End Of Year Survey – 2020 Edition

For the past 11 years, The Perpetual Page-Turner has been creating the Annual End of Year Survey. You can find her survey HERE and link up as well when you complete it. Here are my survey answers.

**2020 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: I read too many books this year. thanks, covid-19.

Number of Re-Reads: 5 (actually re-listens)

Genre You Read The Most From: contemporary romance

1. Best Book You Read In 2020?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2020 release vs. backlist)

I read so many books I loved this year and it’s really hard to pick a favorite, especially with all the romance I read. So I’m going to pick my favorite NON-ROMANCE read. It’s Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People. I still randomly think about this book, how it was set up, its message, etc. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I’m a fan of E. Lockhart’s books and normally they work for me. Again Again didn’t. The format took away from the book and I struggled to read it. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I subscribed to BOTM for one month to get Tarryn Fisher’s The Wives early. I then forgot to cancel and had to pick another book for the second month before I could cancel. I chose The Sun Down Motel. I don’t do horror and was worried, but I ended up LOVING this book. Best surprise of the year. 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I buddy read The Match with Kayla and we both loved it. I hadn’t read Adams before and began telling people they needed to read it. I don’t know if it’s the one I pushed the most or not, but I know I pushed it a lot.

 5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2020?

This is seriously hard for me to choose. I binge read several different series this year and loved them all. I could choose so many different ones. 

Best series: Flight & Glory by Rebecca Jenshak, Smart Jocks by Rebecca Jenshak, Havenbrook by Brighton Walsh, Game On by Kristen Callihan

Best Sequel: The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros, Hometown Troublemaker by Brighton Walsh

Best Series Ender: Muses & Melodies by Rebecca Yarros, The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?

Rebecca Jenshak, Karla Sorensen, Brighton Walsh, Lauren Rowe, Kristen Callihan, Sarah Adams, Kate Clayborn… to name a few!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I saw everyone saying how good The Thousand Doors of January was, so I requested the audiobook. It was so good!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

There were a lot of books that I didn’t want to put down this year, but I finally read Black Lies and that book put me through…something. It was crazy in a way I wasn’t expecting. Not really a thriller, but unputdownable. 

 9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t know. I pretty much re-listen to books only. It would probably be a Tijan book. Hers tend to be the ones I reach for when I want a comfort re-listen. It’s usually Fallen Crest High, but I could branch out.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

I don’t know what it is about this cover I love. Maybe it’s the colors in the sky. I like that there is a couple and it’s not illustrated. It’s just one that I loved from the moment I saw it and the first one I thought of when I read this prompt.

11. Most memorable character of 2020?

There are several characters that stuck out to me this year, but Nixon from Muses & Melodies came to mind first. He has addiction issues and his coming to terms with them stuck with me. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

To quote the beginning of my review… (It gave me) “Goosebumps. Reading this book was like listening to a singer who can emote like no other. Everything that Tiffanie DeBartolo wrote I felt. Deeply. This book’s title is Sorrow. That title encompasses so much more than just the feeling…”  

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?

Anxious People’s message hit hard and stuck with me. I was between laughing or crying with this book. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

The Game On series is so right up my alley. I’m surprised I hadn’t read it yet. 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?

“Hatred is a one-way emotion.” I take a breath. “It only affects the person holding on to that hate. Take Laney’s ex, for example…” I face him, but he’s already watching me. “Do you think he knows how much you hate him? Do you think he cares that you do?” Leo chews the corner of his lip as his eyes search mine.  “Does he even know you exist?” His lashes lower. “So, what’s the point, right?” I murmur. “Only you carry the burden of hatred, Leo. And it’s a lot easier to let go of that pain than it is to hold on to it.”

– Jay McLean, Leo

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?

Shortest: 

This romantic comedy by Pippa Grant was 62 pages.

Longest:

This anthology to benefit the wildfires in Australia was 910 pages.

