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End of the Year Survey: 2020 Edition πŸ’•

2020 Book Survey

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ“š It’s time for the Bookish End of the Year Survey again! I did the survey for the past couple of years and it’s always a lot of fun to look back at the reading year and talk about stats, bookish opinions, blogging highlights, and what’s yet to come in 2021 (hopefully some good things)! πŸ’• The feature was initially created by Jamie @ PerpetualPageTurner! Again, I have skipped out of a few questions due to the length of the Survey and the fact that I’ve already posted my Favorite and Least Favorite Books of the year πŸ˜„ (Book covers will link to Reviews if available to read more about my thoughts!) I’ve also used the 2020 Book Blogger Template by Kal @ ReaderVoracious again this year and it’s still such an INCREDIBLE spreadsheet! I used it for most of the graphs down below as that was a great feature of the Template πŸ₯°

Revealing my inner stats nerd πŸ”’

Check out the previous years

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2020 Reading Stats

Year in Books

πŸ’— Check out my Year in Books Here πŸ’—

Genre You Read The Most From

genres

You can see that while Fantasy remains my favorite, I also read a lot of other genres compared to previous years. Contemporary is always close second but I read a ton more Sci-Fi and Nonfiction!

Star Ratings

ratings

As every year I have a high rating average and I’m really happy about that, as this year was very challenging and reading a lot of amazing books really helped me πŸ’•

  • 1 Star (3 Books)
  • 2 Stars (8 Books)
  • 3 Stars (35 Books)
  • 4 Stars (74 Books)
  • 5 Stars (43 Books, including rereads)

Year Published

release

I actually read quite a few new books (published in 2020) yet it felt like I didn’t know many books when the award season came around πŸ˜‚ The majority of the books I read were still from the backlist (with 2018 being the most read year).

  • 2020 πŸ“š 40Β Book Read
  • 2019 πŸ“š 31Β Books Read
  • 2018 πŸ“š 32Β Books Read
  • 2017 πŸ“š 14Β Books Read
  • 2016 πŸ“š 11 Books Read
  • 2015 πŸ“š 16Β Books Read
  • 2014 πŸ“š 8 Books Read
  • Pre-2014 πŸ“š 13Β Books Read

Where my books came from

source

I used my library a lot, as you can see, especially when I got a digital library pass for Overdrive πŸ₯° Since I got a Kindle for my birthday I also made use of e-book purchases πŸ˜„

  • Library πŸ“š 85 Books
  • Arcs πŸ“š 17 Books
  • Bought πŸ“š 35 Books
  • Other (Giveaway/Gift/Free Trials)Β πŸ“š 29 Books

Books Formats

format

2020 was the year of the e-books for me! Between my Kindle and Overdrive e-books this was surprisingly my most read genre, probably because I had the best access to it. I also read a lot more audiobooks this year! I miss physical books though and will try to read more of them next year. 😊

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Best in Books 2020

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t

  • Come Tumbling Down (Seanan McGuire) πŸ“š ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • One Way or Another (Kara McDowell) πŸ“š ⭐⭐.5
  • Wrapped Up in You (Talia Hibbert) πŸ“š ⭐⭐.5

Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel of 2020? Best Series Ender of 2020?

  • Series Started πŸ“š Jackaby (William Ritter) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Sequel πŸ“š Artificial Condition (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Series Finale πŸ“š The Tower of Nero (Rick Riordan) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite new author, you discovered in 2020?

  • Kathleen Glasgow πŸ“š How to Make Friends with the Dark & Girl in Pieces
  • Laura Silverman πŸ“š You Asked for Perfect

Most Read Author in 2020?

  • Martha Wells πŸ“š 5 Books (Murderbot Diaries 1-4 + short story)

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Book You Read In 2020 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

  • Felix Ever After (Kacen Callender) πŸ“š
  • Technically, You Started It (Lana Wood Johnson) πŸ“š
  • All Systems Red (Martha Wells) πŸ“š ** already reread this & the sequels, this is how big my obsession is πŸ˜…

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

Β 

  • Small Spaces (Katherine Arden) πŸ“š
  • The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Katie O’Neill) πŸ“š

Most memorable characters of 2020?

  • Jackaby, Abigail & the Team (Jackaby) πŸ“š
  • Zofia, Enrique, Hypnos, Laila, Tristan & SΓ©verin (The Gilded Wolves) πŸ“š
  • Spensa (Skyward) πŸ“š
  • Murderbot (All Systems Red) πŸ“š

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read?

