The Year in Reading: 2020 Wrap Up

I have only read 70 books in 2020, and none in December, which surprises me because it was a perfect year to read as there was so little else to do. As one of my friends said to me, when the pandemic first began, “Quarantine is an introvert’s paradise.”

Yet, I found myself involved in many other things than reading, such as preparing lovely meals, walking in the woods, and caring for my family. And so, I wrap up my reading year with these brief highlights:

Read alongs:

Malicroix by Henri Bosco, translated by Joyce Zonana

Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara

The Makioka Sisters by Juni’chiro Tanizuki

The Booker International Prize 2020:

Joining the International Booker Shadow Jury as we read for the International Booker Prize 2020.


Reading Challenges:

Spanish Lit Month, hosted by Stu this July

German Lit Month, hosted by Caroline and Lizzy this November

Japanese Literature Challenge 13, hosted by myself from January through March

Women in Translation Month, hosted by Meytal

20 Books of Summer, hosted by Cathy

R.I.P. XV, begun by Carl

1920 Club, hosted by Kaggsy and Simon

Edgar Award nominations for Best Novel:

Top Ten Books of 2020:

Looking forward to:

I am eager to begin the Japanese Literature Challenge 14 with many of you (all are welcome!) in January. Let’s take the next month to read Breasts and Eggs by Meiko Kawakami, which won the Akutagawa Prize and is highly praised by Haruki Murakami. We can discuss it at the end of January, which gives us time to read and discuss it.

I believe I will also take some time to revisit some old favorites. If there ever was a time to read for comfort, this Winter May qualify. I would like to reread Possession by A. S. Byatt, The Crimson Petal and The White by Michel Faber, Watership Down by Richard Adams. I would also like to read more Russian literature, of which I have quite a stack.

And, you? What were your favorite reads of 2020? What do you look forward to in 2021?

6 thoughts on “The Year in Reading: 2020 Wrap Up”

  1. It sounds to me like you made the best of it with so many quality reads. Next year I would like to read all the Edgar nominees: note to self. I will also check out some of your other challenges.
    Best wishes for our perseverance and successful overcoming of the virus.

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  2. Love reading about your favorites of the year. I almost listed The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree on mine too. That was such a good book. Here’s wishing you a lot of great reads and all the best in the new year!

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  3. Looking forward to joining you for the Japanese Literature Challenge again this year!

    Meantime, Happy New Year, and hope you and yours are safe, healthy, and happy!

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  4. Loved your favourites list, Bellezza! I want to read The Makioka Sisters sometime. I read The Crimson Petal and the White last year and liked it very much. I loved Byatt’s Possession. Congratulations on a wonderful reading year! Hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2021 too!

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