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

This book was a ride. I thought I knew what was happening until I didn’t and then I knew again. It was just not what I was expecting at all. It stuck with me. 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I have so many being a romance reader, but I’ll go with Annie & Clay. This wasn’t a 2020 release, but I read it this year.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The friendship between Arlo and his friends in this book cracked me up. I loved all the texts they had between them. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

It could be any of the books I named and loved in this post. So many romance authors brought me joy this year. If I had to narrow it down, it would be one of the Rebecca Yarros books I mentioned in this post. I would also thank Meghan Quinn, Max Monroe, Sarina Bowen, Ginger Scott, etc. for making my year better. Oh, and all those new authors I found and binged on. Plus, the others I always enjoy. Really everyone. I feel like I’m leaving people out.

21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Corina at the Brown Eyed Bookworm gave me so many recommendations this year that were AMAZING! This is one that would make my favorites list.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?

I don’t really do fictional crushes. I will give a shout out to Luke from Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe for being one of my favorite love interests in a book, though. He was a good dude.

23. Best 2020 debut you read?

I didn’t read a ton of debut novels this year, but it doesn’t matter because this one was so good.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I have two this year for two very different reasons.

First…

A mix of fantasy and history, the world(s) built in The Thousand Doors of January were fascinating to me.

and Second…

I don’t know if it’s because it’s set in Seattle and I am aware of the area and climate, or it was just Tarryn Fisher’s writing. The world she created in this book revolving around a single house and the people inside was so vivid to me.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Meghan Quinn’s take on a teacher-teacher romance was so hilariously fun!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?

I didn’t expect to love Rory the way I did and I found myself tearing up on her behalf. 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I don’t think enough people read Tiffanie DeBartolo’s books and they are so gorgeously written.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I tried to read books that lifted me up rather than crushed me this year, so it was hard to pick on for this. I would say this entire Preload series by Scarlett Cole. Jordan and his buddies went through some rough, abusive stuff as kids and it broke my heart.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

I’m still not sure what really happened. I need a sequel.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

This book frustrated me so much! I liked it, but man! The angst and the decisions the characters made frustrated me so much.  

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?

I just want to thank all the bloggers who put out content in such a crazy world. 

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?

Probably my review for either Sorrow or The Reality of Everything.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?

I don’t have many bookish photos this year. Maybe a couple for my personal social media, but nothing that I would say is worth sharing here. 

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I got nothing for this. I did not leave my house much this year. I was supposed to go to Book Bonanza 2020, but that didn’t happen. My triumphs this year were that my daughter (with lack of social and sports activities) got into reading more and that I nominated my local foodbank and they won $2500 donation from the Book Bonanza 2020 Raffle. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?

Both Tiffanie DeBartolo and Rebecca Yarros spotlighted my reviews on their social media/newsletters for their recent releases. That was cool. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Being in the mood to read certain books. YA genre was a harder read for me this year. I didn’t want to read any romances that were too angsty or made me sad. I just wanted to read happy books.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

This is really weird, but my top post from this year by views would be for an old review of Anna Todd’s After Ever Happy. If I look at posts from just THIS year that had the highest, it would be my review of Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I think we all want our reviews to be read more often.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

A website called Love Tropes that you can pick what type of romance trope, the hottness, etc and it will recommend books for you to try. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yep. Surpassed my Goodreads goal by quite a bit because I was home so freaking much this year. My plan was actually to read LESS, but that didn’t happen. 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?

As soon as I’m in a thriller mood, I’m reading Every Last Secret.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?

All of them, but I’ll choose The Last Night in London. I love Karen White and it’s been a while since she released a new book.

3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t know. I haven’t really scoped out new debut authors for 2021 yet. I will probably wait for some hype by other bloggers. 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?

Nate isn’t probably considered a sequel of the Fallen Crest High series and is more a spin-off, but I’m counting it.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

Read less, get out more. I know that sounds crazy, but I hope it’s more possible in 2021. 

