It’s been a couple hours since 2021 over here in Quebec (Canada) and I wanted to publish this post before my annual “Goodbye XXXX – Hello XXXX” post. I sort of realized that this year’s post would’ve been insanely huge and the only solution was to split it into two, so here I am!
When it comes to reading, I have completely outdone myself in ways that I would’ve probably never saw coming. This year was the first year where I fully embraced my love for manga and, consequently, saw a dramatic increase in my annual count. It is also the first year where I finally decided to have an open mind regarding digital books (including digital comic books) and this too contributed to my sudden spike in reading in Q4 of 2020. Seeing how the month of October served as the perfect month of reading for me, I think that I will try and simulate my reading lifestyle of that month for the entire year of 2021, paving the way to what might be an even better year of reading than what 2020 allowed me to accomplish!
And to be a bit more precise, that’s around 44 novels, 113 manga, and 170 comic books!
With over 72,617 pages read, 222 average pages per book, and an average rating of 3.4, it’s safe to say that the year has allowed me to put a lot of my time into reading! Of course, these numbers don’t mean much when comic books and manga are included! 😉
These were all spread out throughout the year and made sure to remind me that great books could come knocking at your door when you least expect them to. I do have to mention that completing the Lightbringer series was a huge highlight for me this year, especially when the series only got better with EACH book!!! ❤
My standards for excellent graphic novel story-telling did get higher this year and I noticed that there aren’t many of the over 170 stories I’ve read that really excel at it. Thankfully these showed up and made sure to remind me what stories I can ALWAYS revisit if I wanted to be mind-blown. 😉
Rekindling my love for manga was one of the best things I ever did last year and this year allowed me to fully embrace them. I have to give a special shout-out to Kaiju No. 8, a new Shonen that has yet to be officially released in English that could prove to be the next big thing to come! It’s really that good! 😀
When it comes to watching movies, this year continued my decision to significantly cut down on TV series and it proved to be extremely satisfying. I’ve watched 155 movies which includes a dozen of shorts. I’m honestly very happy of the final result. It allowed me finally check out some classic movies that I’ve always been meaning to watch, to plug in a couple of bad ones that caught everyone and their grandma’s attention for all the wrong reasons, and discover new ones that I never knew were this good! Here’s a gallery of all the movies I saw and their respective ratings (see my profile on Letterboxd for more information).
2020 has allowed me to conclude that I will always prefer movies to TV series, not to say that I won’t check out critically-acclaimed series that catch my attention (especially if I love the creators behind it). What I also loved doing in 2020 was check out the old filmography of directors I love (from Dennis Villeneuve to Christopher Nolan), watching some of their earlier works allowed me to see how they evolved as creators and it’s quite fascinating!
TOP 5 MOVIES
Of all the movies that I saw, these stood out for me and they deserve all the attention of the world for various reasons. The Dark Knight would’ve also made the cut but since it was my Nth rewatch, I had to give the spotlight to others. 😉
Funny thing here is that, besides Ozark, the other four were shows that I told myself I would check out in 2020 and I barely saw anything else! Guess I really didn’t want to dip my toe in any more TV series than necessary. 😉
While a lot of the gaming community’s attention was put on The Last of Us Part II, I would easily, hands down, give it to Hades, an indie dungeon crawler. I’ll probably share a review of it this year. 😉
The year has been filled with many nasty surprises. No one could’ve guessed how bad it would’ve gotten and it’s not surprising. We just wanted to started the new decade in style. Thankfully, there is plenty to be proud of this year and I hope this annual exercise of introspection has led many of you guys to reflect on the things you believe in, on who you are, and who you want to be. 😉
The moment things went downhill back in March 2020, I already had a feeling that the best place for refuge was within one’s self. The chaos around us reminded us that humanity was not without flaws and that sometimes, you need to take a step back to understand why things were as they were. The simplest solution to escape this reality before tackling it, whether it was through responsibilities or work, was through our hobbies and that led me to focus my routine and myself around the things I love, especially reading and blogging.
I’ve probably repeated this often throughout the past years but I really saw my blog as an extension of my life. The best part of it all is you guys. ❤ Exchanging with you guys kept me sane, allowed me to embrace my love for the things I love doing, and to have fun sharing a passion that you might or might not have interest in. This also led me to love what I do with my blog. The energy and the time I put in it is entirely thanks to your support, your presence, and your interest. Although this blog used to be a two-player territory, I feel like I’ve kept it alive through raw passion over the past years and I plan on giving back through continued interaction, absolute kindness, and lots of Batman. 😉 I’ve always known that my content wasn’t always something that would interest every single person out there but to know that I can still talk about them without being ignored or getting rocks tossed at me puts a smile on my face.
There are lot of other spheres in life that saw a dramatic end due to global crises but I know that when things get back on track, so will I. Throughout 2020 (and even now, in 2021), I think the most important thing is to follow your heart and take care of yourself rather than hunt for superficial goals. We all have responsibilities of all kinds but to handle them, you need to take care of yourself first. With that being said, remember that happiness starts with a smile. 😀
Happy New Year, everyone!
Stay safe and read another book! 😉