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2020 on Goodreads

(Goodreads Year in Review)

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Whether or not you've had time to write your own reviews, here's a chance to review your entire 2020 reading and post it under this title so that others can see what your reading year was like. Together, all the reviews of 2020 on Goodreads should make an interesting and varied catalogue of books to inspire other readers in 2021.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The Year Of Change

That’s me done. GR says I can’t add any more books as it’s too long. Happy Reading Lovelies. 🖤🐶🐺🐾💕


1. All the Stars and Teeth
2. Seven Blades in Black
3. The Poppy War
4. Wrath of Empire
5. A Subtle Agency Omnibus
6. A Time of Courage


1. The Black Hawks
2. Novice Dragoneer
3. The Goblin Emperor
4. Ship of Magic
5. The Mad Ship
6. Blood of an Exile
7. Ship of Destiny
8. Fool's Fate
9. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
10. Assassin's Fate
11. Sins of Empire
12. The Unspoken Name
13. Mistborn
Emily May
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
What a fucking year.

It will probably come as no surprise when I say I usually spend my life seeking out time to read. Little pockets of time here and there where I can grab my book and polish off a chapter. This year, though. This year, time has stretched out, seemingly unending, with little to break it up. Hours and hours of having nowhere to go and little to do. And, for the life of me, most of the time I couldn't bring myself to read. When I did, I often turned to graphic novels (frankly, th
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-in-review
Every Rating & Review for 2020

Superman – Action Comics, Volume 4: Hybrid by Andy Diggle, Scott Lobdell, Tony S. Daniel, Mike Johnson and Frank Hannah
(B-) 71% | Satisfactory | ⭐⭐ – 01/06/2020
Notes: An alright to abysmal assorted anthology, it's an awkward array of anecdotes: aimless, awry, and ascendingly abject.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin and Roy Dotrice
(B+) 78% | Good | ⭐⭐⭐ – 01/09/2020
Notes: A mire of minutiae, pointless quarrels in its quiver, with birdshot aim, it's kitten-tam
Paul Bryant
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah, 2020, the year I didn’t have to apologise for my antisocial tendencies. The year I could feel pride in being a socially responsible skulking solitary hermit, because that’s what Boris was telling me to do – stay home, wash your hands, read books. But something else happened this year too, not just a global pandemic. My very dear friend Selma showed me that my fear of reading works in translation was quite misplaced. And it was true, I was wrong about that. She then convinced me to give the R ...more
Sean Barrs
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the end of my seventh year as a Goodreads user. Thank you to everyone who continues to interact with me on here.

My PhD (in English Literature) application got accepted, which for me was the biggest event in my reading life this year.

I don't read as much as I used to, but I'm excited to share updates about my progress and review books relevant to my studies, interests and activism.

Here's to another year of reading! :D

You can connect with me on social
Dec 30, 2019 marked it as annual-reading-goals
2020 reading resolutions:

* Read less frantically

* Read more meaningfully

* Savor the journey of the book

*2020 mantra: There will always, always be more books than time. Focus on the book in front of you and let go of worrying about reading all the rest.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say?

This year blew but I survived COVID and my amazing GR friends continued to crank out awesome reviews and recommendations.

I am grateful for each and every one of you! 💓
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

welp, that's the end of 2020, a year that went by in a big garbagey blur. book releases were delayed or cancelled, there was no BEA and i only got to go to two book release parties before the world shut down. despite being in lockdown for four months, i didn't get as much reading done as i could have, because my anxiety eroded my concentration, and reviewing was even more difficult, so even though i'm still optimistically INTENDING to review all the books i haven't gotten to yet—i have so many h
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed the titles from Reading the 20th Century group because they bring focus to my thoughts.

What was the best book you read in 2020?

This year was terrible because of the pandemic but from the point of view of my reading it was excellent. After a long deliberation, I chose the following novels as my top 5. Links are to my reviews.

1. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor
A short, violent, brutal, intense novel about the murder of a witch and women’s condition in Mexico.
2. Les Liaisons dan
Dec 22, 2020 added it
Recommended to Ilse by: Fionnuala
Shelves: reviewed, 2020
Reading and writing is losing oneself, and what remains when the self is lost is the collective (Karl Ove knausgård)

Lacking the energy and apposite words for saying something insightful on this strange year, I’d rather not. Reflecting purely on the past twelve months in terms of books however, by the end of the year I wonder if this year actually differed that much from previous ones with regard to reading. Maybe it didn’t, all in all.

Admittedly, some weeks and books seem to have disappeared in
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
I think we can all agree that 2020 was pretty much shit.

However, I can't and won't complain. Have I had rough times this year? Absolutely. But in the face of a year like this - where so many people have lost so much - I still have my health, my family, my friends, my dogs, and my job. So I can only feel grateful.

And thank God for books.

