Reading Wrap Up: November & December 2020

I’ve done a lot of reading over the last couple of months, but the vast majority of that reading didn’t take the form of books. I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming back into the fandom for a TV show that I haven’t been emotionally invested in in many years, and I’ve been spending a lot of time on AO3.

It’s been a pretty wild experience.

There isn’t much point figuring out my average rating for the last couple of months because I didn’t read enough books for that to be an interesting statistic, but I did enjoy the books that I didn’t dnf, and I stopped reading the one book I did dnf early enough that I didn’t give it a rating.

For this wrap up I’m going to list the books that I read in the order that I read them and talk a little bit about each of them!

Lush by Anne-Marie Yerks

I dnf’d this book at 25%, which wasn’t far enough into it for it to feel fair to give it a rating, although if I’d soldiered through it I doubt my rating would’ve been a high one. I didn’t like the writing style, it was so cisnormative and heteronormative that it was exhausting for me to read, and the plot hadn’t even properly started by the time I stopped reading. I went into more detail about this book here.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book! The characters were compelling and a lot of fun to read about, Gong did a masterful job of balancing the retelling with the original elements, and the pandemic plotline was a little eerie considering that it was mostly written before Covid hit but still managed to get a lot right. It easily became one of my favourite books of the year! You can find my full review here.

Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I enjoyed this one! It’s a sweet romance that’s refreshingly and unapologetically gay, and a big celebration of cosplay! I wasn’t able to get all that invested in the characters, and I personally found the cosplay competition to be too unrealistic for me, but I don’t regret spending my time on this one and would happily recommend it to anyone who wants a lighter read. You can find my full review here.

The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I enjoyed reading this one! It was my last book of 2020 and it definitely didn’t leave me feeling like I’d finished 2020 on a sour note, reading-wise. I do have some more complicated thoughts and feelings about this book that I’m going to go into in more detail in my full review (which is coming soon), but overall I enjoyed it and if you’re thinking about picking it up then go for it!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’ve also been reading a lot of Supernatural fanfic. I noted down anything longer than ~25k in my journal, where I’ve also been keeping track of the books I read, and honestly I think I’ve been reading more over the last couple of months than I’d been in the preceding few months when I’d only been reading books. It’s just that very little of what I’ve been reading can be logged on things like Goodreads ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

(If anyone wants any fic recs for Supernatural I’ll be very happy to provide some lmao)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you love whatever you read next ❤

About The Blogger

El is a 21 year old university student from the UK who loves to read and loves talking about what they read. They particularly like to focus on books featuring lgbtq+ main characters.

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