2020 r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge: Conclusion and Thoughts

Like every year since the beginning of the challenge, I aimed for the full card in 2020 as well. It seemed easy enough, no real curveballs in terms of squares. Then  I entered the Great Big Reading Slump of 2020, stopped reading SFF for months, and whether I’d manage to complete it suddenly seemed much less certain.

But, in the end, I did it, and I was very surprised to learn that despite all my troubles, I finished earlier than last year – March 7th compared to March 12th.

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2020 Wrap-Up: Statistics & Top Books

This is a follow-up to my 2020 End of the Year Wrap-Up, which focuses more on what happened – now come the stats and recommendations.

I think we can all agree 2020 was a strange, strange year. I said in the 2019 Wrap-Up that the year was the best one for reading so far, had high hopes for the next year, and then…2020 actually happened. I ended up reading and reviewing far fewer books than before and was in a slump more often than not.

Regardless, this is the first time I managed to get the stats out before February, so that’s something!

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’ve always been a huge advocate of DNFing books. Reading shouldn’t feel like homework – if a book is dragging to the point where every page feels like a huge amount of effort and it doesn’t look like things are likely to improve, why bother and torture myself further out of some bizarre sense of obligation? I know there will be no feeling of accomplishment on the other side, just anger at the time I wasted slogging through bullshit that could have been spent reading a book I’d actually enjoy.

Still, making this list made me realise I don’t DNF as much as I thought – there were a few spells where I quit essentially everything I started, but they (thanks fuck) don’t happen terribly often. Now, onto the list itself!

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2020 r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge: First Impressions

The r/Fantasy Bingo is a yearly challenge run by Lisa (Way Too Fantasy) that takes place on the r/fantasy subreddit from April to April. It’s pretty much the only reading challenge I regularly participate in, and I’ve been doing it since the very beginning. And I honestly love the 2020 card. It’s much easier than the 2019 one, while still having plenty of squares that’ll take me out of my comfort zone.

This year was the first when I experienced the one advantage of being a moderator: the ability to plan your card a little in advance. So this is technically my second draft. Like in 2019, I’ll again be doing only one non-themed card, and I tried to give priority to books I either already own or can borrow, to the point there are only two books on it that don’t belong in this category.

But as they say, no plan survives contact with the enemy, so it will be interesting to see how will the completed card compare to this list a year from now.

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2019 r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge: Conclusion and Thoughts

So. The end of March also means the conclusion of my favourite reading challenge, my sixth in a row. Unlike in 2018, I decided to try for only one card. The reason for that was twofold: first, doing a double two years in a row burned me out. I wanted to have the freedom to read random shit again, and not worry about how every book I read could fit on the damn cards. But also, the new card was difficult. Cyberpunk? LitRPG? Tie-In? Afrofuturism? Local author?! I doubted whether I could cobble together one card, much less two.

In the end, I finished on March 12th, with more than enough time to spare 😄

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since my Great Winter Slump, I have amassed quite a quantity of books I have to read and review – as well as various recommendations I’d like to get around to. Spring seems like the perfect time for some TBR cleaning, especially in these times of social distancing and quarantine.

So here’s some books that are on my priority list!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I skipped two weeks because I disliked the themes, but I’m back at making lists again. Single-word title seemed like such an easy prompt, but it turned out to be more difficult than I expected – while I could find 10+ books easily enough, finding 10 I could call favourites was a bit of a challenge.

So for the hell of it, I decided to do this week’s prompt a little differently and split the list into two parts: first, five books with a single-word title I read, followed by another five (mostly lesser known) books from the depths of my TBR.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Center a LGBTQ+ Relationship 🏳️‍🌈

And it’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday list again! This week’s more open ended prompt – Love Freebie – also seemed fun. So fun that I wasn’t quite sure what to go for. In the end, I decided to focus on SFF books where the main romantic relationship is LGBTQ+ because…well, because. Not all of them are romance (I wish I had enough romance!), but I’d highly recommend them all and I could easily list 15 instead of 10.

As usual, no specific order.

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2019 Wrap-Up: Statistics & Top Books

I think the delay on my yearly stats is almost traditional by now.  But late or not, here they are. I think 2019 was another excellent year, even if it ended in a two and a half month slump. I read (and reviewed!) more books than ever before and managed to keep up my blog, which is now a year and a half old. I became a moderator. I found a new fandom to immerse myself in. And hopefully, 2020 will be better still.

So, let’s have a look at some numbers and lists!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

I haven’t posted a Top Ten Tuesday list in a while thanks to my semi-hiatus. But this week’s topic seemed fascinating and I felt up to writing again. Normally, if my sixth sense that a book will be a 5* starts tingling, I read it immediately. I can in no way resist the pull. So scouring my TBR for candidates has been a bit of a challenge. Still, I managed to find 10 very likely candidates and I think it would be quite fun to do a follow-up once I read them all.

As usual, in no specific order.

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