of 20 Books of
Another calendar season has been and gone, and what do I have to show for it?
I certainly didn't even go close to completing this year's 20 books challenge for starters. Although, if I had included picture books for children, I would have romped it in!
Last year I easily read and reviewed 20 books, but this year I only read and reviewed 13. I read another 2 (graphic novels) but they are yet to be reviewed. And I have several more books half read - but anyway you look at it, I'm about a month behind in my pre-Covid reading schedule.
- The Dictionary of Lost Words (67%), my next book club book.
- The Golden Maze (7%), non-fiction about Prague by an Australian writer.
- The Cloud Spotters Guide (58%), non-fiction about, um, clouds!
- The Fire This Time (74%), an anthology of black American essays, poems and articles.
- Fracture (38%), an Argentinian writing a story set in Japan.
- plus my chapter-a-day of War and Peace (62%).
Only 8 of these books were on my original list. The rest are ring-ins. This happens every year though, so nothing surprising there!
I thought I was reading more during these Covid times, but 20 Books of Winter would seem to indicate that I'm actually reading a lot less. Now I'm curious to work out why?
I'm having way more time at home thanks to our severely curtailed social life. I have some new responsibilities at work, but the hours have stayed the same. I'm not watching a significant amount of TV instead as I'd be lucky to watch an hour of TV a day. I am walking a lot more than of old, sometimes twice a day if I can drag Mr Books away from his work desk! Blogging has taken a big hit, so that's not taking up my time either. Time just seems to be disappearing.
Some of it is thanks to my smart phone. Actually, on reflection, that's probably the main suck of my time.
During these Covid times, I’m spending way more time trawling news, covid facts & figures and when I can’t stand the real world any longer, I play games.
I go through phases of realising how un-smart it is making me and how much time it is sucking away from my life and I will curtail my time using it. But then it gradually increases again until I reach another crisis point of wondering where on earth all my time is disappearing to!
Since that point has obviously been reached once again, I vow to curtail my use of my not-so-smart phone for the ENTIRE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER! It's time for a technology spring clean.
Last week I was on my phone for an average of 4 hrs and 3 mins each day!!
How did THAT happen?
My days off work have the biggest usage spikes, but every day could do with less phone time and more reading time. If you see me on loitering on twitter for too long, tell me to get off and read a book instead!
Which, finally brings me to the books I did actually read during 20 Books of
All but one were wonderful, interesting reads, so I cannot complain. Reading goals are good to have, even if they don't get achieved every year. And the company at 20 Books is always very fine indeed.
How did you fare this year?
3/20 - 12th July 2020
10/20 - 24th August 2020
7/20 - 13th August 2020
11/20 - 26th August 2020
2/20 - 19 June 2020
12/20 - 28 August 2020
6/20 - 3 August 2020
1/20 - 11 June 2020
4/20 - 14 July 2020
5/20 - 20 July 2020
8/20 - 19th Aug 2020
9/20 - 22nd Aug 2020
13/20 - 30 August 2020
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Check in with Cathy @746 Books to see how everyone else went this year.