Remember last year, when I lamented reading “only” 44 books, but chalked it up to the pandemic? Well I’ve done it again! Exactly 44 books read.
At the end of 2020, despite being in the thick of the second wave, I was making plans. Not just for reading/blogging, but in general. After all, vaccines were coming and all would be well. A few waves and variants later, and recently reeling from another round of school closures, I’m wary to say the least.
This article about new year’s resolutions and perhaps choosing something you like doing but don’t always make time for resonates with my early 2022 mood. Forget reading; I might resolve to watch more movies, something I rarely make time for. I have Rachel’s recommendations to guide me, and my kids are old enough that I can sometimes watch something decent with them, too. I got to watch Dune in theatre with the 12 year old, before Omicron took hold.
Read in 2021 and best books
I’ve done my usual Twitter thread as I completed books, and otherwise tracked in a basic Google sheet. I don’t miss Goodreads at all, and unfortunately can’t forgive Storygraph for including inane data about whether characters are “lovable” and “diverse”, so Google it is.
My top five books:
- In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado – smart and innovative form, a memoir of abuse
- Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen – his best novel!
- Nishga by Jordan Abel – smart and innovative form, a memoir (and more) of trauma and poetry
- A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam – quietly masterful novel on trauma and love
- My Phantoms by Gwendolyn Riley – devastating novel on how embarrassing it is to be or have a parent
Plans for 2021
Let’s not talk about last years’ plans (to read books published before the year 2000) because it didn’t happen. Well, it happened 33% of the time. I already have a few 2022 pre-orders in the works, so I’m not going to give it a second try!
I have a slight urge to host something on the blog this year (a 1000+ page classic read-along, obviously) but might not have the ambition.
If anything, I might try to knock down the old TBR a bit, not because I’m overwhelmed, but because I realize I only read 4 or 5 books that could be credibly deemed “TBR”. I tend to buy about 25 books in a given year and this doesn’t bode well in the long run…
But overall, the plan is to not have a plan. As a Virgo, this is somewhat distressing, but heading into the third year of a pandemic, I’d say it’s necessary.
A few stats
- 24/44 woman and nonbinary authors (slightly fewer than last year)
- 10/44 in translation (same as last year)
- 2/44 Canadian, way down, yikes! I do have some David Adams Richards and Carol Shields to catch up on…