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2021 Literary Escapes Challenge

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- Utah (1)
- Vermont (2)
- Virginia (3)
- Washington (2)
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- Wyoming (1)
- *Washington, D.C.

International:
Australia (2)
Canada (3)
England (6)
France (1)
Ireland (1)
Switzerland (1)
The Philippines (1)
Wales (1)

My Progress:


27 / 51 states. 53% done!

2021 Fall Into Reading Challenge

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2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
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6 / 25 books. 24% done!

2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

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32 / 50 books. 64% done!

Booklist Queen's 2021 Reading Challenge

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35 / 52 books. 67% done!

2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2021 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

The 52 Club's 2021 Reading Challenge

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39 / 52 books. 75% done!
Monday, January 04, 2021

Another Year in the Books



We did it!  We made it to 2021!  Happy New Year, everyone!  

I know I'm a little bit late to the party, but things have been a little hectic around here.  My son and his beautiful bride were married on Saturday.  It was a lovely event in every way and even though it was stressful to hold a wedding during the holidays, it was a fun way to start the new year.

Now that my company has gone home, I can turn my attention to looking at my reading stats from 2020.  It's always interesting and fun for me to look back at what I read and how it compares/contrasts with other years' numbers.  So, without further ado, here we go:

Total Books Read:  191 - Although I did not meet my goal of reading 200 books, I got pretty darn close.  I blew past last year's total of 168 and even beat my all-time record of 186 (from 2011).  Not bad!

Number of fiction books read:  183 (96%)
Number of non-fiction books read:  8 (4%)
Number of adult books read:  119 (62%)
Number of YA books read:  23 (12%)
Number of MG books read:  49 (26%)
Number of books by female authors: 164 (86%)
Number of books by male authors: 22 (12%)
Number of books by multiple authors, male and female:  5 (2%)
Number of books read, personal collection:  37 (19%)
Number of books read, review copies:  53 (28%)
Number of books read, borrowed from library:  101 (53%)
Number of books read, paper:  126 (66%)
Number of books read, electronic: 60 (31%)  
Number of books read, audio:  6 (3%)
Number of reading challenges joined:  8
Number of reading challenges completed:  6

For the Literary Escapes Challenge, I kept track of the states and countries where the books I read took place.  The top three states I visited most were:  California, New York, and North Carolina (a three-way tie as I read 11 books set in each).  The top three countries besides the U.S. were:  England (13), France (3), and Russia (3).  

As is true every year, in 2020 I read mostly adult fiction set in the United States that was written by women.  Unlike other years, the majority of the books I read this year came from the library, which is interesting since my local libraries were not open for several months because of the pandemic.  In previous years, I've read mostly review books.  Another big change this year is that I completed almost all of the reading challenges I signed up for.  That has never happened before!  

Overall, I have to say that 2020 was a very good reading year for me.  I'm hoping 2021 will be even better.  How did your year in reading go?  

Just for my records, the following is a list of books I read this year:

BOOKS READ IN 2020 (ASTERISKS DENOTE FAVORITES)

