It’s been a while since I was here and I still won’t be updating as often as I used to most probably but I wanted to sum up this hell of a year at least.
Sorry for disappearing on you for so long but blogging’s not on my mind lately and, as you will see, I had a huge reading slump in October and November so it’s not like I had much content to share anyway.
I think I failed all my challenges so I’m not gonna talk about them. This is not the year for putting yourself down.
This post is pretty long but most of it is pictures so, please, bear with me.
Also! Happy New Year! 🥂
So, first of all here you have all 200 books I read this year! If you would rather have them with GR links, here’s the link to My Year In Books. If this bores you, scroll down to better things.
In 2020 I’ve been using Fadwa’s @ Word Wonders reading tracker spreadsheet with an amazing stats tracker. I modified it slightly but not that much and you’ll be seeing one or two additions I somehow managed to set up so I’m not gonna write essays about it — I’ll just add * to those. Anyway, thank you Fadwa! It’s been really helpful!
Number of books I read each month
My best month by number of books was April (31) and my worst was November (only 1). I managed to read about 20 books 8 out of 12 months!!
Number of pages I read each month*
I read the most pages in January (6336) and the least, again, in October (365). Started with a bang and then it fell apart lol.
A pie chart of ratings by %
Nearly 50% of the books I’ve read I rated 4 stars or more so I loved many books this year. 3-3,5 starred books make up another 45% so I rarely hated what I read.
A pie chart of primary genres I read by %
Paranormal, Contemporary, and Fantasy/Romance (tie) are the top 3 (4) genres this year but I read through a huge variety of genres.
A pie chart of age ranges by %
I mostly read within the Adult age range this year and, yeah, I feel like I’m growing out of YA. I love many premises of YA and keep adding YA books to my TBR but then I just don’t feel like picking them up. The weird thing is I never feel tired of MG?
A pie chart of the format in which I read by %
Over 50% of the books I read this year I actually listened to. This is new for me — I only got into audiobooks at the end of last year. Another thing? This light blue colour is ALCs so I haven’t read any physical books in the whole of 2020.
A pie chart of genders of authors I read by %
I mostly read books by women! This is no surprise, this has been true for years. I wish to read more non-binary authors and more male #ownvoices though.
A pie chart of author status by %
When it comes to authors I reach for, the number of those I already know and those I don’t know yet is pretty much equal so it doesn’t have much bearing on my choice. Nice.
A pie chart of publishers I read by %
I mostly read books published by Small Presses or Selfpubbed! And I am proud of that.
A pie chart of books I reviewed by %
I don’t review even half of what I read. What?! It would be so much work with 200 books a year though…
A pie chart of LGBTQ+ rep by %*
When it comes to LGBTQ+ rep, I mostly read m/m (disappointing). It looks like I don’t read any trans rep but the category ‘multiple’ includes lots of it (still, I should read more of it).
2020 GOALS CHECK
I had 5 reading goals and 5 blogging goals for 2020. Did I actually complete them? Let’s see:
- STAY ON TOP OF MY CHALLENGES & READATHONS ❌ (lol, let’s not even talk about that one)
- HIT 100 READ BOOKS AGAIN ✅ (yes! I even doubled it!)
- READ MORE NON-FICTION ✅❌ (the aim was at least one per month and I read 11 so can’t even say I did it statistically but I was close?)
- MORE AUDIOBOOKS ✅ (another win! I definitely read more audiobooks this year!)
- DNF BOOKS INSTEAD OF PUSHING THROUGH ❓ (hard to say? I don’t remember DNFing much but I also don’t remember feeling like DNFing much)
- CARRY ON WITH MY TIPS & TRICKS SERIES ✅ (I made at least one more, from what I remember)
- WRITE MORE DISCUSSION POSTS ✅ (I definitely had some before my hiatus)
- BE MORE CREATIVE & CREATE MORE ORIGINAL POSTS ✅ (yes! I even created my own meme so things were accomplished)
- ENGAGE WITH OTHER BLOGGERS MORE ✅❌ (hmm, I did engage with you guys but also I’ve been on hiatus for so long and haven’t been visiting blogs lately…)
- DO SOME COLABS WITH OTHER BLOGGERS ✅❌ (does it count if I did it once?)
Huh, there’s more green than red so it’s not as bad as I thought?
Now, here are some books I fell in love with this year. I’m not including rereads from previous years and if it’s a series, I’m only including the 1st book and putting [s] unless the books are about a different set of characters for brevity’s sake.
Don’t look up what I rated them — I am talking about emotional attachment here.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby
Desdemona and the Deep by C.S.E. Cooney
The Binding by Bridget Collins
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir [s]
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
Deadline by Stephanie Ahn [s]
Ink In the Blood by Kim Smejkal
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani [s]
Anyone but You by Chelsea M. Cameron
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards [s]
Fallible Justice by Laura Lasko [s]
Well, I think I kept you long enough so time to wrap it up. 2020 was one hell of a year but I read some good books.
I wish I had some personal accomplishments to share but nothing cool happened to me this year. Probably explains how I had so much time to finish 200 books whelp.
- How was your 2020? What did you read? Rec me one of your 2020 favs!