As with everything else last year, my reading didn’t quite go according to plan. I had so many books to chose from in my 2019 wrap-up after a really solid year, and – needless to say – this year hasn’t been as good.
While everyone else seemed to be getting more reading time this year, my lack of commute meant I struggled to carve out reading time and make it part of my routine: I’d never had to before.
But by the latter half of the year, I think I finally managed to get myself sorted. My aim for 2021 is to clear through my backlog of ARCs as well as reviewing closer to the release dates. I’ve got myself organised for how to do it, so now just need to get reading.
As I get myself excited for the books that I’ve got coming up, it’s time to take a look back at last year.
Shortest book: The Mark of the Crown by Jude Watson
Longest book: The Burning White by Brent Weeks
Average length: 361 pages
First review of the year: The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
Last review of the year: The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler
I did realise writing this that this year involved a couple of 900 page books – no wonder I didn’t get through as many!
Here are a few that stuck out for me this year:
Favourite stand-alone book (the impossible question)
I’m not usually a non-fiction person. After the hype around this book, I thought I’d give it a go. I learnt so much and was completely inspired. I have a lot of respect for Michelle Obama and it increased ten-fold reading this. It wasn’t an easy choice because I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but it feels like the right one.
The Honors by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Although I haven’t yet finished the series, I love the premise, the characters, the representation. Both Honor Among Thieves and Honor Bound were five star reads for me and I’m looking forward to concluding the trilogy.
Favourite new author
MJ Porter. Her books was a strong contender for favourite series, but I love the world she has created here. Her characters are so realistic and some of the best that I have read set in this time period. Her plot twists have also caught me out in all three books. I’m looking forward to the final one.
Favourite re-discovered author
This feels like a cheat answer because it’s not like I ever forgot how much I loved Christopher Paolini. But it’s been a few years since I read this books and his new one is so different from before… I adored To Sleep in a Sea of Stars and am very excited to see what he comes out with next.
I usually include my most popular book review from the last 365 days. Due to changing to self-hosted halfway through the year, that’s a little harder. But my most popular review since making the switch is To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.
But as a sneaky second as that one’s already been featured, I also want to highlight The Gates of Athens by Conn Iggulden.
How did your reading year go?
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