Well, aren’t we all glad to see the back of 2020? It was, I think, a collectively Bad year. For me, it was filled with lots of lows, some highs, and a heck of a lot of changes.
I took a blogging hiatus in the last few months of 2020, and decided to wait a little bit longer to post my yearly wrap-up in order to process wtf actually happened last year.
Hopefully, this post will be the beginning of a renewed regular blogging schedule! So, here’s a look back at my year, including my favourite books, a revisit of my 2020 goals (LOL), and a look back at some of the positives:
My favourite books of 2020:
Raybearer was a ray (sorry) of light in 2020. It was magical and heart-warming, and quickly became one of my all-time favourites.
I read the entire of the Poppy War trilogy in 2020, and was awe-struck by them all. They are one of the best trilogies I have ever read, and I gave them all five stars, but The Burning God blew my mind, crushed my heart and stamped all over it, so of course it was a favourite.
I won’t lie, I picked this book up in Waterstones because the cover was pretty, and I’d heard good things about it in passing. I went into it not knowing much about it, and that was the best decision! I have never been so shocked by a plot twist as I was with the one in this book.
The Five was an unexpected favourite for me. I came across it by chance, and I really loved the respect that this book had in telling the stories of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. I’m not a big reader of non-fiction, but The Five just might have changed that for me!
These Violent Delights has been all over the internet since even before it was released, and for very good reason! I became so absorbed into this retelling, and I am absolutely dying to read the sequel.
Graceling is a YA fantasy classic, and I was very late to the party with it. It was my first read of 2020, and it very quickly settled itself into a special place in my heart.
I’d heard excellent things about Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing, and I was so excited to read one of her books. I decided to start With the Fire on High in the summer of 2020, and it was a beautiful, heart-warming story. I loved it!
Some good things that happened:
- I graduated from uni!
- Got a job, left a job, and then found a new job, which I love.
- I got my kitten, Cass, and she brought some much-needed joy into the year.
Revisiting my 2020 goals…
In short, I failed most of them. LOL.
But you know what? 2020 was a disaster, so I’m not too disappointed. I did manage to make some of them happen, though:
- I got better at scheduling posts in the first half of 2020, and I’m hoping to get back on track in 2021
- I caught up a *little* on my Netgalley books (though let’s be honest, is anyone really ever 100% caught up on Netgalley?)
- I started bookmarking quotes as I read, which is something that I always regretted not doing before, and I’ve managed to make it a habit! (The book that I found myself highlighting beautiful quotes from the most was Raybearer, if you needed another reason to pick it up!)
What were your favourite books of 2020? Are you setting any goals for 2021? Let me know in the comments! Happy New Year!