Hello my loves,
I read 91 books this year! And I’m so happy about it. Also very proud of myself because like…I read almost 100 books between March-December 2020 and I’m not even sure how that happened.
For reference, in 2019 I read a grand total of…21 books.
Amazing, I know.
As some of you guys may know, reading has always been a big part of my life and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I was little, I was seriously the biggest bookworm. After getting older and discovering One Direction, Tumblr, fandoms and Youtube etc. however, I probably only ended up reading around 20 books a year which, is still an okay number and good for some people, but just not for me because I know I could’ve read so much more than I did. Essentially, I was just lazy and procrastinated it however, this year lockdown really gave me the push I needed to start reading properly again and now look where I am – 90+ books later and the bookworm is officially back! I’m now making a conscious effort to read consistently and not procrastinate it, and I’ve really fallen in love with reading all over again which I’m so happy about, especially considering I only started this streak in March last year and not even at the beginning of it (Jan). I’ve set my Goodreads goal to read 50 books this year because I don’t want to put pressure on myself, but secretly I’m going to hopefully aim for 100 books this time by having the extra 3 full months available to me.
Anyway, back to last year.
Here’s all the books I read in 2020 – all books with reviews will be linked.
In Another Country – Ernest Hemingway
Banal Story – Ernest Hemingway
An Alpine Idyll – Ernest Hemingway
Ten Indians – Ernest Hemingway
The Undefeated – Ernest Hemingway
The Killers – Ernest Hemingway
Fifty Grand – Ernest Hemingway
A Canary for One – Ernest Hemingway
Hills Like White Elephants – Ernest Hemingway
Today is Friday – Ernest Hemingway
A Pursuit Race – Ernest Hemingway
Che Ti Dice La Patricia? – Ernest Hemingway
A Simple Enquiry – Ernest Hemingway
Now I Lay Me – Ernest Hemingway
Hoseki No Kuni 1 – 9 – Haruko Ichikawa
The Note – Zoe Folbigg
Life is Strange – Emma Vieceli
Zikora – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(will not be doing a review for or reading her future work due to her being transphobic)
The question I feel like I’m going to get asked the most from this post is – how did you read so many books?
From March I was on furlough for a couple of months, meaning I was essentially sitting at home with nowhere to go (because you know, lockdown) and an endless amount of time to throw myself into my books, so I did. That really gave me the push I needed in order to get back into reading again, and when I went back to work full time in June, I somehow just managed to keep it up. I continued to read a lot when I got home from work and on weekends, and then after a few months of that I started to have two books on the go at a time and I started taking my Kindle to work to read on lunch breaks too, because sometimes when I got home from work I didn’t have time to read. That’s about it really!
What was my favourite book of the year?
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. All of my feelings regarding these books are in my reviews which I’ve linked, but wow. Wow wow wow. I don’t think anyone would try to speak ill of The Color Purple but I’ve heard a couple of criticisms of Where the Crawdads Sing and I have 100% become one of those people that refuses to hear it because yes that’s your opinion, but it’s wrong.
What was my least favourite book of the year?
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz and The Note by Zoe Folbigg. I didn’t write a blog review for The Note because I DNFd it after 100 pages but it was the most boring and ridiculous rubbish I’ve read in a long time, I’m not even sure how it got passed to be published.
Book with the best cover?
- The Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson – I’m not a series kind of person (probably because any series I ever try to read are fantasy, and I don’t like fantasy all that much) but this was so good! Definitely my favourite and the best series I’ve read so far – I’m excited to read more of Johnson’s other work!
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – just…a dream. I feel like for me personally I definitely expanded my reading last year and made a conscious effort to read more “classic” books and books by people of colour. This was a hidden gem that I wish I had read sooner and I absolutely adored it.
- Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I really loved this book, highlighted the heck out of it and I’m so excited to read more of her work, I think I found one of my new favourite authors.
And I think that covers everything! As I said, all book reviews are linked if you’re interested in any of my thoughts for any of the books I’ve mentioned and you can also always add me on Goodreads to keep up to date with my reviews and what I’m currently reading if you want to – let’s be friends!
All my love,
Goodreads – ChloLuna