Hello fellow bookworms 📚 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)! 💕 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 😄 (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 🥰
Revealing my inner stats nerd 🔢
Year in Books
💗 Check out my Year in Books Here 💗
Genre You Read The Most From
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!
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 💕
- 1 Star (3 Books)
- 2 Stars (8 Books)
- 3 Stars (35 Books)
- 4 Stars (74 Books)
- 5 Stars (43 Books, including rereads)
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 😂 The majority of the books I read were still from the backlist (with 2018 being the most read year).
- 2020 📚 40 Book Read
- 2019 📚 31 Books Read
- 2018 📚 32 Books Read
- 2017 📚 14 Books Read
- 2016 📚 11 Books Read
- 2015 📚 16 Books Read
- 2014 📚 8 Books Read
- Pre-2014 📚 13 Books Read
Where my books came from
I used my library a lot, as you can see, especially when I got a digital library pass for Overdrive 🥰 Since I got a Kindle for my birthday I also made use of e-book purchases 😄
- Library 📚 85 Books
- Arcs 📚 17 Books
- Bought 📚 35 Books
- Other (Giveaway/Gift/Free Trials) 📚 29 Books
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. 😊
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t
- Come Tumbling Down (Seanan McGuire) 📚 ⭐⭐⭐.5
- One Way or Another (Kara McDowell) 📚 ⭐⭐.5
- Wrapped Up in You (Talia Hibbert) 📚 ⭐⭐.5
Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel of 2020? Best Series Ender of 2020?
- Series Started 📚 Jackaby (William Ritter) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Sequel 📚 Artificial Condition (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Series Finale 📚 The Tower of Nero (Rick Riordan) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Favorite new author, you discovered in 2020?
- Kathleen Glasgow 📚 How to Make Friends with the Dark & Girl in Pieces
- Laura Silverman 📚 You Asked for Perfect
Most Read Author in 2020?
- Martha Wells 📚 5 Books (Murderbot Diaries 1-4 + short story)
Book You Read In 2020 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
- Felix Ever After (Kacen Callender) 📚
- Technically, You Started It (Lana Wood Johnson) 📚
- All Systems Red (Martha Wells) 📚 ** already reread this & the sequels, this is how big my obsession is 😅
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?
- Small Spaces (Katherine Arden) 📚
- The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Katie O’Neill) 📚
Most memorable characters of 2020?
- Jackaby, Abigail & the Team (Jackaby) 📚
- Zofia, Enrique, Hypnos, Laila, Tristan & Séverin (The Gilded Wolves) 📚
- Spensa (Skyward) 📚
- Murderbot (All Systems Red) 📚
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read?
- These Broken Stars (Kaufman & Spooner) 📚
- Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys) 📚
- Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire) 📚
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
- Hypnos, Enrique & Zofia (The Gilded Wolves) 📚
- Yadriel & Julian (Cemetery Boys) 📚
- Dara & Noam (The Electric Heir) 📚
- Felix & Ezra (Felix Ever After) 📚
- Jess & Abby (Not Your Sidekick) 📚
- Pinky & Samir (10 Things I Hate About Pinky) 📚
- Natalie & Alex (It Sounded Better in my Head) 📚
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
- Abigail & Jackaby (Jackaby) 📚
- Darius & Sohrab (Darius the Great Is Not Okay) 📚
- Georgia & her friends (Loveless) 📚
- Tiger & Thaddeus (How to Make Friends with the Dark) 📚
- Anette & Emilie (Belle Révolte) 📚
- Zofia & Laila (The Gilded Wolves) 📚
- Murderbot & ART (Artificial Condition) 📚
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
- White Rose (Kip Wilson) 📚
- Belle Révolte (Linsey Miller) 📚
- We Used to be Friends (Amy Spalding) 📚
New favorite book blog you discovered in 2020?
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 💞
Favorite review that you wrote in 2020?
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 💕
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
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 🥰
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
- Readathons forever and always 💗 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 💞 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 📚 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 🥰
- Being Nominated for the Book Blogger Awards! 🥺 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 💕 I even made it into the voting round which was honestly so unexpected but also incredible and made me so grateful 😭💞
- 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 💗
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.
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?
- The Dire King (William Ritter) 📚
2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
- Happily Ever Afters (Elise Bryant) 📚
- A Dark and Hollow Star (Ashley Shuttleworth) 📚
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?
- Witchshadow (Susan Dennard) 📚
- Rule of Wolves (Leigh Bardugo) 📚
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 🥰 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
What was your favorite reading/blogging moment of 2020? What are you hoping to accomplish in 2021?