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Top 15 of my bookish 2020 – The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series + Book Recs from you?!

Hey there my lovelies!

2020 is finally coming to an end and since this became some sort of blog tradition I decided that I’d write another one of my „The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series“ blog posts! My initial goal for this year was to read 42 books, but in the end I upped my challenge once and decided to go for 52 books. For the first time ever since I joined GR I only raised it that one time and then let it be, though. Which turned out to be one of the best decisions ever. Without any pressure I actually made it to 91 books in total and it felt really good not to have a deadline.

This said here’s a short summary of my reading year 2020! Read about „The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series“! 😛

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

The Awesome:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:

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I heard so many great things about „The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle“ and the plot sounded super intriguing so I just had to go for it. I love murder mysteries and even though I’m quite the wannabe Sherlock this book managed to give me a run for my money. *lol* I swear this was a tough nut to crack but I had so much fun trying to solve the puzzle that I didn’t mind the headache! XD Legit one of the best books I read this year! 😉

 

– Sadie:

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This book will haunt me until I die. I rarely read anything that killed me as much as „Sadie“ did and I genuinely hope no other book will succeed to throw me as much as this one did. I finished it months ago but I still think about it. The dark and gloomy atmosphere, the eerie vibe, the haunting subject matter. This book was intense. Even more so because I listened to the accompanying podcast and to say it made the experience feel even more real would probably be the understatement of the century. Highly recommended even though it might haunt you too. >_< If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

– Radio Silence:

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I can’t believe it took me so long to read this! „Radio Silence“ was the best thing ever and I loved this book to bits and pieces! The strong friendship between Frances and Aled was amazing and even though Alice Oseman tackled quite some serious topics with this book she did it in a really good way. I still think this is the voice of a generation and I’m determined to read every single one of Oseman’s books now. *lol* 

– Beartown:

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This story broke my heart, broke it some more and then kind of glued it together again. In short this was a rollercoaster of emotions and Fredrik Backman sort of put me through the wringer. XD I rarely read books that captured humanity so well and I can recommend „Beartown“ to everyone who loves character driven books with serious topics that cause you to think about them even after you finished the book. 

The Impossible Boy:

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„The Impossible Boy“ was everything I needed and so, so much more! ❤ I love it so much and I’m so glad that I finally found a gender fluid rep that almost nailed it. Well, at least about 50% because Stan’s birth gender is male. 😉 The characters were just really relatable and felt real and I’m definitely going to read the second book in 2021. I hope it will be as good as the first one! 

The Meagre:

– Imagine Me:

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I know to see this in „The Meagre“ must be a shock because I’m such a huge fan of this series but this book was a disaster! I loved the original trilogy and I even enjoyed book 4 and 5. This last and final book was all over the place and horrible though! And this is me saying it as a huge fan. I really expected and wanted more from this so it only got 2,5 paws which is a shame but it is the way it is. If you want to read my entire rant you can do it here!

The Death Cure:

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I rarely read a book that made as little sense as this one and I’m convinced this is one of the rare cases where the accompanying movie series made more sense than the books. *lol*  From book two on this was so not what I expected and by the end of book 3 I collected so many question marks that I could have built a house with them. So nope, this one didn’t do it for me and the only good thing about is was Newt. 

Wild Things:

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I really enjoy this series and I love to read the books when I need something easy and quick. You might say „The Chicagoland Vampires“ is my bookish equivalent to fast food and that would be totally accurate. *lol* Still, this was book 9 and some of the themes are getting repetitive. If Chloe Neill doesn’t resolve some of the problems that have been going on for ages it will get boring pretty soon. >_<

– A Court of Frost and Starlight:

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I was so angry after reading this. XD I mean it definitely had some good parts but Sarah actually managed to make me dislike Rhys and Feyre and that’s not what I want after I shipped them for 3 books. For me their story is told and it’s time to read something new. I wasn’t okay with a lot of the things that happened in here and my review about ACOFAS kind of turned into a rant. If you want to know why I disliked this novella you can read my full review here!

– Still Me:

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I loved „Me Before You“ and I adored „After You“, this said it makes me really sad to say that I wasn’t happy with „Still Me“. Or rather I had some very mixed feelings about it and I can neither say that I enjoyed it nor can I say that I didn’t. *lol* This read as fast as the other two books but there were way too many things/issues that didn’t get resolved, let alone addressed. Maybe my expectations for final books are too high but after reading three or six or however many books of a series I just want closure and no new questions. XD Might be a me thing. Idk. *shrugs* All I know is that I didn’t get it after this one and I feel conflicted. >_<

The Series:

– The Venery Series by Suanne Lacqueur :

