My 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

Over the past couple of years, I have documented every film that I have watched and reviewed them all using Letterboxd. As a way to motivate myself to read more, I thought I would do the same for what books I have been reading, using Goodreads as a way to set myself a reading challenge every year.

I initially set my target as 25 books this year, but a few things happened that meant I reached this goal quite early on. Firstly, I had a baby, so this meant that I was awake at silly hours with plenty of time to read. Then, there was lockdown. Because of lockdown, I decided to join Bookstagram and NetGalley and get more serious about reviewing books. So now, instead of reading two books at most a month, I’ve been reading up to ten.

I upped my goal to 60 around halfway through the year, and still managed to pass that by reaching 74 books. This year has really rekindled my love of books, and I can’t wait to start 2021 with this new passion.

Here’s how my 2020 challenge went:

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Book Review: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

“What happens during a moment of intimacy is complicated and confusing. When we put it under a spotlight in a court of law, we discover that, a lot of the time, there is no black and white. Just shades of gray.”

Released this week, Megan Goldin‘s latest thriller The Night Swim follows true-crime podcaster Rachel Krall who has become an overnight sensation, and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face, which makes it all the more unsettling when she visits the small town of Neapolis during a devastating rape trial and finds a note on her car windshield addressed to her. Under pressure to make the latest season of her podcast a success, Rachel throws herself into investigating the trial. The town’s golden boy has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. But the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and they won’t stop until Rachel agrees to help them solve a mystery that happened twenty-five years ago.

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