I’ve done a summary post of the books I read, places I visited, etc., for the last couple of years. 2020 has very little to recommend for itself looking back. The early months were pretty good, but later not so much.
- Terceira in February (highly recommend)
- Pittsburgh for hockey (first week of March, just pre-lockdown)
- Antietam/western MD for a weekend in July
- Cape Cod for an isolated and quiet trip in September
- Online only – several Frank Turner shows, not much else.
- Can’t remember if I saw anything in the theater early on.
- Signed up briefly for Disney+ in order to see Hamilton and the first season of The Mandalorian.
- A lot of Netflix, including Schitt’s Creek (meh), Derry Girls (like it), and Bridgerton (not sure I’d bother with future seasons/series).
- Currently watching the new season of The Expanse on Amazon. I love Chrisjen Avasarala as a character.
I finished 33 books. The highlights were Megan Whalen Turner’s The Return of the King and Ben Aaronovitch’s False Value. There are two former autobuy authors who finally tipped over the edge for me to not even being library borrows, and a lot of ~meh~ mixed in. I tried a couple of self-published works from writers I’ve found via fandom(s); sometimes the original fic works for me and sometimes not, which is perhaps a function of the canon and backstory in fandom that requires more work to establish in original fiction. I’ve been letting myself read Obama’s memoir in bits and pieces, as a comfort, so I started in 2020 but it will finish as a 2021 read. (It’ll be a highlight, I’m pretty sure.)
Books I’m looking forward to in 2021:
- Anna K. by Jenny Lee, a YA retelling of Anna Karenina. I haven’t read Anna Karenina since high school and my memory of it is such that I’m curious to read a YA adaptation.
- We Own This City by Justin Fenton. Non-fiction account of the Baltimore City Police Gun Trace Task Force, whose members have been federally indicted for a variety of crimes, including racketeering, drug dealing, and illegal searches and seizures.
- The new installment in Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton Yukon series.
- What Abigail Did That Summer, a novella in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch.