2020 Reading Wrap Up

Hello Darlings!

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! πŸ₯‚

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.

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STATS

In 2020 I’ve been using Fadwa’s @ Word Wonders reading tracker spreadsheet with 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!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A pie chart of age ranges by %

I mostly read within 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A pie chart of publishers I read by %

I mostly read books published by Small Presses or Selfpubbed! And I am proud of that.

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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…

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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:

READING:

  • STAY ON TOP OF MY CHALLENGES & READATHONS ❌ (lol, let’s not even talk about that one)
  • HIT 100 READ BOOKS AGAIN βœ… (yes! I even doubled it!)
  • READ MORE NON-FICTION βœ…βŒ (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 βœ… (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)

BLOGGING:

  • CARRY ON WITH MY TIPS & TRICKS SERIES βœ… (I made at least one more, from what I remember)
  • WRITE MORE DISCUSSION POSTS βœ… (I definitely had some before my hiatus)
  • BE MORE CREATIVE & CREATE MORE ORIGINAL POSTS βœ… (yes! I even created my own meme so things were accomplished)
  • ENGAGE WITH OTHER BLOGGERS MORE βœ…βŒ (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 βœ…βŒ (does it count if I did it once?)

Huh, there’s more green than red so it’s not as bad as I thought?


2020 FAVS

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 MoΓ―ra 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.

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  • How was your 2020? What did you read? Rec me one of your 2020 favs!

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13 thoughts on “2020 Reading Wrap Up

  1. I’m amazed you read 200 books! Seriously, it’s just mind-boggling to me and I’m very impressed. (I also loved all of your pie charts so much — they were so informative and YES I am taking notes for my future wrap-ups; you’re such an inspiration).

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    1. Thank you! I doubt I will hit that number ever again — I didn’t have many responsibilities this year and that was a big part of being able to do that πŸ™‚ But I’m proud!! If you want the pie charts — download the reading tracker from Fadwa! I just tweaked it a little! (The link is in the post!) ❀

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    1. Thank you!! ❀
      That's such a wide range! I also liked The House in the Cerulean Sea a lot but I read it at a time I've been craving a different type of book and I feel like that's the only reason it didn't become my fav! It hits so many things I love!! πŸ˜€

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  2. Amazing wrap-up, you had a brilliant year! Love the pie charts (m/m seems to be a lot more prominent in books than f/f it is a shame.)

    Not 2020 faves but some great reads from this month recs- She Who Became The Sun, by Shelley Parker-Chan has genderqueer rep (AFAB but doesn’t identify as female, and has a relationship with a female character) and comes out this year – fantasy I’m sure you’ll love it (+ownvoice author)! The Mask Of Mirrors, by MA Carrick has multiple LGBTQ+ characters too, with f/f side couple – also fantasy, thought you might enjoy too! (Drops this month+ pretty sure its got an ownvoice author!).

    A 2020 rec though – Girl, Serpent, Thorn – excellent, persian fairytale inspired and f/f!

    Congrats on your 2020 goals!! Hope this year is full of amazing reads!

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    1. Ahh! Writing this again bc WP decided not to post my reply!!

      Thank you!! The charts are courtesy of Fadwa (link in the post!) and I merely tweaked them but I enjoyed looking at my progress with them throughout the year πŸ˜€ (yeah, you see this especially with promotion and on subscription platforms — m/m have more variety and newer books!)

      She Who Became The Sun and Girl, Serpent, Thorn are on my TBR!! Can’t wait to get to them now that I hear you enjoyed them!! The Mask Of Mirrors’ vibe doesn’t convince me though, sorry 😦 Thank you for the recs πŸ˜€

      Thank you!! Same goes for you!! ❀

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      1. WP has been so buggy recently!

        Ooh cool, I’ll look at that then! (Yes very true)

        SWBTS is Amazing, I hope you love it. Girl, Serpent, Thorn is such a good read, definitely takes a dramatic turn halfway(ish) through! Aha no worries, nothing is for everyone 😊 you’re welcome, I look forward to your thoughts on the two on your tbr!

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  3. Happy New Year! Nice to see you pop in the feed πŸ™‚ 2020 was a good reading year for me as well, though 2021 is off to a slow start, haha. One of my favourite reads in 2020 was Hollowpox, the latest book in the middle grade series Nevermoor. Hope you are doing well!

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! Haha, same! I killed it in 2020 but I haven’t started any books this year yet πŸ˜‚ So you’re not alone with that!
      Oh, I love middle grade! I’ll check it out! I’m fine, thanks! Hope you’re doing good as well! ❀

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  4. A belated Happy New Year, E!! You did such amazing job, I am in AWE of your 200 books! Loving seeing The Fever King on your favourites list, I love it so much!

    Some of my 2020 favs? I definitely recommend Mexican Gothic for horror/creepy vibes, Felix Ever After for a YA filled with joy about gender, and It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake for a bi romcom that was just so much fun!

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    1. Thank you!! The things you can accomplish when you basically don’t have a job lol πŸ˜… Yes! I need to read the 2nd book this year!! Hope my boys end up happy in this one ❀

      Oh, I've been eyeing Mexican Gothic and Felix for some time! Glad to know you enjoyed them! πŸ˜€ I'll check out the other one!! ❀

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