Looking Back at What I Read in 2020

2020 was a tough year for a lot of us. I know I already talked a bit about this in my Happy New Year and Goals for January 2021 posts, but I thought I would make a dedicated post for going over the books that I read last year and if any of my thoughts have changed in regards to them. Since this last year really got me back into reading, as before other than Shadowhunters Chronicles which was the majority of my reading in 2019 I pretty much never read. But in 2020, I read at least six to eight books a month. If not, more as I often end up reading several books multiple times or re-reading various chapters repeatedly.

What I Read in 2020

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela
  • Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  • Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black
  • Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Barshardoust
  • Shadow and Bone Series by Leigh Bardugo
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • From Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Which was a total of 28 books. But considering the number of re-reads, it was more like 70+ as honestly I’ve lost track how many times I’ve re-read some of these books. I know a few of them are approaching the dozenth time. Overall, I liked if not loved every book that I read this year. Since I made a post on almost every single one of these, I’m not going to go over every single book.

Books I Re-Read A LOT

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas starting at A Court of Mist and Fury, I generally skip over the first book whenever I revisit the series. I just can’t with Tamlin, and Feyre’s monologue about saving him from Under the Mountain after the rest of the series. The binding on A Court of Mist and Fury is coming apart because I’ve read it that many times.
  • Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas, a great book that I still get emotional over reading as Bryce’s depression is so similar to my own with bullshit that I’ve dealt with in the past.
  • Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. This series I have re-read so many times starting at Heir of Fire it’s not even funny. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read them as I’ve lost count. While the first two books were great, I don’t return to them as the plotline is so different to the rest of the series. I sometimes return to Assassin’s Blade in those re-reads but only if I want my heart ripped out.
  • The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black. On initial read, I didn’t see the hype. I liked the books but I didn’t think they were that great. Then I literally kept finding myself picking back up this series and re-reading parts of it or looking up fanart.
  • From Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Considering, I only started this series more recently like in the last month, I’ve already re-read it four times. And I seriously want the next book in the series to find out what happens next.

Books That I Wasn’t Wowed By

There were only two books that I wasn’t overly wowed with in 2020, those were:

  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Neither were bad, but they took a while to read.

I kept setting the book aside, or forcing myself to get through the next section. The latter more applied to Crier’s War. I’m still planning on reading the sequel to that book this year to see if it gets better, but I don’t have high hopes at this point. Crooked Kingdom I more just found a disappointment in comparison to Six of Crows as the first book I couldn’t put down. Apparently there’s going to be another book in the series coming at some point in the future, so maybe that will redeem itself a bit.

What books did you read in 2020?

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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    • Mae Polzine
      January 5, 2021 / 10:10 AM

      To you as well!
      ♥ Mae

  1. Brooke Carrington
    January 8, 2021 / 12:48 PM

    Wow! Thats a lot of rereads! If I reread a book its usually years later.

    • Mae Polzine
      January 8, 2021 / 12:50 PM

      Yeah, I ended up re-reading each of the books at least four to five times this year. I would say it “helped” with getting over reading slumps when series ended as after the end of X number of reads I was ready to move on without constantly wandering back to the previous book.
      ♥ Mae

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