Hi everyone and welcome to my final post of the year 2020!
Who else is ready for this year to be over? However disastrous this year may have been, I have to admit that my reading life in 2020 has been pretty great! So let’s focus on the bright side and, on this last day of 2020, look back at my reading and blogging year with the 2020 End of Year Book Survey!
(I know there’s technically still one day left in 2020, but I’m not planning on doing a lot of reading today and instead just binge some TV, so this list will most likely not change any more 🙂 )
This survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. All banners below are also hers.
**2020 READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 102
Number of Re-Reads: 14
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2020?
I WILL NEVER STOP RAVING ABOUT THIS GORGEOUS, HOPEFUL, RAY-OF-SUNSHINE, SHOT-OF-SEROTONIN, WARM HUG OF A BOOK.
Though seriously, I adored The House in the Cerulean Sea and would highly recommend it to everybody.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Please don’t get me wrong, I liked The Starless Sea. But I was expecting to LOVE it as much as I did The Night Circus and I just didn’t.
The writing was gorgeous and I loved the premise, the characters and the romance. But the story got a little too long and too weird for me near the end.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I picked up Shifter Island book 1, Midnight Kisses, on a whim and because I was trying to read some more urban fantasy that I wouldn’t usually pick up. And even though I wanted to read it, a part of me still thought I wouldn’t really enjoy this one.
But surprise, despite a little rocky start, I actually really loved it and am looking forward to the next books in the series!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I’m not sure how many people picked this up because of me, but I do know I’ve been raving about The Guild Codex so much this year (and the year before that), and if there’s one series or author my fellow bloggers would connect to me, I’m pretty sure it would be this one.
That said, please read The Guild Codex by Annette Marie. You won’t regret it 😉
5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2020?
The best series starter is definitely Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I got so hooked to this dark fantasy and am desperately craving more.
My favorite sequel is A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The first book in this series didn’t hook me immediately, but this sequel has gotten me OBSESSED.
And my favorite series ending has to be A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir. I’ve gotten so attached to these characters and their finale was heartbreaking, yet satisfying.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?
I totally fell in love with Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones are amazing and I love all the secondary characters almost as much. And the best part is, I still have so many books of her to discover, which I’m definitely planning to do in 2021!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
So, I haven’t been the best at reading outside of my comfort zone in 2020. I mean, it was a pandemic and I coped by reading what I love best, fantasy and romance…
But inside of those genres, I did step outside of my comfort zone by reading my first reverse harem story. And I liked it! I binged Tate James’ Royal Trials series in just a couple of days.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Okay, the beginning of House of Earth and Blood is very info-dumpy and a bit slow / hard to get into. But when it starts, oh man it starts!
I spent the entire last third of this book literally on the edge of my seat. I was crying, I was cheering, I was yelling and no matter what, I could not stop reading.
9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I’ve been craving a re-read of Boyfriend Material ever since I put it down, so I’m sure an actual re-read won’t be too long off.
I adored this hilarious m/m romance with its fake dating, enemies-to-lovers romance with an amazing friend group and the best kind of humor.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?
Look at the pretty! Also, the inside of Sorcery of Thorns was just as gorgeous as this was another one of my all-time favorite reads of 2020.
11. Most memorable character of 2020?
Finian de Karran de Seel.
Because of course my heart would immediately be sold to the snarky, sarcastic, bi alien. (Also, can we please have him on the cover of book 3? Pretty Please?)
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?
Like I said above, even though I didn’t love this book as much as I was hoping I would, there’s no denying that The Starless Sea was still the most beautifully written book I read this year.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?
The House in the Cerulean Sea was the book that gave me hope again in a year like 2020. It made me believe in the power of kindness again. It made me believe in the goodness of people again.
Though they may not have been huge life-changing revelations, it’s still the ray of sunshine and shot of serotonin I needed.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read?
Written In Red, the first book in The Others series has been sitting on my bookshelf for several years already. This summer, I FINALLY picked it up and immediately kicked myself for waiting so long, because I loved it.
Now, I still need a new kick, because I have not yet continued the series even though I really, really want to.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?
Basically all of The House in the Cerulean Sea, but this one in particular:
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?
Shortest book: Fence, Vol 4: Rivals (112 pages)
Longest book: House of Earth and Blood (803 pages)
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I had some theories and suspicions, and yet some of the revelations in From Blood and Ash (and its sequel) had me shocked so much I was thinking about them days afterwards.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Elisabeth and Nathaniel own my heart.
“You unmanageable, contrary creature. You have made me believe in something at last. It feels as wretched as I imagined.”
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Alex and Dawes. I could read about this unlikely duo all day. And I wouldn’t mind if it turned romantic either.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I have loved Alice Oseman’s previous books, but Loveless, with its asexual representation may take the cake for new favorite.
