Best and Worst of My 2020 Reads

Long time, no see! 

The last time I posted was in September 2020. I’d apologised for my absence, but who cares. I hope you’ve all had a great year despite our universal challenges. When lockdown hit, I (eventually) thought (after the seven stages of grief, naturally): yay, cozy. Time to stay inside for the year, focus on my studies and just keep reading. 

 

For some reason, my university thought “you know what? Here is an unprecedented amount of work and expectations for you all. Enjoy ‘staying at home’, you bludgers.” 

And to top it off, I began my year-long journey for Honours. I can positively say: I hated 2020’s impact on my learning at uni. But that’s over, and I’m not going to think about it again until mid-Feb. 

 

Since I was in my fourth year of university, I’ve had to complete a lot of readings. As in, seven days a week, 9am til 11pm, researching and reading. As you can imagine, I was fatigued on reading, and I didn’t want to spent my breaks picking up an anticipated YA novel or non-YA literature, including SJM and Cassie Clare’s newest releases– who am I? What has uni done to me??? 

 

Here are fave books of 2020: 

The Runner Ups (3 or 4 stars): 

The Perfectionists 

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Published: 7/10/14

Format: Audiobook 

Rating + Review: 3.5/5 stars 

Yes No Maybe So 

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Published: 4/2/20 

Format: Audiobook 

Rating: 3/5 stars (no review because I got distracted for 6 months) 

The Wicked King 

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Published: 8/1/19

Format: Audiobook (even though I pre-ordered a copy) 

Rating + Review: 3/5 stars — this was the worst instalment IMO

The Evil Queen 

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Published: 20/7/19

Format: Paperback 

Rating + Review: 4/5 stars

The Hand on the Wall 

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Published: 21/1/20

Format: Audiobook 

Rating + Review: 4/5 stars 

Four Dead Queens

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Published: 26/1/19

Format: Paperback 

Rating + Review: 4/5 stars

Queen of Air and Darkness 

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Published: 4/12/18

Format: Hardback 

Rating + Review: 4/5 stars

 

And now… for the 5/5 stars: 

The Fountains of Silence 

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Published: 1/10/19

Format: Paperback 

Review: Read this even if you hate historical fiction

Happily and Madly 

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Published: 21/5/19

Format: Hardback 

Review: If you loved We Were Liars and Gossip Girl’s Season 2 Premiere, READ THIS 

Red Hood 

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Published: 25/2/20 

Format: Hardback 

Review: FEMINISM. SO MUCH FEMINISM. I FEEL SO EMPOWERED. READ IT. 

House of Salt and Sorrows 

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Published: 6/8/19 

Format: Audiobook 

Review: Gruesome and picturesque. Gothic with pretty girls. 

A Curse So Dark and Lonely 

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Published: 29/1/19

Format: Paperback 

Review: THE SECOND BEST BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING AFTER ACOTAR. 

The Queen of Nothing 

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Published: 19/11/19

Format: Audiobook 

Review: I’M RUINED. RUINED. 

The Grace Year 

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Published: 10/10/19 

Format: Paperback 

Review: I told all of my friends to read this. FEMINISM. SEXY CHARACTERS. DYSTOPIA. LOVE. 

 


Here are some of the books that I simply ‘did not vibe with‘: 

Call Down the Hawk

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Published: 5/11/19

Format: Audiobook 

Rating + Review: 2/5 stars

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Published: 25/6/19

Format: Paperback 

Rating + Review: 2.5/5 stars 

The Lady Rogue 

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Published: 3/9/10 

Format: Hardback (disappointingly, I own this) 

Rating + Review: 2/5 stars

King of Fools

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Published: 30/4/19 

Format: Paperback 

Rating + Review: 2/5 stars


What were your hits and sh*ts of 2020? 

My First Ever Book Unhaul (18 Books Purged!)

As I grow closer to ending uni, and my new beautiful New Adult hardbacks find a temporary-home on the floor, I find myself needing to rid myself of books I bought back in 2015. It’s time to let go of some classic YA paperbacks, as well as some double ups, as well as 1/5 starred disappointments. 

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My April 2020 TBR Winner

Happy Easter Saturday, friends and family! It’s the second Saturday of the month: it’s time to declare the winner of last week’s poll! Join Michelle as she prompts book bloggers to let the readers decide what we should read in April.

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10 Books I Added to My TBR, Thanks to Goodreads Hype| Top Ten Tuesday

Jana has prompted us book bloggers to list the 10 Ten Books we Bought/Borrowed because of ________. My ultimate demise (and greatest treasure) is Goodreads. It’s the reason my TBR is so high, and I love it. And I hate it. But I mainly love it.

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Library Loot #8 – LIBRARY LOCK-DOWN

Before you read any further, I hope you, your family, and any other loved ones, are safe and healthy during these times. I hope you have been impacted as little as possible due to COVID-19. I know many book bloggers are anxious enough as it is, world-wide pandemics do NOT help with the matter.

Tune in for a quick read at all the books I was lucky enough to loot (borrow) before Central Coast Libraries and Hornsby Shire Libraries shut down. This book blogging meme is hosted by Claire and Sharlene.

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2020 YA Releases I’m Keen For! | 2020 TBR

Want to know how us book bloggers stay up-to-date with the latest releases? We research ahead for upcoming publications, and write down the interesting ones (for us). I use Goodreads to archive everything, but here is a list for those who enjoy linear and visual presentations.

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The Best Books I Read in 2019

I didn’t reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge, nor did I have much time to enjoy YA fiction (too many uni papers to read through, the last thing I wanted to do after 8hrs of research was touch a book!). Consider this a short but sweet list of books I enjoyed in 2019, from least to most memorable.

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Christmas Book Haul 2019

Hey bookworms! Happy holidays, I hope you’ve all had a restful break. Here is a list of the wonderful hardback books I received for Christmas (thanks, Mum!).

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