I’m using the questions that were created for the 2020 survey and you can find the original post at Perpetual Page Turner.
I’ve already posted my favorite books and series of the year post here, but I also love doing this survey which goes deeper into the kind of books I’ve enjoyed reading during this year. But before I get started with it, let me wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021 and hope that all the troubles of 2020 will leave us soon.
Without much further ado, let me get on with it….
Number Of Books You Read: 200
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy
1. Best Book You Read In 2020?
I couldn’t choose between these three books because they are all amazing in their own ways and I’m so glad I got to enjoy them this year.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I really was very excited to read Star Daughter and it was good in some ways, but I guess I had too many expectations and it didn’t live up to them.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I started reading this series because I finally wanted to try something in the sci-fi genre, but I was surprised at how funny it was and how much I fell in love with it. Definitely very excited to read the next one.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I didn’t necessarily push people, but I did encourage a couple of my friends to join the MDZS fandom and I’m so happy that I managed to make them as obsessed with it as I am.
5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel of 2020? Best Series Ender of 2020?
Best Series Starter : March Book One
Best Sequel : When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain
Best Series Ender: The Burning God
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?
Undoubtedly, P. Djeli Clark is my discovery of the year and I’m so happy I found his books because they have completely blown me away.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I never ever read horror but I couldn’t not pickup Clark’s latest novella. And Ring Shout was just wow.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Surrender Your Sons may not have been easy to read, but it was even more difficult to put down once I started reading. It’s thrilling right from page one and definitely a great debut.
9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
While I did enjoy the version of the translated webnovel MDZS I read, there is another translation currently happening which seems much more interesting to me, and I know I will definitely be reading that next year once they have completed a substantial number of chapters.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?
While I could make a big list of my favorite covers of the year, I wanted to mention Krishna because the cover and every single illustration within this book is stunning and I could stare at them all day long.
11. Most memorable character of 2020?
I do have a good number of favorites in this category too but someone who left a singular impression on me has to be Murderbot. It’s the most relatable character ever and it also happens to be a construct, which is just amazing.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?
The writing in the Tensorate series is just beautiful and lush and vibrant, and makes you feel like you are a part of the world. I wish the author would write more in this series.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?
While I have learnt this year a little bit about how to analyse the media I am consuming, nothing taught me more in this aspect than The Dark Fantastic. The author’s insights into how media can be diverse and representative but still perpetuate stereotypes and do a superficial job of it, was very thought provoking to understand.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read?
I still can’t believe that I waited this long to read this series but binging it was definitely very exciting.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?
“Dying was easy. Living was so much harder—that was the most important lesson Altan had ever taught her.”– The Burning God, R. F. Kuang
This line has really stayed with me and I can somehow feel it in my bones. It’s a harsh reality.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I had previously heard about the Tuskegee Trials but this book lists so many other instances where Black people were experimented on medically, right from the days of slavery. It was an absolutely horrifying read and it will make any reader angry and furious at the injustices, and also shocked at how recently some of these incidents happened.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
With the level of obsession I have with this fandom, my OTP of year couldn’t be anyone other than Wei Ying and Lan Zhan. I adore them with my whole heart…!!!!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
While the found family dynamics in Raybearer are amazing, it’s the deep and abiding friendship between Daiyo and Tarisai that is one of the major highlights of this book.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
My friends had really loved both The Tiger at Midnight and Empire of Sand, and while I put them off for a while, I did pick them up this year and had so much fun reading them.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?
This year really hasn’t been conducive to me feeling a crush on anyone. But I did really like Jas from Girl Gone Viral because he was so sweet.
23. Best 2020 debut you read?
Raybearer and The Bone Shard Daughter are definitely my top two debuts of the year.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
I will have to choose the Cairo series by P. Djeli Clark because his setting in an alternate 1920s Cairo is beautiful, exciting and very very memorable.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I didn’t read lot of funny stuff this year but Lindy’s sarcastic takedowns of many popular Hollywood favorites was quite hilarious in Shit Actually, especially through her narration of the audiobook.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?
Not many books made me cry this year, but so many of the fics on AO3 for the MDZS fandom make me sob every single day, and I’m so thankful to all these wonderful writers.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
I don’t think many people I know have read Burning Roses but its a beautiful contemplative novella that skillfully blends eastern and western folklore seamlessly and gives us two wonderful older women characters to root for.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I read quite a few books about racism, slavery and African American history this year, and each of them really crushed my soul.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?
“Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island” by Nibedita Sen is a short story but it’s definitely one of the most unique and weird ones I read this year, and it also conveys so much in just so few words.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I already mentioned it above, but Medical Apartheid was probably the book that made me most mad.
1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?
I have actually enjoyed watching Daniel Greene and Petrik Leo’s BookTube channels this year. We may not have many books in common, but I love their reviews and their support for SFF.
2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?
It would have to be my post : Favorite Asian Fantasy Recommendations. I loved prepping and writing it.
3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?
I don’t think I’ve taken a single proper photo this year.
4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?
This year had many online author and publisher events to attend, but I just never was in the mood. But I did enjoy a couple of interviews that R. F. Kuang has given.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?
I literally abandoned my set blogging schedule and even reviewing books in the second half of the year, so I don’t think I have many memorable moments that I can recollect.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Ofcourse the pandemic. It made me depressed, put me in a reading and blogging slump which I’m still trying hard to recover from.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The 50 Bookish Questions Tag I did on my birthday way back in January is my most popular post of the year and I am actually surprised.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I have seen a lot less engagement for my reviews in the past couple of months, and I wish they got more love. Especially these days when I am finding reviewing to be a bit tough.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
This ofcourse has to be Storygraph. It’s a book tracking site similar to Goodreads but I love their half stars, statistics and their very on point recommendations.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I have a bit to talk about my reading goals, so I will post all of that tomorrow on the blog along with my stats for the year and goals for 2021.
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?
All my friends loved this book, so I am very excited to get to it soon.
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?
This finale of my favorite series got postponed to 2021 and I can’t tell you how eagerly I am waiting for it.
3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
There are many debuts I am very excited to read but this queer reimagining of the rise of the Ming dynasty of China is at the top of my list.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?
Another finale I am very excited for is Fury of a Demon.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?
Things haven’t been very great for me irl for a while now, so my most important goal is to try and get back to a set blogging schedule again, and be able to review more books.
6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I’ve actually only read a couple of 2021 releases and I would love to recommend My Contrary Mary, which is about Mary Queen of Scots. This is super funny, as expected from the author trio and I think anyone who enjoyed the My Lady Janies series will love this too.
I think this has gone on long enough… Anyone who has persevered till the end, THANK YOU and hope you enjoyed reading in depth about my reading year. Here’s wishing a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you again and may it bring you all the joy and happiness.