This is one of my favorite posts to put together. I have been doing the End of the Year Survey, originally created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, for years. One of the things that stands out to me was that I read a little less this year compared to last year but considering that 2020 was filled with all kinds of stressful things, I still think I did pretty good. I also read even more diversely this year compared to years passed. If I have time, I will break this down in another post. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
**2020 FINAL READING STATS**
Number Of Books You Read: 69
Number of Re-Reads: 13
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, though contemporary was close behind
I had a good amount of five-star reads this year, but the two that really stand out to me are Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic and Candice Montgomery’s By Any Means Necessary.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Wilder Girls by Rory Power was such a letdown. I am in dire need of more YA horror but this one failed to move me in any way. Hopefully I have more luck in 2021.
I am the worst when it comes to reading non-fiction, but I had to check out Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo. Between this and Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House, I might have to reevaluate my thoughts on memoirs.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I am laughing because I think I can say with confidence that I pushed Mexican Gothic pretty hard this year. Can I take credit for it being on the NYT Bestseller List? I’m kidding, haha.
So I just realized that I started and finished The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang in 2020. I am going to name all three books for this question. The Poppy War for best series I started, The Dragon Republic for best sequel, and The Burning God for best series ender. What an astounding journey this series was!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?
Claire Kann blew me away with both of her books this year. Let’s Talk About Love will forever hold a special place in my heart and If It Makes You Happy brought me so much joy. I would fight anyone for both Alice and Winnie. I love these protagonists so much. I need Claire Kann’s next novel yesterday.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I almost went with memoirs again, but since I don’t pick up a lot of romance novels, I’d like to shout out Talia Hibbert’s Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown, both of which were a delight but the latter especially.
Jade City by Fonda Lee was soooo action-packed and unputdownable. I have been avoiding the sequel because I am scared, but my goodness, this was super fantastic and I am looking forward to this entire series.
9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I will likely reread Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova in anticipation of the sequel coming out next year.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?
2020 had some fantastic covers, but one that really stands out to me is A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. Let’s take a moment to just admire it. It takes me breath away every time I see it. I actually took the jacket off while I read it because I didn’t want to damage it.
I met so many memorable characters this year, but I am going to say Torrey from By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery really stands out. I loved him so much and just really related to him in a way that I very rarely do with fictional characters.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?
I read This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone way back in January and I still think about all those love letters. I need to do a reread just so I can feel overwhelmed by emotion again.
Aida Salazar gets to be the answer to this question again this year. I have never felt so utterly taken apart as I was by her middle grade novel, Land of the Cranes, in which a young girl recounts her and her family’s detainment by ICE, the abuses they and others suffer, and how these cruelties little by little snuff out this child’s light. It’s a powerful story that I hate has to be told because not enough people are paying attention.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read?
I regret not picking up Jade City, The Poppy War, and This Is How You Lose the Time War sooner.
I am never good at keeping track of quotes, but this one from Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land really sticks with me.
“Neighbors pour into the house
like our grief is a bottomless thirst
& God has tipped this pitcher of people to fill us up.”
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?
The shortest book I read this year was Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez (a stellar poetry collection) and the longest was The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang.
17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica has scarred me for life. I did not know that I was so squeamish when it came to cannibalism, but I swear, every time I picked this one up, I lost my appetite.
I have so many favorite ships, but I have soft spots for Carmen and Dani from We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Yadriel and Julian from Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. I also have one from Incendiary, but it’s kind of a spoiler so…I also won’t mention my OTPs that ended up sinking **cries forever**.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Shout out to Rin and Kitay from The Poppy War series **weeps forever**
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I already mentioned Mexican Gothic, so will refrain from doing so again. Elizabeth Acevedo really wrote one of the most touching and heart-wrenching novels I have ever read with Clap When You Land.
21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
I am going to go with This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I don’t think I would have picked it up without everyone screaming about it.
Hands down it’s Zafir from Take a Hint, Dani Brown. I just have such a soft spot for soft male characters.
23. Best 2020 debut you read?
I am going to go with two MG debut authors for this one. Claribel Ortega’s Ghost Squad and Loriel Ryon’s Into the Tall, Tall Grass. Both we incredible middle grade books that I wish I had had in my life as a kid. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read these, do it now.
