2020 Reading Challenge Rundown

Hey guys, hope you’re all getting that much needed R&R at the end of this hectic year!

As 2020 draws to a close (that’s rather rough around the edges), it’s the perfect time for me to share the books that got me through it all!

I set myself the challenge of reading 15 books this year – it may not seem like much, but it was a big step forward from 2019, where I only managed to read 9 out of 10 books. It seems as though setting an ambitious yet achievable goal paid off, as I just managed to succeed!

Without further ado, here are the books that I finished in 2020, ranked from the ones I least enjoyed, to the ones I highly recommend…

RATING: ★☆☆☆☆

Look We Have Coming to Dover! – Daljit Nagra [Dec]

RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos [Sep]

RATING: ★★★☆☆

The Library of Babel – Jorge Luis Borges [Aug]

RATING: ★★★★☆

From Hell – Alan Moore [Apr]

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi [Jul]

My Ántonia – Willa Cather [Aug]

Passing – Nella Larsen [Nov]

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner [Nov]

A Small Place – Jamaica Kincaid [Nov]

RATING: ★★★★★

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka [Jan]

Shiver – Junji Ito [Jun]

Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman [Aug]

The Tell-Tale Heart – Edgar Allan Poe [Nov]

A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry [Dec]

Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke [Dec]

Overall, I think I’ve had a pretty decent year of reading! From graphic novels to poetry, plays to traditional novels, my horizons have certainly broadened in 2020, and I am coming to learn of my own specific tastes as I read more.

Looking back, it is evident that I didn’t read much during the earlier months of the year, therefore, in 2021 I’d like to hit the ground running! Moreover, I’ve recently discovered a newfound love for Rainer Maria Rilke’s works. Everything about his writing completely mesmerises me, so I’m thoroughly looking forward to diving into more of his literature next year.

My goal for 2021 is to read 21 books – I was going to make it just 20, but an aesthetically pleasing goal is a perfect way to start the new year.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed checking out my 2020 reads – I’d love to know if you agree with my ratings.

What has your year looked like in books? Do you have any reading goals for 2021?

Be sure to check out my latest review of Ponyo (2008)!


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