2020 Reading Stats:
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Number Of Books You Read: 16 (four books better than my worst year)
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Classics
Best in Books
Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t: The Big Four by Agatha Christie. Just too overdone, a spy novel on steroids.
Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read in 2020: The Lord of the Flies I remembered reading it in high school and knew that it was disturbing but I’d forgotten quite how much.
Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender: I started to read P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster with Thank you, Jeeves and The Code of the Woosters from my Omnibus book. I thoroughly enjoyed both!
Favorite new author you discovered in 2020: I’m going to put Angela Thirkell here but I can’t say she’s my favourite. I wasn’t that enamoured with High Rising. Hopefully the next book by her is much better.
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year: Laugh if you will, but I’m going to say The Wind in the Willows.
Book you read in 2020 that you are most likley to reread next year: The Wind in the Willows. What a lovely read that makes you comfortable and cozy and uplifted and happy all at the same time!
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020: Definity High Rising. Whoever does the artwork on these books is very talented.
Most memorable characters of 2020: Ratty and Mole from The Wind in the Willows!! Such fabulous friends!
Most beautifully written book read in 2020: The Wind in the Willows. It takes you into another world that you don’t want to leave!
Most-thought provoking/ life-changing book of 2020: Hmmm …. this is more difficult but I’d have to say The Lord of the Flies. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more character development — the boys’ characters seemed ingrained from the start and didn’t seemed changed by their experience, only magnified. But it certainly gave some good food for thought.
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read: Well, I’d have to say At The Sign of the Cat and Racket but only because it’s the first Honoré Balzac novel I’ve read. And it’s the first in his Human Comedy series which consists of 96 works and 48 unfinished works. I will be stunned if I manage to get to them all but I enjoyed this first one.
Book that shocked you the most: The Lord of the Flies. I’d remembered from high school that it was gross, but it was truly appalling.
Favorite non-romantic relationship: Oh, definitely Ratty and Mole and their wonderfully unselfish friendship.
Favorite book you read in 2020 from an author you’ve read previously: Ooo, difficult as I’ve realized I had quite a few new-to-me authors this year. So I’d have to choose The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie.
Best book you read in 2020 that you read based solely on a recommendation from someone else: The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. Lots of fun and drama!
Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year: The Wind in the Willows. It’s not a masterpiece but the prose created a dreamy world at times. Just lovely!
Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read: Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. Need I say more?
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2020: It’s difficult to cry when you’re reading mostly mysteries. I’m going to put The Phoenix and the Turtle by William Shakespeare. It didn’t make me cry but it was poignant.
Hidden gem of the year: The Wind in the Willows although it wasn’t particularly hidden. It was simply because it had been so long since I’d read it, I had forgotten how lovely it was!
Most unique book you read in 2020: Well, it wasn’t particularly unique but I’d say The Mysteries of Udolpho as it’s something I wouldn’t normally read but was very entertaining.
Book that made you the most mad: The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It is continually disappointing how brutal human beings can be to each other. And it doesn’t seem to change.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
Favorite review that you wrote in 2020: It wasn’t a spectacular year for reviews, I must admit but the best one of the few I managed was The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
Best event that you participated in: My own event, The Iliad read-along, but only because most of my year derailed because of life circumstances and I didn’t participate in anything else.
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020: I have no great answer to this one but perhaps some inspiration for next year that happened at the end of this year. I’ve already scheduled many of my reads for the first half of 2021.
Most popular post this year on your blog: The most looked at post that was posted this year was my Mysteries of Udolpho Read-Along (279 views); my most popular review posted this year was The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (206 views). And my most popular review overall was once again Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson (with a whopping 946 views).
Best bookish discovery: I’m not sure if others have noticed but it was very hard to get books this year, especially for someone like me who likes to investigate used book stores in the U.S. Not happening with closed borders. I’m going to go way out there and say a little book on basic economics that is often used for high schoolers but is beneficial for everyone: What Ever Happened to Penny Candy. I’ve started it and it’s excellent. And it’s made me firmly believe that most politicians have no concept of economics.
Book you are most anticipating for 2021 (non-debut): I must say The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. I loved Elizabeth and her German Garden (and am bugged that I didn’t review it), so I think I’ll love my second read of her works too!
Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2021: The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope. A broken record and an annoying parrot.
One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2021: To read more. Life seems to be giving me more challenges and delights that take time away from my reading. Some are welcomed and some are time-consuming but I hope/pray/ beg that I’ll have more time to read.
Wishing everyone clear minds, happy thoughts and books galore in 2021!!