A Belated 2020 Wrap-Up & 2021 Reading Goals

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Hello, my fellow bloggers! It is I, Keri, emerging from the void to FINALLY provide my 2020 reading wrap-up and perhaps even list a few optimistic goals for 2021? (Even though we’re nearly a quarter of the way through the year, whoops.)

Originally, I wanted to go back and cover all the months I missed since I last posted, but honestly, so much happened and covering it all seems rather intimidating, not to mention would require me to write like 4K words and no one wants that.

With the craziness of 2020, I found myself alternating between periods of reading and not-reading. I fell short of the quantity I’ve read in past years, managing only 50 books instead of my usual 70ish books. But at 50 books, I still made my Goodreads goal! Being my procrastinator self, did this require me to complete 3 books on New Year’s Eve with only 9 minutes to spare? PERHAPS, but shhhh, we won’t dwell on that.


2020 Reading Wrap-Up

As I mentioned above, I read 50 books last year. I created a bunch of pretty pie charts based on my reading stats, so please admire them down below! Not only did I track age category, genres, and formats, but I also looked at a book’s place in a series (or if it was a standalone), where I acquired the book from, and what months were most productive.

Age Category Breakdown

a pie chart showing 48% for adult, 14% for new adult, 26% for young adult, 10% for middle grade, and 2% for children's

Genre Breakdown

a pie chart showing that the majority of books read were fantasy and smut

The breakdowns of age categories and genres came as a bit of a surprise to me. For the first time, Young Adult was not my most read age category? Though I suppose it makes since, since I fell into devouring (smutty) romances as comfort reads, and those are very much NOT young adult. Though it was no surprise that my most read genre was fantasy. The day this changes will be the day that pigs fly.

Place in Series Breakdown

a pie chart showing the majority of books read were standalones or the first books in series

To no one’s surprise, I consumed a bunch of standalones and started lots of series, and only occasionally continued on to the following books.

Format Breakdown

a pie chart showing a near equal split between ebooks/audiobooks read and physical books read

Between eARCs and ebooks, over a third (and nearly half) of the books I read were ebooks! I’ve always considered myself to primarily be a physical book gal, but I guess all those spicy romances changed that! And trying out Kindle Unlimited for the first time helped too.

Sourced Breakdown

a pie chart showing that books read were acquired from a variety of places, with the highest percentages from kindle unlimited (26), the library (14), and gifts (12).

The books I read came from all over the place, but as I mentioned above: trying out Kindle Unlimited for part of the year was a dangerous thing to have access to, haha.

Reading by Month Breakdown

a pie chart showing the most productive reading months were February and December

The first half of the year was definitely more productive than the rest, with the exception of December, when I was frantically making my last sprint to my reading goal.

Additional Stats:

Total Pages Read: 15218 pages

Average Length Per Book: 304 pages

Average Rating Per Book: 3.8 stars


2020 Book Haul

How Books Were Acquired

a pie chart showing that books haul were often bought, bought for school, or free

Format of Books Acquired

a pie chart showing the majority of books hauled were either ebooks, hardcovers, or paperbacks

In 2020, I acquired a total of 40 books (including both physical and electronic), which I consider to be a win, given that this means I read more than I acquired! This was definitely not the case in 2019, when I read 74 books and acquired 100. 😅


How Did I Do On My 2020 Goals?

1. Read 50 books!

By finishing up 3 books on New Year’s Eve, I made it with 9 minutes to spare! ✅

2. Read as many of my already owned books as possible.

I read a total of 10 books that I had owned prior to 2020 and hadn’t picked up before. I consider this to be a decent result, but definitely not quite where I wanted the number to be, so I’ll have to continue my mission of tackling my already owned books in 2021. 🆗❌

3. Read at least ten 2020 releases

I read 12 releases from 2020! ✅

4. Reread at least 5 books

Errr, I read 3 rereads. So close, but not quite. ❌

5. Finish at least 4 series

I finished 2 series…and one was technically a “series” of companion romance novels. Definitely another goal to carry over to 2021. ❌

6. Read a variety of genres!

Mediocre success with this goal? I technically picked up 10 different genres across 2020, but if you look at the breakdown, 68% of what I read was either fantasy or smutty romance. 🆗

In case anyone is curious, the other genres I picked up were: Classics, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Humor, Magical Realism, Memoir, and ‘regular’ Romance, lol.

