Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to the 2020 End of Year Book Survey, originally hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner! This is actually my sixth time taking part - check out my posts from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 if you dare. Anyway, without further ado, let's get to the tag:
2020 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 545 - Let's just say I had more time to myself than usual this year, and I read a lot to escape from this terrible year. By the way, this counts DNFs.
Number of Re-Reads: 0 that I can think of
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy - Big surprise, right?
1. Best Book You Read In 2020? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2019 release vs. backlist)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune - I read a lot of great books this year, but this one took the cake! Check out my Top Ten Tuesday post where I featured my favorites of the year here.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn't
Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O'Neal - I thought this sounded like it was going to be right up my alley, but it was not what I was expecting unfortunately.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths (Alex McKenna #1) by Vicki-Ann Bush - This book made my Mid-Year Book Freak Out and as of now, it's still one of the best hidden gems of the year. It's an incredibly unique YA LGBT+ Urban Fantasy featuring a medium who can communicate with ghosts who comes from a long line of Strega witches and also happens to be trans guy. If that doesn't sound cool, I don't know what does.
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel #1) by Connie Willis - I was only 28 years behind the game on this one, but better late than never!
Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16) by Jim Butcher - I love this series so much and this was a great return!
The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy #1) by M.R. Carey - Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy totally sold me on this. I doubt it would have been on my radar otherwise, but it was fantastic. I've also been pushing this one quite a bit lately!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune - This one totally takes the cake. I felt like I could actually visit the titular house.
Sensational (Spectacle #2) by Jodie Lynn Zdrok - This duology was outstanding and this finale was excellent. It deserves so much love.
The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang - In the best of ways!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - At least I finally read it on my own terms, but Holden made me so angry!
This photo of me holding a finished copy of The Black Sky (The Perseverantia Trilogy #1) by Timothy D. Minneci - I screamed when I saw my name on the cover! A bit of my review was blurbed on the front and black cover! It totally made my day!
I practice my foreign language skills using Duolingo and I love practicing my French while listening to the French Duolingo podcast.
Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee - It hasn't been released yet when it's coming out, but I need this!
Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2 by Cassandra Clare - I can't resist the Shadowhunters novels.
This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria - I've read a few so far and this one was pretty outstanding.