I definitely didn't read as much as I have in years past if you go simply by the numbers; however, one of my goals this year was to try to be more intentional a
Elyse  Walters
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

When I look back through books that I read this year -- the first thing I see -- was the many different emotions I felt:, grief, anger, cynical, sadness, loss, regret, agony, compassionate, empathy, remorseful, inspired, hopeful, grateful, relief, relatedness, connection, removed, bored, overwhelmed, shocked, awareness, judgmental, naughty, bitter, excitement, admiration, curiosity, soothed, baffled, nourished, comforted, Humbled, scared, rage, s
Glenn Russell

Many thanks to each of my Goodreads friends. Wish I could give each one of you a big hug!

My personal response to our worldwide 2020 COVID crisis: a sharper focus on reading books, listening to audio books and writing about books. Highlights of the year include the following reviews (I link a book or two for each bullet):

All 12 existential crime noir novels translated into English by French author Pascal Garnier - Among the 12: The Islanders, The Box, The Front Seat Passenger, Low Heights, The P
Feb 04, 2020 added it
Shelves: year-in-review
General reflection
With the pandemic a lot of entertainment sources fell away and 2020 was the best reading year for me in terms of both number of books (120) and number of pages (33.000). Also I increased the average length of books read to 275 pages compared to the 232 of 2019, when I felt I read a bit too many short works. My overall rating remained at 3.3.

A goal I set myself was reading more non-fiction, which worked with 20 books, and one 5 star read among them, These Truths: A History of th
Helena of Eretz ✰
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yearly
Top Ten of 2020

This is a monthly list of all of the books that I rated between 4 and 5 stars in the year of 2020.

Best of January
The Queen's Rising (The Queen’s Rising, #1) by Rebecca Ross The Sources of Soviet Conduct by George F. Kennan Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1) by Amie Kaufman

Best of February
Punderworld by Linda Šejić Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross Memento (The Illuminae Files, #0.5) by Amie Kaufman Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer

Best of March
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5) by Marissa Meyer

Best of April

Best of May

Best of June
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1) by Sarah Fine Captive (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1.1) by Sarah Fine Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2) by Sarah Fine Vigilante (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2.5) by Sarah Fine COVID-128 (The Lunar Chronicles #4.6) by Marissa Meyer Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands, #3) by Sarah Fine Stories from the Shadowlands (Guards of the Shadowlands, #3.1) by Sarah Fine Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards, #1) by Janella Angeles All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1) by Adalyn Grace The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones Diaper Study (Soulfinders, #3.5; Study, #6.5) by Maria V. Snyder Fable (Fable, #1) by Adrienne Young The Eyes of Tamburah (Archives of the Invisible Sword, #1) by Maria V. Snyder Sky in the Deep (Sky in the Deep, #1) by Adrienne Young

Best of July
A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1) by Naomi Novik Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston Onyx and Ivory (Rime Chronicles, #1) by Mindee Arnett Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1) by Kiersten White Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2) by Kiersten White Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3) by Kiersten White The Queen's Resistance (The Queen’s Rising, #2) by Rebecca Ross Illusive (Illusive, #1) by Emily Lloyd-Jones Murder on the Disoriented Express (Illusive, #1.5) by Emily Lloyd-Jones Deceptive (Illusive, #2) by Emily Lloyd-Jones Namesake (Fable, #2) by Adrienne Young Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by Robin LaFevers The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising, #2) by Kiersten White Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst Blood and Sand (Blood and Sand, #1) by C.V. Wyk Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer Starflight (Starflight, #1) by Melissa Landers

Best of August
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Best of September
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom, #2) by Danielle L. Jensen Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game, #3) by Amanda Foody Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl, #1) by Mara Rutherford Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Best of Octo
May 29, 2020 marked it as goodreads-year-in-review
The year is almost over, the Hugo/Nebula challenge is met (see below), and it’s time to reminisce about the strangeness that was 2020.

Everything else aside, it was probably one of my best reading years. That’s why you get when you combine an indoorsy introvert and quarantine/lockdown. That’s the proverbial silver lining.

This year is special for me because it’s the year I returned to Goodreads. I took a sabbatical from review writing starting sometime in 2016, just as pressures of “real” life st
Jul 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: read-in-2020

➽ Thanks to the amazing Brock at Let's Read, here are some 2020 reading statistics that I was able to gather from his amazing spreadsheet:

My Top Five Favorite 2020 Publications:
➽ 5.) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
➽ 4.) Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4) by Brandon Sanderson
➽ 3.) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
➽ 2.) Night Shine (Night Shine #1) by Tessa Gratton
➽ 1.) The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang

My Top Five Favorite Books NOT Published
Lex Kent
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-favorites
Best Lesfic/WLW/Sapphic Books of 2020

First, I just want to say sorry that this list is a little late this year. I know I worried some people that I might not finish it. This has been a rough and glitch filled week but I’m finally finished. I can’t believe that this is actually my 5th annual best of lesfic awards list. The time has gone by so fast. I started this because Goodreads doesn’t have an LGBTQ+ award category (and after 5 years it still doesn’t) and for the fact that there are always
Charlotte May
Dec 29, 2019 marked it as year-in-review
2020 bookish resolutions:

Read more of my own books and cut down on the number of library books I take out. At least until my physical TBR has gone down.

I’m lowering my reading challenge to 75 books even though I did over 100 this year. I’m going to be travelling for 1 month which will severely cut my reading time.