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I had some additional writing and lifestyle goals, but those all crashed and burned rather quickly, so let’s not even bother talking about them, shall we?


Reading Goals for 2021

1. Read 50 books!
Always my first & foremost goal, though I would of course love to surpass this number this year.

2. Read as many books from my already owned collection as possible.
To be more specific, this means books I owned prior to 2021 and copies that I haven’t read before. I would like to read at least 25 of my already owned books.

3. Read at least 15 releases from 2021.
Perhaps this is a bit ambitious since I also wanna focus on my already owned books, but I also wanna stay up-to-date on book hype *sheepish shrug*

4. Reread at least 5 books.
Perhaps I’ll actually make this goal this year?

5. Finish at least 5 series.
Apparently I’m feeling SUPER ambitious as I sit down and type out all of these goals.

6. Read as many sapphic books as possible! 💕 🏳️‍🌈
This goal goes hand in hand with focusing on further diversifying my reading, though I plan to focus on sapphic books in particular. I would also like to grow my collection of sapphic books, but alas, that requires money. I need to start hunting down those unused gift-cards in my room that I keep forgetting about…


And that’s it for my wrap-up & new goals! How is everyone? I would ask what your goals are for 2021, but since most of you posted about them 2 months ago like normal bloggers, why don’t you tell me how your goals are currently going? What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Please drop a comment–I’ve missed talking with you all!

August & September Wrap-Up: Continuing to Barely Read, but hey, I Got a Job! And Moved into an Apartment!

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Whoops, long time no see! I just realized that it’s been nearly a month since I last posted. In my defense, life has been pretty hectic for me lately. In the middle of August I got hired as a receptionist for a doggie daycare. Then in September, my parents decided to sell our house, so I had to quickly find an apartment and move out! But I’m now living on my own! Of course under the supervision of two of my cats though–they have no problem screeching at me if I attempt to be a couch potato and bail on responsibilities.

Because of everything and the reading slump I was already falling into, I didn’t manage much reading nor blogging these past months. In August I managed 2 books (though one was a novella) and in September I read two books (both of which were rereads and one I just barely finished before the month ended). Fingers crossed I can fight my way outta this slump before the year ends.


August Reads:

1. Lobizona by Romina Garber

Rating: 4 stars

I was extremely honored to be offered the opportunity to participate in the Wednesday Books’ blog tour for Lobizona! This book was an addicting read and the perfect blend of staying true to the YA voice while also touching on so many important subjects. You can check out my full review here!

2. Laid Bare by Anna Stone

Rating: 2.5 stars

I can’t believe it took me this long to read this novella by my new favorite romance author! This is a prequel/novella in the Mistress Series. It’s about two women who fall in love after being trapped in an elevator together. A fun (and of course smutty) read!

Needless to say, I failed my ARC August plans

September Reads:

1. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Rating: 5 stars!

After reading The Tea Dragon Festival earlier in the summer, I decided to go back and reread the first one! As many of you already know, O’Neill’s work is beautiful, cute, and inclusive. Now I just need to get my hands on the recently released third book…

2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4.25 stars

September was apparently a month of rereads for me! I also buddy read this novel with Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den! Did I binge-read the second half of the book while falling sleep in order to count it in September? MAAAAAybe.
Nonetheless, I’m still excited to see the characters again in the sequel! (I’m currently a few chapters in and already hooked).


Random Life Updates:

  • I got a job! I’m now working as a full-time receptionist for a local doggie daycare! It’s basically a minimum wage job, so definitely not a career or long-term job, but it’s a job!
    • It’s fun to see a bunch of different doggos everyday, but wow going from doing nothing to working full-time has been an adjustment!  
    • It’s actually already been 2 months since I started, which is so crazy!
  • I moved into an apartment! Given the above, my mother is currently helping me with the rent, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed I can convince someone to be my roommate.
    • I’ve never moved before (excluding packing for college) and wow I didn’t realize how much stuff I had and how exhausting it was to box it all up. To be honest, I had a couple of breakdowns during the process.
  • Given the exhaustion for the things above, I’ve continued to struggle with motivation and finding the energy to do things outside of the bare minimum. I’m hoping over the next couple of weeks as I start to check things off my list and maybe actually unpack my things, my stress will chill out. Fingers crossed.

Posts By Other Bloggers I Loved:

I wish I had something to put here and I’m totally ashamed that I don’t, but blog-hopping was also one of the things I fell off of during these last couple of months.

