I really enjoy the start of the year, a time for reflecting and planning and all the lists! I don’t often share my top reads of the year but I read a number of stellar books in 2020 and if it calls for a list, I’m already interested.
I have a couple more recap posts in the works but let’s start with books! Here are my top 10 reads of 2020 in a very rough order besides the top 3, and some stats on my 2020 reading!
I’ve talked about quite a few of these books a number of times already so today’s post will be a snappy 3-word review/pitch!
1. Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
Immersive, slow-moving, that ending! (so I’ve already proven I’m gonna be super loose with that “3-word” limit)
2. Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
Personal, family, visceral.
3. Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
Grief, friendship, love.
4. Trace by Jeff Ho
Music, immigration, family.
5. Texts from Jane Eyre by Daniel Lavery
Laughs, classics, modern.
6. A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
Impactful, smooth, magical.
7. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Historical, gut-wrenching, optimistic.
8. Fortune of Wolves by Ryan Griffith
Tense, creepy, eerily realistic.
9. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Slow-build, romance, power.
10. Just for Show by Jae
Fake dating, cute, heartfelt.
Short reviews are hard! But you can click the links above to see my full reviews if you’re intrigued (one still in the works). Many of these were ARCs from publishers so thank you very much to those publishers for hooking me up with some wonderful reads! I will definitely be getting finished copies of some of these for my shelves.
And some honourable mentions cuz it’s hard to narrow down all these great reads!
1. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
2. Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
3. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
4. The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills
Below are some stats I gathered from my 2020 reads, as well as some prepared by StoryGraph. I’ve recently started using StoryGraph and their stats are super in-depth and a great way to visualize the type of books you enjoy. You can find me on there @spinesinaline!
I actually read more books in 2020 than I have in the last 3 years, which is very surprising since I’d felt really out of it this year. But glad I found some really stellar books!
Diversifying my reads:
- BIPOC authors: 39% (13% Indigenous authors, 10% Black authors, 6% Latinx)
- Own voices (based on applicable books): 90%
- LGBTQ2IA+ content: 27%
- Children’s books: 6%
- Middle grade: 16%
- Young adult: 21%
- Physical: 54%
- Digital: 41%
- Audiobook: 5%
- ARCs: 37%
- Library loans: 26%
I especially love the stats from StoryGraph on moods, as this isn’t something I’ve found elsewhere and I think can provide the most accurate view of people’s reading habits. Genres are really subjective so it’s hard to say you’re a fantasy reader, for example, when you may only like particular kinds of fantasies or those that merge with other genres (raises hand). Saying I like reflective and emotional books though? That’s spot on!
I can clearly see some areas I’d like to work on, especially reading more books by BIPOC authors and more translations, so this’ll be helpful in creating some 2021 reading goals. I’ll be back with my 2020 challenge updates soon so I can see how I did on those as well. I’m most surprised by the format stats as I was sure I’d read mostly ebooks this year, but using the library in February and when it reopened in December helped more than I realized, as well as my Quarantine TBR of reading books I own.
Do you collect stats on your reading?
What were you most surprised by from your 2020 reads?
Cover images from Goodreads, graphs created by StoryGraph.