2021 WRAP-UP | books & blogging

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

As I stress about moving into 2022 already, I, like most of the world, have decided to reflect on 2021. Talking about some of my favourite media from the year and just wrapping up the year that has been. This was going to be the single wrap-up post, but as always I can’t shut up, so it is now two posts.

I won’t be going over my goals as I covered it in this post a few months ago and I don’t have the heart to go through it again.

BOOKS OF 2021

total books read in 2021: 59

books and pages read per month

I’ve read the least amount of books in 2021 since I’ve been blogging, but I am not stressed about it. I read when I want to and that’s enough. I didn’t keep track of my reading but StoryGraph does it for you, hence this graph. I think it is interesting to see the monthly changes in my reading. It varies a lot, with my highest at 9 and lowest at 2.

the page length of all the books I’ve read in 2021

I read more books under 300 pages (more graphic novels) and over 500+ (more adult fantasy). I am happy with both these changes.

the age groups of all the books I’ve read in 2021

I read the most adult books ever this year which I am really happy about. It has been a positive change and one I hope to carry on into 2022. I read less middle grade this year, but I would like to check more out in the future. They can be so delightful.

favourite books of 2021

GREEN BONE SAGA BY FONDA LEE

I love this book series with my whole heart. It is my new obsession. I don’t think everyone will connect with the writing style, but it delivers on excellent world-building, distinct characters and a realistic, intense, ever-changing plot. It is so clever and well-crafted. Reading this series was basically my highlight of 2021.


THE FEVERWAKE DUOLOGY BY VICTORIA LEE

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This series has the perfect balance of character and plot-driven elements. Ideal as I love the characters sooo much. Once again, they own my heart. Plus, the plot is emotional and gripping. I devoured the books… and I was in a reading slump. I think that says everything.


I AM THE ARCHITECT OF MY OWN DESTRUCTION BY JUANSEN DIZON

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A poetry collection and I could save sooo many quotes. I love the feel and direction of this book. Truly a comfort read.


LIFE AS A UNICORN BY AMROU AL-KADHI

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A powerful, entertaining memoir that captures so much of life. There were important messages, complex family relationships, emotional moments and learning self-love. Time slipped away when reading this book.

honourable mentions
Curse of the Divine | HMH Books
biggest disappointments
Discover all the books I’ve read in 2021…

OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE CHALLENGE

“reading more adventurously”

Out of my comfort zone 2021

This is my second year participating in the Out of Your Comfort Zone challenge. *thank you so much Caro @ bookcheshirecat for hosting* I think it is great for keeping track of the genres you are reading and encouraging you to try new concepts out.

How Many Books outside of my comfort zone did i read IN 2021?

38/59

… meaning I read more books outside my comfort zone than in it. *cue existential crisis about my reading comfort zone*

WHAT GENRES DID I READ IN 2021?

No surprise, fantasy is my most read genre and I am happy to say I really delved into adult fantasies in 2021. I loved it (the green bone saga is everything)!

Surprisingly I read very few contemporaries. The past couple of years I had read a lot of contemporaries, so maybe I needed a break. I have to say, I didn’t miss them but nonetheless, I know they will always be a part of my reading life.

I knew historical and graphic novels would be high up on my genres read list but it wasn’t a conscious choice. I really enjoyed reading graphic novels, they make me feel like a productive person when I manage one in a day. I love the art and array of genres included. The bonus of reading them alongside my graphic novel reviews series. Hopefully, the next one is coming soon. Historical has sadly been my least loved genre this year… Some I didn’t gel with at all, but there were others I genuinely did like. I think I need to get better at picking which ones to add to my TBR as I think I like fast-paced ones in this genre.

WHAT GENRES DO I WANT TO TRY OUT MORE?

Non-Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Middle Grade, Romance, Classics.

a lot of genres.

I’m not sure 2022 will be the year I manage to get to them, but hopefully, some progress will be made.

BADGES AND BINGO BOARD

L3_ Explorer
L_ Favorite
L_ Tome
L_ Genre Fan
L_ Series Champ

I achieved all the badges and with 38 books read outside of my comfort zone, I was so close to that 40 books badge. I would call that a success, even if I do say so myself.

BLOGGING

2021 had an impromptu hiatus for 5 months, and it has been slightly rocky ever since. December was a good month blogging-wise. I love the end of the year posts, but reading and writing took a backseat. I need to work on my balance between the three.

I do enjoy making content and I have some exciting ideas for 2022. I don’t think I can promise to be consistent or super active, but I hope to post weekly for the entire year. Also, to do shorter posts *I won’t hold my breath on that one though*.

related: Wordy and Whimsical did a post on what does book blogging and community mean for us? and I was lucky enough to be asked to participate. It is such a lovely post to read and it really captures the best of book blogging.

TOP 3 POSTS (IN TERMS OF 2021 STATS)

*the black & white photography challenge is because of pinterest.

MY FAVOURITES POST I’VE DONE THIS YEAR

FROM THE NOOK

divider. In centre is a red and pink mushroom/toadstool, on the left and right are pink swirls.

