#SixforSunday is hosted by A Little But A Lot, and each week, there’s a different prompt, and you list six books that fit the prompt. The theme for January is It’s All About Books!
This week’s prompt is Bookish Wins of 2020, which I interpreted as bookish things that I accomplished in 2020 that I’m proud of. Even though 2020 was a weird and unprecedented year, it was a pretty good bookish year for me. I think I had a lot of bookish wins, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Read 56 Books – In 2020, I read 56 books, which is the most I’ve managed to read since I started keeping track. Before 2020, I set my Goodreads goal to 50 books, but I never made it, so in 2020 I set it to a more realistic 36 books. With the pandemic and being off of work for a few months, I hit 36 pretty early in the year, and in total, I made it to 56, which is something I’m very proud of.
Discovering Some Amazing Authors – 2020 introduced me to some amazing new authors. I fell in love with some debut authors like Emma Lord, B.B. Alston, Sarah Hogle, and Jamie Pacton. I also finally read some more established authors like Stuart Turton, Helena Hunting, Genevieve Graham, and Sandhya Menon. This is probably dangerous for my TBR going forward, but it definitely a highlight of 2020.
Blog Tours – 2020 was my first year participating in blog tours hosted by The Write Reads, and I am so grateful for all of the tours I was invited to join. These tours introduced me to some amazing books that I wouldn’t have otherwise heard of or picked up, and I am so happy that I agreed to participate. A few tours that stand out to me are the tours for the Venators books, The Beast and The Bethany, and The Ship of Shadows. All of these books were bright spots in the mess that was 2020.
Making Bookish Friends – For me, 2020 was a year of making new bookish friends. As I became more involved with The Write Reads, I became friends with a lot of the other bloggers who are a part of it. These bloggers are some of my favourite people on the internet, and frankly, I like them more than most of my extended family. I have spent countless hours laughing-out-loud while chatting with them, and I am incredibly grateful to have them in my life.
Falling in Love with Middle-Grade – Thanks to some of the blog tours hosted by the amazing the Write Reads, I read some phenomenal middle-grade books this year. Books like The Ship of Shadows and The Beast and the Bethany made me fall in love with middle-grade books, and it’s a category that I want to read more of in 2021.
ARCs – In 2020, I finally took the step to reach out to some of the major publishers to ask if I could be on their blogger lists. When I sent these emails out, I thought they would be ignored, but it turns out they weren’t. I now receive emails about books from a few of the major publishers, and every time one comes in, I get hit with a wave of imposter syndrome.
How about you? What are some of your bookish wins of 2020?