Welcome to my End of Year Wrap up for 2020. I think that this was a tough year for pretty much everyone but I for one took solace in my books this year. Because of that it was my most successful reading year yet at 65 books! I found new to me authors that I loved, reread some old favorites, and overall just escaped into fictional worlds when the real world felt like it was trying to crush me. Let’s take a look back at 2020 here on Literary Weaponry.
I love how completely disparate these two stats are. I read Poe’s Metzengerstein before tackling its reimagining She Road a Horse of Fire by Kendare Blake. I also seem to be in the habit of doing a yearly reread of Throne of Glass which makes Kingdom of Ash my longest book of the year again. Going into 2021 I think I’m going to try to avoid rereading that series again even though it is my comfort audio read.
This stat actually gives me a hardy chuckle. I say pretty frequently that my preferred book length is around 400 pages. If a title is over 400 pages it has to be one I am very interested in for me to pick it up. The fact that my yearly pages average is 400 pages is sweet vindication. Looking back the last few years, it appears I’ve have stayed fairly steady around 400 page mark.
Brave New World is the most popular book on my shelves? Really? That is incredibly surprising, actually. I found the premise of that book interesting as it is a sci fi written in 1932. Seeing what an author then imagined an advanced future to look like was fascinating.
Also, The Prince and the Thief is an upcoming novel from P.S. Scott set for publication on January 7, 2021. It was an enjoyable YA/NA fantasy with LGBTQIA+ themes. The ARC I had needed a sharp editing pass but the heart of the story was solid. Give it a shot!
Completely unsurprising. I read some books this year I truly loved but I also read some real duds.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I’m very glad so many others also enjoyed it as well. If you like NA fantasy romance then I highly recommend the Blood and Ash trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Overall, 2020 was a good reading year. Going into 2021 I intend to set my Goodreads goal at 40 books. I’m one of those people who don’t like to set my expectations too high as I don’t know what the year is going to bring. I hope for at least 52 books again but as long as I get 40 I will be content.
Also in 2021 I hope to try more books from different genres. At the beginning of 2020 I had intended to do that as well and then life went to, well, hell in a hand basket and I ended up mostly reading fantasy by the far majority because that is my comfortable genre.
I hope that 2021 treats us all gently. Please take care of yourselves.