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: Sleep by C.L. Taylor

“I thought, by coming here, that I’d leave what happened behind. But grief can’t be cast off like a jacket. It becomes part of you, an invisible film welded to your skin. Some days you feel it, some days you don’t, but it’s always there.”

Published in 2019 and written by C.L. Taylor, Sleep sees Anna escape to a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum. But when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare. Each of the guests have a secret, and one of them is lying about who they are. Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One murderer. Exhausted by crushing insomnia and terrifying night terrors, all Anna wants is to sleep. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

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