What I have read (and my favorite books so far in 2020)

At the start of 2020, I had planned to read 12 books. One book a month. It’s achievable and time-bound. No pressure. I only read 11 books in 2019 after all, so one more book added to the pile makes little difference. What I did not expect was a reading frenzy fueled by, among others, frustrating months of home quarantine as a preventive measure against COVID-19.

Turn off the TV. Snub the social media. Take a break from writing. And just read. Read, read, read. One book after another. When I finished reading 12 books in February, I increased my target to 15, then to 20, then to 25. My target now is 50 books by the end of the year. So far, I have finished reading 39 books. That is 15 more books read in 2014 when I was also hit by the reading bug right after I left a stressful eight-to-five job.

Apart from my husband, reading comforted me during the home quarantine. Books remind me of my capacity to read, my level of literacy, and the existence of my common sense during the serious period when it seems to me that my country’s government has failed me.

You can find on Goodreads the books I have read so far. Out of the list, here are some favorites:

I’m sure this list of favorites will grow. There are still a few more books to read before the year ends.

I'm grateful that 2020 is turning out to be a season of revelations for me. I am learning more about myself in terms of genre preferences, language style, and reading habits. At the same time, I am discovering more writers (mostly Asian) whose printed works I have wish-listed and, when budget allows, hope to buy next year.

Let me tune out for now so I can go back to my reading.

(Text and photo by Nancy Cudis-Ucag. All Rights Reserved.)


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