Every Book I Read in 2020 (And What I Rated Them)

Grab a brew and get comfy, this could be a long one. 2020 saw me read 57 books. Not the biggest number in the world, but still something I am immensely proud of. Here’s every single book I read this year and what I rated them. There are some university books in amongst this so I’ll just stick them in at the end to make the count up to 57 even though I don’t rate them.

This is in replacement of December’s reading wrap up. I read 1 book – Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder and I gave it a 4 star. It was a middle grade book about Christmas and I liked it. That’s my wrap up.

5 STAR READS

  1. Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli
  2. Simon vs. The Homo sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli (Yes I read book 2 before book 1 because I am a true idiot)
  3. The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell
  4. Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. The Familiars – Stacey Halls
  6. The Foundling – Stacey Halls
  7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  8. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  9. Happily Imperfect – Stacey Solomon
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (This was before the JK Rowling Twitter saga)
  11. Wilde About the Girl – Louise Pentland
  12. Wonder – R.J. Palacio
  13. Sagas of Anya – Kirsten Mbawa
  14. Land of the Nurogons – Aiyven Mbawa
  15. Educated – Tara Westover
  16. Choices Shape, Losses Break – Nia Lucas *
  17. The Mum-Minder – Jacqueline Wilson
  18. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  19. MumLife – Louise Pentland
  20. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
  21. Futures Beckon, Pasts Threaten – Nia Lucas *
  22. Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging – Afua Hirsch

4 STAR READS

  1. The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
  2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  3. My Mum Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
  4. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
  5. Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata
  6. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  7. Get a Life, Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert
  8. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future – Ashlee Vance
  9. The Existence of Amy – Lana Grace Riva *
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  11. Wilde Women – Louise Pentland
  12. One of Us is Lying – Karen McManus
  13. Breaker – Annemarie Allan
  14. Tinsel – Sibeal Pounder

3 STAR READS

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  2. Fully Functioning Human (Almost) – Melanie Murphy
  3. Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
  4. The Arrangement – Miranda Rijks *
  5. The Eve Illusion – Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
  6. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  7. Love Orange – Natasha Randall *
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  9. Pine – Francine Toon

2 STAR READS

  1. Maresi – Maria Turtschaninoff
  2. Vox – Christina Dalcher (upon reflection I should have given it a 1. Still traumatised by it)
  3. Discount: A Novel – Casey Gray

1 STAR READS

  1. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
  2. A Year of Marvellous Ways – Sarah Winman

UNRATED / ACADEMIC

  1. Urban Regeneration in the UK: Theory and Practice – Phil Jones
  2. Urban Regeneration – Peter Roberts
  3. A History of Preston – David Hunt
  4. The History of Preston – Alistair Hodge
  5. Traditional Buildings of Britain – R.W. Brunskill
  6. How Old is Your House? – Pamela Cunnington
  7. Timber Framed Buildings – Richard Harris

DEBRIEF TIME!!
So there we have it. 57 books I read in 2020. Upon reflection, I was quite heavy handed on the 5 star button at the start of the year and looking back I’d move quite a few of those down. I feel like I was also overly generous on the books I gave 2 stars to, especially Vox. Maybe it was bad timing when I read that as it was at the start of the lockdown and I was anxious as hell, not sleeping due to a change in medication and that book genuinely traumatised me and I ended up flicking through the last 100 or so pages at an alarming pace. That’s what I do with any book I want to DNF – just flick through at a rate of knots.

In terms of rating books, once I started to read a lot more, I got a proper appreciation for what rating I felt the books truly deserved. At the start of the year I’d only read 10 or so books the year before and I quite frankly thought every book was brilliant up until March when I read Maresi. From August onwards, that’s when I really found my way with rating books, and most of the 3 stars came in the final quarter of the year when I finally convinced myself that a 3 star rating is still good (I felt terrible giving 3 stars early in the year and I have no idea why). I’m going to try and really savour the 5 star for books I feel really deserve it in 2021 – those books that make me feel a bit lost and weepy when I’ve finished them.

I have also put a little * next to the books that authors sent me to review. I want to be completely transparent with everyone! Looking back through those, I swear there were like twice that amount!

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