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    I, A Self-Confessed Bookworm, Read More Books Than Ever In 2020 And Here's What I Thought Of Them

    I haven't read this much since I was a kid.

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    Hi there, my name is Clare and I am a bookworm. This year I managed to make it through a whopping 47 books and while I was aiming for 52, it's not a bad effort.

    Person sits in front of a wall of books looking at the titles and smiling

    1. The Yield by Tara June Winch

    Book held in front of the plant showing birds flying from the bottom to the top of the cover; sticker on the front saying "The Stella Prize 2020 Shortlist"

    2. Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

    Book cover shows a faint etching of a skull with a winged insect stretching across the mouth

    3. Beauty by Bri Lee

    Person holding a small book that shows an abstract face painted with wide brush strokes and a piercing eye

    4. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

    A graphic novel with the front cover showing a profile view of a person and a family sitting around a couch with a city showing in the window behind them

    5. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

    Book held in front of a plant with the cover taken up by title

    6. Lolly Willows by Sylvia Townsend Warner

    Book cover showing title written in cursive, a cat and a pen drawing of a village nestled in the hills

    7. Notes To Self by Emilie Pine

    Bright book completely bare except for the title and author's name

    8. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

    A book with little scenes drawn on the front like a house with a bike outside and people walking outside of a bar

    9. The Girls' Guide To Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

    Book sitting on a window ledge showing a girl in a red jacket running away

    10. The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal

    Front cover of a book showing thin trees in snow with the title down the bottom "The Deceptions"

    11. A Treacherous Country by K.M Kruimink

    Hand holding a book which shows a portrait of a woman in a circle and the title

    12. The Octopus and I by Erin Hortle

    Hand holding a book made up of an octopus whose tentacles curve around the front cover

    13. The Cedar Tree by Nicole Alexander

    Hand holding a book that has a dirt track underneath a flat horizon and a large tree

    14. The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker

    A book with a light cover, a picture of a banksia and old-school van

    15. Kudos by Rachel Cusk

    Cover shows an aeroplane window with a mountain view below

    16. Lion by Saroo Brierley

    Hand holding book in front of a plant, cover of book is a face with a Google search bar in front of it

    17. Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle

    Book with a dark background with golden wavy lines embossed over the title and author's name

    18. The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham

    Book sitting on a cushion depicting a swirl of lines. joined together to look like hair or wool

    19. I Choose Elena by Lucia Osborne-Crowle

    Small book held in front of a plant, majority of which is covered by the title and author's name

    20. The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

    Hand holding a book that shows waves crashing onto a rock

    21. On Secrets by Annika Smethurst

    Small book with words redacted except for the title and author's name

    22. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Hand holding book over balcony; cover shows flames with book silhouettes

    23. The Bee and The Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

    Cover shows an orange growing off a small branch with a bee at the top

    24. After Australia by various authors and edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

    Book held in front of a plant with two adults and two children drawn from the spine to the centre with their faces scratched over

    25. Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

    Book cover showing a crow sitting on a fence post with a "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019" Winner sticker

    26. Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

    Hand holding a book with a large title and a red shark on top right hand corner; sticker on the book says "Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner 2019"

    27. Budgets Don't Work by Melissa Browne

    Hand holding a book over a balcony with half the title, "Budgets Don't Work" with a line through them

    28. Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

    Hand holding book over balcony which shows someone leaning against a wall with light, shadowed by a blind, falls over them

    29. A Lonely Girl Is A Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu

    Minimalist cartoon drawing stepping on the title of the book

    30. Sharks In The Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn

    Cover shows a person's silhouette underwater

    31. The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

    Cover shows a close up of a face in grey with a crack starting under their eye towards their cheek from which you can see a palm tree scene

    32. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    Book shows a bronze gilded text: "Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has?" with a border of swirls in the same colour

    33. Sticks And Stones by Katherine Firkin

    Half burnt matches surround the word "And" in the title

    34. White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

    Book cover shows title with the subtitle: "Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism"

    35. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

    Hand holding book which shows a woman of colour with glass butterfly clips in her hair

    36. The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

    Two people sit on a rocky outcrop with a large cat; in the distance is faint city on the edge of the waterfall and above the clouds is another large city

    37. The Morbids by Ewa Ramsey

    The title is cut into the first cover with colour seeping through from the page behind

    38. When We Have Wings by Claire Corbett

    Book cover is the back of a woman with wings protruding

    39. Clade by James Bradley

    Book cover shows bees verging onto their hive which is in the middle

    40. First We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

    Book showing an octopus at the bottom with dots coming off its tentacles and floating to the top

    41. Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

    Hand holding book over balcony with little snippets of scenes such as a ferris wheel and a sign that says "on air"

    42. State Highway One by Sam Coley

    Young man sitting on the roof of his car

    43. Future Girl by Asphyxia

    Hand holds book over balcony showing an artist's rendition of a young woman

    44. The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    A pattern of swirls and flowers come out from the title with a minimalist picture of two women in the middle

    45. The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

    Cover shows a "V" with a picture of a girl seen clearly through the opening

    46. Maggie's Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley

    Hand holding book showing an old campervan with a cat in the window

    47. Lowitja by Stuart Rintoul

    Person holding a book showing a portrait of Lowitja O'Donoghue

    Now, to the 2021 reading list. Let me know in the comments if there are any books I should be putting in my "to-read" pile!