End of Year Survey

I am definitely late to the party on this one, given this is the 11th year the Perpetual Page Turner blog is hosting this, but given the year and the reading I’ve done I thought it would be fun to run through this survey! If you want to join the fun, or are curious about the creator of this wonderful survey check out her blog here!

2020 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read: 42

Number of Re-Reads: 9

Genre You Read the Most From: YA Fantasy

Best in Books:

  1. Best Book you read in 2020?
    • I think this is the hardest question right off the bat, so I’m going to give my top two, which are favorites for different reasons. The first is Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, which was filled with nostalgic characters, continued stories, and my constant need for anything shadow hunters. She continues to write these books, and I’ll continue to buy and love them. The other big favorite of the year for me was The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty, an adult fantasy finale to the Daevabad trilogy. This book is my preferred Fantasy winner of the year, and well deserving of praise with its beautiful writing, world, and characters. It was an absolute all-around fantastic read.
  2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
    • I’ll give you a moment to guess. Any idea? If you guessed Majesty by Katharine McGee you would be more than correct. I left 2019 loving and absolutely obsessed with the first book of the series, American Royals, but left September 2020 wondering just what the heck had happened. I do seem to be in the minority, so if you read the first book and are wondering if you should read Majesty I would still give it a try. Given the characters I had loved in the first book, this second installment was not a fun read, nor was it what I wanted to see for certain character’s endings.
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
    • I’ll give a book I don’t think I’ve talked about on the blog enough, Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen. This is a YA historical fiction romance with a protagonist obsessed with Jane Austen heroines. This was an incredibly fun and quick read in addition to it being a standalone.
  4. Book you “pushed” the most to people to read (and they did)?
    • Still working on getting my friends to read this, but I have consistently pushed this book/series; Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Hopefully, I’ll get one of them to try it, and they’ll love it just as much as I did!
  5. Best series you started in 2020? Best sequel? Best series ender of 2020?
    • I binge read quite a few series this year, but several were re-reads, so this one will go to Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. Sequel-wise, and ender I would give to Kingdom of Copper, and Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. These two were just spectacular!
  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?
    • Stephanie Garber! I finally jumped onto this band wagon, and binge read the entire Caraval trilogy in November.
  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
    • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman was a surprising and different read for me. I don’t know if it means I’ll pick up another YA western in the future, but I enjoyed and read this and its sequel so fast!
  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
    • Kingdom of the Wicked was a super fast read for me. I’d still say I would like to have seen more world building, but this book was really addictive to read.
  9. Book you read in 2020 that you would be MOST likely to re-read next year?
    • I feel like there will be less re-reading in 2021 with the goals I’m setting up, but I’ll definitely be revisiting some moments in Chain of Gold before putting my hands on Chain of Iron.
  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?
    • The dramatic cover of Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles was a beautiful cover, and probably the best of the books I’ve read this year.
  11. Most memorable character of 2020?
    • Cordelia from Chain of Gold really stuck with me throughout the year. She’s strong and brave, but also vulnerable when it comes to the people around her. Her struggles with James, and even her brother just made her a really interesting character to follow.
  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?
    • Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty, the writing and the world building were phenomenal for me. I’m hoping reading more fantasy in the next year will only broaden my list of beautifully written books.
  13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2020?
    • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens who Made England by Dan Jones. I listened to this as an audiobook, but the stories of British Kings and Queens are always fascinating and complex!
  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read?
    • Caraval by Stephanie Garber, it took me too long to finally read this one, and I am so sorry guys!
  15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2020?
    • The ending scene to Chain of Gold, I would say more, but spoilers of course! If you know, you know on this one. It’s a favorite for how floored I was during that one. I am dying for the next book, which I assume may only break my heart some more.
  16. Shortest & Longest book you read in 2020?
    • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas was the longest at 803 pages, and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black was the shortest at 300 pages.
  17. Book that shocked you the most:
    • The Damned by Renee Ahdieh, I was just shocked by how hard it was to jump back into this series. I’ve loved all of her books before this one, but the Damned wasn’t the best of her sequels. It got better, but for a sequel it felt like there was a lot of build up in the beginning and not a lot of action.
  18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
    • James and Cordelia from Chain of Gold!
  19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
    • Scarlett and Tella Dragna from the Caraval series, their strong relationship as sisters definitely made the series!
  20. Favorite book you read in 2020 from an author you’ve read previously:
    • My picks from before, Chain of Gold and Empire of Gold.
  21. Best book in 2020 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure/bookstagram, etc.:
    • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?
    • Daron Demarco from Where Dreams Descend maybe, this year didn’t have anyone to replace Will Herondale for me.
  23. Best world building/Most vivid setting you read this year
    • Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
  24. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?
    • Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen. This was fun to read with the Austen references, and just how cute it was.
  25. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2020?
    • Does angry cry count? Majesty about had me fuming.
  26. Hidden gem of the year?
    • Memory of Babylon by Christelle Dabos is the third book in the Mirror Visitor Quartet, and while it had some bad word choices in the translation it was a great continuation. It also is likely to be the least talked about book of the year.
  27. Book that crushed your soul?
    • Chain of Gold about crushed me towards the end.
  28. Most unique book you read in 2020?
    • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman with its western revenge and adventure.
  29. Book that made you the most mad (not necessarily you didn’t like it)?
    • Majesty, may I repeat, Majesty. I have never finished a book and felt so much anger. Poor Jefferson deserved better.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

