I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. I decided to combined my two star, one star, and DNF books into one post because there are not too many of those to share. I think combined there are eight books. This will be the last post in my star rating recap of the books that I read in 2020. I will link all my previous posts in this little series at the end. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.
The two-star rating are books that I thought were just “okay”. They didn’t blow me away, there wasn’t a lot that I liked about it, I couldn’t connect with characters, and was missing a lot to make me like/love them. I had high hopes for Allegedly, Infinity Son, and Where the Crawdads Sing, so I am bummed that I didn’t like them as much as I thought and hoped I would. I’m a Therapist… was just a random book and I honestly didn’t really have high expectations for it. I was just looking for something quick to read and that was that.
The one-star rating means I didn’t like it. It felt like nothing really happened in Perfect Little Children and the main character annoyed me so much. The shock factor just wasn’t there for me either. The entire time I was hoping something would happen and by the time something did happen, I was already over the story, so I didn’t care all that much.
In previous years I didn’t really keep track of the books that I decided not to finish. I decided I would keep track in 2020 and these are the books that were DNF for me. I found The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and An Anonymous Girl to be so boring. I think I got through half of both books and just couldn’t read them anymore. As for Followers, I had a really difficult time with it. I didn’t like the way that it was written and it was more confusing than anything. I got about 20% into it before calling it quits.
I meant to have this posted a week or two ago, but it slipped my mind and I ended up getting busy with other life things and didn’t get a chance to get it finished and posted. It’s here now and that’s all that matters? Haha. I am hoping to blog hop and reply to comments this weekend. I don’t have anything planned for the weekend, so it’s the perfect time to catch up with you! 🙂
I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is all the books that I gave three stars to in 2020. They are in the order that I read them (unless same series, then I put together). You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.
These are all books that I liked, but wasn’t blown away by. A lot of these I had really high expectations, but was let down in more ways than one, so they couldn’t get four stars or higher. I still liked them and had fun reading most of them.
I’m thinking I may combined my 2 stars, 1 star, and DNF books into one post coming up soon, because there wasn’t many of each of those. Hopefully I’ll work on that this week and get that posted by Friday (if not sooner). I hope you are all doing well! I plan to blog hop and reply to comments at some point this week as well. 🙂
I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is all the books that I gave four stars to in 2020 and I’ll do posts for my other star rating books as well. They are in the order that I read them (unless same series, then I put together). You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.
I may not have had very many five stars in 2020, but I did have a lot of four stars as you can see! To me four stars means that I really liked it, but there was a little something missing or it didn’t feel “amazing” to me and because of that I couldn’t give them five stars. I still REALLY enjoyed these books and I’m looking forward to reading more books by these authors.
What books did you give four stars too? See any favorites that I mentioned?
I’ll link my five stars of 2020 blog post below. Up next will be the three stars! I am hoping to do some blog hopping this week and also reply to comments as well. My mom ended up coming here to visit for the weekend, so I didn’t really have much time to do blog stuff or read much over the weekend like I originally planned to. Hopefully I’ll get some time this week though. 🙂
I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is all the books that I gave five stars to in 2020 and I’ll do posts for my other star rating books as well. They are in the order that I read them (unless same series, then I put together). You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.
I am pretty bummed out that I only gave seven books five stars, especially since two of them were rereads. It’s VERY different from my numbers the previous year, because in 2019 I gave five stars to 28 books! I guess 2020 just wasn’t my year to find all of those amazing books! Or maybe my head just wasn’t in it, so nothing at all was “wowing” me enough to give five stars. I think with how crazy the year was and with how sad & depressed I felt the majority of the year, it was just hard for anything to really amaze me (including non-book related things). I really loved these seven books though and it was nice finding a few new books to add to my list of favorites. It was also great rereading a couple of my old favorite books! I am already looking forward to reading The Outsiders again this year as I reread it almost every year.
What books did you give five stars to in 2020? See any favorites on my list?
I’m hoping to post some of my other star ratings for the books that I read in 2020 next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to put those together over the weekend. But next up from the books I read will be the books that I gave four stars to. I had 20+ of them, so it will be a much longer post than this one was. 🙂
Today it is time to look back on my reading throughout 2020! I’m not going to lie, it was a struggle with reading. I wasn’t even sure I would complete my Goodreads challenge. I had to adjust my reading “rules” just to accomplish that goal alone. I wanted this post to be full of different pie charts and stats, but I just didn’t have the time to do everything I wanted for it. I also just wanted to get it posted since it’s already January 8. I do have a couple numbers to share with you in this post and give an update on my reading goals from 2020 and if I accomplished them or not. First, let’s start with my Goodreads reading goal…I wanted to read 50 books in 2020…
51 of books read for challenge. 12 of those were audiobooks.
