Though 2020 hasn’t been quite the reading year I was hoping for (my distracted mental state, lack of time to read, and not quite as great a crop of books as last year), I’ve still got 10 excellent books to share with you!
I’ve read 47 books (3 more than last year at this point) and liked 83% of the books I read (about the same as last year). My average star rating is 4.01 (although, this is skewed high because y’all know I don’t finish many books I don’t like) and I’ve read five 5 star books this year (compared to 7 at this point last year). Despite these stats seeming mostly the same or better than last year’s, I think I feel like this year’s reading hasn’t been as solid because I haven’t read as many 5 star books. We’ll see what happens by the end of the year.
I also wanted to share where I am with my diversity stats so far this year. 17% of my books read are by authors of color (better than my 12% last year). But, let’s face it…12% and even 17% are not good enough. So, I’m committed to increasing this number by the end of the year.
34% of my books read are diverse books (meaning feature marginalized characters, but this includes other categories of marginalization like LGBTQIA, etc), compared to 25% last year.
I’ve also broken out my diversity stats for May and June only (i.e. when I renewed my focus on reading books by authors of color and specifically black authors):
- Books by Authors of Color: 25%
- Books by Black Authors: 19%
- Diverse Books: 44%
I will continue to be transparent with y’all about my diversity stats as the year progresses.
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My Best Books of 2020 So Far
Craigslist Confessionalby Helena Dea Bala (Out July 7, review and podcast episode to come)
A collection of deeply raw, personal, and true stories collected via a Craigslist ad…
Saving Ruby Kingby Catherine Adel West (review to come)
The incredible 5 star debut novel I JUST finished…
The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000’s by Andy Greene (my review)
A much welcome brain break for me during quarantine…
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (my review)
A gorgeously written story about race, family and identity, told through the eyes of four unforgettable women (the Vignes twins and their respective daughters)…
Untamed by Glennon Doyle (review to come)
The book that was like going to therapy during quarantine and a must read for women…
What are your favorite books so far this year?
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