Hello everyone! I’m back from hiatus finally, 15 days later than I expected or wanted it to be but, I did have time for a whole blog makeover because of it and now I have a much more cohesive and ‘me’ theme as we go into 2021! I am very excited or 2021 to start and for me to get back into blogging with full force since I really missed it and also have quite a few ideas of things I want to do over the new few months.
I read 65 books this year – 15 more than my goal of reading 50 books this year and I am so happy to have achieved this! This year was a total mess and so busy for me, so I am surprised to have read so much but also, I had so many more books that I wanted to read this year and I hope to get to them in 2021!
Books as per Genre
I stuck to the genres I liked this year, reading a majority of romance as comfort reads but I do want to diversify my reading and try out other genres next year!
Books as per Format
I am really happy with this one! I wanted to try to listen to more audiobooks and ebooks and also use my subscriptions to Scribd and Storytel more and I can clearly see that I did so through this chart. I used to barely listen to audiobooks so to have almost a third of the books being audiobooks is pretty crazy to me. I only started listening to audiobooks in September as well so it’s clear that I am much faster when listening to audiobooks and can get through them quickly.
Books as per Rating
I read some pretty great books this year and that is evident on this chart as most of my rating are 4 stars or above that. I obviously can’t avoid any books I don’t like so there’s a few lower stars but overall, this looks pretty great and I found a lot of new favourites this year I can’t wait to share with you all!
FAVOURITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
This is going to be one of the hardest parts since I read a lot of wonderful books this year and taking top 5 or even top 10 isn’t just going to cut it, but I still present to you, the top 10 books I read this year:
1. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
I have been screeching about this book ever since I read it so it was expected that it would be on this list! I loved it a lot and desi sapphic romances just hit me in the heart so y’all need to pick it up. Now. I interviewed the author and you can see that here.
2. The Poppy War by Rebecca Kuang
I have talked a lot about this book this year as well! I absolutely loved it and I can never recommend it enough. Rin is one of the most morally grey characters I have read, and also one of the best.
3. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Another book I have been talking about non stop this past year! I fell in love with all the characters of this book and noe, I can not wait to read the third book in the series!
You can also check out my review of it for more info:
4. Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
This book means more to me than I can possibly explain and so, I’ll just link for you 5 reasons I think you should read it.
5. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I adored this book as well! I loved Lou and Reid and their marriage of convenience! The magic system in this book was also very intriguing and I loved to get to know about it.
6. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
Somehow this book made me very emotional and I just fell in love with it. The story was amazing and particularly relatable for me since I had just graduated high school when I started reading this book and felt that I was losing touch with my friends.
7. Lets Talk About Love by Claire Kann
I haven’t read many books with ace characters and I was glad to have read this one! I loved getting to understand what it may feel like as I am questioning whether I am on the ace spectrum and I hope to read more books with ace rep this year to try to figure it out.
8. Jade City by Fonda Lee
I just sneaked in this fantastic book on the last day of the year! It was a buddy read with Rameela and I have to say I had a fantastic time reading it – a detailed setting, action packed scenes with three dimensional characters that lost seemed to be alive.
9. Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Give me anything sapphic and I’ll love with, plus some enemies to lovers and I don’t stand a chance! I also loved the way history played a role in this book and how it was all explained though I still have questions about the ending.
10. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
I had heard so much about this book and was scared to pick it up because of the hype but it did not disappoint! It was an amazing read, which was made 10x times better by the audiobook. I loved hearing about Felix’s emotions and it was painful at times and so intense, which made the book pretty great.