Last year I had a good year for reading, getting through 31 books in total. Now, I know what some of you are thinking: ‘31? Is that all?’ But for me, that’s pretty good. I love to read, but sometimes it’s hard to get the time to sit and do just that. I can blame life, and responsibility, and everything else that seems to get in the way, but I need to make more of an effort this year to leave all those other boring things and concentrate on the things that I like to do for myself.
In 2020, I worked my way through a variety of different reads, from autobiographies and TV tie-ins, to furthering my reading of a particular author and picking up something by someone completely new to me.
Some of the books I read were purely for escapism and required little effort to read. My daughter and I started going through the Buffy boxsets during the first lockdown and it made me want to read my tie-in books all over again. I’ve had these books since I was a teenager and, miraculously, I’ve managed to hang on to them despite moving into grownup-ville. I already know the characters pretty well, so it’s nice to just dip straight into their world and get away from everything for a bit.
Other books I enjoyed reading because it really made me think about the ideas within them, and they lingered with me long after I’d finished reading them. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and all three of the Wayfarer books by Becky Chambers did just this. When I finish a book, I can’t just pick up the next one and dive straight in (unless it’s part of a series). I like to savour the end of the story and mull it over before putting it to a close in my mind.
I also love a book that makes me have an emotional response, whether happy or sad, and I’m yet to read a book by Marian Keyes without crying by the end of it. There have also been characters so vivid in their description and characterisation that I felt a real burning hatred for them (Rose Madder, Stephen King) or felt a real part of the team (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers).
What’s in store for 2021 …
My TBR pile is still pretty big, not to mention the list of unread books I’ve got on my Kindle. I had made a deal with myself that I’m not allowed to buy or borrow any more books until I’ve read everything in this pile, but in the time it’s taken me to think about and draft this post I’ve already broken my own rule and downloaded two more new books to read 🤭. Oh well. My goal for 2021 is to get through this pile and a fair few more.
Books that are coming out in 2021 that I’m really excited about include two from Becky Chambers (sorry I keep going on about her, but I really love her books!), The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, which is the final Wayfarers book 😢, and A Psalm for the Wild-Built.
Rachel Joyce also has a new book out in April, Miss Benson’s Beetle, just in time for my birthday. (OK, so I think this one’s out already but I’m waiting for the paperback so it matches all my others 😁.)
What did your 2020 look like in terms of reading? Anything you could recommend? Get in touch, I’d love to know.
For a full list of what I read in 2020, please go here.