Looking back on 2020 and Onwards to 2021

Hello everyone, and Happy New Years Eve! It’s been such a strange year for a lot of us, a difficult one, sometimes even a hopeless one. I know it wasn’t what I was expecting back in 2019. Even so, I’m hopeful for 2021, and even 2020 wasn’t all bad.

I’ve done quite a lot this year! I graduated from my Undergraduate Degree in Politics back in June with a First Class Degree. I started my Masters part-time. I managed to get my first ‘adult job’. I even got a hamster! I talk to my friends often. I started playing D&D again. I’ve been going on more walks. Emotionally this year has been a wreck, but looking back on it I’ve achieved so much more than I thought I could. That’s not to say people who haven’t done much this year should feel bad, it’s been such a tough one, and we made it through! I think we should all be proud of our resilience in 2020.

This was also the year I started reading properly again. For the last few years I’d been struggling to read about ten books in total, but in came lockdown and my need for escapism! I realised I’d outgrown most of the genres from my teenage years, that I was in a huge reading slump because I wasn’t reading the right thing. I realised books are so much more diverse than they used to be! I realised that the bookish community existed and I could be a part of it! Books have absolutely been the highlight of my year. It’s also meant I’ve made so many wonderful friends who I’m incredibly grateful for.

In this post you can find my reading stats, my five star reads, and my wishes for 2021!

My Reading Year In Stats

I’m going to be using Goodreads and Storygraph to look at my stats!

I managed to read 171 books this year! That’s way more than my 15 last year!

That’s also 54,700 pages!

My average rating was 3.5! I’m super picky with my five stars so that seems pretty good to me! I mostly gave books 4 stars.

The shortest book I read this year was 50 pages, The Lost Sisters by Holly Black. The longest book I read was 803 pages, House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Mass.

The most popular book I read was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The least popular was Honey Hawk by Hava Zuidema with only 35 shelves!

Storygraph tells me most of the books I read are adventurous, dark, & mysterious. I think that’s pretty accurate!

It also says I mostly read medium and fast paced books. This isn’t something I expected because it seems like I love books other people describe as slow. Maybe I’ve read more fast paced things because they’re quicker reads?

I mostly read books between 300-499 pages! That was something I expected, but I also expected the 500+ to be slightly larger. It seems like I’ve read loads of huge books this year! I guess I fly through the smaller ones though.

The genre I read the most is fantasy, which I’m sure isn’t a surprise to anyone who follows my blog! I also read mainly adult books. I love YA but I’m a little bit more picky with what I pick up in that age category, so that makes sense.

I’ve been reading quite diversely this year, but there’s always room for improvement! I read 50 books by BIPOC authors this year. 61 with BIPOC main characters. 45 books by LGBT+ authors and 45 books with LGBT+ main characters. 19 books by trans & non-binary authors, 14 with trans & non-binary main characters. 13 books by disabled authors, 14 books with a disabled (or has mental health difficulties) main character. I suspect the number of disabled and LGBT authors might actually be higher than I think because that information would have to be easily accessible for me to be aware of it.

I’m really happy with how this reading year has gone!

My five star reads 2020

I give five stars sparingly so be aware some of my faves from this year actually aren’t here. I’m also not going to go into what these books are other than their titles because I don’t want to bore you to death after the stats section!

Book covers. Titles listed below.

Soulless by Gail CarrigerTo Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky ChambersMexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-GarciaThe Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly BlackThe Fifth Season by N.K. JemisinA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. SchwabA Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackThe Wicked King by Holly BlackWhen The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore The Poppy War by R.F. KuangThe Dragon Republic by R.F. KuangJade War by Fonda LeeA Memory Called Empire by Arkady MartinePet by Akwaeke EmeziAll Systems Red by Martha WellsRogue Protocol by Martha WellsExit Strategy by Martha WellsThe City We Became by N.K. JemisinGods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Have you read any of these books? Or are planning to? What did you think of them?

New Years Resolutions

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about what I want to achieve next year. I don’t want to set myself things that I won’t be able to do, but I also want to be able to push myself in a positive way. So here’s what I came up with!

  • Read 100 Books. I know I read way more than this in 2020, but I don’t know what 2021 is going to throw at me or how much time I have. I know I can stick to this target even if I’m super busy.
  • Read more books by marginalised authors. I want a higher proportion of the books I read next year to be by BIPOC, LGBT+, and/or disabled authors. I don’t think I did badly this year, but I especially want to raise the numbers on disabled and trans books.
  • Blog revamp! I’ve started planning a revamp for my blog, new theme, new logo, new banner! I hate playing around with wordpress but my blog deserves to be pretty!
  • On that note I’d like to reach 300 followers this year. Even better if I can go above that!
  • I want to become better friends with a bunch of you! The lovely bookish community! I’ve loved getting to know so many of you and I can’t wait to chat more.
  • Get a cat? This one depends heavily on if my landlord will allow it, but I’m hopeful!
  • Do well in my Masters! I’m not finishing next year but I’ve still got a lot of work to do!
  • Get some new content on my blog! I’m bringing you discussion posts and author interviews next year! I am manifesting it!!
  • Be kind to myself. This year has been tough but it’s time to get some self-care in the works.

And that’s it! What are your goals next year?

I hope you all have a fantastic new year and everything goes you way! I’m so excited to see what we all get up to!

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