Everything I Have Read During My (way-too-long) HiatusʉϬ

Hello there!

Well oops it has been a minute since I posted 🙈 I got busy with my PhD, which caused me to sit by a computer for such long hours that my brain couldn’t handle blogging on top of that. I’m still working on the PhD (and the horrid deadline is getting real close yikes) so I’ll probably still pop in and out – but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about blogging and couldn’t resist to jump in again 🥰

Long story short – I’m back! How are you all? Let me know what you have been up to this year!

I have been on a long reading slump this year, but over the past few weeks it has finally started to clear. In this post, I get to talk about the books I have read so far this year and overall how I’m doing with my reading challenges 😎 Let’s jump in!

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2020 Reading Wrap-up: Reading Stats + How Did I Do With my 2020 Reading Challenges?

Happy New Year! 🌠 🎇 🎆

I hope you have had a great start to 2021. I have a feeling that this will be a good one!

Although I’m already dreaming of all the books I can read in 2021 and all the new releases that are coming out, I must take a peek at how 2020 went. I’m actually pretty scared because the entire pandemic and busyness at work has meant that I have had a hard time sticking to TBRs. But honestly, I’m just happy that we have all made it here!

In this post I’ll go through my reading stats first, then we will dive into all the crazy things I promised to read (and didn’t). This post will be one of many I hope to do on my 2020 reading! Keep your eyes peeled for my Top 10 of 2020 and All Books I Read in 2020, Ranked from Best to Worst 👀

Let’s get into it!

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Reading Stats: Am I a Seasonal Reader?

Some books have a certain seasonal feel to them. A fluffy contemporary is often thought to be a perfect beach read but you would never think to pick it up when it’s snowing outside. Spooky thrillers belong to rainy days in November, and hard-hitting literary fiction seems to be an important part of spring.

After having followed many different Booktubers, Bookstagrammers, and Book bloggers for a couple years now, I have noticed that quite a few of us avid bookaholics are seasonal readers. We associate certain times of the year and certain weather with different book genres.

I have no idea where I fall on the seasonality spectrum. Do I devour more of certain types of books in different seasons? I want to know! So I decided to inspect all of the books I read in 2018 and divide them up in the four seasons. If I read significantly more of one genre, length or age-type (middle-grade, YA, or adult) in a certain season, then I can safely say that I am somewhat of a seasonal reader.

I tried to make a list of book types that I have noticed the book community often associates with certain seasons (the months signify when each season happens in Scotland):

Hard-hitting literary fiction, classics and nonfiction. Longer books. More emotional books that deal with difficult subjects such as immigration, the global warming etc.

Fluffy, easy-reads and contemporaries, romance. Short books.

Thrillers, mysteries, horror, fantasy. Anything spooky, gory or highly immersive.

Historical fiction, magical realism, sci-fi, holiday themed books and old favourites, rereads.

These are simply my perceptions about which genres are often associated with the seasons. It’s hard to say exactly why I think each one belongs in each category, and you might disagree with me (I’d love to hear what you think belongs in each season!).

I assume that spring is related to hard-hitting, more difficult to read books partly because of New Year’s resolutions. Who hasn’t pledged to read more classics, nonfiction, literary fiction, award winning novels or longer books next year? I definitely have. In contrast, summer should be related to easy-reads because many of us are on a vacation and we just want to chill out. (Also, maybe we are a bit burned out from all those acclaimed books we read in the spring?) Autumn is for Halloween, and the idea is to read darker, spooky books when the weather turns rainy and stormy. Winter is a tricky one. It seems to me that it is a time for a tiny bit of magic, but not full on fantasies like in the autumn. It is a mixture of spring and autumn, full of emotional reads that are nevertheless very immersive. Also, rereads. Who doesn’t love rereading Harry Potter at Christmas? I can’t explain why sci-fi is in the winter section. I just feel like it belongs there. I have no idea why.

Will I follow these seasonal reading guidelines, or do I have completely different seasonal patterns?

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