Thank you for reading. Keep an eye out for my ‘non-bookish’ media and TV show posts coming soon. (yeah, I am dragging out the end of year posts for another week.)

What were your favourite books of 2021? What was your most read genre of 2021?


34 thoughts on “2021 WRAP-UP | books & blogging

  1. I think you read a great deal of books, even if it wasn’t consistent. As you said, you read when you want and what you want and that’s the key to not ending up in a massive slump haha I’m excited to see what you have planned for 2022 and hope you’re not stressing out about blogging regularly too much ❀ I'm always here for your content, whenever you have the time and motivation to deliver!

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    1. Thank you. I do think it is important to just read when you want instead of forcing it. Like you say, forcing it just makes you dread reading in a way. It’s not natural.
      Thank you so much Katja πŸ’•πŸ’• that’s so sweet and I really, really appreciate your support. I will definitely try not to stress so much πŸ˜…! Hope you have a great 2022! πŸ’•

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    1. 2021 definitely had its moments πŸ˜… haha I hope you are able to read more adult books, but I totally get the not holding yourself to it. I had been trying to read more adult for a while and this is the first year I actually did 🀣 Middle grade can be so fun and I’m mad I didn’t realise this sooner! Best of luck for your goals πŸ’•

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  2. I’m so glad that you got to read more adult book last year! I definitely read a lot more YA books in 2021, and it’s so fun expanding your reading choices! and haha I think fantasy may have been my most read genre too, it’s pretty unavoidable isn’t it? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ great post, wishing you all the best for the new year!πŸ’•βœ¨

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you were able to reach out into YA books in 2021. I think trying new areas in your reading can be so refreshing! I’m glad you enjoyed it, like I did. πŸ₯° Fantasy is my favourite and basically the book community’s favourite so it has to be done πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much Suhani πŸ’• I wish you all the best for 2022 too! πŸ’•

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  3. 59 books is an amazing number! And congrats on reading more adult books! I really need to read the jade city trilogy at some point, I’ve seen SO many good things about it. I’ve loved getting to read your posts this year, hope 2022 treats you even better!πŸ’œ

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    1. thank you, it’s so close to a perfectly round number πŸ˜‚ I’m so glad I got to read more adult. It was so fun (and a bit dark as well)! πŸ˜…
      I so hope you love Jade City πŸ’šπŸ’š
      Thank you sooooo much Kaya πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• I honestly love your posts! Thank youuu, wishing you all the best for 2022 πŸ’•

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  4. Congratulations on reading so many books, even if it is less than sometimes. The enjoyment is the most important part. Plus just under a fifth of your reads were over 500 pages! I so want to read more this year. I finally thought I was getting going then stopped for over a month 😭 fingers crossed I start again tonight without anymore slumps. Not because of goals or anything but because I’m genuinely missing reading.

    Also I 100% relate with struggling to find a balance between reading & blogging. I really want to return but I want to make sure I’ve started reading again first. Definitely posting my most anticipated posts this month though.

    I’ll definitely have to try and get the Green Bone Saga read this year as everytime I see it mentioned its in a positive way. I’m surprised a poetry collection made your top reads, that’s fantastic. Although I hope I enjoyed Poisoned more than you. And my feelings towards Ace Of Spades were kind of conflicted. I thought it went in such a dark, disturbing & compelling direction but then rushed rushed ending way too much.

    I hope you get to read lots again this year, especially adult fantasy as you enjoy it. There are definitely some intriguing ones due this year. I need to try and read some classics too πŸ™ˆ if you ever want any thriller recommendations just ask though. And maybe later this year we could read a few middle grade novels together and try to figure out a collaboration from it of some kind? It might push both of us to get a few of them read. Don’t worry if not though, we both have massive tbrs after all.

    Happy New Year. Hope you’re well and that you have a lovely year.

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    1. Thank you πŸ₯°πŸ₯° you’re right, enjoyment is definitely the most important part of reading and you don’t want to force it!
      Having lots of 500+ pages was thanks to adult fantasy I believe πŸ˜…
      It is hard to get back into reading. I hope you can get back into reading soon, without lots of pressure on yourself ❀️ reading is lovely so fingers crossed!

      Finding that balance is hard, wishing you the best of luck with it! That’s make sense, I look forward to your anticipated reads post though 😍😍

      I love the green bone saga and I so hope you do too πŸ’šπŸ’š
      I was surprised about the poetry collection too, it was Instagram poetry style so I just loved so many of the quotes!
      I really hope you enjoy poisoned more than me too. The ending was interesting though πŸ‘€
      The ending was rushed with Ace of Spades, I agree. Unanswered questions even. The characters made up for it with me but I could see mystery fans being more disappointed.

      Thank you so much πŸ₯° I look forward to reading more adult fantasy!
      I always mean to read classics and never do though πŸ™ˆ
      Thank you, I will definitely ask for some thriller recs later on. I’m going to try the ones from my library to test the water (for free) but then I will be more picky, so thank you ❀️
      I loved that idea about doing a middle grade collaboration so much!! It would definitely encourage us to check them out and be fun. How many books were you thinking?? Or do you want to talk about it on Instagram. Great idea, thank you for thinking of it πŸ₯°

      Thank you πŸ’œπŸ’œ Happy New Year!! I hope you have a wonderful 2022 too!!

