I love doing Jamie’s End of Year Book Survey every year! It helps me look back and remember all the wonderful (and terrible) books I’ve read throughout the year! Also… buh bye 2020. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Can 2021 please be better?
2020 Reading Stats
Number of books you read: 57
Number of re-reads: 0
Most read genre: Adult contemporary romance (I read 38 of them).
Best In Books
1. Best book you read in 2020:
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t:
In a Holidaze by Christinas Lauren. I love CLo and I love Christmas, but I realllly didn’t like this one bit.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read:
Rolling In the Deep by Mira Grant. I started it on a whim because I needed something to break to romance monotony so I tried this and I was HOOKED. And then I started the second book as soon as I was done!
4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler. I’ve been pushing this on everyone and have forced quite a few people to read it!
5. Best series you started in 2020. Best sequel of 2020. Best series ender of 2020.
Started: The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
Sequel: Well Played by Jen DeLuca
Ender: Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020:
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. I’m not one for horror, but this was great!
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:
Whiteout by Adriana Anders. I couldn’t stop reading!
9. Book you read in 2020 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I can think of several I would re-read, but not next year. I want to wait longer!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020:
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kylie Dunbar
11. Most memorable character of 2020:
Janie Morris of Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. She’s hilarious.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020:
Christmas At Frozen Falls by Kylie Dunbar. The descriptions of Lapland are stunning!
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2020:
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read:
Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
15. Favorite quote from a book you read in 2020:
I rarely mark my favorite quotes. I should change that.
16. Shortest and longest books you read in 2020:
Shortest: The One Night Stand Before Christmas by Jana Aston (84 pages)
Longest: Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch (512 pages)
17. Book that shocked you the most:
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware shocked me at the end and… made me so mad but I still loved the book? I dunno.
18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!):
River and Easton of Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler
19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
Lana and Zoey have the sweetest friendship in The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler. Graham and Easton also have a really amazing friendship, which is more prominent in Enjoy the View. Sarah is just great at friends!
20. Favorite book you read in 2020 from an author you’ve read previously:
Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely helped me stop blushing so much during romance audiobooks! And it was so much fun.
21. Best book you read in 2020 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else:
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020:
Easton of the Moose Springs books by Sarah Morgenthaler.
23. Best 2020 debut you read:
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
24. Most vivid setting you read this year:
Lapland makes the best setting! Christmas At Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar.
25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:
Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec and Andi Arndt. SO funny.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2020:
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
27. Hidden gem of the year:
Eight Winter Nights by Liz Maverick. A really fun Hanukkah romance!
28. Book that crushed your soul:
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager was a HUGE disappointment. I have loved all of his books, but this one went in a direction I absolutely hated. It was so boring.
29. Most unique book you read in 2020:
Halloween Boo by Sarah Spade. It’s… a woman in love with the ghost who haunts her apartment. There was some weird stuff. lol
30. Book that made you the maddest (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):
I DNFed a lot of books this year that did that, but of the ones I finished… Home Before Dark by Riley Sager.
My Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2020:
I didn’t venture outside my usuals this year. It was just too exhausting.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2020:
Nothing is standing out, to be honest.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog:
All of the TTTs, really.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.):
Ha! There was nothing. I was supposed to sit at Tessa Dare’s table at the Utah Readers’ Luncheon this year, but COVID happened. I was so excited to meet her. I even bought ALL my favorites of her books so I could have her sign them.
6. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views):
Top Ten Tuesday Is 10 Years Old! Updates to Many of My Old TTTs got 44 comments.
8. Post you wished got a little more love:
All my reviews, pretty much. lol
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.):
Audible Plus! Not really a discovery, just a new service, but I love it anyway.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year:
I completed my Goodreads goal of reading 52 books this year. I read 57!
1. Book you are most anticipating in 2021 (non-debut):
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
2. 2021 debut you are most anticipating:
The Layover by Lacie Waldon
3. Sequel you are most anticipating in 2021:
The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare
4. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2021?
Read what I love and DNF faster. I need to stop hoping things get better. There’s too many books for that!
Do we have any answers in common?
Pick a question or two and answer them in the comments! Let’s discuss!