One the main reasons I make sure I record every book I read through Goodreads is because I like the way they organise your end of year reading stats. It saves me having to do my own spreadsheet and then there’s the way they collect all the covers of the books you’ve read. I’m a very visual person so this appeals greatly. With switching off from blogging this year between Christmas and New Year, it just occured to me that I hadn’t done my annual reading reflection yet. I do these posts for myself more than anything, just for that look back at what I read and how many books, etc. It’s less about meeting targets and more about enjoying the reflection.
I did set a target of 130 books so Goodreads was commiserating to me and wishing me ‘better luck next year’. Whatever. The target was arbitrary, I never aim for it.
As you can see by my average rating, 2020 was a year of reading good books. It did feel that way as I was going along, so it’s nice to see this confirmed.
I have noticed each new year that I am shying away from longer books more and more. I think the most obvious reason for this is that it means longer between reviews and that sense of obligation kicks in (obligation to publishers to read more books faster, obligation to followers to publish reviews more often). This isn’t something I get hung up on, but when I see stats like this I can’t help but acknowledge that gravitation towards shorter books.
And now we have the books I read, so I’ll finish up here and thank you all for reading the reviews I wrote on them.
Cheers to a new year of reading! 🥂📚