Blogmas 2020 reading

My year in books!

Welcome to day 19 of blogmas! As always the post from yesterday is linked at the bottom of the page and you can search Blogmas 2020 on my blog and you’ll get the whole list of posts. 

So today I want to talk about a couple of things, my GoodRead end of year wrap up as well as the good and bad books I’ve read this year. I’m going to do my top 4 books of 2020 too.

So I’m not a fast reader and so I normally set my target pretty low, this year it was set at 40 and I actually reached 48 so that’s pretty amazing! I read a total of 14,975, my longest being 1,116 pages with IT by Stephen King and my shortest being 67 pages with The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. My average book length is 311 and this is the perfect length for me, I feel like books any longer can get overwhelming for a reader like me. 

My most popular book was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald with 5,276,168 people also shelving it and my least popular being Instagram Poetry for Every Day by National Poetry Library (Editor) at 82 shelved. My average rating is 4.4 though that’s probably because I struggle to rate movies sometimes and I normally just give movies around 4s and 5s though I am trying to get better! A Year at the Chateau by Dick Strawbridge, Angel Strawbridge is the highest rated book I’ve read on Goodread at 4.22.

And now it’s time for…

My top 4 books of 2020!

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

So I know I’m a little late to this book, it came out in 2011, but I’ve had this book sitting for a bit and I thought quarantine was a good time to pick it up. And I am so glad I did. I love this book a lot, it’s really funny and I loved all the pop culture references. Especially the Monty Python sequins, that was something! I’m hoping to get the second book for Christmas and you can bet your arse that’ll be the first review of 2021. Check out my full review here.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell 

So this year I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I knew after I finished it I needed to read Carry On. I did love Fangirl but It wasn’t a patch on Carry On. We love gay reprensentation, espcially when it’s main characters and it’s not commented on, not just a Token Gay Character ™. The full review is here!

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

The Thursday Murder Club

by Richard Osman

I love RIchard Osman but I was a little nervous about this book. It’s his first one book and celebrity books are always a bit hit or miss but this one really did something to me. It was just so nice and it paid so much respect to the characters. It would have been so easy for Osman to treat these characters as children but he didn’t, it was just so wonderful! The full review is here!

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

IT

By Stephen King

I loved the recent films and so I knew I just had to read the book and I’m so glad I did. It was such a good book and I really enjoyed it even though it was nothing like the film. It was enjoyable in it’s own way!

Derry, Main is just a ordinary town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part, a good place to live. It is a group of children who see – and feel – what makes Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare each one, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT appears as an evil clown named Pennywise and sometimes It reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing . . . Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, emerging again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.


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