  1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?
    • I mostly followed Youtubers this year, but Daniel Greene, Jess Owens, and Murphy Napier were great additions to my channel feed. All of these youtubers broadened my reading, and are great reviewers in the Fantasy category.
  2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?
    • The Fairyloot unboxing, it was fun to open the box, and fun to photograph and write about. If there wasn’t a wait list I would just order another to feel that excitement again!
  3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?
    • My new bookcase! It really was just finally painted, but it was exciting to put books back on it and complete my library!
  4. Best bookish event that you participated in?
    • Yallwest. I didn’t get to go to Yallfest in person like I had wanted, but Yallwest still allowed me to enjoy the amazing author panels that these book festivals always have.
  5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?
    • Getting to start conversations on the Lowdown posts I wrote. There are a lot of conversations the book community brings up, but it’s always great to hear other opinions in these comments.
  6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
    • Keeping it all organized, or continuously going. I had some great highs, but the reading slumps hit hard and fast this year too. I’m hoping to have a stronger reading year in 2021.
  7. Most popular post this year on your blog?
    • Believe it or not, The Shatter Me Series Review I posted last year. It’s gotten more views than my posts from this year by a landslide.
  8. Post you wished got a little more love?
    • Chain of Gold, I loved this book a lot, but it seems like the Cassandra Clare reviews typically don’t do as well. Might have to do with how interconnected all of her books are, but it saddens me a bit.
  9. Best bookish discovery (book site, store, etc)
    • That there are more book stores I still haven’t tried in my area! I’m building a list now for my friend and I to go to once it’s safe again. Used books, new books, we will be piled high with books when that happens.
  10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
    • Yes, but only because I downsized my reading goal to 40 books. This year had been a slower reading year.

Looking Ahead:

  1. One Book you didn’t get to in 2020, but will be your number 1 priority in 2021?
    • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I keep pushing this one back, but hoping to make it happen in 2021.
  2. Book you are most anticipating for 2021 (non-debut)?
    • My Fantasy picks. There are several books I’ve picked to start me off properly in the Fantasy genre; Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and Malice by John Gwynne are a few.
  3. 2021 debut you are most anticipating?
    • Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare. I ordered the Waterstones edition this time, and cannot wait until I have my hands on this edition. It’s supposed to have a special short story in it.
  4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2021?
    • The sequel I’m anticipating is When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles (Where Dreams Descend #2). This one ended on such an interesting note, so I’m curious to see how the follow-up will go.
  5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2021?
    • Read more Fantasy, and more pages in the upcoming year! There are of course more goals for 2021, so keep an eye out for those posts coming in January.

What were some of your picks for the survey? What was your reading year like? Let me know in the comments below!

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