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[Saturday Reads] My 2020 Goodreads Reading Stats

My 2020 in Books.


Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

2020 Reading Stats

Every year, I share my reading stats, thanks to Goodreads. I definitely read more books this year: 403 books in total, with 31,555 pages read – as compared to 257 books in 2019.

Here is a breakdown of books I read across genres:

Genre # of Books Read (2020)
Fiction picturebooks 186
Non-fiction picturebooks 132
Poetry picturebook 12
Adult fiction 34
Graphic Novels 19
Non-fiction, memoirs, PD texts 8
Middle Grade / YA fiction 7
Poetry Anthology/ Novels in verse 5

I read 330 picturebooks in total (inclusive of fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles). Here is a range of books I read in 2020 – the shortest and the longest title, most popular to the least popular:

Here are my ratings across the 403 books I read this year:

I rated two novels 1 out of 5: The Brotherhood Of Book Hunters by Raphael Jerusalmy (which I found to be unbelievably boring) and Tun-Huang by Yasushi Inoue (which I found to be horribly misogynistic and too assured of its own self-importance).

I am pretty generous with my 5-star ratings, with the majority of the titles getting a 4 out of 5 rating. For 2021, I am hoping that I will be able to read 365 books.

How about you? What are your reading goals in 2021?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Saturday Reads] My 2020 Goodreads Reading Stats

  1. Wow! Impressive!

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