2020 End of Year Book Survey

Hosted, as always, by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner

(Also, I cannot believe I did not post this last year! I may have to do last year’s anyway. I started it but never finished, which ruined my streak. AND ALSO I DON’T KNOW HOW I FELT ABOUT BOOKS. What a tragedy.)

I’m trying something new this year, which is not repeating answers. So even if a book fit more than one category, I put it in the one I felt it best fit.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 48
Number of Audiobooks: 6
Number of Rereads: 4
Number Unfinished/Abandoned: 6 (2 of these were audiobooks)


Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2020?

The Vanishing HalfThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, this was just awesome. I loved the narrative voice, the seamless transitions from past to present, and the characterization. That Stella is something else, but I think Bennett deftly shows how though her world seems larger, it’s actually just as small–if not smaller–than Desiree’s. I also appreciated the skewering of moderate racist White people.

All the characters here are sympathetic, and this just further proves my point that fiction can be a better entry point into anti-racist teaching than nonfiction. Also, as always, all Black lives matter and the reminder that “unimportant men were killed to make the point that they were unimportant–that they were not even men” (179) was as true in the 1960s as it is now.

The title works on ~levels~ and I am here for it.

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It’s Monday & I hope this posts before midnight

I am writing this at 10:55 p.m. WILL I MAKE THE DEADLINE? I hope so. (The answer, btw, is yes. Hitting post on this at 11:15.)

I won’t be participating in Month of Faves this week because I never post my fave books before December 31 as I may read one of my favorite books of the year between now and then. So, here’s a recap of all my Month of Faves posts from the past week instead:

I also read some books and watched some movies:

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#AMonthofFaves Holiday Book and Ornament Traditions

A Month of Faves! Get into it!

⭐ DEC 18 – Favorite Things [Holiday Edition]⁠
(Treats, Traditions, Books, Movies, Songs, Decorations, Activities, etc)⁠

Today, I’m going to focus on traditions since I don’t really have anything new to report about the other stuff, and my traditions also include activities ✅ and decorations ✅. I haven’t watched any of the new Christmas movies and my old ones haven’t changed. I have no new treats to report. I haven’t heard any new Christmas songs except for that Sia one, and I do like it but I’ve only heard it twice and only because I watched the video.

Jólabókaflóð, the Yule Book Flood

Hello, my new favorite tradition is (of course) Jólabókaflóð, the Yule Book Flood wherein you exchange books on Christmas Eve and read while eating snacks. Last year was my first year participating when I was at my friend’s house, and it was a fun whirlwind of a doozy. This year will be much more lowkey since there are only three of us. The plan is for each person to buy the other two people books and then read while drinking hot cocoa and eating cookies/snacks. We initially pulled names out of a hat, but both girls were like, “Why can’t we just buy books for everybody?” and so that’s what we’re going to do.

Ornaments

And, of course, I am continuing my own personal tradition of commemorative ornaments.

This year, I added the following ornaments to my tree:

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#AMonthofFaves Happy Moments from This Year

⭐ DEC 16 – Favorite Things [At Home Edition]⁠
(Room in the house, reading spot, time of day, daily habit, etc)⁠

Happy moments

I really like how Bryan focused on his favorite moments in the daily life prompt from Dec. 11, and since I already focused on things in my response to that prompt, I’m going to do moments today. 

February

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#AMonthofFaves Favorite Book Covers of 2020

The link up is back! YAY. There is only one link up for the past two weeks, but I have been blogging for all of them, so here are my other posts, if you missed any.

And now, on to today’s topic

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#AMonthofFaves 2021 Favorites

A new day, a new Month of Faves topic. Join in! Topics are at Kimberly’s Instagram.

⭐ DEC 11 – Favorite Things [Daily Life Edition] ⁠
(Recipes tried, happy moments, shows watched, skills learned, or just 5 things you appreciated about 2020)⁠

Welp, I guess today is the day I tell you everything I ate during quarantine.

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#AMonthofFaves 2021 Goals & Intentions

Join in with A Month of Faves! You can find the topics at Kimberly’s Instagram.

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⭐ DEC 9 – End of Year Intentions or 2021 Goals/Intentions⁠
(Bookish or otherwise)⁠

My personal goals for 2020 were:

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B is for Best Buys #AMonthofFaves #PandemicAlphabet

I’m still participating in A Month of Faves. It’s still being hosted by Tanya and Kim at Girlxoxo with prompts up on Kim’s Instagram.

a-month-of-faves-2020

⭐ DEC 7 – Favorite Products/Small Shops⁠
(Favorite small business, mug, bookmark, bookish clothing, blanket, anything you purchased in 2020 that you love)⁠

Work from Home

Okay, basically everything I bought that I love this year was to improve my work from home situation.

wfh setup

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#AMonthofFaves End of Year Media Plans

New graphic, who dis?

⭐ DEC 4 – End of Year Bookish Plans⁠

(What you hope to finish before the end of the year, what you’ve removed from your TBR, IG posts planned, challenges you still need to finish, etc.)⁠

I’m going to expand this to include all media–well, books, movies and TV.

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#AMonthofFaves 2020: Popular Books Worth the Hype

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right: A Month of Faves is back, hosted by Tanya and Kim over at Girlxoxo. As of this writing, the official post isn’t up on the website yet, but the prompts are posted on Kim’s Instagram.

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