  • 191. THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD BY LAURA MCHUGH (DEC)
  • 190. THE ARCTIC FURY BY GREER MACALLISTER (DEC)
  • 189. SUGAR AND VICE BY EVE CALDER (DEC)
  • 188. BORN A CRIME BY TREVOR NOAH (DEC)
  • 187. THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS BY WILLIAM PENE DU BOIS (DEC)
  • 186. THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD BY AGATHA CHRISTIE (DEC)
  • 185. THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT BY CHRIS BOHJALIAN (DEC)
  • 184. WITHOUT A BREW BY ELLIE ALEXANDER (DEC)
  • 183. THE ONLY BLACK GIRLS IN TOWN BY BRANDY COLBERT (DEC)
  • 182. VIVA JACQUELINA! BY L.A. MEYER* (DEC)
  • 181. THE FAMILY ROMANOV BY CANDACE FLEMING (DEC)
  • 180. DRAGON PEARL BY YOON HA LEE (DEC)
  • 179. ROOM BY EMMA DONOGHUE (DEC)
  • 178. HUNGRY HEARTS BY VARIOUS AUTHORS (DEC)
  • 177. BEAUTY AND THE BARON BY JOANNA BARKER (DEC)
  • 176. THE SIMPLE FAITH OF MISTER ROGERS BY AMY HOLLINGSWORTH (DEC)
  • 175. THE LOOP BY BEN OLIVER* (DEC)
  • 174. WHEN I HIT THE ROAD BY NANCY J. CAVANAUGH (DEC)
  • 173. THE TRUTH PROJECT BY DANTE MEDEMA (DEC)
  • 172. PINE ISLAND HOME BY POLLY HORVATH (DEC)
  • 171. A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS [RE-READ]* (DEC)
  • 170. SHOOT THE MOON BY BILLIE LETTS (DEC)
  • 169. AS YOU WISH BY CHELSEA SEDOTI (NOV)
  • 168. A PROMISE FOR ELLIE BY LAURAINE SNELLING (NOV)
  • 167. COOP KNOWS THE SCOOP BY TARYN SOUDERS (NOV)
  • 166. A SEPARATE PEACE BY JOHN KNOWLES (NOV)
  • 165. CODE TALKER BY JOSEPH BRUCHAC (NOV)
  • 164. MURDER AT THE BREAKERS BY ALYSSA MAXWELL (NOV)
  • 163. SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE BY JO WATSON HACKL (NOV)
  • 162. GOLD RUSH GIRL BY AVI (NOV)
  • 161. STATE OF THE ONION BY JULIE HYZY (NOV)
  • 160. THE SEARCHER BY TANA FRENCH (NOV)
  • 159. LIGHTING TREE BY SARAH DUNSTER (NOV)
  • 158. SURVIVING SAVANNAH BY PATTI CALLAHAN (NOV)
  • 157. CLEAN GETAWAY BY NIC STONE (NOV)
  • 156. WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOR BY ALLY CARTER (NOV)
  • 155. EVERY MISSING PIECE BY MELANIE CONKLIN (NOV)
  • 154. BROTHER'S KEEPER BY JULIE LEE* (NOV)
  • 153. MY LIFE IN THE FISH TANK BY BARBARA DEE (NOV)
  • 152. ISAIAH DUNN IS MY HERO BY KELLY J. BAPTIST (OCT)
  • 151. STARTING FROM SENECA FALLS BY KAREN SCHWABACH (OCT)
  • 150. MY LIFE AS A POTATO BY ARIANNE COSTNER* (OCT)
  • 149. WE DREAM OF SPACE BY ERIN ENTRADA KELLY (OCT)
  • 148. CLOSER TO NOWHERE BY ELLEN HOPKINS (OCT)
  • 147. DRESS CODED BY CARRIE FIRESTONE (OCT)
  • 146. EFREN DIVIDED BY ERNESTO CISNEROS (OCT)
  • 145. HERE IN THE REAL WORLD BY SARA PENNYPACKER (OCT)
  • 144. STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG! BY JESSICA KIM (OCT)
  • 143. WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF BY SARAH ALLEN (OCT)
  • 142. THE CANYON'S EDGE BY DUSTI BOWLING (OCT)
  • 141. FIGHTING WORDS BY KIMBERLY BRUBAKER BRADLEY* (OCT)
  • 140. THE AMELIA SIX BY KRISTIN L. GRAY (OCT)
  • 139. A PLACE AT THE TABLE BY SAADIA FARUQI AND LAURA SHOVAN* (OCT)
  • 138. BEFORE THE EVER AFTER BY JACQUELINE WOODSON (OCT)
  • 137. THE WESTING GAME BY ELLEN RASKIN (OCT)
  • 136. WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE BY RENEE WATSON (OCT)
  • 135. WE COULD BE HEROES BY MARGARET FINNEGAN (OCT)
  • 134. ECHO MOUNTAIN BY LAUREN WOLK (OCT)
  • 133. TUNE IT OUT BY JAMIE SUMNER (OCT)
  • 132. LAND OF THE CRANES BY AIDA SALAZAR (OCT)
  • 131. WARRIORS DON'T CRY BY MELBA PATILLO BEALS (OCT)
  • 130. THE ONE AND ONLY BOB BY KATHERINE APPLEGATE (OCT)
  • 129. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN BY KATHERINE APPLEGATE* [RE-READ] (OCT)
  • 128. FIVE TOTAL STRANGERS BY NATALIE D. RICHARDS (OCT)
