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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

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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