Happy New Year, and welcome back to three blog posts a week! I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season, are staying healthy, and are ready to kick 2021 right in the balls.
Normally, I'd post my previous month's Reading Wrap-Up either right at the end of that month, or as my first post for the current month. However, since I took the end of December off (and I didn't really do a lot of reading in December, due to all the family things and just taking time to relax with them) I thought I'd do a wrap-up for all of 2020. I didn't start sharing wrap-ups till the end of last year anyway, so you'll get to see a few things I read that you haven't read about before 😊
I'll also not be doing my usual format, where I share the back cover blurb and my review. I read 23 books last year (which was actually pretty impressive for me 😅) and I don't want to spend the next four hours copying, pasting, and formatting them all. Sorry, not sorry!
My top read for 2020 was ABSOLUTELY the Red Winter Trilogy by Annette Marie. I DEVOURED that story. I read each one in one day, most of them in one sitting. It felt so fresh and wonderful, compared to what I normally read. I'm guessing it's because it takes place in kinda-Japan, which is not normally a culture and world I read about. It made me waaay excited for my future trip to Japan (moved to 2022, since we aren't sure what the world will be like toward the end of 2021 yet), as well as reignited my growing love for anime and manga.
My least favorite was the Pocket Book of Romantic Poetry. I'll admit, when I bought it I thought it meant ♥ Romantic ♥ Poetry ♥, not the Romantic era. I was somewhat disappointed when I realized my mistake but still decided to give it a try. It was a DNF for me. I just wasn't vibing with it and didn't want to force myself to read something I wasn't enjoying 🤷♀️
Most of all, though, I'm just thrilled I got to read. I haven't read for straight pleasure in quite some time, including the beginning of 2020. Some of the titles on here were for research or school purposes. But, there at the end, I found that happy place and just fell into the pages again.
And I plan on doing it over and over again in 2021!
If you're interested in checking out any of the books shown above, you can see my 2020 Goodreads Challenge for more information, or check out the blog posts linked to this post as related (not every book is in a blog post, remember!).
Once again, Happy New Year and Happy Reading!