Hello Readers! We’ve finally arrived at the end of 2020! While it’s been a year full of unimaginable tragedies and hardships, there have been a few good things to come out of 2020. (But just a few.) One of those is books! Maybe it was a way to escape or cope—or maybe it was all the time spent at home, but I had one of my best reading years in a long time.
At the end of last year, I discovered an amazing spreadsheet created to track bookish and blog stats provided by Kal @ Reader Voracious! As someone who is mathematically and logistically challenged, this extensively thorough spreadsheet left me in awe. And that she makes it available for free??!! Who is this amazing person?? Go check out her spreadsheets and her blog! She just released an updated spreadsheet for 2021, as well. Leave her a tip, if you can. 🙂
Last year I used my Goodreads Stats and the Reading Survey shared by Merline @ Merline Reads (originally shared by Gabby @ Gabby Reads) to summarize my year of reading—and to keep things easy, I’ll be doing the same for 2020! Let’s wander in!
Source: 43 came from my existing physical or virtual shelves, 35 ARCs (25 from Netgalley), 25 I purchased new or used, 3 were gifted, 2 won in giveaways, and 1 borrowed
Genre: 33 Romance, 23 Fantasy, 12 Contemporary, 11 Historical Fiction, 9 Non-Fiction, 6 Classics, 6 Mystery, 4 Literary, 2 Horror, 2 Graphic Novels, and 1 Thriller
Audience: 59 Adult, 46 Young Adult, 3 Middle Grade, and 1 Children
Format: 54 Ebooks, 46 Paperbacks, 8 Hardcovers, and 1 Audiobook
(Link to add on Goodreads through the book title.)
How many books did you read? Did you meet your goal?
I read 109 books this year! At the start of 2020, I set a goal of 75 books on Goodreads, but extended it to 100 books when I realized I would meet my original goal. I also participated in the Popsugar Reading Challenge for my third year, which I completed in November. You can take a look at My 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge Wrap-Up to see how I did!
Most read genre?
I wasn’t surprised to discover I read more romance than any other genre, but I was surprised to see I almost tripled my YA reads from last year, as well as tripling my fantasy reads. It looks like I gravitated to lighter reads in 2020, which really shouldn’t be surprising, I guess. 😉
Longest and shortest books you read?
Favorite book published in 2020?
Favorite debut book published in 2020?
Favorite book NOT published this year?
A book that lived up to the hype?
A book that did NOT live up to the hype?
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment?
Not only did I read Chain of Gold during the outbreak of a pandemic, I also read everything in the Shadowhunter universe that led up to it, including The Infernal Devices series and various short stories. My Chain of Gold TBR post was also my most popular post in 2020, and works for the next release in the series, Chain of Iron, as well.
Emoni from With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Least favorite character?
Most shocking book/moment?
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
The best written book you read this year?
Book that you pushed most people to read in 2020?
Favorite book cover of the year?
Favorite book adaptation?
What book made you cry the most?
What book made you laugh the most?
A new favorite author you discovered this year?
Guilty pleasure read of the year?
Favorite book you reread this year?
One of my goals for 2020 was to reread more of my favorite books. I’m happy to report that while I only reread 4 books in 2019, I reread 11 in 2020! Besides my reread of The Twilight Saga and The Infernal Devices series, I reread the Just One Day series by Gayle Forman, as well.
What is the best non-fiction book you read this year?
Were you happy with your reading year?
I was much more happy with my reading year in 2020 than I was in 2019. One of my goals was to read less ARCs, and while I didn’t quite do that, I was much more selective. I feel like I had more control over what I read, reading more for pleasure than out of obligation, and my average rating reflects that. I also feel like my Books vs. Month graph (below) is a perfect reflection of the highs and lows of 2020. <3
What’s your favorite read of the year? Did you reach all your goals? Let me know in the comments!