Amber’s 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

amber's year in review

2020 is *finally* over. I know I have said this a lot, but honestly, this year felt like it had 86 months. When putting together this wrap-up I had completely forgot I’d even read some of these books this year. I honestly thought I read them three years ago…maybe I did. I have no concept of time anymore.

2020 was an interesting reading year for me. I read more books this year than I probably have in the last two years, one part due to being in quarantine for 97 months and the other part due to starting this blog. This blog has been an idea that Samantha and I have been throwing around since we met. This year we finally decided to say why not, let’s do it, and maybe someone out there will want to read our rants on books.

Turns out people did and it’s made this rollercoaster of a year so much more enjoyable. So, I just want to thank everyone who has read our blog since it started. Everyone who has liked, commented, followed, tagged, and just read the words we wrote. It means the world to us both and I can’t thank you all enough. I’m really looking forward to all the reading and blogging adventures that 2021 will bring.

So, without further ado, I read 66 books in 2020. It’s a far cry from Samantha’s 9342, but I met my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal, hacked away at a bunch of books on my TBR, read some amazing new releases, and discovered new books and authors.

Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Erotica, New Age, Horror, Memoir, Mystery, Middle Grade, Classics, LGBTQ+, True Crime

Book Rating System

january month header

Shadow and Ice – Gena Showalter (Forget It)
One Day in December – Josie Silver (Donate It)
The Last Tudor – Philippa Gregory (Borrow It)
Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D. James (Book Club It)
The Odyssey – Homer (Donate It)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman (Donate It)
Red, White, & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston (Buy It)


The Right Swipe – Alisha Rai (Borrow It)
Start With Why – Simon Sinek (Borrow It)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris (Book Club It)
Cress – Marissa Meyer (Book Club It)
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty – A.N. Roquelaure (Forget It)
The Iliad – Homer (Donate It)
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered – Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (Book Club It)
Chasing Cassandra – Lisa Kleypas (Book Club It)


Escaping from Houdini – Kerri Maniscalco (Borrow It)
Night Pleasures – Sherrilyn Kenyon (Donate It)
House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J. Maas (Book Club It)
Secrets of a Summer Night – Lisa Kleypas (Book Club It)
It Happened One Autumn – Lisa Kleypas (Book Club It)
Devil in Winter – Lisa Kleypas (Own It)


Beauty’s Punishment – A.N. Roquelaure (Forget It)
Scandal In Spring – Lisa Kleypas (Borrow It)
The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare (Donate It)
A Wallflower Christmas – Lisa Kleypas (Borrow It)
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas (Borrow It)
The Breakout Novelist – Donald Maass (Borrow It)
Born to Be Wild – Christine Warren (Donate It)
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (Book Club It)
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (Borrow It)


Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (Own It)
The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot – Alexander Skye (Borrow It)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (OWN IT)
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix (Donate It)


June was my ‘discover new hobbies so you don’t go crazy’ phase of the pandemic (hello tarot cards and astrology), so apparently I forgot to read actual books.


Captive Prince – C.S. Pacat (Forget It)
Half Spent Was the Night: A Witches’ Yuletide – Ami McKay (Borrow It)
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird – Josie Silver (Borrow It)
Beach Read – Emily Henry (Borrow It)
Five Dark Fates – Kendare Blake (Donate It)
Opium and Absinthe-Lydia Kang (Book Club It)


august book wrap up

Find Me – Andre Aciman (Borrow It)
Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo (Donate It)
The Midnight Bargain – C.L. Polk (Book Club It)
Boyfriend Material – Alexis Hall (Borrow It)
It Takes Two to Tumble – Cat Sebastian (Borrow It)
Again the Magic – Lisa Kleypas (Donate It)


september book wrap up

The Year of the Witching – Alexis Henderson (Borrow It)
The Age of Witches – Louisa Morgan (Borrow It)
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (Book Club it)
Lond Hard Ride – Lorelei James (Donate It)
A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab (Donate It)


october book wrap up

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit – John Douglas (Book Club It)
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer – Michelle McNamara (Own It)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow (Donate It)
The Once and Future Witches – Alix E. Harrow (Book Club It)
City of the Lost – Kelley Armstrong (Borrow It)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwav (OWN IT!!!!!!!!)
A Darkness Absolute – Kelley Armstrong (Donate It)


november book wrap up

Written in the Stars – Alexander Bellefleur (Book Club It)
Magic Lessons – Alice Hoffman (Book Club It)
In a Holidaze – Christina Lauren (Book Club It)


december book wrap up

The Twelve Dates of Christmas – Jenny Bayliss (Donate It)
The Lost Book of the White – Cassandra Clare (Donate It)
A Warm Heart in Winter – J.R. Ward (Borrow It)
The Duke and I – Julia Quinn (Book Club It)
Viscount Who Loved Me – Julia Quinn (Borrow It)
Winter – Marissa Meyer (Book Club It)


Thank you to everyone who reads this for an amazing 2020 reading and blogging year! See you in 2021!


Read Samantha’s Wrap Up here.


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