Books of 2020: Top 10, some stats and death of the TBR

Hello everyone, thank you for bearing with me! As a lot of you who follow me on Twitter know, I had an insane month of December. Hospital appointments, general work insanity and to cap it all, I got an apartment at last after months of viewings and now I’m in the process of moving! Made sense to step away from the blogging sphere for a bit. No matter! I’m back now and have a lot of posts planned for the weeks ahead.

So 2020 is dead. She had better stay fucking dead. But I still read a lot of wonderful books and I narrowed it down to ten. I will have another post of books I found impressive but were not the ones I would have classed as the absolute best of all. I sadly didn’t complete my GR goal of a 100 books, ending the year on 94 books, BUT compared to my previous year of 105, I feel the quality was far higher.

So without further ado! Here is my top 10 books that totally wowed me in 2020! Not in any particular order they are:

  1. Highfire by Eoin Colfer
  2. The City We Became by N.K Jemisin
  3. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
  4. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  5. Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  6. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
  7. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  8. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
  9. Squire by Tamora Pierce
  10. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaVelle

Can I just say, what an amazing year 2020 was for books at least? Spending the time going back over each of these reviews does show me that I am actually very proud of the work I’ve put into this little blog and how blogging/reviewing/bookish internet has made me so much better at choosing what I will enjoy. So that is a huge improvement.

I think this post is also going to be a death to the TBR project too. I will still finish all those series this year, I am actually carrying over the last book in the Wormwood trilogy from 2020 and hope to finish that when I finish moving house in the next 2 weeks. But I think it’s safe to say, TBR’s are not for me in any shape, they make me feel restricted and I panic/feel guilty when I don’t follow them at all times. Which is not why I read. So screw it. Death to the TBR for my reading anyway!

In terms of rough stats (this isn’t booktube, I will be half arsing this because I’m typing this in my PJ’s between work things) out of my 94 books, 12 were scfi, 16 were horror, 42 were fantasy, 3 were non fiction, 6 were thriller/crime. That also includes 14 graphic novels/comics/manga, 9 novellas and 5 shorter works like stories or novelettes. So my poor scifi and comic shelves are severely in need of love. I do want to read more novellas in January to be caught up for The Wayward Children series anyway so hopefully I’ll see more novellas off my shelf and Kindle too.

My big failing is the 12 books out of that 94 that were by BIPOC authors. I honestly have to work on this a lot more in 2021. I did notice that the latter half of 2020 was the majority of those authors but that’s not an excuse and more points out why and when I started pulling my self in line on my reading. So that and pushing myself to read more authors from the LGBTQ+ community going forward right away.

So there ye have it, a good quality rise in books, 10 that I managed to pick were my FAVES of faves, death to the TBR, some half arsed stats and things I need to fix. I am looking to return to regular 1-2 posts a week now I’m nearly done moving and that the holiday madness in work is coming to an end. Thank you to everyone else who joined me this year. I didn’t work as hard on my blog as I hoped but I am still so proud of how it’s come along in a year. Thanks for checking in guys and happy reading.

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