  • These Broken Stars (Kaufman & Spooner) πŸ“š
  • Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys) πŸ“š
  • Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire) πŸ“š

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

  • Hypnos, Enrique & Zofia (The Gilded Wolves) πŸ“š
  • Yadriel & JulianΒ (Cemetery Boys) πŸ“š
  • Dara & Noam (The Electric Heir) πŸ“š
  • Felix & Ezra (Felix Ever After) πŸ“š
  • Jess & Abby (Not Your Sidekick) πŸ“š
  • Pinky & Samir (10 Things I Hate About Pinky) πŸ“š
  • Natalie & Alex (It Sounded Better in my Head) πŸ“š

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?

  • Abigail & Jackaby (Jackaby) πŸ“š
  • Darius & Sohrab (Darius the Great Is Not Okay) πŸ“š
  • Georgia & her friends (Loveless) πŸ“š
  • Tiger & Thaddeus (How to Make Friends with the Dark) πŸ“š
  • Anette & Emilie (Belle RΓ©volte) πŸ“š
  • Zofia & Laila (The Gilded Wolves) πŸ“š
  • Murderbot & ART (Artificial Condition) πŸ“š

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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  • White Rose (Kip Wilson) πŸ“š
  • Belle RΓ©volte (Linsey Miller) πŸ“š
  • We Used to be Friends (Amy Spalding) πŸ“š

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Your Bookish Life

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2020?

Awards2020

I couldn’t just choose one blog so once again, I’ll share my Book Blogger Awards Nomination Post because it contains a lot of the book blogs that I love πŸ’ž

Favorite review that you wrote in 2020?

ISBIMH

I loved this book so much which is why I adored writing the review for it. I could highlight so many relatable moments and favorite quotes πŸ’•

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Comfort Books (1)

Back in spring, we all needed some escapism which is why I loved doing the Comfort Reads Recommendations post sharing some of the books that bring me joy and hope πŸ₯°

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

  • Readathons forever and always πŸ’— I don’t usually go to book events as there aren’t many I’m interested in here in Germany but especially with COVID a lot wouldn’t have happened anyway, so Readathons were a great alternative that could be done from home πŸ’ž Here are all the Readathons I participated in this year: Easter Readathon, Magical Readathon (OWL’s, last edition), #ReadingRush, Series Crackdown, OfftheGrid Readathon, Asian Readathon, Mental Healthathon, Prideathon, Tome Topple, Women’s History Month Reading Challenge, Pondathon, Sbooktober, TistheSeasonathon & Reindeer Readathon

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?

  • Hosting my first ever reading challenge: The Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge πŸ“š It was so much fun to create my own reading challenge and though I was very nervous, I’m glad that I did it! For next year I have even more ideas and challenging myself to read outside of my comfort zone is something I definitely want to keep up in the future πŸ₯°
  • Being Nominated for the Book Blogger Awards! πŸ₯Ί It was honestly such an honor to be nominated at all and it warmed my heart to see all the blogger love going around the community in the nomination time πŸ’• I even made it into the voting round which was honestly so unexpected but also incredible and made me so grateful πŸ˜­πŸ’ž
  • Getting a digital library card! When I moved after graduating my Bachelor’s degree, I also left behind my library, but I managed to sign up for a digital card at the country’s biggest library which gave me access to Overdrive for the first time! It was honestly so magical to finally be able to read so many more books, even some new release that the library got πŸ’—

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

  • Adapting to starting my Master’s program! After a lot of time waiting to hear back from the universities that I had applied to, I finally got my confirmation, but that also means that change was coming. I tried to adapt to a busier schedule and took November off for a hiatus to settle into college and figure out how to keep up with my life and hobbies in this new situation.

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Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?

  • The Dire King (William Ritter) πŸ“š

2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

  • Happily Ever Afters (Elise Bryant) πŸ“š
  • A Dark and Hollow Star (Ashley Shuttleworth) πŸ“š

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?

  • Witchshadow (Susan Dennard) πŸ“š
  • Rule of Wolves (Leigh Bardugo) πŸ“š

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

  • Do the second year of my Out of Comfort Zone reading challenge πŸ₯° Creating my own reading challenge was one thing I loved about my bookish life in 2020, so of course, I wanted to do a second year with new ideas and challenges! I already posted my 2020 wrapup and 2021 signup on the blog, I’d love if you could check it out ❀

Me getting ready for the upcoming year

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22 thoughts on “End of the Year Survey: 2020 Edition πŸ’•

  1. Felix Ever After is definitely a book I’ll likely reread soon. I loved the characters in that so much. I’m so sad you didn’t like Wrapped Up in You, I love Talia Hibbert and I thought this was a cute Christmas novella. I’m looking forward to One Way or Another, but I’m also a bit scared now, haha. Hope it won’t disappoint me. I read both Technically You Started It and It Sounded Better In My Head because of you, and I enjoyed them both A LOT. Hope your next year will be fantastic, Caro! πŸ™‚

