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January 27, 2021

Sue's 2020 Reading Results and 2021 Plans

by Susan Roberts


Most of us are happy to say good-bye to 2020 and look forward to positive changes in 2021 that will help put us back on the path to normalcy.  I did take time to look back at my 2020 results and here are the results:

Top Reads of 2020

I read 217 books in 2020 which (according to Goodreads) was 63,436 pages.  There were some wonderful books in 2020 and here are my top books -- I couldn't make it a top 10 so here are my top 11 (in no order of preference)

The Moonshiner's Daughter
The Traitor 
by VS Alexander (review)
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain (review)       
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (review)
The Moonshiner's Daughter by Donna Everhart (review)
Stories that Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner (review)
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (review)
Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey (review)
Universe of Two by Stephen Kiernan (review)
The Ruby of the Sea by Peggy Lampman (review)
All the Silent Voices by Elaine Mikelsen (review
Queen of the Owls by Barbara Probst (review)

Additional information about my 2020 Reads:

My top category of books read was historical fiction, followed closely by women's fiction and southern fiction.   
I read 15 nonfiction books.    
I didn't finish 6 books.

2020 Results

  • Read 200 books. This isn't a large increase over 2019 but we have lots of travel plans this year.  MET
  • Read 15 non-fiction books. MET
  • Read 15 books about Middle-Eastern or Far East culture.  My reading usually takes place in the US or Europe. DIDN'T MEET - only read 10 

2021 Reading Goals

  • Read 225 books.  This isn't a huge increase - I am hoping that life gets better and I can get out more.
  • Read 15 non-fiction books
  • Read 15 books set in areas outside the US and Europe.
  • I'd like to try again to meet the goal of reducing the books in my office. I didn't make much of a dent in my book stacks in 2020.

How I'd like my book stacks to look


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How my book stacks look now:

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. Since her travel plans had to be canceled for this year, she is starting to make plans for travel in 2021. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.


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