I just saw yesterday’s Friday Five question, and it’s on a topic near and dear to my heart: Books! So I’m answering it a day late. Here are the five questions.
1) Have you read more books, or fewer books, this past year than usual?
Slightly fewer, I guess, but really about the same. I read more particularly long ones this year. In fact, in the Goodreads 2020 reading challenge, I intentionally set my goal a little lower than in recent years, because I didn’t want to discourage myself from reading longer books. So overall, in the past year I’ve probably read roughly the same as usual. In 2020, I read 130 books. In the preceding five years, I read from 131 to 137 books each year. Close enough.
2) What book are you reading now (or what book did you read most recently)?
Eloquent Rage, by Brittney Cooper. And I recently finished reading Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green.
3) What is the best book you read in the past few years?
I can’t possibly list one best book from the past few years! That’s way too many to choose from! I might be able to come up with a few favorites from the past year. And I’m going to limit myself further by not including books that were re-reads. With those caveats, I will come up with a short list:
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
- La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1), by Philip Pullman
- The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict
- Women in Sunlight, by Frances Mayes
4) Do you read more than one book at a time, or just one?
I often read more than one at a time, but seldom more than three at a time. Two is typical; often, that’s one novel and one nonfiction book.
5) How big is your to-be-read pile (or list)?
Hundreds of books, I’m sure. I try not to look too closely. You know what they say: So many books, so little time.