2020 Wrap Up | 2020 Favorites and 2021 Goals

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Happy new year! Can anyone believe that the year is finally over? last year felt like the longest year ever and I’m just hoping this one will be a good one. On today’s post I’ll be sharing my top books of last year, movies and shows that got me through quarantine and the year as a whole, as well as some of my goals for the new year!

Top Books of 2020

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A new favorite series! These books were so much better than I was expecting. I got into a slump before I could finish the last one but I’m looking forward to reading the conclusion to this amazing series this year!

The Silvered Serpents was my first favorite of 2020. The Gilded Wolves is an absolute favorite and this book was no exception. Roshani Chokshi really broke my heart with this one, and I can’t wait for the next book.

This book came at the perfect time. Lockdown had just begin for me and I was super anxious. Reading this tome really helped me through the situation and kept me busy. It isn’t a favorite but I really really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one.

Chain of Gold was another savior for me in 2020. I needed something comforting and this book did exactly that. It reminded me so much of when I first read TID and being back with these characters was everything!

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This middle grade series is the most wholesome thing I have ever read. I read the first one expecting to enjoy it but never to love it as much as I did. I can’t recommend this series enough!

This book was so very different than what I expected but I loved it so much! It felt more contemporary than fantasy to me but I didn’t mind one bit. It got me through so much and it was unbelievably memorable.

The Silence of Bones was a masterpiece to me. Historical fiction is not my strong suite but this was amazing in every way. It felt so atmospheric and I enjoyed my cozy nights with this book.

This book stole my heart. One of my first books written in verse and I loved it. The story was so heartfelt and it made me so emotional. Definitely looking forward to reading more of Jasmine Warga’s work.

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This trilogy became my life. Very rarely do I give an entire series the same rating but this one was 5 stars all around. I fell in love so hard with these books. Every moment was pure magic and it kept me sane this year beyond imagining.

This book was the perfect blend of contemporary and sci-fi. No one can do this like Justin A. Reynolds. I loved Opposite of Always and ended up loving this one just as much!

I’m so grateful I got to read this one early! I loved the first book so much and this one was just as amazing. I miss the characters already.

Honorable Mentions

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Top Movies of 2020

2020 was a difficult year in many ways. I lost myself in books and movies to pass the time and to keep me occupied. I found some much needed comfort in them. Here are some of the movies and shows that made the year bearable.

Goals of 2021:

  • My Goodreads challenge this year is to read 1 book. I always feel like I need to have everything figured out. This year I’m going to go with the flow. Reading isn’t a competition. At first it doesn’t feel like one, but it does eventually and I don’t want that.
  • Read more books of different genres. I branched out last year and read more middle grade, historical fiction, adult fiction and SFF, as well as contemporary. I’m hoping to continue and pick up horror, mystery/thriller, and nonfiction.
  • Read what I want without pressure. I want to read books because I chose to. I do this already but there’s always pressure when it comes to new releases and books that everyone else is picking up or hyping. Books aren’t going anywhere. It truly doesn’t matter when you read them.
  • Limit review copy requests.
  • Post about the other things I enjoy. I mostly post about books but I’d love to write movie reviews too and some self care project ideas.
  • Create more blog series.


What are your goals for 2021?

25 thoughts on “2020 Wrap Up | 2020 Favorites and 2021 Goals

  1. Hello, and Happy New Year. I loved Enola Holmes too. And I watched Friends from the first episode to the last one – I looked forward to watching a couple every night, sure got me through the first lockdown. Not sure what I’ll be watching or reading this year (other than the next two volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire) so I’m watching posts today with a lot of interest!


  2. Happy new year! An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite series! I am actually reading the last one right now. Also I want very excited to read Early Departures because I read Opposite of Always earlier this year and really liked it!


  3. Addie LaRue, An Ember in the Ashes series and the Daevabad Trilogy are also on my favourite reads!
    Good luck on your goals!


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  4. Great wrap-up Noura!! YESSS I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Ember Quartet ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’– And your instagram post about The Vanderbeekers already had me intrigued but now seeing all of those covers together i’m even more in love ๐Ÿ˜


  5. I love this post so much!! I also loved Enola Holmes and we watched a lot of similar things. I ended up in a slump towards the end of the year, but some of your favourites are on my TBR, so I hope to get to them soon!!


  6. great post ๐Ÿ’˜ thereโ€™s so many great series on this list โ€ผ๏ธ totally agree – reading isnโ€™t a competition which is why i reduced my goal too and decided to go with the flow haha


  7. Great post, Noura! I really need to read The Silence Of Bones and An Ember in the Ashes. I loved Clap When You Land, and The Silvered Serpents was beautifully written. I hope 2021 is a great reading year for you!


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