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: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

“Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close?”

Published in 2019, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley follows a group of thirty-something friends who take a trip to an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands to get away and celebrate entering into the New Year together. It’s been ten years since they went to Oxford together, but once the first bottle of champagne pops, it’s like nothing’s changed. That is until the reminiscences about the past in front of a crackling fire open up the weight of decade-old secrets and resentments. Just as a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world, the cord holding the group together snaps amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve. Now, one of them is dead, and another of them did it.

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