2020: The 13th Annual Year in Books

I was really hoping I would beat my past reading record (90 books!) this year, but alas, it was not meant to be. I made it to 88 books, which makes 2020 the new second-place for my competition with myself to read the most books. Looking at past books of the year posts, I saw I had written this in 2017, “I made it through 62 books in 2017, which feels like a success considering the madness this year wrought.” All I can say is, wow, she didn’t know a damn thing.

  • Page count: 32,996 pages, based on the page numbers recorded in LibraryThing. When I read 90 books in 2014, the page count was 35,177 pages. So maybe I wouldn’t have beat my record anyway, were I to count pages.
  • Library use: 49 library books, 39 of my own books. Shout out to the library for keeping reading from being prohibitively expensive.
  • Female/male authors: 77 women authors, 10 men authors, 1 with a mix (from an anthology). This means about 88 percent of the books I read were by women. Come through, matriarchy.
  • Digital and analog: 47 digital, 41 paper. This stat doesn’t mean much, since I’m an equal-opportunity reader, but it is fun to see how things shake out each year.
  • Fiction and non-fiction: 56 fiction, 32 non-fiction. About one-third of this year’s books were non-fiction, which seems to be my new trend. Earth is full of interesting things.
  • Books in other languages: I read 8 books in Spanish, which I think is the most I’ve read in one year. It’s finally starting to feel more natural. It only took -checks notes- 10 years.
  • Favorites:

And now, the list!

Date FinishedTitleAuthor
1/3The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed HistoryKassia St. Clair
1/4Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From the Me Too MovementShelly Oria (editor)
1/5Rogue ProtocolMartha Wells
1/10Exit StrategyMartha Wells
1/12Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in ChinaLeta Hong Fincher
1/19The Mirror EmpireKameron Hurley
1/30Empire AscendantKameron Hurley
2/3La fruta del borrachero: Una novelaIngrid Rojas Contreras
2/4The Broken HeavensKameron Hurley
2/8Nine Pints: A Journey through Time, Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of BloodRose George
2/12The Sisters of the Winter WoodRena Rossner
2/16The Secret Lives of GlaciersM Johnson
2/18StormsongC. L. Polk
2/21The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be EasyCaroline Dooner
2/24The Secret ChapterGenevieve Cogman
3/2The Luminous DeadCaitlin Starling
3/10AutonomousAnnalee Newitz
3/12The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of PowerShosana Zuboff
3/18Mostly Dead ThingsKristen Arnett
3/21Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in ChinaLeta Hong Fincher
3/23DocileK. M. Szpara
4/1The Starless SeaErin Morgenstern
4/2UmamiLaia Jufresa
4/13Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of AmericaSarah Kendzior
4/13Little GodsMeng Jin
4/17The City We BecameN. K. Jemisin
4/19Women TalkingMiriam Toews
4/24How Rory Thorne Destroyed the MultiverseK. Eason
4/28The Glass HotelEmily St. John Mandel
5/2CarameloSandra Cisneros
5/4The Voyages of Cinrak the DapperA. J. Fitzwater
5/8GingerbreadHelen Oyeyemi
5/14Network EffectMartha Wells
5/16Los hombres me explican cosasRebecca Solnit
5/17The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about RaceJesmyn Ward (ed.)
5/20Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement ForgotMikki Kendall
5/24Ancestral NightElizabeth Bear
6/1The Night WatchmanLouise Erdrich
6/7American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and PowerAndrea Bernstein
6/12Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress CycleEmily Nagoski, Amelia Nagoski
6/15The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s DaughterTheodora Goss
6/25European Travel for the Monstrous GentlewomanTheodora Goss
6/28Children of TimeAdrian Tchaikovsky
7/1El reino del dragón de oroIsabel Allende
7/5The Vanishing HalfBrit Bennett
7/8They Were Her Property: White Woman as Slave Owners in the American SouthStephanie E. Jones-Rogers
7/10The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetBecky Chambers
7/16Gods of Jade and ShadowSilvia Moreno-Garcia
7/21The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing GirlTheodora Goss
7/24GoldilocksLaura Lam
7/25A Closed and Common OrbitBecky Chambers
7/29Record of a Spaceborn FewBecky Chambers
8/4Children of RuinAdrian Tchaikovsky
8/8American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of PunishmentShane Bauer
8/16Harrow the NinthTamsyn Muir
8/24A BurningMegha Majumdar
9/1How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United StatesDaniel Immerwahr
9/1Technical Communication Today, 6th EditionRichard Johnson-Sheehan
9/6Empress of ForeverMax Gladstone
9/6Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce RacismSafiya Umoja Noble
9/11The First SisterLinden Lewis
9/16Miracle Country: A MemoirKendra Atleework
9/20Sistema nerviosoLina Meruane
9/25Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White NationalismSeyward Darby
10/1Feminismos: Miradas desde la diversidaded. Pikara
10/1Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout GenerationAnne Helen Petersen
10/6A Witch in TimeConstance Sayers
10/16MachineElizabeth Bear
10/19The Midnight BargainC. L. Polk
10/19Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the VoidMary Roach
10/25Mill Town: Reckoning with What RemainsKerri Arsenault
10/30The Once and Future WitchesAlix E. Harrow
10/31Beowulf: A New TranslationMaria Dahvana Headley
11/2PiranesiSusanna Clarke
11/5The Space Between WorldsMicaiah Johnson
11/6Sombras de ReikiavikAnthony Adeane
11/8Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and their Surprising Rise to PowerAnna Merlan
11/12Transcendent KingdomYaa Gyasi
11/20The Language Hoax: The World Looks the Same in Any LanguageJohn H. McWhorter
11/22The City of BrassS. A. Chakraborty
11/27The Kingdom of CopperS. A. Chakraborty
12/4The Empire of GoldS. A. Chakraborty
12/9Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked ProtestZeynep Tufekci
12/11Thick: And Other EssaysTressie McMillan Cottom
12/13The Empress of Salt and FortuneNghi Vo
12/22The Unreality of Memory and Other EssaysElisa Gabbert
12/27Escaping ExodusNicky Drayden
12/29What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about FatAubrey Gordon