THURSTAG: 2020 in books

Good morning everyone!

How are you all? I hope you are well! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA of late. Blame December and wanting to get myself rested! I am here with my big 2020 wrap up post! I hope you’ve got a cup of tea or something stronger (depending on the time of day!).

**2020 READING STATS**

NUMBER OF BOOKS YOU READ: 180
NUMBER OF RE-READS: 0 (probably)
GENRE YOU READ THE MOST FROM: Fantasy (more than likely)

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1. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

Just as I said last year, I refuse to answer this question.

2. BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?

Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I read it for a teacher thing and I’d heard such good things about it, but I was decidedly underwhelmed (I think I’m just spoiled by all of the amazing MG books there are out these days!)

3. MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ? 

Anything Raina Telgemeier wrote. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that 2020 was the year I discovered graphic novels and I think she writes brilliant graphic novels.

4. BOOK YOU “PUSHED” THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)?

In predictable ways, Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury. Also, Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski.

5. BEST SERIES YOU STARTED IN 2020? BEST SEQUEL OF 2020? BEST SERIES ENDER OF 2020?

Best series I started? The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuznair
Best sequel? The Edge of the Ocean by L.D Lapinski (it blew me away) OR Frostheart: Escape from Aurora by Jamie Littler.
Best series ender? Lu by Jason Reynolds (I am so so sad this series is over!!)

6. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2020?

Sticking with the graphic novels front, I’d say Victoria Jamieson. Her graphic novels, like Raina Telgemeier’s, have been bloody wonderful.

7. BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

I mean, 2020 was the year I discovered graphic novels, so it would be unfair if I didn’t mention a graphic novel. The best graphic novel I read this year? Oooh, that is a tough one… but I THINK Rollergirl just pips it! Or maybe Cardboard Kingdom!

8. MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

All of those things are very different to me! AND 2020 was FILLED with books I couldn’t put down, but I think it has to go to Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang! I am DESPERATE for the sequel!

9. BOOK YOU READ IN 2020 THAT YOU WOULD BE MOST LIKELY TO RE-READ NEXT YEAR?

I’m not a big rereader… however The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery (purely because I want to use it for school!).

10. FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

I think Venom by Bex Hogan has to take that title. I am a SUCKER for something shiny!

11. MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2020?

Madame Pinchbeck from The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler – don’t ask me why, but she’s stuck with me (for creepy reasons… not good ones!!)

(I still stand by last year’s character: Luvian Fen is STILL taking over my life FYI)

12. MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2020?

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson. Sophie has the most amazing storytelling voice and everything she writes just hits a chord.

13. MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/ LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2020?

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. He has a way of writing things that just punch me in the gut and make me think about life.

(But also, Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery. Seriously, if you’ve not read this book, please do!)

14. BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2020 TO FINALLY READ? 

Clockwork by Philip Pullman (not because I loved it or anything… but because I feel like EVERY TEACHER IN THE LAND has read it!)

15. FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

Favourite opening chapter of a book? The bloody first chapter of Hold Back the Tide. I dare you to read that book and NOT absolutely be blown away by the first chapter.

But also… there’s some lovely passages in loads of things this year. However, only because I read it quite recently so it’s quite fresh in my mind, there’s some lovely things in A Tale of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer (yes him from Glee… his books are brilliant) around mental health and looking after yourself.

16. SHORTEST & LONGEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

Shortest – Noah Goes Nuclear by Simon John Green (34 pages)
Longest – Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann (506 pages)

17. BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOST?

I hate to be that repetitive person, but Hold Back the Tide. The ending ABSOLUTELY FLOORED me.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)?

I SHIP ALL THE SHIPS. However, there is a ship in Venom that my heart just ADORES.

19. FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEAR?

Peyton and her brother in Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard.

20. FAVORITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2020 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLY?

Shut up man. What kind of question is that?!

21. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2020 THAT YOU READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM SOMEBODY ELSE/PEER PRESSURE/BOOKSTAGRAM, ETC.:

Most of the graphic novels I read were based purely on what I’d seen teacher folk talking about.

22. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2020?

Vas from Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn-Bowman. I remember reading that book and just SWOONING,

23. BEST 2020 DEBUT YOU READ?

Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy (technically a 2021 release). The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuznair. You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. Boy Queen by George Lester.

24. BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING YOU READ THIS YEAR?

Oh god, here we go again. Look, if you want good world-building, get yourself a Melinda Salisbury book ok? She’s just the most incredible world-builder. I’d also like to shout about The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton too – that Venice setting was just brilliant!

25. BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ?

This Winter by Alice Oseman.

26. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2019?

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. See: almost every book I read. (Hold Back the Tide, My Life As A Cat, The Midnight Guardians, First Day of My Life, The Midnight Library, You Should See Me In A Crown, Boy Queen, Venom, The Shark Caller, The Pieces of Ourselves, Destination Anywhere)

27. HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR?

Brand New Boy by David Almond. It doesn’t get talked about enough and it’s funny, interesting and it’s written with a Geordie twang (which we all know makes my heart so happy!)

28. BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL?

Lol, see my answers to Q26.

29. MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ IN 2019?

Long Way Down (the graphic novel) by Jason Reynolds.

30. BOOK THAT MADE YOU THE MOST MAD (DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT)?

Wonderland by Juno Dawson. Those characters drove me insane – it’s a brilliant book… but my gosh, the characters.

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1. NEW FAVORITE BOOK BLOG/BOOKSTAGRAM/YOUTUBE CHANNEL YOU DISCOVERED IN 2020?

I don’t watch a lot of booktube, or bookstagram really… so I don’t really have an answer!

2. FAVORITE POST YOU WROTE IN 2020?

Favourite thing I started in 2020? My monthly Maths calendars – 9 months down the line and they’re growing ever popular!

3. FAVORITE BOOKISH RELATED PHOTO YOU TOOK IN 2020?

I am not a photographer, ha!

4. BEST BOOKISH EVENT THAT YOU PARTICIPATED IN (AUTHOR SIGNINGS, FESTIVALS, VIRTUAL EVENTS, ETC.)?

Well, y’know COVID stole a lot of my bookish joy this year… but the last thing I got to do before COVID took over was go to London for Melinda Salisbury’s launch, so that was pretty special.

5. BEST MOMENT OF BOOKISH/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2020?

Just the fact I still get to blog? It kept me sane in a year that was full of uncertainty and horrificness.

6. MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BLOGGING OR YOUR READING LIFE THIS YEAR?

Battling through some pretty intense anxiety and SAD and feeling at times that I was letting people down by not blogging.

7. MOST POPULAR POST THIS YEAR ON YOUR BLOG (WHETHER IT BE BY COMMENTS OR VIEWS)?

Ha, unsurprisingly it’s one of my Maths calendar posts! FREE RESOURCE: Maths calendars

8. POST YOU WISHED GOT A LITTLE MORE LOVE?

*shrug* I don’t really mind. People will read what they read, but I’ll continue to write what I want.

9. BEST BOOKISH DISCOVERY (BOOK RELATED SITES, BOOK STORES, ETC.)?

*shrug* I don’t know my pals. I do not know.

10.  DID YOU COMPLETE ANY READING CHALLENGES OR GOALS THAT YOU HAD SET FOR YOURSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR?

Set myself a few goals and smashed them!

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1. ONE BOOK YOU DIDN’T GET TO IN 2020 BUT WILL BE YOUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IN 2021?

SO MANY. I’ve still not read that ONE book though.

2. BOOK YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2021 (NON-DEBUT)?

OOOOH. ALL OF THEM.

3. 2021 DEBUT YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING?

AGAIN. ALL OF THEM.

4. SERIES ENDING/A SEQUEL YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2021?

OOOH. The Cursebreakers series! I need more of Grey in my life!

5. ONE THING YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH OR DO IN YOUR READING/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2021?

This was my goal last year, but the same stands: I just want to continue enjoying this. As soon as it stops being enjoyable, it’s not worth it anymore.

6. A 2021 RELEASE YOU’VE ALREADY READ & RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE (IF APPLICABLE):

MG – The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Edge of the Ocean by L.D.Lapinski. Friends. It is INCREDIBLE. Maybe even BETTER than Strangeworlds…
YA – Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy. BLEW MY MIND.

TA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. You made it! Congratulations if you made it this far – you get 5 stars!!

S x

2 thoughts on “THURSTAG: 2020 in books

  1. Alynn98 says:

    Lovely post! You read so many good books this year! ❤️ I really need to finish A Heart so Fierce and Broken because I know I’ll want the finale right when it comes out! 🙈 I adored You Should See Me in a Crown, and I read Cardboard Kingdom with a 2nd grader that I tutored and we had so much fun with it! Happy New Year! 🎉

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