Here’s to another wonderful year filled with awesome books!

** Update 29/06/2020**

Ok, so Covid spoiled my travel plans, but on the plus side I'm currently 17 books ahead of schedule.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-in-books
Corona is the biggest bully that most of us have ever encountered. He's our war, our natural disaster, our famine. He has robbed too many of us of our lives and our livelihoods, and he has knocked the wind out of too many of us, too. (Sorry, I've decided Corona's a he. No offense.)

I've observed his influence on too many readers this year; friends who were once stalwart readers were suddenly not able to concentrate on a book. I also watched highly literate friends go from reading WAR AND PEACE to
Kevin Ansbro
Plots, Protags and one Pandemic, by Kevin Ansbro
(My year in books)

2020 has been a difficult year for almost everyone on the planet - even for some of the Covidiots, bless them - but the Goodreads family has still been able to safely congregate during lockdowns, our social distancing knowing no bounds.
I'm hopeful for a bright tomorrow. Our battered ship has been taking on water for quite some time, and the crew are restless, but a tiny sliver of land can be seen on the distant horizon...
: )

I wa
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-crit
For much of 2019, after my father’s suicide, I read for nostalgia & comfort: short stories, humour, light novels, books we'd shared, plus sci-fi/dystopia for contrast. I slowly reverted to more normal fare, then the Covid pandemic struck: I reunited with old "friends" & discovered brilliant new ones, when meeting actual friends is impossible.

Image: New year reading resolution by Tom Gauld (Source)


I’d not heard of Gabriel Josipovici at the start of the year. Thanks to GR friends, I’ve r
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-end-review
Happy Holidays, whichever one you celebrate, to all of my goodreads friends. I think that sentence is the only thing about 2020 that is the same as other years. Not to mince words, this year has been well bad. It has affected me on so many levels, starting with my mental health. Thankfully (knock on wood), no one in my family has been sick, but I had an inkling that 2020 was going to be a doozy when Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash and I had to fly home from my vacation two days later. I w ...more
Justin Tate
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, 2020. What a grim year. Around the world nearly 2 million souls have passed on too soon because of a deadly pandemic. Survivors are fortunate enough to only experience weeks of illness or the short stay on a ventilator. Those with mild or no symptoms live with the knowledge that they may have passed the virus on to others who did suffer. Some are wondering, in the back of their mind, if they are responsible for the death of a loved one. No matter how often they’re told it’s not their fault, ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Goodreads 2020



Not a good year for most of us and while there weren’t many bright spots, the book world did provide some of the best moments for me.

Please keep in mind that these are books I READ this year- not PUBLISHED this year.

Valentine- Elizabeth Wetmore
Big Lies in a Small Town- Diane Chamberlain
Bull Mountain-Brian Panowich
Darling Rose Gold- Stephanie Wrobel
Lonesome Dove- Larry McMurtry
Long Bright River- Liz Moore
Eight Perfect Murders- Peter Swanson
The Lost Man- Jane Harper
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
2020 Recap: The Year of Self Affirmation as An Emotionally Vacant Homebody Whose Head Is Above the Clouds and Nose Is Stuck in Bodice Rippers and HEAs 24/7

I set up reading goals at the beginning of this year and only managed to accomplish probably 40% of them. Not saying it was bad since I’ve always been a read whatever whenever I want type of reader, but I’m also not exactly proud and hope to do better.

I’m actually kinda... sorta... a lil’ bit... embarrassed. Main reason being that the majo
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-in-review
2020. A bastard of a year. I don't think I need to go on about what we all know and experienced, so I won't. Except to say that I'm SO grateful for the Goodreads community, more than ever. I've been here since late 2014 (wow, time flies), and I adore my long time friends as well as the fantastic new ones I met just this year. Thank you, you brilliantly discriminating, literate darlings! Thank you for reading and writing about books that inspire me and for visiting my reviews to chat and challeng ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to carol. by: required
As it is said, a dumpster fire of a year. But most of us got through it together, or rather, together apart, right? It gives the withered seeds in my chest hope that we can, after all, survive the zombie apocalypse. But not without reading material!

Despite suddenly having a ton of time to dive into the to-be-read pile, like most of us, I found myself unable to concentrate on anything that wasn’t about a virus. My salvation was a slew of Kindle Unlimited Books which catered to what I came to call
Susanne  Strong
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this most difficult year, for me, there has been one constant. Books, which, leads to book reviews and of course, all of you whom I’ve met here on Goodreads over the last few years. For your friendship, support, and general encouragement, I thank each of you.

Aside from my cat, these last months, you’ve all been my lifeline. Though I may not always have logged in as much as I wanted to, I am so very grateful to every one of you who has made an effort in some way, shape, or form.

What I know i
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Tonic
What I appreciate about Goodreads and the prospect of writing this annual recap is the opportunity to share favourite books and recommendations with my friends, plus the opportunity to highlight those moments that make this platform such a joy.

The friends I met and shared a bookish chat with are too numerous to list, but I thank you ALL for your interactions and I look forward to continuing our book adventures next year. For those that I have developed closer links with, you have inspired
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