Hey everyone!! I hope you’re having a lovely start to 2021 🌟
Today, I’m super excited to bring you my favorite reads of 2020 (as well as some pie charts)!! 🤩📚 Honestly, I was debating whether I should even write this post, but since I’ve been really enjoying reading everyone’s favorite books of 2020 posts (and all of y’all’s end-of-year posts hehe), I was like, why not. you know me, i can’t pass up a chance to scream about books (especially my favorite books), i mean i literally am a book blogger after all hahahah. This post may be a little late (I realize we’re almost a week into 2021, oops), but better late than never, am I right 😌
So yes! Here I am, with my 4 books that I really, reallyy enjoyed amidst the chaos that was 2020 👀 I read a total of 45 books in 2020, meaning that I read the exact amount of books I needed to achieve my 2020 reading goal – which I’m honestly so proud and happy about!! 😊 I didn’t reach my reading goal in 2019 (read 41/50 books), so accomplishing this in 2020 makes me happy. Most importantly, in a year that I felt so unproductive and unmotivated to do anything (lol thanks 2020), I’m so glad that I was still able to read a lot and accomplish my reading goal!! 🎉 also, as someone who doesn’t set new years resolutions bc she never follows through with them, i’m viewing my reading goal as a new years resolution of sorts – ONE THAT I ACTUALLY FOLLOWED THROUGH!! so yay :DD
Before we get into my favorite books of 2020, though, I want to share some of my reading stats with you! To track my reading for 2020, I used and modified Kal @ Reader Voracious‘ 2020 reader spreadsheet template, which was an absolutely wonderful resource. Thank you so much, Kal! (Here is the link to Kal’s 2021 Book Blogger / Reader Spreadsheet Template.)
Here are some lovely pie charts that showcase what I read in 2020: i love pie charts!! 😀
If I’m being completely honest, although 2020 was a good reading year for me in terms of quantity, it wasn’t the best in terms of quality. If you look at the 3rd pie chart above (Reading by Rating), you can see that I rated a decent amount of books between 2 to 3.5 stars (which aren’t such great ratings). And even for the 7 books I did rate 5 stars, 5 of them were rereads (4 from my PJO reread and 2 from my Arc of a Scythe series reread) – so I technically only discovered 2 new books that I deemed worthy of a 5-star rating :’) My average rating for 2020 ended up being 3.8, which some of you may consider relatively high, but for me, it went down from 4.0 in 2019 and 4.2 in 2018 👀 I think over the years I’ve just become a slightly more critical/cynical reader (😅), or maybe it was just. you know. 2020 :’) this year definitely affected my mood more negatively than positively. Anyway, fingers crossed that 2021 will bring me more 5-star reads than 2020 did!! ✨
Contemporary again reigns supreme for me – almost half the books I read in 2020 were contemporary :0 What can I say – it’s my favorite genre!! 🤩 I did pick up a lot more fantasy though, which I’m really happy about as well. I enjoy reading fantasy, although it does require more brainpower (aka brain cells that i do not have aklsdjfd) from me to understand the worldbuilding and plot, especially if it’s high fantasy. And that’s why I usually alternate between reading contemporary and fantasy, so I can give my brain a break, hehe.
I also want to give a shoutout to my local library and the Libby app for being basically the sole reason I’m able to read books!! As you can see from the 5th pie chart, I read 84.4% of these books in ebook format, all of which I borrowed using the Libby app. While I am tired of reading ebooks (my eyes are screaming help) (I still prefer physical books), I’ve also grown used to them, and I am definitely grateful for the privilege of having access to a library so that I can use Libby to borrow ebooks.
Now, onto the main point of this post!! 😊 Out of the 45 books I read in 2020, I chose 4 books as my favorites that I really loved this year, for a variety of reasons. Whether they made my whole heart smile or broke it, or helped me forget about my worries and escape to a different world for a bit, or reminded me I’m human and I have feelings, all of these books have so much meaning to me – I recommend them with my entire heart 💓 Here they are in the order of date read:
1. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Date read: June 22, 2020
From the moment I saw that You Should See Me in a Crown had an ATLA reference, I knew it was good, y’all 👀 (Hehe check out the quote below.) Honestly though, this book is absolutely heartwarming and adorable – I LOVED the f/f romance – and is 100% guaranteed to make you smile. This book really tugged at my heartstrings with its lovable characters (I was rooting for Liz Lighty the entire time) and supportive friendships (Jordan is the BEST). Reading about a queer anxious Black girl that gets her happy ending seriously made me SO emotional 😭💕 I’m so so happy and proud of Liz – she is genuinely such a GOOD person down to her very core, and deserves everything good in the world. I love her so much :’) I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an empowering contemporary that just fills you with all the joy!! With the most adorable f/f romance and supportive friendships!!
