn’t my typical genre and I wasn’t thrilled with it. The book was written well enough, but just wasn’t to my liking. I couldn’t give it a 5 star rating because I really didn’t love it. There was nothing really wrong with the book itself, but it just didn’t speak to me. In the ARC instructions, it is requested that we email the author before giving a poor rating. I realized that a 3 star review isn’t really a poor rating, and it was honest. I got a thank you message from the author for the review. I didn’t feel like I could be fair to the author, since it’s the genre and not the writing that I disliked. I decided that I would no longer read her ARCs, but I sent her a friend of mine who loves that genre and the friend will read the ARC in the future. Problem solved.
I am not feeling guilty about giving less than 5 stars. I do think a long time before giving a 1 or 2 star rating, though. What didn’t I love about the book? If the answer is, “it wasn’t my style,” I give it a higher rating. And, yes, I have given 1 & 2 star ratings, but they are well thought out and I always write about why I disliked it. I feel like I’m being fair to the author.
I was asked again to read and review a book. I would be getting the book for free. Great! This time, it was from a publisher, not the author.
I got the message through Goodreads at 3pm yesterday, but didn’t get to reply until 8pm. I got the response at around 1am, asking for a response. I didn’t get the message until around 6am. By then, the message had disappeared.
Oh, well. Hopefully, they’ll reach out again. I really wanted to read that book. I was excited.