My 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

Over the past couple of years, I have documented every film that I have watched and reviewed them all using Letterboxd. As a way to motivate myself to read more, I thought I would do the same for what books I have been reading, using Goodreads as a way to set myself a reading challenge every year.

I initially set my target as 25 books this year, but a few things happened that meant I reached this goal quite early on. Firstly, I had a baby, so this meant that I was awake at silly hours with plenty of time to read. Then, there was lockdown. Because of lockdown, I decided to join Bookstagram and NetGalley and get more serious about reviewing books. So now, instead of reading two books at most a month, I’ve been reading up to ten.

I upped my goal to 60 around halfway through the year, and still managed to pass that by reaching 74 books. This year has really rekindled my love of books, and I can’t wait to start 2021 with this new passion.

Here’s how my 2020 challenge went:

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Book Review: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

“A lot of the reward for this job comes in the form of a warm glow. It doesn’t make you look any less tired, you can’t pay the rent with it, and it’s worth a lot less than the social life you’ve traded it for, but this comforting aura of goodness and purpose definitely throws light into some dark corners and helps you withstand a lot of the shit.”

From the author of This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay gives us another hilarious but emotional chapter from his days as a junior doctor. Only this time, it all takes place at Christmas – the most challenging time of the year. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas tells twenty-five true-life ales of intriguing, shocking and incredible Christmas incidents that will finally make you appreciate the sacrifices that are made by the unsung heroes of the NHS at a time when we’re all stuffing our faces with turkey and spending the afternoon recovering from one too many Buck’s Fizzes.

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My 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

Over the past couple of years, I have documented every film that I have watched and reviewed them all using Letterboxd. As a way to motivate myself to read more, I thought I would do the same for what books I have been reading, using Goodreads as a way to set myself a reading challenge every year.

After reading only 6 books last year, I kept my target low this year and set myself the goal of 10 books. However, I somehow managed to read 20 books this year, mostly due to reading a book a day on my honeymoon.

Here’s how my 2018 challenge went, with a short review and rating for each of the books that I read:

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Book Review: This Is Going To Hurt

“It’s sink or swim, and you have to learn how to swim because otherwise a ton of patients sink with you. I actually found it all perversely exhilarating. Sure it was hard work, sure the hours are bordering on inhumane and sure I saw things that have scarred my retinas to this day, but I was a doctor now.”

Published in 2017, This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor is a collection of diary entries by Adam Kay, a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010 who worked for the NHS before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. Selecting a variety of his experiences throughout his training, This Is Going to Hurt gives a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor, from the highest highs to the pain, sacrifice and life-altering situations that come with working on the front line of the NHS in its current crisis.

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