I read so many great fantasies this year with some fantastic world-building, but I am going to go with Zoraida Córdova’s Wayward Witch, the final book in the Brooklyn Brujas series. Rose’s story takes place in the Kingdom of Adas, the home of fairyland which once was an island in the Caribbean. Please, please, please give me more books with fae of color in the coming years. I am utterly desperate.
Books that are fun are so underrated. I would love to see more books that are just a blast to read. I enjoy emotional torture, sure, but I also love a story that makes me incandescently happy. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz is one of the funnest books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?
Shout out to Elizabeth Acevedo (Clap When You Land) and Aida Salazar (Land of the Cranes) who make me cry with every novel they’ve written.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow was such a joy. I can’t decide which of the lead characters is the softest. What a gem of a novel.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
The Burning God by R.F. Kuang ripped my heart out of my chest and I don’t know if there is such a thing as recovery. I don’t think the book hangovers I got from the first two books can compare to the one I have from this finale.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?
Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia is the book you need to reach for if you need a friend. It’s like a warm hug and I don’t know another novel that is anything like this one.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I can’t think of a book that made me mad, but there is a certain character in Alyssa Cole’s When No One is Watching who I would like to slap a few times.
Please don’t ask me to remember who I followed this year. I am the worst at remembering such things. However, the last blog I followed was Afoma Umesi’s blog which focuses on middle grade novels. Her lists have been invaluable to me. I strongly encourage you to sign up for her mailing list as well.
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?
I always draw a blank when this question comes up but I am going to highlight two posts that I always like to see get some love:
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?
I have a tendency to like photos I take for IG and then later look at them super critically. I need to stop doing that because I put a lot of effort into these photos and I deserve to feel proud of them. I really love this photo I took of Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty, which you can find on my Instagram here. Follow me!
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
I did my first panel ever for Latinx Heritage Month Book Fest, organized by Paola. The Latinx Book Club did a reader panel where we were all kinds of chaotic. You can watch the panel on Jocelyn’s YT channel here.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?
I was featured on Buzzfeed Books’s article “Here Are 28 Latinx Bookstagrammers You Should Be Following For A+ Recommendations” for Latinx Heritage Month.” You should have seen my face when I got a DM from them. Also, I would like to take the opportunity to brag that Stephanie Beatriz followed me on Instagram. AAAAHHHH!!!!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Sorry, but the pandemic did not help me read more. I really wish it had though. On top of that I struggled with finding the motivation to blog and took two different month-long hiatus in 2020.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My most popular blog post this year that wasn’t a meme was Cover Reveal: FIRE WITH FIRE by Destiny Soria. This was my first ever cover reveal and I was over the moon to do Destiny’s reveal as well as interview her about her upcoming book.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I need more people to read my review of Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann. I loved this one so much and wrote in way back at the beginning of the year. Looking at stats, it has not gotten enough love.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Does it count if the whole community kind of discovered how amazing remote events can be? I don’t live near big enough cities where I can attend author events on the regular, so being able to take part in online events has been pretty amazing. I hope going forward, we see more of these.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I completed my Goodreads goal, the Con Sabor Reading Challenge, and the Year of the Asian reading challenge. Yay, me! Recaps for these are forthcoming.
I am going to go with Tiffany D. Jackson’s Grown. I preorder this one because Jackson’s writing is so darn good, but it came out during Latinx Heritage Month and I had to put it off. I will get to this in January.
Um, so many, but I am doing a buddy reread of Nocturna by Maya Motayne and all I can think about it Oculta. I need this sequel so much. Also worth noting is Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season, and S.K. Ali’s Misfit in Love.
I am so stoked for Namina Forna’s The Gilded Ones. I was so excited about this one last year and was so sad that the release date got pushed.
I already mentioned Oculta, but besides that my most anticipated sequel is probably Susan Dennard’s Witchshadow. I think this is the longest on-going series I have been reading. The first book came out in 2016. This is the fourth book in the series and I know there is going to be at least one more. I should probably pay more attention to this.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?
I renewed my love for horror this year and want to take that enthusiasm with me into 2021.
6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I haven’t read any 2021 releases because I wanted to take a break from ARCs in the latter part of the year.
Did you do this survey? Leave me your link in the comments and I will visit!