6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

February 23, 2021

And that’s a wrap for 2020! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve and that 2021 rings in many new possibilities and good times for us all. 

35 thoughts on “End Of Year Survey – 2020 Edition”

  1. I can’t believe you never read Callihan before this year. Ten Thousand Doors is getting so much love. It really made an impression on a lot of readers. Backman’s books always have me laughing and crying and pondering humanity. I love that!

  2. You discovered so many new authors this year, that’s awesome! I think all us bloggers deserve a pat on the back for finding the motivation to continue to blog in the trash fire that was 2020. Here’s hoping we all have a better 2021. Happy New Year!

    1. I did! I made it a point to read some authors other bloggers were raving about. I definitely think we all deserve a pat on our backs. Happy New Year!

  3. I just love seeing your end of year survey and seeing all the books that worked best for you. Despite this year, books were lifesavers. I have heard Anxious People is SUPERB! Happy to see it on your list.

  4. I read Backman’s A Man Called Ove in 2020 and loved it. I’m looking forward to reading Anxious People. I started The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but put it down for a bit because I was needing something more fast paced at the time. I need to pick it back up. And The Roommate was of course, awesome! I can’t wait to read Love at First!! I hope you’re able to get out more this year!!!

    1. I could see how it wouldn’t be fast paced enough. I think that’s why I liked the audiobook.

      1. Hmm, I might have to try the audiobook then if the ebook still drags a little for me. I really think it was just the mood I was in at the time, though.

    1. They really were! All surprised me by how much I loved them. Well, maybe not Backman, I knew I would love that one. I just didn’t know why.

  5. This really has been a great year to be a reader! I have to look through my stats, but I don’t think that they are as impressive as yours! Anxious People is one that I will definitely try this year. I have heard so many great things. I hope that 2021 brings lots of great reading your way! 🙂

  6. I love reading end of year surveys! I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but I think I would’ve enjoyed it more via audiobook with its lovely prose! I really need to check out Fredrik Backman because I’m constantly hearing amazing things about his work. I also love the quote you shared about hatred, such a good one. Being in the mood for certain books is so relatable to me, it was so hard to pick books sometimes because I just couldn’t figure out my mood or feel into anything! I’m glad you had a good reading year (even though the rest of the year was meh)!

    1. They are fun to read! Thanks for all your comments! I hope you get to read one of Backman’s books soon.

    1. I think you would like it! It’s not suspenseful like a thriller, but there is enough mystery to keep you guessing. Happy new year!

  7. Excellent list! So tell me about Anxious People… I got the audiobook but held off since when I started it seemed to be very detail oriented and didn’t want to miss anything. Should I get the ebook? Everyone seems to really love it, and I haven’t read him before!

    1. I loved the audiobook. The narrator is amazing. There are a lot of details, but I didn’t have problems following them. I usually listened while I was walking, though. So maybe it might not work for multitasking too much. I don’t know. It’s very worth a read and a great start to his books.

  8. SO glad you loved Anxious People, You’d Be Mine and The Sundown Motel – all three are books I would recommend anytime. Also, I’m ecstatic that you loved Worth the Fall – this book owns me!! Have you read the novella about Matt and Abby yet?

    ~ Corina | thebrowneyedbookworm.com

    1. Thanks! This is from The Perpetual Page-Turner. She has the survey put up yearly and it’s a simple copy and paste.

  9. I forgot all about this end of year survey! I might have to do it for my blog at some point. I had a lot of fun reading your answers. I can’t wait to see what you think about Every Last Secret. I really want to read that one and I was able to get it for free with Amazon First Reads, so I’m excited.

    1. You should do it whenever you have time. It’s always fun. That’s how I got Every Last Secret, too. I would have read it anyways because I love Alessandra Torre’s writing.

  10. I totally agree that Muses & Melodies was one of the best series ender of 2020, Deanna! I’m so happy you loved Anxious People, I really want to read it this year. I really like Love Tropes too, it’s a great resource. 🙂

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