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    1. Felix Ever After was so fantastic, I can see myself rereading it again in the summer 🧑 I was so sad about Wrapped Up in You, but I still have high hopes for Get a Life, Chloe Brown as I have it on my Kindle TBR! Everyone else seemed to have liked One Way or Another, so I hope you like it πŸ™ Omg!!!! That makes me so happy to hear!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­β€ Here’s to a great new reading year in 2021! πŸŽ‰

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  2. i’m so shocked by how many backlist books you read this year caro!! i love seeing it, though, i feel like most of the book blogging community feels pressured to read all the new releases and i’m glad you were able to read a lot of older books πŸ’˜ i’m glad you enjoyed so many books this year! and seeing hypnos, enrique, and zofia on your list of otps made me so happy because i couldn’t agree more πŸ₯Ί i hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2021, and i’m glad you were able to figure out your reading schedule in accordance with your master’s!

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    1. I somehow always end up reading lots of backlist, which I’m really happy with 😊 I definitely feel the pressure and hype of new releases though. When award season came around, I was like … who are all these books?? I barely read any of the nominees πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… Hypnos, Enrique, and Zofia made me have all the feels πŸ₯Ί Thank you so much! I also hope 2021 is a good year for you πŸ₯°

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  3. Ahh.. This was so great to read and see all your stats and moments of 2020.
    I think it is interesting to see the different formats of books people read and ebooks are so easy to use. I think using a digital library is so handy. I was actually surprised by how few physical books I read this year as that used to be all I read but it was pretty equal this year so I was shocked πŸ˜‚
    And yay to reading mostly fantasy. I’m in such a fantasy mood at the minute!!
    I’m so glad you got to read a lot of backlisted books as I quite like prioritising them as they are so many great ones!!
    It was so great to read all your answers to the questions as well. I know I’ve said this to you so many times but I really need to read Jackaby and The Gilded Wolves!! πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you, Sophie! πŸ’• I love looking at my stats every year and see what formats I used the most! 2020 was definitely the year of the e-book as I got my Kindle and access to Overdrive πŸ˜„ I love fantasy so much, so it’s still the most read, though I also read from many different genres this year! I hope you enjoy Jackaby and The Gilded Wolves πŸ₯°

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  4. Loved reading about all these bookish stats, especially the format (wow, so many ebooks). The Gilded Wolves crew is too precious and yes, I’d say they’re my all-time favorite characters too! All Systems Red is so good, I’m planning to finish the other books in the series! Lovely post πŸ˜πŸ’—

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    1. Thank you, I love looking at my stats every year 😊 So happy to hear that you love the Gilded Wolves squad as well! I plan to read Network Effect soon, so I’m caught up before the new book comes out πŸ₯° Thank you for reading! πŸ’•

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  5. Loved reading this post, I am a huge fan of looking at other people’s bookish stats. πŸ˜… I also read e-books the most, I love my Kindle. So glad that you also got to have one, they make reading so much easier!
    And yay to digital library cards! Is the biggest library located in Berlin?

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  6. Omg I ABSOLUTELY loved reading this post Caro!! So did not expect all the books you included at the end and loved that aspect of your post!! I don’t have much to say apart from I just loved seeing all the stats. Seems like you had such a great reading year, yay on 166. That is SO AWESOME. And on using the library more often!! Twinning with the ebooks too, I read SO MANY last year whoops

    Sending love friend <3<3

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruby! I love doing the survey every year to look back on my 2020 and also look forward to the new year πŸ₯° At least 2020 was good for my reading and brought me lots of great books! E-Books have been so helpful this year!
      Sending some love right back at you ❀

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  7. 166 books is amazing, wow!! 😱 I always find these types of posts fascinating. Hooray for libraries – I think a significant portion of the books I read in 2020 were from my library too!

    I loved Felix Ever After this year too and can definitely see myself rereading it πŸ˜„ I’m also obsessed with the cover of Tea Dragon Tapestry (and all the tea dragon books tbh)!!

    Ahhh I can’t wait for Rule of Wolves, even though it’s probably going to break me πŸ˜… Good luck with your reading in 2021, I hope you find many more amazing books!!

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    1. I love all the reflection and stats of the end of the year πŸ₯° I used my library so much this year, which is great for my book budget πŸ˜„

      Felix Ever After was so great, I hope I can reread it 🧑 The Tea Dragon books are all so wholesome, I love them so much! I’m also excited and nervous about Rule of Wolves, especially as it’s the finale! 😱 Happy reading to you as well ❀

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