December Wrap-Up + 2020 Stats

Hey, friends! If you recall my December 2020 TBR post, this was my commitment to spend an entire month reading romance — which is something I’ve never done before. Of course, one non-romance book snuck in, but that’s more than okay.

I read 6 books this month. Let’s dive in, and afterwards examine the end-of-the-year stats.

Key

LGBT+ rep: 🌈

POC rep: πŸ”₯

Neurodivergence / Mental Health rep: 🧠

Disability / Chronic Illness rep: πŸ’ͺ

Books

Hairpin Curves

Author: Elia Winters

Form: novel

Genre: adult romance

Representation: 🌈

Rating: ⭐⭐

You can read my review here.


Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Author: Talia Hibbert

Form: novel

Genre: adult romance + contemporary fiction

Representation: πŸ”₯πŸ’ͺ

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

You can read my review here.


Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Author: Talia Hibbert

Form: novel

Genre: adult romance + contemporary fiction

Representation: 🧠πŸ”₯🌈

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can read my review here.


A Princess in Theory

Author: Alyssa Cole

Form: novel

Genre: adult romance + contemporary fiction

Representation: πŸ’ͺπŸ”₯🌈

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

You can read my review here.


Meet Cute Club

Author: Jack Harbon

Form: novel, but a short one

Genre: adult romance + contemporary fiction

Representation: 🌈πŸ”₯

Rating: ⭐⭐

You can read my review here.


When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain

Author: Nghi Vo

Form: novella

Genre: fantasy

Representation: 🌈

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can read my full review here.


Something I learned this month is that I am just, unfortunately, not really a fan of romance novels. I enjoy very slow-burn romances that have oodles of character development and plenty of conflict not focused on the relationship, and most romance novels… are not written that way. And that’s fine! I don’t think the publishing industry is remiss for not catering to my very niche tastes. But I definitely struggled to immerse myself in the books I picked this month, and now that January is breathing down my neck I am, frankly, glad that my commitment to reading romance is over and done with. I don’t expect that I will return to this genre anytime soon. And now…

Onward, to the 2020 Stats!

I have read and reviewed a total of 26 books in 2020, which is not bad considering that I started in September.

Something I want to work on in 2021 is reading more library books. I mentioned in a previous 5 On My TBR post that I went on a Kindle book-buying binge in September, which I’m sure my bank account still resents me for, and I want to avoid doing that in the future.

I have attempted (at length, and with multiple spreadsheets) to break down my read books by genre, but it gets muddy and confusing when a book falls into multiple genres — for example, if you check the December wrap-up section of this post, a lot of the romance books I read also fall into contemporary fiction.

I did, however, manage to break down my 2020 read books by star rating:

Considering the number of 4-star reads I managed to squeeze in this year, I’d say that overall I had a pretty good year in terms of reading! I’m so, so glad 2020 is drawing to a close, though I know that a fresh start won’t undo all the harm that has occurred this year. But a new year is a chance for us to take a breath, reset, and square our shoulders for the work ahead of repairing the world.

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