So if you have any posts of your own that you’re proud of or posts of others that you loved from August and September, please link them below in the comments! I would love to read them!


October TBR:

The Silvered Serpents– Buddy read with Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den!

Kissing DoorknobsRecommended to me by my writing buddy! We’re trying this new thing where we assign each other books to read each month (and to keep ourselves accountable you get fined if it takes ya longer than the month). This is my October book! It follows a girl with OCD and I’m excited to pick it up!

The Girl in Red– This seems like the perfect spooky season read, right? Don’t know how likely I am to get to it but I wanna try!


How was your August & September? Anyone else going through some life changes?

Seriously, if you have a post that you wrote or adored from the last couple of months, don’t be afraid to drop the link in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2020 TBR

This week’s TTT topic is “Books On My Fall 2020 TBR.” I’m ecstatic it’s time for a seasonal TBR because I love compiling book lists! (Even though I haven’t been reading much lately and I completely failed at my summer TBR list aka only read 1 of 10. BUT we’re not gonna talk about that.) Ahhhh, it feels like it’s been so long since I’ve participated in a TTT (according to WordPress it’s been nearly 2 months?!?! crazy). I’ve definitely been in a weird funk and reading slump lately so fingers crossed this post helps me claw my way back into reading (and blogging tbh).

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. The Deep by Rivers Solomon

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Here for all the stories about mer-people and sapphic romances. I finally got my copy in early August and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! (Yes, this is a repeat from my Summer TBR.)

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Still repeatedly mentioning this book (yes, this was also on my Summer TBR). Really need to get on this reread though, because the end of the year and the release of the 4th book is coming upon us quickly!

3. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This year especially, I have been continually obsessed with and craving romance books. I’ve heard great things about this book and author, so I actually purchased a physical copy of this novel for myself recently and I’m excited to get to it!

4. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Meant to have this read before its release date today, but alas, the reading slump is real. I’m currently in the middle of rereading the first book in a buddy read with Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den and we’ll definitely be moving onto this one soon! (well, hopefully)

5. The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

My writing buddy recently started reading this book, reminding me that I actually own this book and haven’t read it yet?!?! Definitely wanna hop on this book soon so we can discuss. I also don’t read enough MG and really need to change that.

6. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Been meaning to read this book for YEARS since I picked it up at a local bookstore as a underclassman in college.

7. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Political intrigue fantasy, a sapphic romance, rave reviews…why haven’t I read this up yet??

8. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Whoa, how did this come out a year ago? And how am I still slacking on Leigh Bardugo books??

9. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Thriller, another genre I need to read more of. Also, still really need to read this so I can return it to my grandfather’s wife since she kindly loaned me her copy, oh, almost over a year ago.

10. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

With the spooky season approaching, it would be fun to pick up a horror fairytale retelling, right? Even though I’m not sure I’ve ever read a true horror book before?!?

Wow, I’m really proud of myself for incidentally creating a TBR list with a wide range of genres and age categories.


That’s it for my Fall TBR! Fingers crossed I actually get around to most of these!?! What books are you hoping to read this fall? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned above? If so, which ones do you recommend I start with? PLEASE, give me all the encouragement and motivation to kick this reading slump!

Also, if you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Tour the World in 30 Books Blog Tour | Twelve Reasons You Should Pick Up The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Welcome to my stop on the Tour The World in 30 Books Blog Tour! Today I’m gonna take you all to a beautifully crafted and fantastical realm: the world of The Tea Dragon Society!

Tour The World in 30 Books is a blog tour hosted by Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den in support of her local public library’s Diverse Book Drive. The CCPL—a small, rural library in an area with a high poverty rate and a very homogeneous population, where people rarely have the means to travel or experience new perspectives. However, the library doesn’t believe that should stop people from learning more about the world around them, so they’re running a Diverse Book Drive through the month of September in an attempt to bring the rest of the world to the county instead. With a focus on MG and YA books, the CCPL aims to expose especially its young patrons to new and diverse perspectives and cultures.

Wanna help out Sammie’s library?

Blog tour book wishlists:

Hardcover books are preferred, but not required.

Other ways to donate:

CCPL’s general Amazon book wish list
Monetary donations: PayPal to orders@caseylibrary.org
Gently used or other new book donations mailed to:
Sammie Betler
Casey County Public Library
238 Middleburg St.
Liberty, KY 42539

Please note that if you order a wish list book from Bookshop, we ask that you please send a message to sammie@thebookwyrmsden.com so the book can be removed to avoid duplicate purchases, as the site does not seem to automatically remove the book from the list.

