Goodbye 2020: End of Year Reading Wrap-Up ft. Stats and Graphs!

In my usual late fashion, today I’m wrapping up my reading year!

This is my one of my favorite posts to write every year. Sometimes I’m so caught up in wallowing over how there are so many books I’ll never be able to read that I forget how much I actually do read. So I love looking back on the year and everything I read, the highs and the lows, the statistics and the graphs!! Like the nerd I unfortunately am, it makes me so excited for another year of reading.

I’m not sure who would be curious about all the books I read in 2020, but if you are, you can take a peek at them from my Goodreads reading challenge. All the book covers link to my reviews on Goodreads, though whether or not I actually wrote a full review for them, you’ll have to click and see for yourself :p

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Goodbye 2020: My Favorite Books of 2020! The Best of the Best + Honorable Mentions

To seek escape from 2020, I found a lot of comfort in good books.

Granted, last year gave me my lowest average rating for books, which I’ll be talking about in my end of year reading wrap-up next. But! Today is not for negativity! (I posted about my least favorite books of 2020 already—check out here.) Today, I’m only bringing positivity and talking about my favorite books of the year!

I am terrible and don’t allow myself to truly love many books, but there were so many 2020 reads that I really enjoyed and wanted to highlight, even if I didn’t love them enough to call them favorites. So in the post, you’ll see my 7 honorable mentions (haha…), and my top 4 books of the year!! All of these books touched me in some way, and I would recommend all of them.

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Goodbye 2020: How I Did on My 2020 Goals & Setting New Goals for 2021

Well, 2021’s off to a great start already…

Any small nugget of optimism I might have had for the year is now aimed entirely at my own personal growth instead of having any optimism for, for example, the state of the world. So I guess the timing of this post is perfect in that sense, since this is all about me and what I want to do/achieve in 2021, as well as a look back on how I did on my goals for 2020!

I actually did surprisingly okay with my 2020 goals, but I’m happy with whatever I managed to accomplish. The entire world went through… a lot during 2020, so it isn’t fair to beat myself up for losing sleep or not writing enough or whatever other arbitrary thing I wanted to do. (And I hope you aren’t being too harsh on yourself either!!)
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Goodbye 2020: My Least Favorite Books of 2020

Last post I gave you positivity, this time I give you negativity!

I’m very excited to bring you the finalized list of my least favorite books of the year and ruin your holiday spirit. I accidentally got very rant-y and this ended up being almost 2k words so. you’re welcome!!

Usually I like to stick my worst (and best) books into one long post about my whole reading year, but I don’t get to talk about the books as much as I want. So this year, both because I can’t shut up and also because I’m running out of content ideas, I decided to make this its own post!

Standard disclaimer that these are all my opinions, and you’re entitled to your own beliefs as I am entitled to mine! If you adore these books, I respect you. I might question you, but I respect you. Please don’t act as if I’m insulting you as a person because I insult these books!! I’m glad you could find joy in these when I could not.

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Goodbye 2020: My Favorite Moments of This Very Terrible Year!

Can you believe it’s already time for the end of year posts?

I don’t know how to feel about the fact that in a little over a week, this trashfire of a year will be over. On one hand, it’s a relief to know that we can have a fresh start in 2021, but at the same time, I have a deep fear that nothing will change—whether it be COVID specifically or our political systems in general—and it feels so overwhelmingly heavy to carry that.

I don’t like to list out my accomplishments, no matter how great or small, because it just ends up allowing my brain to find more reasons to hate myself. And that’s especially true during an absolutely terrible year like 2020, when a large accomplishment is having survived. What I think is much healthier is to reflect on the more positive moments that took place, the things that happened that made the year a tiny bit better. Obviously, most of these were not enough to completely cancel out every bad thing in 2020, but… they provided a little bit of joy to me, and that’s what is important to me.

This post is going to be much shorter than my usual posts, because it—unsurprisingly—was difficult to think of a multitude of memorable, positive moments from this year. But I have some other fun end of year content planned that’ll hopefully make up for it!

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