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Ah, the annual ritual of posting the results of the Reading Challenge. I'll admit right now that reading wasn't as big a player in 2020 as it had been in years past. There were lots of reasons for that, not the least of which was that I didn't exercise as much, drive as much, and played more video games and watched more "TV" than I have in a long time. Reading, as it turns out, doesn't release endorphins for me the way it used to; the other pursuits *did* help keep my head above water, and I'm really thankful for that.
Longest, Shortest, and Average
- Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry: 960 pages
- A Promised Land, by Barack Obama: 768 pages
- The Famished Road, by Ben Okri: 512 pages
- Beast Meridian, by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal: 100 pages
- Junkyard Cats, by Faith Hunter: 116 pages
- You Can Thank Me Later, by Kelly Harms: 120 pages (estimated)
Number of books read by month
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I managed to finish at least a couple of books every month except May. And August was an outlier by a mile. I read John Lewis's March graphic novels (all three of them). I also *finished* a couple of lower 300 pagers that I'd started in July, and started and finished a few others.
Books by medium
Books by genre
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The most surprising thing to me here is the number of biographical books I consumed. Granted, 3 of them were John Lewis graphic novels, but there were 5 others as well. Still, the breakdown of the supercategories of Fiction and Nonfiction (including all related genres) as 23 to 17. This represents a swing toward unreality. Pray for me, y'all.
- 36 different authors
- 13 female authors
- 13 non-caucasian authors
- 15 4-star books
- 21 5-star books
- A Promised Land, by Barack Obama. Note that this is the FIRST volume, documenting his political career more than anything, and ending with events during his first term in office. He's a really good writer (and narrator, but play it on a higher speed), and his perspectives were fascinating. A must read.
- March, by John Lewis. The man was (and will remain) a legend. The fact that he COSPLAYED HIMSELF at one point is going to be part of that legend forever. Do yourself a favor and get these. Given how the history curriculum was specified in Texas in the 1980's, you won't be surprised that the vast bulk of the story there was eye-opening for me.
- How the South Won the Civil War, by Heather Cox Richardson. I was introduced to Heather Cox Richardson this year via the Internet, and have been reading her daily distillations and observations ever since. The book presents a pretty clear explanation of how we got to where we are today. Given how much of it was, once again, unknown or unclear to me, it was absolutely worth the time.
- The Famished Road, by Ben Okri. I can't remember if it was Nnedi Okorafor or N. K. Jemisin (or both) that sited Ben Okri as inspiration, but based on this book, I can see why. I don't want to spoil anything about it, aside from saying it's fantasy unlike anything I've read before.
- How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. It was long past time that I began educating myself about systemic racism. I was surprised to realize that my pacifism about it is actually part of the problem. For old white dudes like me, this book can be hard to read. That's what makes it even MORE necessary and impactful.