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: Coming Home to Glendale Hall (Glendale Hall #1) by Victoria Walters

“After ten years living in a city, it was strange not to see any streetlights or passing cars, the only lights coming from the main beam of my headlights and the stars in the sky, visible to me for the first time in forever. These roads had once been as familiar to me as breathing, but I found myself frowning with concentration, making my way cautiously, searching for the house I had vowed never to return to.”

Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters was originally published in 2019 and is the first in a trilogy of books that follows Beth Williams and set at her family’s Scottish estate, Glendale Hall. Beth hasn’t been home for ten years, not since she ran away at sixteen after falling pregnant. Rather than risk her family’s disapproval, she’s worked hard to build a life for herself and daughter Izzy. But now, she’s finally returning home. As Beth tries to mend her broken family ties and fights to bring the community of Glendale back together, she realises that the story she has told herself for a decade might well be a very different one from the truth. Even though she ran from Glendale, it has never left her heart. Neither has Drew, Beth’s first love. But will Beth be able to forgive her family for what happened ten years ago? And what will Drew say when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for so long? Let’s hope Christmas can work its magic on Glendale Hall, because Beth’s going to need some help.

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