Compared to last year, I read 34 less books than I did in 2019. That number is kind of depressing, but as I am sure I will say countless times in this post, it was a crazy year! My mind was elsewhere and my drive and motivation to read was almost non-existent at times. I am happy that I at least completed the challenge though even if it wasn’t by much.
I don’t do half star ratings and I use Goodreads’ rating system with how I rate the books that I read. Below is how Goodreads has their star ratings set up.
5 stars – it was amazing 4 stars – I really liked it 3 stars – liked it 2 stars – it was ok 1 star – did not like it
I feel like I used to give three stars out in previous years if I thought it was okay and 2 stars if I didn’t really like it and forgot about 1 star altogether. So over the last few years I tried to use the way Goodreads has their stars when it came to rating books and continued with that in 2020. With that being said here are my star rating counts for the books that I read in 2020!
My numbers look a lot different than they did last year. I don’t know if it was because I was mentally in a different place and nothing “wowed” me much in 2020 or if I just didn’t read that many amazing books this year. I know that I read 30+ less books than I did last year, so that could have played a big part in it too. Last year I gave out 29 five stars and in 2020 I only gave out seven! This year it looks like the four star rating was my best friend because I gave out so many four stars. Overall, I think that I still read a lot of great books. It was just a bummer that I didn’t have a lot of five star reads.
You can check out all the books that I read in 2020 over here with links to reviews if I did one. But I will be doing a series of blog posts coming soon of all the books that I read in 2020 with their star ratings. My first post will be all the five star books of the year and so on. I did it in previous years and decided to continue with those posts, because it’s always fun to look back on the books that I read and share what I loved and maybe didn’t love so much.
Now onto my 2020 reading goals and whether I think I accomplished them or not. You can check out the actual post I made in January 2020 of my goals over here, but here is just a small recap of what they were. That post has longer explanations of what each of these goals were. Sorry in advance if I repeat myself a bunch of times throughout this next section lol.
2020 Goodreads Challenge. I was able to complete my 2020 Goodreads challenge of reading 50 books. I was only able to read 51 though, which was a little disappointing because I was hoping to read a lot more. I’m still happy that I was able to read 51 books though.
Read 25 of my own books. What I meant by this was any books that I bought in 2019 or earlier. Nothing I bought in 2020. With this goal, I only read 12 of my older books, so that was a bummer.
Don’t fall behind on ARCs. I did fall behind on ARCs quite a bit, because I wasn’t reading as much as I hoped that I would. It was a crazy year as you guys know, so my mind was just elsewhere.
Continue to buy less books. I did very good with this goal, because I honestly hardly bought many books compared to most years. I think I bought around 30 books, not including e-books. You all know I probably went crazy with those e-book deals. 😛
Re-organize my bookshelves and my Goodreads shelves. I don’t think I did this at all. I honestly just didn’t really have it in me to mess around with either of them. There was one point that I had to take all my books off my shelves because we were redoing the flooring, but I honestly just put them up almost exactly like they were before. I missed my opportunity haha.
Get rid of books I didn’t like or plan to read. I did get rid of a ton of books at the beginning of the year. I took them to a used book store. I could probably go through my shelves again and get rid of more. For now I am pretty happy with where things are at.
Get back into bookstagram. I attempted to get back on bookstagram, but that didn’t last very long. I posted 21 pictures in 2020 over on my bookstagram account “sociallyawkwardbookworm”. I wanted to post more and I was excited to, but then my motivation to do that just dropped and I wasn’t into it.
Focus more on my blog and new content. As I previously said, it was a crazy year and I just didn’t have the motivation or drive to come up with new content for my blog or put very much focus into it like I really hoped. Seems like lack of motivation was a big theme for 2020 lol.
I hope to be around more in 2020! I lost my job in December 2019, then covid hit shortly after, and the world changed so much, so my love for everything just dropped so much. I got insanely depressed and my mind was just not here anymore. I wasn’t around much on my blog or anywhere, honestly. It was a really sad year.
How did you do this year with your reading goals? How many books did you read in 2020? Feel free to link me to your posts!
I think I will end this post here. My next post will be my reading goals for 2021. You may see a repeat of a couple of these, but also a few new ones. I’m actually thinking about keeping it pretty short for this year, because I am still in this weird place and I just want 2021 to be as stress-free as possible. We’ll see what happens! I’ll catch up with your posts and reply to comments this weekend as I don’t work the weekends, so I’ll have some time to finally catch up! Feel free to link me to any posts that you REALLY want me to see ASAP and I’ll make those priority. 😀