I can’t believe 2020 is over! These are some reading stats and stand-out books when I think back on my reading year.
Number of Books Read: 125
Number of Pages Read: 33,141
Top Genre’s you read from: General Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels (Fiction), and General Fiction
Best in Books:
Best books I read in 2020: (Break it down by genre):
- The Library of Legends by Janie Chang
- Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
- Dig by A.S. King
- On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Book I was excited about & thought I would love by didn’t:
Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh — I was so excited for this after loving My Year of Rest and Relaxation, but unfortunately this one fell flat for me.
Most surprising book I read:
Beartown by Fredrick Backman — I was not expecting this to be so gritty.
Book I “pushed” the most people to read:
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed — Immediately after finishing about this book I told all my friends to read it. What an adorable YA romance!
Favorite new authors discovered in 2020:
- Brittney Morris (Slay)
- A.S. King (Dig)
- Janie Chang (The Library of Legends)
Best book from a genre I don’t typically read:
Imaginary Friend by Stephen King — I am new to horror, but this book totally sucked me in and I’m intrigued to read more!
Most unputdownable book:
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia — I read this all in one day. What a wild ride.
Book I would be most likely to reread:
Homie by Danez Smith — SO GOOD. I will keep coming back to these poems.
Memorial by Bryan Washington — This cover and book were both BEAUTIFUL.
Most beautifully written book:
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi — AMAZING. Yaa Gyasi is becoming an auto-buy author for me.
Most thought provoking or life-changing book:
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet — This book has been EVERYWHERE and it deserves ALL the hype. This is a really interesting study in race and gender, what it means to “pass” and the privilege that comes with that.
Backlist I can’t believe I wanted until 2020 to read:
The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding — This was so lovely and cute and I should have read it the moment it released.
Shortest book I read in 2020:
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill, at 53 pages.
Longest book I read in 2020:
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chobsky, at 705 pages.
Book that shocked you the most:
Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner — I was shocked by how deep this book went and how good it was!
OTP of the year:
Emma and Jo from Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner — This book is my EVERYTHING. This pairing was so adorable and swoon-worthy!
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid — This is an amazing work about white supremacy, white saviorism, and performative activism. I can’t believe this was a debut!
The Library of Legends by Janie Chang — I’ve already gushed about this book so much, but seriously, this book was amazing, and setting was so magical.
Hidden gems of the year:
- Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong
- We are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Memorial by Bryan Washington
Despite being a rough year for the world, I had a great reading year in 2020! I read so many amazing books and found so many new favorites. 2020 was the year I fell back in love with reading, started this blog, and revived my bookstagram account. I’m so excited to see what 2021 brings!