  • 127. BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER BY JEWELL PARKER RHODES (OCT)
  • 126. SEVEN CLUES TO HOME BY GAE POLISNER AND NORA RALEIGH BASKIN (OCT)
  • 125. THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE BY REBECCA STEAD (OCT)
  • 124. THE INHERITANCE GAMES BY JENNIFER LYNN BARNES (OCT)
  • 123. BLOOD SISTERS BY JANE CORRY (OCT)
  • 122. THE STREEL BY MARY LOGUE (OCT)
  • 121. BEYOND VALOR BY JON ERWIN AND WILLIAM DOYLE (OCT)
  • 120. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE [RE-READ] (OCT)
  • 119. PRAIRIE LOTUS BY LINDA SUE PARK (SEP)
  • 118. THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES BY GRADY HENDRIX (SEP)
  • 117. AND THEN THERE WERE CRUMBS BY EVE CALDER (SEP)
  • 116. THE EAGLE CATCHER BY MARGARET COEL (SEP)
  • 115. SHE GETS THAT FROM ME BY ROBIN WELLS (SEP)
  • 114. CHRISTMAS AFTER ALL BY KATHRYN LASKY* (SEP)
  • 113. A LIGHT IN THE STORM BY KAREN HESSE (SEP)
  • 112. THE FOUR WINDS BY KRISTIN HANNAH (SEP)
  • 111. AFTER ANATEVKA BY ALEXANDRA SILBER (SEP)
  • 110. REBECCA BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER (SEP)
  • 109. THE BLACKBIRD GIRLS BY ANNE BLANKMAN (SEP)
  • 108. NO FILTER BY HEATHER DAY GILBERT (SEP)
  • 107. LONG, BRIGHT RIVER BY LIZ MOORE (SEP)
  • 106. THE DROWNING KIND BY JENNIFER MCMAHON (SEP)
  • 105. THE STOLEN MARRIAGE BY DIANE CHAMBERLAIN* (SEP)
  • 104. EVERY LAST FEAR BY ALEX FINLAY (AUG)
  • 103. THE NIGHT SWIM BY MEGAN GOLDIN (AUG)
  • 102. DEATH IN KEW GARDENS BY JENNIFER ASHLEY (AUG)
  • 101. THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD BY MELANIE BENJAMIN (AUG)
  • 100. WINTER GARDEN BY KRISTIN HANNAH (AUG)
  • 99. SOMEONE'S LISTENING BY SERAPHINA NOVA GLASS (AUG)
  • 98. WITH OR WITHOUT YOU BY CAROLINE LEAVITT (AUG)
  • 97. PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT BY AMANDA FLOWER (AUG)
  • 96. AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD BY KELLY MCWILLIAMS (JUL)
  • 95. FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON BY JANAE MARKS (JUL)
  • 94. THE IMPERFECTS BY AMY MEYERSON* (JUL)
  • 93. BE NOT FAR FROM ME BY MINDY MCGINNIS (JUL)
  • 92. THE SILENT HOUSE BY NELL PATTISON (JUL)
  • 91. A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP BY ABBY COLLETTE (JUL)
  • 90. RECURSION BY BLAKE CROUCH (JUL)
  • 89. THE LAST WIFE BY KAREN HAMILTON (JUL)
  • 88. FRACTURED TIDE BY LESLIE LUTZ (JUL)
  • 87. THE WOMAN IN THE GREEN DRESS BY TEA COOPER* (JUL)
  • 86. EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS BY PETER SWANSON (JUL)
  • 85. TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH BY GILLY MACMILLAN (JUN)
  • 84. NECESSARY LIES BY DIANE CHAMBERLAIN* (JUN)
  • 83. BEYOND THE HORIZON BY LOIS LOWRY* (JUN)
  • 82. THAT SUMMER IN MAINE BY BRIANNA WOLFSON (JUN)
  • 81. A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER BY HOLLY JACKSON (JUN)
  • 80. SHOW ME A SIGN BY ANN CLARE LEZOTTE (JUN)
  • 79. THE VANISHING DEEP BY ASTRID SCHOLTE (JUN)
  • 78. THE GUEST LIST BY LUCY FOLEY (JUN)
  • 77. RED SKY OVER HAWAII BY SARA ACKERMAN (JUN)
  • 76. GARDEN OF STONES BY SOPHIE LITTLEFIELD (JUN)
  • 75. THE BITTER AND SWEET OF CHERRY SEASON BY MOLLY FADER (JUN)
  • 74. STRANGER IN THE LAKE BY KIMBERLY BELLE (JUN)
  • 73. THE PRISONER'S WIFE BY MAGGIE BROOKES (JUN)
  • 72. WHERE DREAMS DESCEND BY JANELLA ANGELES (JUN)
  • 71. THIS IS BIG BY MARISA MELTZER (MAY)
  • 70. THE LAST BLUE BY ISLA MORLEY* (MAY)
  • 69. REVIVING THE HAWTHORN SISTERS BY EMILY CARPENTER (MAY)
  • 68. THIS IS HOW I LIED BY HEATHER GUDENKAUF (MAY)
  • 67. ABANDON BY BLAKE CROUCH (MAY)
  • 66. THE DEEP BY ALMA KATSU (MAY)
  • 65. THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS BY MEGAN MIRANDA (MAY)
