My Favorite Reads of 2020

My Favorite Reads of 2020

Ah, 2020. What a year, one I’d rather not ever have to relive! Please don’t send time machines back there, it’s not worth it!

I set lofty goals for myself on January 1, hoping I’d be able to read 60 books in 365 days. I’d read 50 the year before, so what was 10 more? Plus, with as much as I was traveling at the end of 2019, I had plenty of uninterrupted reading time on planes and trains. I assumed that would carry over into 2020.

Ha. Right. I think we all know how that turned out.

In the end, I read 45 books. Which, all things considered, is a pretty incredible feat. There were years when I only read 20 books, and worse years where I only read 5. To me, managing to read more than 1 book a month is amazing, so I’m still proud that I read anything at all. Sure, I would have loved to hit my Goodreads goal, but it’s not the end of the world.

What did disappoint me, though, was the quality of a lot of the books I read. It wasn’t hard to pick my top 5 of 2020 because… well, there were only 5 books out of the 45 that I really enjoyed.

Anyway, here’s everything I read in 2020 and my favorites of the bunch!

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Simone Read What? – November & December ’20

Simone Read What? – November & December ’20

Happy almost 2021! I cannot wait to put this year behind me. While professionally this year has certainly been the best of my life, everything else sucked! A lot! And that included my reading.

At the beginning of the year, I had the lofty goal of reading 60 books. It really didn’t seem like that big of a number, especially considering I managed to read 50 books in 2019. Plus, with my schedule and all the traveling I was doing in the second half of 2019 and the start of 2020 (before Everything Changed) it seemed like I had plenty of uninterrupted reading time ahead of me. Oh, how wrong I was!

All things considered, I read 45 books this year. And I’m proud of that! After starting a new job in June and reading a ton of content for work, I kind of think it’s amazing I read anything after that point.

As for my reading choices, I definitely went lighter and shorter for the most part. I just didn’t have the bandwidth for very many long, heavy stories this year. I also had a Kindle Unlimited trial, so that definitely contributed to those types of titles. While I didn’t love a lot of what I read there, it was very interesting to see what’s currently popular on the self-published romance market.

I can’t say I wrapped up the year on a high note (I only read 5 books in 2 months, ha) but here’s what I read in November and December!

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Simone Read What? – September & October

Simone Read What? – September & October

Am I finally reading books again? Do I actually have something to review? I don’t think anyone would be surprised if I didn’t, considering how bad my reading slump was this summer. (Spoiler: it was really bad) Well, y’all… I finally managed to read a few books.

Honestly, I’m just as surprised as you are. I still wouldn’t say I’m out of my slump; most of the books I read over the past two months were for work research purposes and because I decided to try a free trial of Kindle Unlimited. Still, at least I’ve been reading something other than the hundreds of thousands of words I’m required to read/edit for my job every month!

Here’s what I read in September and October!

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Simone Read What? – June, July, August ’20

Simone Read What? – June, July, August ’20

Can I even call myself a reader anymore? I’ve barely picked up a book these past few months, and when I do, I manage to read about 20 pages before falling asleep. The combination of quarantine boredom and adult responsibilities have left me wanting to simply veg out in front of Netflix rather than attempting to use my brain to read. By 6pm every night, I’m ready to turn that thing off and mindlessly watch an early-2000s TV show that I’ve already seen 5 times.

All of that said, I did manage to read a handful of books. Like, literally a handful… or even less than a handful.  I only managed to read four books, okay. Yes, I read four books in three months. Feel free to drag me.

If you want to know what I (somehow) managed to read, click on!

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Simone Read What? – April & May ’20

Simone Read What? – April & May ’20

It feels almost wrong to be posting about books with everything going on in the world right now, but I need this little corner for my own mental health and well-being. The murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests for justice have once again shown me how little Black lives mean in the structure of American society. This is nothing new to me. I’ve known this for practically my whole life, considering I’m Black. Mixed and light-skinned, yes, but still Black. But I realize that I am privileged in so many ways and I, and everyone else who has certain privileges, needs to use them for good. Not just during times like these, but always.

While I and many others may not be able to physically join the protests for various reasons, we can still use our voices to speak out by signing petitions. We can donate. We can confront the racism that exists in our own lives, in our social groups, in our families. We must continue to shout to the world that Black lives matter.

Please join me in that. We cannot stay silent, now or ever.

Now, back to books.

Disappointed to say that I didn’t read much in April and May, two months that went by fairly quick. And what I did read… well, there were more duds than good reads.

(And please note, all of these reviews and my end note were written in April and early May, so my tone is a little more light-hearted than these times currently call for)

Here’s what I read in April and May…

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