December goal:

No choice in this month’s reading goal: either I read 6 or I miss my target.


What I read: 

  1. The Fire Next TimeJames Baldwin
  2. The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry
  3. The Velveteen RabbitMargery Williams Bianco
  4. The Yule CatEldritch Black
  5. A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens
  6. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the DeadOlga Tokarczuk

Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: The lack of inspiration continued.

Diversity? A Christmas classic, 2 children’s classics, international lore, social activism letters, and a recent novel.

Star Ratings: Based on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars:  7 books
  • 4 stars: 23 books
  • 3 stars:  14 books
  • 2 stars:  2 books
  • 1 star: 2 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 0 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books, edited manuscripts, etc.)

  • January – 1085
  • February – 880
  • March – 1753 (in part due to an audiobook that I started way back mid-February)
  • April – 837
  • May – 789
  • June – 1333
  • July – 1702
  • August – 1219
  • September – 1309
  • October – 1184
  • November – 1013
  • December – 714

Reading Goals:

1. Read 48 books Technically, I finished. More thoughts on that in my year-end review. (my Goodreads Challenge)

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 77 physical22 Kindle
  • Feb 3 – 74/22
  • Mar 2 – 74/26
  • Apr 16 – 73/26
  • May 1 – 73/26 (no change)
  • Jun 1 – 72/27
  • Jul 1 – 72/26
  • Aug 6 – 72/26
  • Aug 31 – 71/25
  • Sept 1 – 71/25
  • Nov 2 – 71/26
  • Dec 3 – 71/26
  • Dec 31 – 71/26

3. Read 12 not-novels – Nonfiction, poetry, essays, or fiction anthologies all count. (Status: Met goal in September)

  • Jan – 2 (pocket quotes, nonfiction zen)
  • Feb – 0
  • Mar – 2 (vignettes, audiobook/memoir)
  • Apr – 1 (audiobook/memoir)
  • May – 0
  • Jun – 1 (book of speeches)
  • Jul – 3 (graphic novel/memoir, social activism, essay)
  • Aug – 2 (1 nonfiction, 2 audiobook/memoir)
  • Sept – 3 (graphic novel/memoir, audiobook/memoir)
  • Oct – 0
  • Nov – 1 (nonfiction)
  • Dec – 1 (1 social activism)

And that’s a wrap for 2020. I’ll post my year-end review soon, as well as my goals for 2021. My January goal is tentatively 3 books.

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