  • 64. WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS BY ERIN BARTELS (MAY)
  • 63. BEST BEHAVIOR BY WENDY FRANCIS (MAY)
  • 62. THE SUMMER VILLA BY MELISSA HILL (MAY)
  • 61. THE MOUNTAIN MIDWIFE BY LAURIE ALICE EAKES (MAY)
  • 60. ONE BY ONE BY RUTH WARE (MAY)
  • 59. LETHAL LICORICE BY AMANDA FLOWERS (APR)
  • 58. THE CUTTING PLACE BY JANE CASEY (APR)
  • 57. THE SEA OF LOST GIRLS BY CAROL GOODMAN (APR)
  • 56. THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS BY LISA WINGATE* (APR)
  • 55. WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW BY CINDY BALDWIN (APR)
  • 54. BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND BY HEATHER GUDENKAUF (APR)
  • 53. ASSAULTED CARAMEL BY AMANDA FLOWER (APR)
  • 52. SUNRISE ON HALF MOON BAY BY ROBYN CARR (APR)
  • 51. MR. NOBODY BY CATHERINE STEADMAN (APR)
  • 50. TRUTHS I NEVER TOLD YOU BY KELLY RIMMER (APR)
  • 49. THE MARK OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON BY L.A. MEYER (APR)
  • 48. A SINGLE LIGHT BY TOSCA LEE (APR)
  • 47. THE LINE BETWEEN BY TOSCA LEE (APR)
  • 46. THE SPLIT BY SHARON BOLTON* (APR)
  • 45. TIGERS, NOT DAUGHTERS BY SAMANTHA MABRY (APR)
  • 44. GIRL WAITS WITH GUN BY AMY STEWART* (APR)
  • 43. SPRINKLE WITH MURDER BY JENN MCKINLAY (MAR)
  • 42. WHO RESCUED WHO BY VICTORIA SCHADE (MAR)
  • 41. THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN* (MAR)
  • 40. REBEL SPY BY VERONICA ROSSI (MAR)
  • 39. FOREVER FRIENDS BY SARAH MACKENZIE (MAR)
  • 38. THIN ICE BY PAIGE SHELTON (MAR)
  • 37. A CONSPIRACY OF BONES BY KATHY REICHS* (MAR)
  • 36. THE LAST TIME I LIED BY RILEY SAGER (MAR)
  • 35. LOCK EVERY DOOR BY RILEY SAGER (MAR)
  • 34. A ROOM FULL OF BONES BY ELLY GRIFFITHS (MAR)
  • 33. DRY BY NEAL AND JARROD SHUSTERMAN (MAR)
  • 32. THE LIGHT IN HIDDEN PLACES BY SHARON CAMERON* (MAR)
  • 31. WHEN WE WERE LOST BY KEVIN WIGNALL (MAR)
  • 30. THE WISH AND THE PEACOCK BY WENDY S. SWORE (MAR)
  • 29. THE LUCKY ONE BY LORI RADER-DAY (MAR)
  • 28. THE SWEENEY SISTERS BY LIAN DOLAN (MAR)
  • 27. AFTER THE FLOOD BY KASSANDRA MONTAG (MAR)
  • 26. THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK BY KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON* (FEB)
  • 25. TOMORROW THERE WILL BE SUN BY DANA REINHARDT (FEB)
  • 24. THE PERFECT GHOST BY LINDA BARNES (FEB)
  • 23. PEACE LIKE A RIVER BY LEIF ENGER [RE-READ] (FEB)
  • 22. MINOR DRAMAS AND OTHER CATASTROPHES BY KATHLEEN WEST (FEB)
  • 21. FLAT BROKE WITH TWO GOATS BY JENNIFER MCGAHA (FEB)
  • 20. WHERE THE LOST WANDER BY AMY HARMON* (FEB)
  • 19. DARLING ROSE GOLD BY STEPHANIE WROBEL (FEB)
  • 18. THE SUN DOWN MOTEL BY SIMONE ST. JAMES* (FEB)
  • 17. THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE BY JULIET BLACKWELL (FEB)
  • 16. THE SECRETS OF BONES BY KYLIE LOGAN (FEB)
  • 15. THE WAKE OF THE LORELEI LEE BY L.A. MEYER* (JAN)
  • 14. THE ILLUSIONIST'S APPRENTICE BY KRISTY CAMBRON (JAN)
  • 13. THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE BY KRISTIN HANNAH (JAN)
  • 12. THE HOLLOWS BY JESS MONTGOMERY* (JAN)
  • 11. SECOND SIGHT BY AOIFE CLIFFORD (JAN)
  • 10. WONTON TERROR BY VIVIEN CHIEN (JAN)
  • 9. TWEET CUTE BY EMMA LORD (JAN)
  • 8. YOU WERE THERE TOO BY COLLEEN OAKLEY (JAN)
  • 7. THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART BY SUNDEE T. FRAZIER (JAN)
  • 6. BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN BY DIANE CHAMBERLAIN* (JAN)
  • 5. SPECTACLE BY JODIE LYNN ZDROK (JAN)
  • 4. A MURDEROUS RELATION BY DEANNA RAYBOURN (JAN)
  • 3. FIRST CUT BY JUDY MELINEK AND T.J. MITCHELL (JAN)
  • 2. THE BLACK HOUR BY LORI RADER-DAY (JAN)
  • 1. CHRISTMAS BELLS BY JENNIFER CHIAVERINI (JAN)

