The End of the Year Book Survey, 2020 Edition

Hello everybody! Today, for my last post of 2020, I’m doing the annual End of the Year Book Survey, which was created by Perpetual Page Turner. Onto the post!



**2020 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: just over 150, not sure of exact number yet
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: fantasy, I think

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) Think it has to be Death Sets Sail!

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

I thought I’d love Where the Wilderness Lives, but while I enjoyed it, it didn’t really live up to my expectations.  

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

The Minute I Saw You, I think. I was expecting a pretty standard romance but it covers some really dark themes alongside that.  

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

I don’t actually feel like I’ve been pushing many books on people this year, given how much of it I’ve spent on various (unintended) breaks from blogging. I did send a few friends books for Christmas that I really enjoyed and want them to talk about with me though!

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

Best series I started is a hard one, maybe Lady Midnight? I think best sequel is either Return to Roar or Good Girl, Bad Blood, and Hollowpox as well actually. Death Sets Sail is obviously best series ender.  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020? This is hard, but I think it’s Mhairi McFarlane. Her books are so great and I’m gutted I’ve almost finished her whole back catalogue, but I’m so excited for Last Night. 7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Crater Lake! I never ever read horror but I love Jennifer Killick and this was as brilliant as all her books.  

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

I only finished it the day I’m writing this post on, but I think One by One might take the crown here. It’s phenomenal, maybe even better than the Turn of the Key, which I read and loved this time last year.  

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

I really want to reread If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane, but A Kind of Spark and Hollowpox are other very strong contenders.

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

It’s a tie between Voyage of the Sparrowhawk and the Promise Witch.

11. Most memorable character of 2020?

The bear from the Good Bear. I adored the book, and my attachment to the bear was huge.  

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

A Snowfall of Silver. It’s made me desperate to track down my copy of A Sky Painted Gold to reread it.

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

Reasons to Stay Alive without doubt. Although A Kind of Spark is also wonderful.  

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

My answer to this couldn’t possibly be anything other than Podkin One-Ear.  

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

I don’t want to put the actual quotation here, but it’s from Reasons to Stay Alive.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?

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.

Shortest is probably the Case of the Drowned Pearl or the Ghost Garden, and I’m 99.9% sure my longest is Queen of Air and Darkness because it was almost 1000 pages!  17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.) I think maybe the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? I didn’t see the twist coming at all!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Bryson Keller and Kai, from Date Me, Bryson Keller. They’re so cute!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

This is really hard. It’s either Daisy and Hazel from the Murder Most Unladylike books, or Thea and her bear in the Good Bear, or Olive and Leonard from My Life as a Cat. I can’t choose between them at all!

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

I mean, I’ve already mentioned Death Sets Sail, so I should probably try and think of something else… Maybe the Midnight Guardians, since I’ve not mentioned it so far? I’d read one book by Ross Montgomery and enjoyed it, but the Midnight Guardians is a potential new all time favourite.

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

I wouldn’t have read Roxy and Jones if Louise hadn’t told me I’d like it!

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

Jamie from If I Never Met You.

23. Best 2020 debut you read?

Definitely A Kind of Spark! I also loved Boy Queen

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

I think this has to be Nevermoor, from Hollowpox. The worldbuilding is just incredible, I’m so obsessed with the series.

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

I feel like this is either Life of Riley or Heartbreak Boys, both by Simon James Green. He’s hilarious.

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

I cry at almost everything. Probably My Life as a Cat made me cry most on account of how much I loved Leonard and Olive, and how much I wanted everything to turn out perfect for them.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I’ve barely seen anyone talking about the Faraway Truth, but it’s such an amazing and powerful read.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I left this question till last to try and come up with something, and I still don’t have an answer. I tend towards uplifting books as a general rule.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone/the Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars. They’re so so so clever.

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

A Kind of Spark, on account of Miss Murphy. She’s a vile individual, and I was livid reading about the things she does to Addie, particularly as there are so many real people just like her.

Your blogging/bookish life

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

I usually have a really clear answer for this, but I’ve barely watched or read anything new online this year. I’ve mostly stuck to comforting faves, sorry!

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?

I honestly don’t know, which is a bit of a rubbish answer but also true! I think maybe my reviews posts collectively because I much prefer doing them this way to the way I used to.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?

I don’t really take that many photos of books in any year, but I honestly don’t think I still have any I’ve taken this year, given I abandoned Instagram for like a year.

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

Didn’t do any!

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

I don’t want to jinx it in any way so I’m not writing the actual words, but there’s my favourite post I’ve ever done coming in the new year, which is such a dream come true.

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

Other than the pandemic, being really ill (even more than usual) for the first 10 months of the year due to a new health issue didn’t help. Nor did the stress of online uni!

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

Weirdly, the Vampire Diaries tag I did a couple of years ago.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I really don’t know! I’ve been pretty happy with how posts have done this year, although I always wish more people read my music themed posts as I love writing.

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

I don’t think I’ve had one?

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

I exceeded my Goodreads goal! I didn’t really have any others, at least not ones I can remember.

LOOKING AHEAD

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

There are a few books I’ve been sent from publishers and also some I’ve bought myself that I want to include in upcoming posts, so those I suppose!

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

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll!

3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I have a few answers for this! Amari and the Night Brothers looks amazing, and I also love the sound of the Hatmakers and the Weather Weaver. And I can’t wait for Valley of Lost Secrets!  

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

There are lots I’m really looking forward to! Dragon Legend is very high on the list, though, as is a Vanishing of Griffins.

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

I’d like to read more books, just so I can discover more worlds and escape this one rather than as like a competition, but also read more consistently- this year a lot of my reading was concentrated in certain months rather than spread fairly evenly. I have a few rereads I want to do as well.

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

First Day of My Life!!  



Thank you so much for reading! Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

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