This book is a lovely example of why contemporary is my favorite genre 👑✨💜
“You’re very Book One Prince Zuko — all honor and determination and stuff. You could use some guidance from an old pro to ease you into Book Three Prince Zuko: more relaxed, more open to adventure, better hair.”
2. Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Date read: July 12, 2020
Pitched as “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease“, Only Mostly Devastated was another contemporary that I absolutely loved!! I genuinely smiled and chuckled SO MUCH while reading this, it gave me all the feels. Ollie is a very entertaining, funny, and messy narrator, and I had such a fun time reading in his POV hehe. Honestly though, reading in Ollie’s POV and experiencing his overthinking & messy emotions felt like taking a peek inside my own head…..i didn’t ask to be attacked like this :’) As much as I laughed while reading this book, it also almost made me cry at a certain part 😭 (the RANGE this book has!!) I would also like to say that this book got me out of a reading slump – I practically flew through this in 1 day. I love lovee loveee Sophie Gonzales’ writing – it feels so relatable and genuine and REAL 💗
Thank you Ollie & Will for the serotonin <33 they deserve the world 🎶☀️💚
“That’s the beautiful thing about the universe. It puts you through trials, but it never gives you anything you can’t handle. We grow from these things.”
3. The Kyoshi Novels by F.C. Yee
Date read: July – August 2020
(I know this is technically a book series, not a book – but it’s only 2 books, so shhh it’s okay 👀) So I know I already screamed about how incredibleee these books are in a previous post (Percy Jackson book tag) BUT! I could honestly go on forever about how much I love The Kyoshi Novels 😌😌 What a wild, emotional, heartbreaking, and captivating ride :’) Kyoshi is such a strong and fantastic Avatar, and I truly enjoyed (read: got emotionally destroyed) reading her tumultuous journey of carving her own path in a world that doesn’t welcome her. And of course I can’t scream about these books without mentioning how much emotion the scenes between Kyoshi and Rangi gave me 👀😭 we love powerful girlfriends trying to save the world together
The Kyoshi Novels satisfied my craving for ATLA content in the best way possible although now i want more Kyoshi and Rangi pls :’) ⛰🔥🌈
“What you do when no one is guiding you determines who you are.”
4. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Date read: December 12, 2020
Okay haha I also already talked about Raybearer in the same previous post (Percy Jackson book tag) but, again, I truly cannot sing this book’s praises enough. Raybearer is such a beautifully written, West-African-inspired YA fantasy and, without a doubt, one of the best YA fantasies I’ve ever read 🤩 The characters are the heart and soul of this book. I felt so invested in the main character Tarisai’s journey from the very beginning to the last page of the book. Her character growth & arc is beautiful to witness – I felt so empowered and emotional omg 😭 And don’t even get me started on all of the other characters!! This book had such a rich, diverse cast of amazing characters – every single one of them had their own distinct, unique personality and added something special to the story. Dayo has such a big, genuine heart and deserves the world (honestly all of the characters do); Sanjeet suffered through so much pain at the hands of his father when all he wants to do is protect the people he loves (my heart hurts for him); Kirah is a wonderful friend and healer, and her wits and intellect are so admirable. I love all of them so, so much 💛 Please read Raybearer and fall in love with these wonderful characters as I have, they will brighten your days 😌
This book is definitely a RAY of sunshine sorry i had to alskdjfkd ☀️👑🏝
“Uniformity is not unity. Silence is not peace.”
Here are some honorable mentions (books that I really enjoyed but didn’t make it to my top favorites):
I hope you enjoyed hopefully coherent rambles about my 2020 reading stats and favorite books of the year!! 📚 Thanks so much for reading and supporting my blog, I appreciate every like and comment and I always have so much fun interacting with y’all, the bookish community 😊 I said this recently in my previous posts, but I’m genuinely just so happy to be back because the book blogging community is one of the kindest and most welcoming spaces I’ve had the honor of being a part of – y’all are truly the best 💓
Also I’m shook and honestly impressed with myself tbh that I was able to write another blog post in one sitting, once again, haha. I’m on a rolllll 🤩 although, sadly, i don’t think this is gonna last, once classes start back up :’) But it’s okay, I’ll enjoy this (my burst of motivation to blog & create content) for as long as I can ☺️ And I hope you all do too hehehe
What were your favorite books of 2020? Least favorites? Disappointments? I’d love to know! ✨
What genre did you read the most in 2020? The least? Do you prefer physical books or ebooks? How do you keep track of your reading? Do you like pie charts as much as I do?
Hoping that January treats you kindly and that you’re able to find joy in the little moments 💓 and of course, I hope that you discover many wonderful books in 2021 🌟
Let’s be friends!
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