15 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! Congrats to your son on getting married and congrats on a pretty impressive reading year. :)

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    1. Thank you! 2020 wasn't all bad around here :)

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  2. Happy New Year, Susan. I'm so pleased your son's wedding went off well. That could not have been easy at the moment.

    Wow, what an amazing reading year you had! Congrats. Hope 2021 is as good for reading and that we get some freedom restored by the summer.

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    1. Thanks, Cath! Holding a wedding during the holidays AND a pandemic was a *little* stressful, but everything went really well, thank goodness.

      I hope the same for 2021. Hang in there with your lockdown!

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  3. Congrats to your son on getting married! You've a great reading year in 2020 and here's hoping that this year will be another good one for us!

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    1. Thank you! And, yes, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that 2021 will be a better year. I think it will be ... eventually :)

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  4. I always cry at wedding and wedding photos. Beautiful! You were so close, so good job!

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    1. Ha ha. This one was actually taken by my mother-in-law during the photo session at the wedding reception. I'm a terrible photographer, so I don't even try!

      I actually didn't cry as much at the wedding as I thought I would, but I definitely shed a few tears. Happy ones, of course :)

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  5. Congrats on your son getting married!!

    Wow, 191 books read in 2020!?!?!? I can't even imagine getting that many books read in a year. Impressive!

    The most books I've read in a year was 174 books back in 2017 and it was tough getting to that number... I read a lot of shorter books that year and listened to a lot of audiobooks!

    Good luck with your reading goals this year. Happy reading!!

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    1. Same! Because of being a judge for the Cybils Awards, I read a TON of middle-grade books. That helped me with my book count for sure. I listened to a few audiobooks as well - I need to do more of that this year.

      Good luck with your goals as well!

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  6. What a wonderful year of reading you had! And, a wedding... so much fun. Congratulations!

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    1. A lot of good things happened for me and my family in 2020. My son (the one who just got married) said 2020 was his best year so far!

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  7. Wow, I love her dress. They both look so nice together, and very happy. Glad it went well!

    Reading stats are so fun, thank you for sharing. It's really cool that you kept track of settings. Just glancing over my list, it looks like England was my #2 as well, with Canada swinging in third. I'll have to go through states later, just for fun. Very cool that the library managed to be your top source, despite how long it was closed.

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    1. I agree - they're a good-looking couple :) And they're so happy together that they make me smile whenever I see them!

      It is fun to keep track of where my reads take place. I need to branch out a little from the U.S. and the U.K., though!

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  8. Congratulations to your son and his new wife! They look beautiful and happy. Great job on your reading! I didn't have a record breaking year but I definitely blew 2019 out of the water which was good.

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