So, today’s post was meant to be the End of Year Book Tag because I’ve never actually done it before but then I read the questions and it’s not exactly what I thought and most of the questions I simply don’t have answers to because that’s just not how I work. So instead I discovered the End of Year Book Survey which I believe was created by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner so I decided to give it a go instead as this is more what I thought The End of Year Book Tag would be. However, I am skipping the ‘My Blogging/Bookish Life’ section of the questions as I mainly want to talk about books and not my blog posts… Let’s jump in!
2020 Reading Stats
1. Number of Books you read?
As of today, 23rd Dec I am sitting on 150 books read. Hoping to finish at least 2 more before the end of the month.
2. Number of re-reads?
36 & you can see my post about rereads HERE if you are curious what books I reread.
3. Genre you read the most from?
Easily Fantasy with 68 of the books I read in the fantasy genre.
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4. Best Book you read in 2020?
Really?! Just one? I haven’t even written my top 10 post yet! Having a quick look through my 2020 reading tracking I am going with The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson.
5. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I’m going to have to go with Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. I did still enjoy it but it didn’t quite live up to the first two books in the series & I was left a little disappointed.
6. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
There were two that came instantly to mind when I read this question & those are The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter by Theodora Goss & The Girl in Red by Christina Henry. Both of these I went into with no idea what they were about & also having not heard anyone else’s opinions and having no idea if these books were meant to be good or not. Then I discovered they were both really good!
7. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read?
I’ve been pushing people all year to read The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series by Theodora Goss as it’s amazing!
8. Best series you started in 2020?
I’m reading this question as series I’ve started but haven’t finished in 2020. So, I’m going to go with the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson & The Inheritance Games duology by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I am currently reading book 2 in the Shades of London series & really enjoying it, so I might even get it & book 3 finished by the end of the year! The Inheritance Games is a book I read fairly recently & is the first book in a new duology and I can’t wait for book 2!
9. Best sequel of 2020?
I’m going to go with 3 this time & they are Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson & The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerising Girl by Theodora Goss. All of these are amazing sequels! I also think The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerising Girl is the best book in the series!
10. Best series ender of 2020?
11. Favourite new author you discovered in 2020?
I don’t really have an answer to this one. There are authors whose books I’ve read and loved this year but I’ve only read 1 book by them because that’s all that’s out and I don’t think reading 1 book is enough to say they are a new favourite. That’s more like someone who is now on my radar. All the other authors I ‘discovered’ in a previous year but just read more of their amazing books this year. So yeah, I don’t have an answer for this one.
12. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I’m choosing two books again but who cares! For this one I’m going for They Called Us Enemy by George Takei which is a non-fiction, which is not a genre I read basically at all. I’m also choosing Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp which is a YA Thriller I loved! I’m only really getting into Thriller’s this year, so at the time it was not a genre I read often.
13. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
14. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Easily The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss! I am so keen to reread that one! But also, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline! I’ve already reread Ready Player One, so if I reread it again of course I’m going to reread Ready Player Two as well!
15. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
16. Most memorable character of 2019?
As soon as I read this question I instantly thought of Catherin Moreau from The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss! Catherin is actually based off Catherine from The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells.
17. Most beautifully written book in 2020?
I know a lot of people discuss how ‘beautifully written’ or flowery books are written but that’s just not my thing. I want a book that is written with heaps of detail, that’s atmospheric & fast paced. So for me, what comes to mind is Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.
18. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
This is more an answer for most thought-provoking but I’m going with They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.
19. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2020 to finally read?
I’m going with Sherwood by Megan Spooner! This book had always been on my radar but I finally picked it up this year & really enjoyed it.
20. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2020?
The wonderful thing about reality is that it is highly flexible. One minute, all is doom; the next, everything is abloom with possibility.The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
21. Shortest and longest book you read in 2020
Shortest is Harry Potter: Exploring Hogwarts which is 47 pages & longest is European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss which is 720 pages.
22. Book that shocked you the most
I feel like shocked & surprised is basically the same in this case, so I have already answered this in question 6.
23. OTP of the year (you will go down with this r-ship)
Yeah I don’t do the whole OTP thing as I don’t generally care for romances…
24. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year.
The friend group in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club is awesome! So have to go for them!
25. Favourite book you read in 2020 from an author you’ve read previously?
I’m going with both Loveless & Nick and Charlie for this as they are both by the same author & both good! Alice Oseman never fails to impress. I have previously read & loved I Was Born for This, Radio Silence & Heartstopper in recent years!
26. Best book you read in 2020 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
I’m going with Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and it’s not because of a specific persons recommendation but because everyone and their dog has been recommending this book!
27. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?
Again, not my thing.
28. Best 2020 debut you read?
It was actually difficult to find a debut I read that I can actually recommend! I didn’t read many debuts this year apparently. But I’m going with The Silence of Bones by June Hur which is her debut & I really enjoyed it! I can’t wait for her next release The Forest of Stolen Girl which is coming out in 2021.
29. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?
I kinda already answered this one with question 17 but Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is very atmospheric & has a very vivid setting.
30. Book that put a smile on your face/ was the most FUN to read?
This is actually a reread but I love it every time & that is the audiobook for Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling. The audiobook features bonus content and it’s narrated by Bonnie Wright & it’s just amazing.
31. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2020?
I don’t think there is any new books I’ve read this year that made me cry but there is a reread that fits & that is Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.
32. Hidden gem of the year?
Nocturna by Maya Motayne as I really didn’t expect this one to be as amazing as it was and not many people have been talking about it!
33. Book that crushed you soul?
There isn’t any that come to mind for this one!
34. Most unique book you read in 2020?
I’m going with The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss because of the format of the book! You can find more books with an interesting format in yesterdays post!
35. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I’m going with Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare because this book was going so well & they they reveal the motive and it was like what, are you freaking kidding me?……… Still enjoyed it overall but the motive makes no sense.
36. One book you didn’t get to in 2020 but will be your number 1 priority in 2021?
This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada! This has been on so many TBRs this year but when I sat down to read it earlier in the month i realised I don’t remember enough about book 2 in the series to follow what’s going on. So I want to do a reread of the first two books before reading this one! I’m hoping to do it very soon!
37. Book you are most anticipating in 2021 (non-debut)
I have a whole post about anticipated releases & you can find that HERE. I can’t decide which one is my MOST anticipated. So here is three.
The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni (April 13th)
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon (Feb 16th)
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (June 15th)
38. 2021 debut you are most anticipating?
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (August 3rd)
39. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2021?
I’ve already mentioned the Mask Falling & The Box in the Woods so I won’t mention them again even though they fit this perfectly.
Red tigress by Amélie Wen Zhao (March 2nd)
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (Jan 12th)
40. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2021?
Review more audiobooks. I tend to forget to review audiobooks, so I want to get more in a habit of reviewing audiobooks as well as physical/eBooks.
41. A 2021 release you’ve already read and recommended to everyone (if applicable)?
I haven’t been requesting ARCs so I haven’t read any.
What is your favourite book of 2020?
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