2020 End of the Year Survey

Even with how uncertain and awful 2020 was, I still managed to read some amazing books, and this will be my last 2020 post – and it’s always one of my favorites to do every year!


Click the title to check out my review, and the author’s name to go to the book’s Goodreads page.

And we’re going to try and go for no repeats, so wish me luck.


2020 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 170
Total Pages Read: 62, 977
Number of Re-Reads: 20
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

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1. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

I loved every second of this and felt such a connection to the characters and Addie’s struggles.

2. BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I think this was a case of wrong book, wrong time – because I could not connect at all even though I could recognize the writing was beautiful.

3. MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ?

A Song Below Water (A Song Below Water, #1)Good: A Song Below Water by Bethan C. Morrow

I think this was such a pleasant surprise because the first time I tried reading this earlier in the year I couldn’t finish, but I switched to the audiobook and really could appreciate the story.

Super Fake Love SongBad: Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon

I think this was such a disappointment for me because I had a lot of fun when I was reading David Yoon’s debut, Frankly in Love. But I just found the characters to be over-the-top annoying.

 4. BOOK YOU “PUSHED” THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)?

With the hecticness that was 2020, I don’t know if I hyped up one book more than all the others, or I just incessantly raved about all the books I loved because I needed positivity.

 5. BEST SERIES YOU STARTED IN 2020? BEST SEQUEL OF 2020? BEST SERIES ENDER OF 2020?The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)Vicious (Villains, #1)

Started: Vicious by V.E. Schwab | The highly questionable morals and unique superpowers made this a fantastic read.

Sequel: Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson |
I liked seeing the world expand in this story and relationships develop. It was a great build-up for what I’m sure will be a tension-filled, high stakes finale.

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes, #4)

Ender: A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir | This was a satisfying conclusion for me. There was a few things  I didn’t enjoy, but for the most part, I like how the story continued to develop and build.

6. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2020?

Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanBeartown by Fredrik BackmanAnxious People by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman’s books are perfect looks at small-town life, human connection, and found families.

7. BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Once again a non-fiction takes this spot because I’m lucky if I pick up one a year (this year I read 2). Bu Becoming was a fantastic look at former FLOTUS Michelle Obama and it made me love her even more.

 8. MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR?Fable (Fable, #1)

Fable by Adrienne Young

This was such an addictive read- it only took me a few hours to get through and because of all the action, I didn’t want to put it down.

9. BOOK YOU READ IN 2020 THAT YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO RE-READ NEXT YEAR?The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4)

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

This was one of my most highly anticipated books and while I loved it and thought it was a stellar finale, I know I’ll get even more out of it if I reread it.

10. FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

I mean, what’s not to love about a flower crown, right?

11. MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2020?

Victor Vale. I don’t know what to say, I just thought he was great.

If We Were Villains12. MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2020?

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio.

This was such an immersive and emotional book – and the Shakespeare was addicting.

13. MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/ LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2020?Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams

Writing this the day of the runoffs in Georgia is extra special because I’m a nervous wreck right now.

 14. BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2020 TO FINALLY READ?Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

It was just as good as everyone says, I’m just a dummy for putting it off this long.

 15. FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

“Deep down, people want to be good. Of course, the problem is that it’s not always easy to be nice to idiots because they’re idiots.”

-Anxious People (Fredrik Backman)


16.SHORTEST & LONGEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

EVIDENCE OF THE AFFAIR BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID | 87 Pgs.

Evidence of the Affair

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD BY SARAH J MAAS | 803 Pgs.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)


 17. BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOSTMajesty (American Royals, #2)

Majesty by Katharine McGee

I think this was so surprising because the author just changed up a lot from the first book – and I know a lot of people didn’t like it, but I didn’t mind so much.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Dani and Zaf from Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Talk about chemistry that leaps off the page – and a lot of open communication and fake dating. What not to love.

19. FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEARThe Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club crew. It’s just a bunch of loveable dorks trying to be better partners. And it was the first of many books this year where the male love interest is a romance reader.

20. FAVORITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2020 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLYWe Are the Ants

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

As a part of the book community, I had heard about this book for years, and I have to say it’s my favorite Shaun David Hutchinson book so far! Lots of deep and painful emotions and a potential world-ending catastrophe make this a can’t skip read.

21. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2020 THAT YOU READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM SOMEBODY ELSE/PEER PRESSUREHe Started It

He Started It by Samantha Downing

I’m going to be completely honest – I think this cover is hideous and I would have never picked it up on my own. But I was watching Kayla from BooksandLala and she thought it was a pretty good thriller so I picked it up, and actually liked it quite a bit.

22. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

Hunt Athalar from House of Earth and Blood, but really it could be a number of characters from this book.

23. BEST 2020 DEBUT YOU READ?Anna K: A Love Story (Anna K, #1)

Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee

Any retelling that can make me want to pick up a classic is something special – and I loved the modern, scandalized take on Anna Karenina.

24. BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING YOU READ THIS YEAR?The City We Became (Great Cities, #1)

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

I’m not going to lie, the beginning was confusing for me – but personifying New York boroughs was genius and I love how the characters  reflected their community

25. BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ?I'll Be the One

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

If you’re looking for a K-Pop competition story with a fat, bi main character and a bi love interest that will make you laugh and smile the entire time, look no further.

26. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2020?The Game of Love and Death

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

I’m tentatively counting this one here because while I started it in 2020, I finished it in 2021. But no the less, it did make me cry.

27. HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR?A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

I haven’t really seem anyone talk about this, which is a shame because it’s such a heartwarming and cozy story.

28. BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL?House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Just thinking about Bryce and Danika makes me want to ball my eyes out. And there’s so much to take in with this new world, that I’m positive I’ll find something new to love upon my first reread.

29. MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel in verse continues to explore identity and family in compelling and creative was through historical events that are often ignored. What a master.

3Admission0. BOOK THAT MADE YOU THE MOST MAD (DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT)?

Admission by Julie Buxbaum

This was just so frustrating and I’m crediting it with the massive slump I had at the end of December.


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1. Little Fires EverywhereONE BOOK YOU DIDN’T GET TO IN 2020 BUT WILL BE YOUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IN 2021?

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I’ve gotten this from the library approximately 6 times over the last year and never ended up starting it, so I caved and bought it to try and force myself to pick it up this year.

2. BOOK YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2021 (NON-DEBUT)?Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have read every Taylor Jenkins Reid book and loved then all, so I have no doubt this will continue the streak. And I live for recent historical stories – especially family drama.

3. The Sea Is Salt and So Am I2021 DEBUT YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING?

The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt

I want all the friendship stories that are deeply emotional and focus on healing, love, and connection.

 4. Anna K: Away (Anna K, #2)SERIES ENDING/A SEQUEL YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2021?

Anna K Away by Jenny Lee

I have no idea where the story is going to go, but I’m excited to be along for the ride.

5. ONE THING YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH OR DO IN YOUR READING/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2021?

Continue the trend of more adult books, but I really want to figure out what I like in mystery and thrillers this year.

6. A 2021 RELEASE YOU’VE ALREADY READ & RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE (IF APPLICABLE).Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers, #3)

I just finished Ever After Always by Chloe Liese. It’s a super cute and fun romance story with a focus on anxiety, communication, and a big wholesome family.


There was a whole section of blogging and stats and things and tbh I just think it’s so much less fun to talk about than books and I’ve never really been all that into my blogging stats and views and things – I genuinely go months without looking at them, so I decided to skip it.

We can only go up from 2020, so here’s hoping 2021 is one of our best years yet!

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