Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, got many books from Santa Claus, and you are getting ready to start the new year ahead.

Have you already set up your reading goals for 2021? I will discuss my reading goals on a separate post. For now, I think it’s time to review my year in reading.

I read a total of 114 books. I plan to read another one by tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, so I can make it 115. I originally planned to read only 50 books, considering that I was planning a career change and I thought I wouldn’t have the time to read. My dream to work in publishing didn’t become true – which it sucks. February, well, we all know the impossible happened in February – which double-sucks. I found myself jobless and this blog was the only thing that kept my sanity in check. I wasn’t able to change job field, but at least now I have a job. As much as I miss my family and friends, I am ok with staying at home. I have always been super introverted and I love staying at home with comfy clothes, so this pandemic didn’t impact me so much as it may have for other people. And if it wasn’t for this pandemic, I wouldn’t have read so many books.

I am digressing, sorry. Let’s move back to books.

Picking my top 5 from all the books I read this year is quite hard. I read so many great stories. I’ll give it a try, so here it goes, in order of reading:

I am quite positive that my favourite read was Stolen Time and its sequel Twisted Fate from the Dark Stars trilogy. No other book left me so hungover and so hyped, and I will never get tired of saying this: this trilogy is so underrated!!!!

And now… the worst. Please please don’t hate me for this list. And also please remember I have a very weird taste and I am super popular with my unpopular opinions:

Please note how three of these five titles are sequels, which I call killer sequels, because they completely killed the premises of the first book. I am getting quite tired of trilogies. I started to think it’s best to wait for a series to be over and then read it, after you have carefully checked the reviews and you can make a more informed decision if you want to read it or not.

I finished a few series this year, and these are the ones I considered the most worth it and I warmly recommend to binge read:

  • Nevernight Chronicles – Jay Kristoff
  • The Daevabad Trilogy – S.A. Chakraborty
  • The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  • Arc of a Scythe – Neal Shusterman
  • Renegades – Marissa Meyer

The Smoke Thieves is another series that is so underrated. If you like reading fantasy YA you can’t miss this one. The characters are amazing, the plot is so gripping right until the end and the romance is going to break your heart (in a good way).

On a side note:

The worst ending award is shared by:

  • Shatter Me series – Tahereh Mafi
  • Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Sorry, Mafi, Warnette deserved better. Red Queen… well, just consider the fact that it took me so long (years) to read the ending. It felt more like a house chore than a read.

That’s it for my 2020 recap.

What was your best and your worst read of 2020? Let me know in the comment, I’m curious!