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I can’t believe I never heard of this series up until „An Exaltation of Larks“ appeared on my NetGalley feed. Back then I was like: „Oh sounds interesting, I want to read it.“ And now after reading not only the first book but also „A Charm of Finches“ I’m in LOVE. I’m addicted, obsessed, I just want more! No one writes human nature as good as Suanne does and she’s so thoughtful with the details that it actually hurts sometimes. In a good way! In a very good way! Suanne is a wonderful author and person (Yes, we became friends after I gushed about her book. *lol*) and she gives her stories a 200%! If you don’t know her books yet: Read them! You won’t be disappointed! ❤

– Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman:

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If „Illuminae“ was THE series I binged in 2019 then „Arc of a Scythe“ was THE series I binged in 2020. XD I loved this dystopian sci-fi series so damn much and I suffered, hoped and fought alongside the characters. Neal Shusterman tortured me with his plot twists and to read this was actually a pretty stressful experience. *lol* I loved all of those three books and even though they were all different they were amazing and the character cast was awesome! If you want to read my full reviews you can do it here: ScytheThunderhead and The Toll!

– The Legend series by Marie Lu:

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I’ve heard so much about this series and then I found it at my library and decided that I needed to read it! XD And tell you what? I didn’t regret it! ;-P I loved every Marie Lu book so far and those two were no exception to the rule. June and Day are two amazing protagonists and they made my day(s)! (pun intended *lol*) Day is my precious boy and I’ll protect him with my life! ❤ And June. Well, she can take care of herself but I’d still give her a hug. XD I really need to read „Champion“ but since we’re in our third lockdown this year my library is closed. >_< Guess I’ll have to wait until the middle of January before I’ll be able to borrow the finale. Read both of my reviews here: LegendProdigy

– The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare:

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I always say that I’m a snail and I guess I proved it when I reread the first two books of „The Infernal Devices“ this year. *lol* It took me 5 months to read „Clockwork Angel“ and it took me another 3 months to finish „Clockwork Prince“! I just read them very slowly because I wanted to savour my reread as much as possible and I’m really glad I didn’t rush through this series this time around. 😀 There were so many things I could appreciate and I can’t wait to read about Tessa, Will & Jem in the last and final book! ❤ „Clockwork Princess“ is already on my list for 2021 and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. 😉

– The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff:

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I think we can all agree that Jay Kristoff wants to either kill or torture us with his books because WOW those two definitely had it in them. O_o Both of them went in an entirely different direction but boy, were they great! All those plot twists left me reeling and I can’t wait to read „Darkdawn“ in 2021. I’m so glad Sabrina @ Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad buddy read „Godsgrave“ with me because I probably would have died without her support! *lol* Plus our WhatsApp chats with lots of BTS gifs were hilarious! Seriously, I had so much fun! So THANK YOU, Sabrina! I can’t wait to read „Darkdawn“ with you! ❤ 

Rankenzeile

So this was my year 2020 in 15 books! How was your 2020? Was it a good reading year for you? Did you manage to read all the books you wanted to read? Or did you fall into a few reading slumps along the way as well? Are there some books you’ll take into the next year? Were you disappointed or surprised? Let me know in the comments! 😉

And because this has become a tradition too: Just like in the years before I want to give you a chance to throw in some of your book recommendations for My Book List 2021! My goal is to read 45 books in 2021 and the last 5 spots are up to you! Just write me your book recs in the comments and I’ll throw them in a bowl and pull out 5 of them! 😉 

This said I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and I hope that your 2021 will be amazing and way better than 2020 ever was!!! *lol* ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

10 Gedanken zu „Top 15 of my bookish 2020 – The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series + Book Recs from you?!“

  1. I had so much fun with the buddy read so thank you too!! 😍💕 Great post, all of your ‚Awesome‘ picks are on my TBR. Hahaha I was confused by ‚The Death Cure‘ as well hahaha, I can’t remember much of the ending but I remember I wasn’t satisfied. I agree Newt is a gem! Hmmm recs for 2021…I think you already want to read ‚Champion‘ by Marie Lu but I really enjoyed it so I’ll still recommend it 😊

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    1. Really? That’s awesome then! Because those books were all great! ❤ Seriously, "The Death Cure" made absolutely no sense. No wonder you weren't satisfied with the ending. I wasn't either. *lol* "Champion" is indeed already on my list, thanks for the rec anyway! XD I'll post my Book List for 2021 soon. 🙂

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  2. Omg I love this😆 And omg yes thank god 2020 is finally over. Happy New Year!!🎉 And also congrats on reading 91 books!💕 If there’s one good thing about this year is that most people got to read more than they’ve ever before xD Ooo and for a book rec this summer Curses by Lish McBride is coming out and it’s a reversed Beauty and the Beast retelling! hehe I think you might find it interesting!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Lia! ❤ I hope it will be a great one and that all your wishes will come true! Thank you! I think to spend so much time at home definitely helped to read a lot of books. *lol* Ohh, a reversed "Beauty and the Beast" retelling? That sounds awesome! I'll look it up now! Thanks for the rec! XD

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