How Can You Tell When the Year’s Nearly Over?

Before I start this week’s discussion, I now have links to the Writers in Our Midst event tonight at 7 pm. PST. The show will be live streamed on Facebook at Port Moody library’s FB page HERE. You can also access it directly from the library’s website HERE.

So, how can you tell if the year’s nearly over? It’s because the best books of 2020 lists are showing up everywhere. While I always find the lists interesting, they’re also a little discouraging as it becomes quite clear that I can and will never keep up on my reading.

I read about fifty books a year. After an active day, most of my reading is for pleasure, although lately I’ve been reading and studying a number of nonfiction writing-related books. I have read the work of several authors on the New York Times bestseller list (divided into categories), which you can find HERE. I just haven’t read their latest offerings.

It can certainly be argued that bestselling books don’t necessarily mean best written book. The Washington Post has chosen to name the top 100 books for 2020, books that stood out for them (HERE). Since I’m not a subscriber I couldn’t see all of the article, but I was able to get a look at their thriller and mystery category (HERE) up to a point. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the fantasy list of novels at all.

When it comes down to it, I don’t feel overly guilty for not reading all the recommended books. I spend a lot of reading indie authors (I’m woefully behind on that as well) along with the big names. I also post short reviews because I like to showcase authors who deserve more attention.

I don’t know if I’ll post my own ‘best of’ list this year. I did so at the half way point this summer, but we’ll see. I’m curious to see any you will create a best of the year list. If you are, I’ll definitely be taking a look at them!

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired me to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for my my Casey Holland transit security novels. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

13 thoughts on “How Can You Tell When the Year’s Nearly Over?”

  1. I´ve read some great books this year, although I am still far behind. I probably will post a list at the end of the year or beginning of next year. Have a good time tonight.

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    1. Excellent point! I’ve never been the type of person who has to be among the first to acquire anything. I tend to go to a movie weeks after it comes out and the crowds have died down. The same is mostly true for books, but it excludes me from a lot of book discussions on FB because folks seem eager to discuss the hot new releases. Also, I don’t take part in the annual Goodreads vote for best books because I haven’t gotten around to reading any of them. But I’m making peace with going at my own pace.

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  2. My favourite read this year was Educational heritage of ancient India. It was full of amazing history that the west conveniently omitted from their “history” of India. Not sure this is something you would be interested in, but think you’d like another of my favourites — The library of legends by Janie Chang.

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  3. Debra, I love lists and book lists tops them all! 😀 I’ve seen various newspaper and bookshop ones, gathering more literature for my TBR pile! I do hope you post about your best reads … I’m intending to but probably at the start of the new year. Keep an eye for it! Keep safe and well! Xx

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