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Happy New Year! // 2020 Year in Review

Well. 2020 sure was a year to remember wasn’t it. Whether or not we’d want to remember it is a completely different story because it really was a dumpster fire of a year.

I’m not going to pretend like everything is going to magically be better in 2021. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and we’re still fighting for change and in so many way but I do have hope that this new year will be moderately better.

Today I’m going to be taking a look back on my 2020 both in terms of reading and life in general!

My Year in Reading …

While living on this floating rock we call home might have been a nightmare I did have a really great reading year. Yay for small mercies I suppose. In the year that was 2020 I read 108 books.

My goal for this year was 40 books and I read over double that!! I swear I was possessed by some sort of reading demon.

I have a graph this year, because I’m all professional this year. As you can see in the graph above my reading really started to go up in March, when Spain went into full lockdown and quarantine and we legit weren’t aloud to leave the house.

  • Pages read: 38,681
  • Average book length: 358 pages
  • My average rating: 3.8⭐’s

This year I re-read 23 books which is quite a lot but considering how much I read I’m not mad about it. I personally love re-reading books, I find it comforting going back to books I’ve previously loved.

The books I re-read this year include:

  • Hearstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan + The Red Pyramid
  • All For the Game by Nora Sakavic
  • Tales from the Shadowmarket + Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare & Friends
  • The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
  • Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins
  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

Some of my goals for 2020 was to read new genres and also to keep up with new releases. I’m happy to say I kept up with at least one of those goals.

In terms of reading new genres I did try out Dark Academia but after being totally let down by The Secrete History I didn’t invest any more time in that genre. One genre I did read a lot more of though was romance, both Young Adult and New Adult. Also, in the last few months of the year I did start reading books in verse.

As for 2020 releases I am so proud of how many new releases I read. I’ve got a whole list of recommendations coming up for ones you should check out if you haven’t already. I was lucky enough to be accepted for a lot of great 2020 ARCs which really helped boost those numbers.

My Year in General …

I feel like so much happened this year that I can’t keep track of what happened when. I’m in a constant state oh “oh yeah that happened!”😂Anyone else feeling overwhelmed reliving the year?

The adventures that didn’t happen:

In my “plans for 2021” post I mentioned I had big travel plans I was really looking forward to and yeah … none of that happened.

My school trip to Italy was cancelled about four days before we were due to fly out as that was when Italy went into full lockdown and things started getting really bad here in Europe. The school changed the trip but I asked for a refund instead. I am actually really glad I didn’t go on that trip as my classmates who did go said they basically only ate soup for five days and walked around feels meanwhile I was home watching Netflix in my pyjamas.

And then my trip to England to see my family was also cancelled. Spain was actually in full lockdown by that point so there was no way I was getting over there. It’s now been over a year since I’ve seen my younger siblings, my grandparents etc, so I’m really hoping I can get over there safely at the start of this new year.

Spain went into lockdown

I didn’t really keep up with how other countries dealed with the first wave of this pandemic but here in Spain everything closed down and it became lowkey illegal to leave your house. We went out to the supermarket and to walk the dogs, that’s it. We had the police and later on the army patrolling the streets throughout the day and everything.

Should I be ashamed to say that the entire country going on lockdown didn’t change my social life even slightly?

I feel like I handled this whole experience quite well. The weirdest thing was that my dad was home. He works away for weeks at a time and so having him home 24/7 for like 6 weeks was odd!! I focused on school and reading as much as possible. My family also had a drunken days playing Monopoly and Uno which was fun and I’ve never Skyped my extended family as much in the 8 years of living here.

What’s to come in 2021?

I’ve decided I am making no new years resolutions. I’ve going into 2021 with no expectations whatsoever.

Reading wise I think I’m going to set my Goodreads goal at around 40 or 50 books because even though I read double that in 2020, doesn’t mean I can do i again and I don’t want to pile on the pressure. I also want to focus on reading ARCs and books that have been on my shelf for an eternity, especially fantasy while also continuing to read more romance heavy novels.

Then other things that might happen are: getting my driving licence (I’m doing practical lessons right now and I do feel like I’m doing well), turning 19 (wtf how am I almost over with my teen years, I don’t want this).

And finally there is a possibility that I will be going to university this year. WHAT THE HELL!!! AGHHH!!! I’m literally finishing up my application in this next week or so, writing my personal statement tonight. I am terrified about this next stage in my life especially because it means moving back to England. By myself. The anxiety is real😭

That was my year. It was a weird one to say the least. I’m nervous and excited (but mostly nervous) to see what 2021 brings.

Thanks so much for reading and happy new year!!

Elli xx

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