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Year in Review 2020

It wouldn’t be a 2020 year in review if we didn’t acknowledge the virus in the room. I send all of you my warmest wishes of better days ahead. This year did not go as planned but shockingly & luckily I still managed to read some fabulous books.

So let’s talk about it.

I don’t usually set a Number quota goal. I’m reading regardless and not setting a number gives me less stress. Less stress = more reading. As per usual I set my Goodreads goal to 1 so I can feel accomplished on January 1 when I read my first book & complete my goal.

Start the year off right, you know 😉

Anyway, this year I read  140 books. Waaaay more than I thought I would. I found some treasures. I didn’t step out of my comfort zone like I have in the past but this year was challenging enough without picking up a bunch of books I might not like.  Definitely needed all of the comfort.

My favorite book of 2020 was:

I’m dedicating a whole post to this because I have too many to pick just one. Click this post link to find them all: My Favorite Books of the Year

My least favorite book of 2020 was:

The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4) by Libba Bray

This is my most disappointing book and it’s The King of Crows by Libba Bray. I read this earlier this year when it came out. I don’t remember much of what happens because frankly not a lot does in 500 pages. I was ready for heartbreak and pain because I know how wrenching of an ending she can make but this fell flat.

The book that challenged me was:

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson · OverDrive: ebooks, audiobooks,  and videos for libraries and schools

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, This was tough to read but very important for everyone to read. When it comes to missing persons white people are always prioritized first and they’re more likely to get nationwide coverage. This huge injustice is never recognized for what it is, racism. I’m glad this story exists to give a voice but more needs to be done to bring awareness to this issue.  

A book that surprised me was: Stain (9781419731419): Howard, A. G.: Books

Stain by A.G. Howard. This was a spur of the moment decision to pick up. I had no idea what to expect as this was the first time reading from this author. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story. It gave me Ever After vibes and that was everything.

Authors I’m excited to read more from:

Isobel Ibeñez, Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Tochi Onyebuchi, Zoraida Códova, Nic Stone, Tara Sim, Nhgi Vo, A.G. Howard, Dean Atta, Leah Johnson, Erin A. Craig, Sangu Mandanna, Rachel Hawkins, Rosanne A. Brown , Tasha Suri, just to name a few 😉

My most read genre was *drum roll*

Fantasy. Wow, I did not see that coming at all. My favorite genre continues to dominate my life. We love to see it!

As for future plans and goals a post is coming up soon! Stay Tuned!

Now for the statistics side of things

Fantasy was my most read at 56% Romance and Mystery tied for second with 12%. The romance is so high thanks to my Webtoon obsession. (To find out which ones check out my Favorite Post)

My least read genre is nonfiction which isn’t a surprise I did manage one or two this year which is typical. They’re usually writing books because I’m always curious about the process.

New to me authors was a goal I set for myself this year. I think I did pretty well with that since I did read more new authors. 70% more to be exact! This is exciting because I discovered so many new authors that I can’t wait to read more from.

As to what I read most i.e. physical, library or ebook. It was a tie between ebooks & Library with 33%. I only went in person to the library in January I used my app for the rest of the year. These two are just cheaper & easier for me to get my hands on. Also this was a bonkers year and venturing out to bookstores wasn’t something I could do.

Which Category do I read the most from? Again not surprising is Young Adult with 46% However, Adult is sitting at 43%. I have found that I don’t quite love YA as I use too. I know my time with YA is coming to an end which is sad but I won’t completely shut that door so, it’s all good. This means that 11% of my read books were Middle Grade. Nothing lifts my spirit more than a middle grade novel. They’re always a blast and they just make me so freakin’ happy! Any time I’m suffering with a slump I go straight to the Middle Grade section.

66% of the books I read this year were published before 2020. I think I’m the most satisfied with this number. I did read a number of new releases but I always want to prioritize my tbr and get that down to a manageable size. HAHAhahaha like that’s ever going to happen. But maybe it finally will with the help of my Colorful Biblio Bingo. Board and details can be found at this post BREAKING NEWS:

Was your reading year more the same or not? I want to know!

Well, I’ve rambled long enough thanks for reading! 🙂


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Alphabet Reading Challenge Q-Z

The Alphabet Reading Challenge for 2020 is finally over for me!

Its a fun yet stressing event that I task myself with every year. I might have to get more creative with certain letters. I feel Z should be like X where if it’s in the title you’re good.

Now we’ve come to the difficult letters of this portion. If you have any suggestions for Q , U, and Z I would love to hear it.

Next year these posts will be done differently.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a more in depth look into her TED Talk on the history of introverts and how the world works for and against them. She goes over how society and Western culture is shaped to uplift and reward extroverts.

RWBY : Vol 1 The Fall of Beacon Arc  by Bunta Kinami

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the manga of the first volume of the show. This is a great format for new comers. I thought it was really nice to revisit this story in a new art form. My only problem was confusion over who was talking. I read an ARC and hope that the final version cleared this up.  

Small Spaces by Katherina Arden

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Spooky Middle Grade. This was a delight! I haven’t read to my knowledge a scary middle grade novel and I think it’s better than some YA, or Adult. This was entertaining and creepy. I highly recommend for Goosebump fans.  

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was incredible & powerful. This has Native American folklore where a girl hunts down and kills monsters. She lives far away from her community and refuses to make attachments after being hurt in the recent past. It has the angry one paired with the soft one trope. LOVE to see it.

Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott

Rating: 2 out of 5.

For one delirious moment I thought this was going to be a horror starring two mystery solving lesbians.  I hate to report that this is not that story. If you know a story like that please leave a comment. Thank you 🙂

The beginning set it up nicely for a lovely thriller mystery solving duo who possibly are more than friends but sadly that is not the case. Honestly I have no idea what this story is about. This was droll as all hell and I don’t recommend. Sorry.   

Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This duology was a disappointment after having loved the Remnant Chronicles. This duology focused heavily on the romance which was big mistake. This last book tries to over correct this but it didn’t fix the issues.

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a delightful & fierce reading experience. I honestly loved everything about this gorgeously written tale. We have hate to love, magic, & tyranny.

For this to be a standalone the pacing was amazing. That’s usually thing that I notice the most to be off with a lot of fantasy but this one pulls it off.

I wish the magical elements were more or at least the world building/ lore in that area was more. Also the fight at the end could have been better.

There is a companion novel Written in Starlight out in January.

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a bridger book. A lot is being built for the rest of the series to build off which can slow the progression. This was still fantastic just not as heavy on the action but of the politics which is prevalent throughout the series.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the rom-com I’ve been needing! This was a feel good story that I needed to read. I couldn’t stop grinning while reading this just exudes good vibes. There are some super cringe things like with our Mean Girl© & the high stakes prom elements which I can over look for scholarship reasons buuut its still a mighty stretch. Either I’m old or I went to a low cal school but prom was never important. In any case this didn’t spoil or ruin my fun. I really LOVE friendships between siblings and M/F platonic friendships as well. I need more. Also, I’m glad to see lighthearted fun stories center Black characters. More of this immediately!

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this without every reading his fiction pieces. I’m aware of them and after having read this I’m even more interested in picking them up. This was interesting to read just for the insight into the world of writing back in the 50’s and how much and how little has actually changed. This focuses on his own work and how he writes. It’s always fascinating to see the behind the scenes of writers.

Have you read any of these? How would you like to see these posts done differently?

Previous Challenge Posts:

Reading Challenge A

Reading Challenge B

Reading Challenge C

Reading Challenge D- F

Reading Challenge G – K

Reading Challenge L- P

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