Please also note that book donations are used at the discretion of the library.


The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Title: The Tea Dragon Society
Author/Illustrator: Katie O’Neill
Publisher: Oni Press
Year of Publication: October 2017

Number of Pages: 72
Age Category: Middle-Grade [9-12 years]
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Graphic Novel

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

Twelve Reasons to Read The Tea Dragon Society:

1. Literally some of the CUTEST artwork you’ll ever see!

2. A cast full of people who are BIPOC.
(since it’s a fantasy world, technically most of the characters aren’t completely human, but basically what I’m saying is most of the characters display a variety of skin tones.)

3. Various disability and LGBTQIA+ representation seamlessly woven in throughout the series. Everything is normalized and nothing is flashy or demanding of praise for the inclusion.

4. Multiple characters’ occupations and attire challenge gender stereotypes and the gender binary.

5. Explores the concept of tradition in changing times.

6. Tea dragons are some of the coolest and cutest creatures you’ll ever read about. The novel even includes a fun little guide in the back to learn more about all the different tea dragons!

7. Focuses on cherishing shared memories and time spent with loved ones. CAN YOU IMAGINE not only having a tiny cute little dragon, but also one whose leaves brew a tea that invoke shared memories?!?

8. Features a cute found family!

9. The Tea Dragon Society is the first in a series!

10. This short graphic novel is an easy and quick read! So not only can you easily consume it, but it will help you feel more accomplished! (especially if you’re struggling on your GR goal which tbh I totally feel right now)

11. Despite its intended younger audience, this story can easily be enjoyed by readers of all ages–I’m an adult and I am now determined to read every book in this series and that Katie O’Neill ever produces.

12. Provides glimpses into a world you won’t want to leave–which again, is awesome that it’s the first in a series of 3 so far!


Tour Schedule:

September 1: Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den – Introduction, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears
Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn ReadsDating Makes Perfect

September 2: Lauren @ Always MeThe Epic Crush of Genie Lo

September 3: Toya @ The Reading ChemistFelix Ever After

September 4: Michelle @ Carry A Big BookSharks in the Time of Saviors

September 5: Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICAThe Astonishing Color of After

September 6: Maria @ A Daughter of Parchment and PaperPatron Saints of Nothing

September 7: Bri @ Bri’s Book Nook – True Friends (Carmen Browne)

September 8: Bec @ bec&booksLobizona || Jorie @ Jorie Loves A Story – diverse TTT

September 9: Sienna @ Daydreaming Book LoverLoveless

September 10: Kerri @ Kerri McBookNerdRaybearer

September 11: Noly @ The Artsy ReaderThe Name Jar

September 12: Jacob @ The Writer’s AlleyForest of Souls

September 13: Keri @ Are You My BookThe Tea Dragon Society

September 14: Shannon @ It Starts at MidnightThe Space Between Worlds

September 15: Melissa @ Ramblings of a Jedi LibrarianGirl in Translation

September 16: Livy @ Shelves of StarlightClap When You Land

September 17: Crystal @ Lost in StorylandAmerican Born Chinese

September 18: Lili @ Lili’s Blissful PagesA Wish in the Dark

September 19: Leslie @ Books Are The New BlackThe Poppy War

September 20: Noura @ The Perks of Being NouraLove From A to Z

September 21: Crini @ Crini’sA Pale Light in the Black

September 22: Rachelle @ Rae’s Reads and ReviewsDear Haiti, Love Alaine

September 23: Dini @ DiniPandaReadsWicked As You Wish

September 24: Madeline @ Mad’s BooksSpin the Dawn

September 25: Tessa @ NarratessBrace Yourself

September 26: Kimberly @ My Bookish BlissTruly Madly Royally

September 27: Rena @ Bookflirting 101Anna K: A Love Story

September 28: Susan @ Novel LivesBurn the Dark

September 29: Arina @ The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the GalaxyA Song of Wraiths and Ruin

September 30: Maya @ http://mybookishbliss.com/Jackpot


Have you read The Tea Dragon Society before? If so, what did you think? If not, did I convince you to read it?

Do you use your local library? Do you feel that its collection is adequately diverse? If you could change one thing about your library, what would it be?