Well, 2020 year sucked. (understatement of the century)
anyways, let us all be very very happy that that hellhole of a year is over!!! and only one month too late, I’m going to post my yearly recap!!
But I also started blogging on January 21st 2018, and somehow it has been… three whole years???? wtf that’s genuinely shocking and upsetting because it means I’m old. Like I started blogging when I was 16 and I’m going to be 20 this year… not even a teen blogger… oof what happened to me
Anyways, I meant to publish this recap on my blogiversary but… I somehow convinced myself that my blogiversary was actually January 28th when it’s the 21st… whoops so a week late but then plot twist ~procrastination~ I would have been late publishing this post even if I remembered the date correctly which I didn’t why am I like this.
Well at least it’s still January as I’m finally getting this out so here we go, my 2020 and three years of blogging recap!!!
I set my goodreads goal at 75 books this year, then surpassed it with 104. I surpassed it because in lockdown I suddenly had so much more free time lol, so it’s not necessarily a good thing. I mean, I would rather have been out doing things than in reading, but since I was stuck inside anyways, it’s a good thing that I was able to read instead of just squandering it all away!
actually I did squander it all away.
2020 was really the year of rereads for me. I reread 30 books, which is more than usual, but honestly, I needed the comfort more than usual, and I don’t regret it.
I read 41,855 words across 104 books. My average book length was 402 pages, which is actually rather shocking lmao because I thought I didn’t really like books over 400 pages but I guess on average I did? So go me lol. My average rating was 3.8 stars, which is pretty standard for me.
This was a big year for me blogging! I really focused on quality over quantity, and for the most part, I’m really satisfied with it. I much less than I have in the past, but my posts were all much higher quality. I also focused much more on discussions and writing out thorough answers to tags I was interested in instead of just churning out memes. And!!! This year I also got 2,000 followers!!! That number is absolutely surreal, so thank you all so much for listening to my rambles ❤ Super grateful to everyone who has ever clicked my little blog!
I also wrote some posts that did really well. What I really learned is that you should write the blog posts that you want to, don’t worry about what you think will do well or anything. Because some of the blog posts that I’m most proud of that I had the most fun writing and just wrote because I wanted to, were the ones that got the most views, and that I had really insightful conversations with people in the comments in.
Here are a few of the posts I’m most proud of from this year!
- On Reclaiming Harry Potter From JK Rowling And Separating The Artist From the Art
- Comparing And Ranking The Percy Jackson vs. Heroes Of Olympus Series // ft. Percy’s Sassy Sarcasm, Greeks vs. Romans, And Epic Battles
- On #Ownvoices And Checking Boxes As A Biracial Reviewer // Who Gets To Decide What I Represent?
- Mini Reviews & Ranking All Of Marissa Meyer’s Books // Best of the Best Space Opera, Super Battles, & Swoony Romance
Also my most viewed post on my blog is… my Supernova by Marissa Meyer review that I posted in December 2019 and… your guess why is as good as mine lmao because it’s already been viewed 200+ times this year. like it has very few likes and comments but for some reason people view it every day. anyways, I guess don’t believe people when they say book reviews don’t do well lmaoo. (they don’t… but this one does apparently)
And of course, I wanted to share, in no particular order, some of the people who made my 2020 amazing ❤ this year I felt really isolated from my irl friends, not being able to see them, so I really appreciated internet friends ❤ also there’s probably other amazing people I forgot to write, and also other people I remembered but didn’t put on this list because then it would be a zillion people long because straight up everyone in the book community is amazing
- Alexandra @ Reading By Starlight
- Kelly @ Another Book In The Wall
- Olivia @ Purely Olivia
- Annie @ Blossoms and Bullet Journals
- Kait @ A Fictional Bookworm
- Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea
- Malka & Channa @ Paper Procrastinators
- Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
- Margaret @ Weird Zeal
- Ruby @ Ruby Rae Reads
- Stephen @ Stephen Writes
- Rukky @ Eternity Books
So this summer I pounded out a novel (maybe 90k I don’t remember) because why not lol
I mean really why not considering I lost my summer job due to covid. Anyways, it was my first time ever writing an Asian fantasy. I mean if other asians read it I would get cancelled so quick for bad rep but it’s probably never going to be read by anyone besides me so it was fun to write something with my whole heart: a halfie princess and a sorcerer in a world partly inspired by European fairy tales and partly inspired by my Taiwanese heritage.
Anyways I’m all about that ~aesthetic~ so I might as well drop the moodboard and character piccrews I made in July lol.
Also yes about half my characters are wHite and the other half are Asian and my main character is a halfie because guess what I’m a halfie and I’m tired of having to pick one or the other in fantasy.
This was by far the worst year of my life. It was covid, a pandemic, and all of us had to change our lives in some ways. Zoom university has really not treated me well, and I’ve been extremely lonely. At this point I’ve been doing university over zoom for longer than I did it in person. Trying to remain friends with people I knew in person for one month and haven’t seen in 10 months… has failed. Being in America too… well, let’s just say it felt pretty hopeless at times. There have been so many little things adding up.
That little paragraph barely scratched the surface of how awful this year has been to me. But I know that others have it much worse than me, and at least this year taught me to not take things for granted.
Tbh, all I have to say about 2020 is that we survived.
(and then 6 days into the year 2021 was like bish you thought. the good news though is that we got rid of the cheeto formerly in washington!!)
And trying not to end on such a downer I had a few good moments last year. I did a ton of baking. I’ve gotten way better at hand lettering. I also started writing songs last year, and it’s a really good outlet for my emotions, and pretty fun and rewarding. Here’s a bit I wrote a few days ago 🙂
I didn’t feel your warmth til I was out shivering in the cold // I didn’t see your light til the darkness took me in its fold // guess I’m alone now since you left me here but you’re still in my memory // still I wonder are you really happier or are you broken too missing me
Looking ahead… As you may have noticed, I’ve also been blogging way less. This is my first post of the year (yikes), and I barely posted in the fall too. That’s mainly because I’ve been drowning in school work. I’m taking biology, organic chemistry, and physics, plus labs (“labs” lol zoom labs) all together (including labs I’m in 6 science classes rn) so basically all I do everyday is get up and do science lmao, and by the end of the day when I used to blog, I’m so exhausted all I want to do is watch videos and sleep. I want to try to start posting more, but will I probably not but I swear I’m going to try!!!
2020 was a shit year, but on the plus side, hopefully it can’t get much worse?
knocking very much on all the wood
How was your 2020? Are you hecking glad it’s over too? How many books did you read? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