“I’ve learnt some Things. Like the way friendship can be just as intense, beautiful and endless as romance. Like the way there’s love everywhere around me – there’s love for my friends, there’s love for my paintings, there’s love for myself.”
21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
I saw someone raving about Upside Down by N.R. Walker and its romantic ace representation and knew I had to pick it up. So I did just that and fell in love.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?
Look, where do I begin? I’m crushing so hard on pretty much all characters from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost, and most of all Bones. But I’m also equally crushing on Dawes AND Darlington from Ninth House, Nathaniel from Sorcery of Thorns and Linus from the Beginners Guide to Necromancy series.
23. Best 2020 debut you read?
Cemetery Boys was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and I’m happy to say it totally lived up to the hype and anticipation!
I loved this book about a latinx trans boy who wants to prove himself as a brujo to his family but ends up summoning the wrong ghost… and falling for him.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
It takes a mastermind to create this huge, vivid world, containing several spin-off series that all intertwine in the most elaborate and genius of ways. I bow to the awesomeness that is Annette Marie’s Guild Codex series. That is all.
Also, hi I love this series and highly recommend it. You know, in case you’re new to this blog 😉
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Switch by Beth O’Leary did also handle some harder topics, but overall it was not only such a feel-good read, but the humor was definitely so well done as well.
“Grandma, what are you doing?”
“Medding!” I yell cheerfully. “It’s my new ‘thing’!”
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?
The last third of House of Earth and Blood turned me into a sobbing mess and I still can’t read certain quotes without becoming a teary mess.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Are you looking for an action-packed story of galactic intrigue and badass space pilots? Or a tense exploration of loyalty and bloodright? Do you love Star Wars but wished it was more gay? All I’m saying is if you like fake dating, mutual pining, “there’s only one bed”, forbidden romance, secret princes, angst, legendary knights in powersuits and “Moments” in a river… then definitely check out the space opera Bonds of Brass!
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The finale of the Ember in the Ashes series was perfect, and yet still soul-crushing.
“Emifal firdaant. May death claim me first.”
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow reeled me in because of the premise: a girl who loves books working together with an alien who loved pop music to try and save the world. But add in multiple references to favorite books and songs, well-done demi-ace and anxiety rep, a lovely romance, non-binary representation and a haunting commentary on racism and oppression, and this book becomes a unique little gem.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
As I said above, From Blood and Ash was my most shocking read of the year and had me thinking about certain plot twists for days after reading it. But one of the feelings I had about some of the plot twists was pure anger. Anger for the characters and what was done to them.
So this book made me angry, but in a good way. (And I got over things slowly in book two 😉 )
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?
This year, I got to know Elza Reads, who is the sweetest and has a gorgeous blog, so feel free to go show her some love!
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?
Any excuse to rave about Annette Marie books works for me 🙂
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
I did no such thing this year 🙁
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?
That time Annette Marie used my post on her social media!!!
(It was this post 😉 )
Also, my new blog theme and redesign!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, UGH!
For a few months, some comments did not come through on my blog. As in, I never saw them, they were lost, and the commenters never got an error message either. This really annoyed me, because I tried and tried and could not find the culprit.
I think I fixed it now (my site is back to http instead of https), but I’m not sure that was the actual culprit or just a coincidence and I’m terrified it’ll happen again because I’m definitely not technologically savvy enough for these things.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Books to read if you love pen pal romances got the most views this year!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Nothing, really. I’ve still been obsessed with audiobooks, which I discovered last year. But nothing new.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
The only reading goal I set for myself this year was to read 50 books. I thought this was a nice goal, but not too high because I didn’t want to pressure myself and stayed away from reading challenges for that reason. But then the pandemic hit and I was stuck at home and reading even more to cope with everything and voila, I ended up reading more than double my goal and smashing my own personal record (which before this was 81 books back in 2016). Umm, woohoo, I guess?
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?
My favorite author writing a spin-off about my favorite Guild Codex Druid? It’s a must.
3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Winter’s Orbit is a queer romantic space opera in which a scandal-prone prince and a dutiful scholar are forced into a political marriage and are trying to prevent an interplanetary war. I’m thinking it sounds like the perfect mix between Red White and Royal Blue and Bonds of Brass, two of my faves!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?
I wasn’t kidding when I said I’ve become obsessed with this series and am eagerly anticipating the next installment.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?
My main goal for 2021 is to write more book reviews again, because I’ve been kind of slacking on that front for the past 1-2 years. I also want to be more organised and get better at blog hopping regularly.
Most importantly though, I want to keep on doing this for a long time still to come, so I want to keep the fun and enthusiasm strong!