2020 End of the Year Survey

A lot later than I normally post this survey but between everything going on my time management is non-existant. I’ve done the end of the year survey every year for quite a few years now and I also enjoy looking back at my reading year through this means as well.

2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

Number Of Books You Read: 157
Number of Re-Reads:
Genre You Read The Most From:

1. Best Book You Read In 2020?

You can’t make me choose one. I shared a post about my top 20 at the end of 2020. You can find it here.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

This Is How You Lose the Time War. I guess I had other expectations of what we did end up getting in this novella.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Ottillie Colter and the Narroway Hunt. I did not quite expect to end up loving this trilogy so much.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Oh uhm. I think I recced Mexican Gothic and The Library of the Unwritten the most.

5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel of 2020? Best Series Ender of 2020?

I’d say the best series I started was The Library of the Unwritten. Best sequel I’m going with The Dragon Republic and best series ender would be The Electric Heir.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?

P. Djeli Clark. I can’t wait to read more of their work.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Poet X

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I’m going with the first three Invisible Library books. They were such fun and quick reads.

 9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably Mexican Gothic for Halloween.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

I’m sharing a few because there have been so many good ones.

11. Most memorable character of 2020?

I probably think of Ottilie Colter the most of the characters I’ve read about. But I would also say Moist von Lipwig.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

Oh gosh, hmm going with The Poet X I think.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?

Probaby The Galaxy and the Ground Within. Becky Chambers knowns how to hit home.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

Guards! Guards! Why did I ever wait on that one?

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?

I pass on quotes as always.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?

The shortest book I read was Fox 8 with 21 pages and the longest book was The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O with 752 pages. A nice big difference haha.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Shocked might not be the word but The Dragon Republic got me like, whut?

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

No otp’s for me.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I’m going to have to say Rin and Kitay here. There friendship has undergone a lot of strain since they met as schoolmates in the Poppy War and a lot of things continue to happen in The Dragon Republic.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

There are a few. But I’m going with Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Hmm probably Raybearer. That book had so much buzz before release that I picked it up. And I loved it.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?

No fictional crushes here.

23. Best 2020 debut you read?

Once again Raybearer here. The book is so stunning.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Mexican Gothic. There is a way that Silvia Moreno-Garcia writes a horror setting so vividly.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Going Postal. Moist von Lipwig certainly knows how to charm the postal services.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?

The Magic Fish, an amazing graphic novel.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Going with The Magic Fish once again. Not enough people are talking about this one.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Dragon Republic. This will not come as a surprise.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

The Poet X.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I might have contemplated throwing out the whole of Blameless because of Lord Macon being an absolute pig headed asshole who needs a good smack up the head for being the biggest idiot of his time.

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?

I honestly don’t really keep track of when I find new blogs and all to follow. And I have been so very bad at blog hopping in 2020. So at this point I do not have an answer for you.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?

Probably the posts I did for Turtle Recall as a Discworld guide.

Turtle Recall Reading Guide / How to Determine with Which Discworld Book to Start
Turtle Recall Reading Guide / Discworld Reading Order

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

With Covid-19 there really weren’t any.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?

I’d say when I got approached directly to read an e arc of Django Wexler’s conclusion to his YA trilogy. AND being in the acknowledgements of Intisar Khanani in Brambles.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

It has been a hard year with covid, lockdowns and depression. There have been a lot of up and downs and I that interfered with my normally very consistent schedule. I barely got things up. Let alone actually interact with you guys through replying to comments and blog hopping. I really hope I can get back to that because it is what I value the most of blogging.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

A small list of trigger warnings you can use.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Diverse and/or Own Voices Books/Authors That Have Been Translated To Dutch in Recent Years

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I guess that would be the storygraph. You can find me with the username adancewithbooks

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes but I have posted a lot of wrap ups of that at the end of 2020 so lets not go into that again.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?

The City We Became. The Burning God.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?

Fugitive Telemetry

3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

At the moment Amari and the Night Brothers. It sounds so good. Not sure this is a debut though?

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?

The Theft of Sunlight.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

I just hope to be able to be able to return to my normal blog hopping routine.

6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

The Galaxy and the Ground Within!

7 thoughts on “2020 End of the Year Survey

  1. Great wrap up, Annemieke! I’m even more intrigued by what’s going to happen in The Burning God and I can’t wait to read it this year. The Magic Fish also made it onto my radar last year and I didn’t have a chance to get my hands on it but want to check it out this year! It looks/sounds so good. 2020 was definitely a crazy year but I hope 2021 is better for you (and all of us)! 🙂 Happy reading/blogging!

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  2. Zo leuk om deze terugblik weer te kunnen lezen. Ik durf er zelf niet meer aan te beginnen omdat ik me dan de hele tijd het hoofd zit te breken over welk boek ik moet kiezen maar ik moest wel lachen toen ik jouw antwoord op vraag 30 las. Die omschrijving van Lord Maccon is echt helemaal perfect. Bij Blameless was ik mezelf ook enorm aan het ergeren in hem.

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