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I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today. Life This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate.  This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs t

2020: My Year in Books and Reading

2020 has been a decent year in reading over here. In some ways, it was better than the past few years when the amount of time I spent reading had been steadily declining. Constant changes in life and work were major factors then. Of course, 2020 is no stranger to change but luckily, it didn't keep my away from reading, though it may have influenced it significantly. 

A huge chunk of my reading this year came from picture books. I wanted to start tracking them this year since I was reading them with my kids - there were whole months I didn't track any because it did become one more thing to do so my actual count was probably more than what I have tracked. 


Favorite books read in 2020


I love how different these six (plus 2 for the March Trilogy volumes) are though there are some similarities as well among some of these. Middle grade book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was my first favorite read of the year and I only wish I had read it as a child. Rage Against the Minivan was filled with delightful, hilarious, and deeply heartfelt essays related to parenting and raising four children.

Homegoing, The Best We Could Do, and March spoke of struggles and the triumph of the human spirit. If anything, they made me more grateful for our families and ancestors who gave up so much just to have a life of dignity. 

And then The Memory Police actually made me appreciate our pandemic year better. It has nothing to do with a pandemic but everything to do with post-apocalyptic lives and what's more important in times of crisis. 

I know many of these are books some of you have read and loved, but if there's a book here that you haven't read, I hope you'll add it (or bump it up) your list.


And then, some bookish stats...

...Stats that mean nothing really but are just fun to build and look at.

95 books read   |   11162 pages read

~4 days per book on average   |   ~44 pages per day on average


I abandoned most of my goals last year because with the pandemic, I decided a free-form reading was certainly needed. Funnily, one plan I did not have for last year was to read more picture books and turns out, it constituted more than 50% of my reading (real numbers are probably higher). That trend will probably continue through to this year but we'll see if I can add in more adult novels as well.

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