2020 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

The second quarter for the year was much better reading-wise. I kicked my reading slump to the curb, dove into some single-issue comics, and then the pandemic rolled in and grounded me so that all I had left to do was work, eat, sleep, read (and play some Sims, lol).

I read 31 things this quarter. 31! That’s a whole lot for me, although some were comic books that are as short as 20 or so pages. I’m amazed at myself.

Books | Audio Books | Comics | Picture Books

Books by month

April

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe ★★★★☆

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, book 6; Witches, book 2) ★★★☆☆

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Villains, book 1) ★★★★☆ ½

The Madness of Cambyses by Herodotus, transl. by Tom Holland ★★☆☆☆ ½

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (Magic Thief, book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (Waverley Family, book 1) ★★★★★

May

Drowned Country by Emily Tesh (Greenhollow, book 2) ★★★☆☆

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison ★★★★★

June

The Inheritance by Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm ★★★☆☆

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen (Steampunk Proper Romance, book 4) ★★☆☆☆

Greyborn Rising by Derry Sandy ★★☆☆☆ ½

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Tristan Strong, book 1) ★★★☆☆

Audio books by month

April

Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares, narr. by Angela Goethals (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, book 4) ★★★★☆

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, narr. by Anne Flosnik (Liveship Traders, book 1) ★★★★☆ [reread]

Long Bright River by Liz Moore, narr. by Allyson Ryan ★★★★☆

May

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, narr. by Kate Reading & Michael Kramer (Wheel of Time, book 3) ★★★☆☆ [reread]

Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, narr. by Anne Flosnik (Liveship Traders, book 2) ★★★★★ [reread]

June

The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, narr. by Kate Reading & Michael Kramer (Wheel of Time, book 3) ★★★☆☆ [reread]

Comics & graphic novels by month

April

Nimona by Noelle Stephenson (illus.) ★★★★☆

Oddly Normal, Book 1 by Otis Frampton (illus.) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Assassin Nation, #1 by Kyle Starks, illus. by Erica Henderson ★★☆☆☆

Django/Zorro, #1 by Quentin Tarantino & Matt Wagner, illus. by Esteve Polls ★★☆☆☆ ½

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson, illus. by Brooke A. Allen ★★☆☆☆

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction, illus. by Chip Zdarsky ★★★★☆ ½

Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illus. by Emma Rios ★★★☆☆ ½

Sylvania, #1 by Kristin Kemper ★★★☆☆ ½

Prodigy, #1 by Mark Millar, illus. by Rafael Albuquerque ★★★☆☆

The Boys, Vol. 1: The Name of the Game by Garth Ennis, illus. by Darick Robertson ★★★★★

May

June

Picture books by month

April

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak ★★★★★

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (illus.) ★★★★★

Spot & Dot by Henry Cole (illus.) (Spot the Cat, book 2) ★★★★☆

May

June

**Rereads aren’t considered for most categories below.**

Favorite(s) of the bunch

The Book With No Pictures
First Frost
The Boys, Vol. 1

Least liked

The Madness of Cambyses
Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1
Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

Did Not Finish

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Best stories

The Tell-Tale Heart
Wyrd Sisters
First Frost

Best writing

The Tell-Tale Heart
First Frost
The Goblin Emperor

Best narration (audio books)

Long Bright River

Best illustrations (illustrated books & comics/graphic novels)

Hello Lighthouse
Spot & Dot

Prodigy

Most amazing character(s)/people

Nanny Ogg from Wyrd Sisters
Maia from The Goblin Emperor

Great world-building

Wyrd Sisters

Most fitting title

The Book With No Pictures

Most unique/impactful story

The Book With No Pictures (unique)

Cover love

Reading challenges hits ‘n’ misses

Goodreads Challenge

books read = 44/50

Books I must read this year

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/8

Read some comics/graphic novels

comics read = 10 | total so far = 10/10 COMPLETE!

Nimona
Oddly Normal, Book 1
Assassin Nation, #1
Django/Zorro, #1
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick
Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike
Sylvania, #1
Prodigy, #1
The Boys, Vol. 1: The Name of the Game

Read some classics

books read = 2 | total so far = 2/2 COMPLETE!

The Tell-Tale Heart
The Madness of Cambyses

Read some horror

books read = 0 | total so far = 1/4

Turtle Recall

books read = 1 | total so far = 2/5

Wyrd Sisters

#StartOnYourShelfathon

books read = 13 | total so far = 15/20

Nimona
The Tell-Tale Heart
Wyrd Sisters
Oddly Normal
Vicious
The Book With No Pictures
Hello Lighthouse
The Madness of Cambyses
First Frost
The Dragon Reborn
The Goblin Emperor
The Inheritance
Greyborn Rising

Reading stats

Longest book

The Shadow Rising

Shortest book

Sylvania, #1

Format

Physical = 21
Audio = 6
E-book = 4

Genre

Fantasy = 16
Sci-Fi = 3
Thriller = 3
Contemporary = 2
Mystery = 1
Nonfiction = 1
Historical = 1
Humor = 1
Romance = 1
Western = 1
Magical Realism = 1

Age group

Adult = 20
YA = 4
MG = 4
Kids = 3

Protagonist gender

Male = 13
Female = 10
Ensemble = 6
Unknown = 2

Author gender

Female = 16
Male = 15

Ownership

Mine (bought before January 6, 2020) = 13
New (bought on/after January 6, 2020) = 3
Library = 5
ARC = 2
Free = 2
Other loan = 6

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