Whoah! What a year it has been! It started with the flu, followed by pneumonia, a little girl’s first birthday party, COVID, quarantine, and a whole lot of worry. But I’m happy to say this year is ending on a good note as we prepare to adopt our foster daughter in early 2021.
My goals this year are simple: finish my paranormal thriller draft and revise/edit said draft. That’s it. Sounds doable, right? I may even throw in a short story–we’ll see.
It must be the beginning-the-year-anew-syndrome that has me so optimistic, as being the mother of a child with special needs is at times challenging when you’re in four different therapies a week and still have two other children to homeschool and manage. But as we settle into our new “normal” I like to think I will make good use of what little time I have at the moment and reach each goal in the upcoming year to the best of my ability.
Speaking of goals–
As an overachiever the year before I was wise to lower my Goodreads Reaching Challenge this year from 60 (to which I read 73) to 20. It was a stressful year, to say the least.
Under promise. Over deliver. This year I read:
Actually, I just finished 37, but we’ll get to that later.
As always, let me know if you read any of these books this year or in the past. Do you agree with my assessment? Stay to the end to get a sneak peek into my 2021 TBR.
On with the show. All titles in bold are books I would recommend to others. It doesn’t mean I hated the other books, but those titles which have stuck with me throughout the year are the standouts I choose to feature.
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Curse Breaker by April Kelley Jones (Shout out to my incredible CP!)
Harlequin Valentine by Neil Gaiman
Story Genius by Lisa Cron (If you’re a fellow writer)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Basic Japanese Grammar (I mean, it is a book, right?)
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Legend by Marie Lu
The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (Yes, yes, 1000 times yes–especially if you’re a writer)
Blood Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
As promised, here is a quick look into a few selections lined up for the upcoming year:
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
The Author’s Checklist by Elizabeth K. Kracht
Iron Gold and Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Angelology and Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
More Tales of the Witcher series
And so many more…
Happy New Year!