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      1. So true. I think that’s part of why slumps are so hard to get over, you get stressed and end up feeling like you have to read.
        Ah I’m not surprised. I hope to read quite a few of those this year.
        Aww thank you πŸ’— finally started the other day. Reading Wolf & The Woodsman and its amazing. Definitely think you’d like it as its such a strong fantasy debut.

        It really is. Thank you πŸ’—πŸ’—

        Thank you. Fingers crossed 🀞
        How do you mean Instagram?? It’s nice when poetry speaks to you though.
        Ooh I’m intrigued!! Can’t believe I haven’t read it yet πŸ™ˆ
        After having such an extreme scale the end seemed too easy to me. Plus your right about unanswered questions. Some people you got no answers about at all really.

        Me too.
        And same. I want to say I will this year but next is more believable tbh considering how many high priority reads I have right now.
        Good idea. I’m sure they’ll have loads of choices too.
        Ooh yay!!! I don’t really know how many. I just know we both wanted to read School For Good & Evil which is what gave me the idea. I’m not sure, how many do you think? Planning over Instagram is probably easier. Maybe we could share a few of the ones that we most want to read on our tbrs and figure it out from there? And its okay πŸ’—πŸ’—

        Thank you πŸ’— πŸ’—

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        1. I agree the stress of the slump can put a lot of strain on your reading (a lot of s words there πŸ˜‚), best of luck!!
          Ahh.. I’ve heard great things about The Wolf and The Woodsman. Soooo glad you are loving it!! I will have to pick it up soon 😍😍 and a debut as well 🀯

          I think I am using it right when I say ‘Instagram poetry’ and not just made it up πŸ˜…, but I believe it is a style like when people post pictures of text on Instagram, so small sentences on white paper typically. Like Amanda Lovelace’s poetry if you know those.

          Yeah the end to Ace of Spades was easily solved in the last scene after the build up. You almost expect a sequel from the questions left but I’m pretty sure the author isn’t doing one.

          Haha I know, soo many books to read as always!!
          Yay, I did think of School For Good & Evil too!! πŸ˜‚ Yeah organising on instagram seems best, I will make sure to message by the weekend with some on my TBR so we can sort it πŸ₯°πŸ₯° but no rush for you, whenever you are ready ❀️

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          1. Youre getting as bas as me with alliteration πŸ˜… but I agree!! It can make you want to take a break but then it becomes even more daunting to begin again.
            You should, I think it will work for you too. Such beautiful writing too. I adored it. Really enjoyed my second read too.

            Oh so it’s more the way its set out than what it says? And I recognise the name. That might be the one on my tbr but not 100% . My poetry knowledge is terrible.

            Yeah too swift sadly and I agree about the sequel. I don’t think there’s one though.

            Yay that’s good!! It’ll be nice to finally read it .
            Okay thanks, there’s no rush for you either though. I want to try and make a bit of a dent in my tbr before we read any if that’s okay? It’ll be good to figure out what we’re doing though

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            1. hahaha 🀣 It does!!
              Ah-mazing, I can’t wait!! I’m so glad you had a wonderful second read as well, you are on a roll and the fact that you are enjoying them is perfect!!
              yeah, I think it is more the style and length of the poetry. Yes, quite famous ones like The Princess Save Herself In This One or something! I honestly don’t know much about poetry either.
              Yeah, I’ll be curious what the author does next anyway.
              Indeed. Yeah, of course, absolutely no rush at all. We can just do it when we feel like it, no time pressure. Nice to have the TBR down like you say and something to look forward to as well. πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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              1. Thank you πŸ’— I just hope I manage not to fall back into my slump this time.
                Ah right, makes sense. Ooh yeah that is the one on my tbr!!
                It’ll be interesting to find out.
                Yeah we need to figure out exactly what we’re doing first too it is something to look forward to though 😊 I love the sound of some of the suggestions that you sent!!

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  5. I loved reading your bookish recap! πŸ’• I love that StoryGraph does the graphs and stats for you, it’s one of my favorite features! Very impressed that you managed to read so much Adult this year, I’m still hoping to increase my percentage in 2022 😊 I also loved The Fever King Duology and Jade City is on my annual TBR πŸ₯°

    You also did super well with the Out of Comfort Zone Challenge, very grateful that you participated again!! πŸ’– It’s very cool that you managed to read more outside of your comfort zone! I also want to try more Middle Grade next year, as I find that I really enjoy it 😊

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    1. Thank you so much Caro πŸ₯° StoryGraph is amazing for creating graphs and it so handy. I don’t have to think about it, they are just there πŸ˜‚ thank you, I was quite surprised at the proportion of adult that I read but I am really happy with it πŸ₯° I hope you are able to increase your percentage this year!!
      The Fever King was amazing!! I’m so excited to see your thoughts on Jade City!!

      Thank you sooo much for hosting the Out Of Your Comfort Zone Challenge, it is a lot of fun and it’s rewarding too! ❀️❀️ Sorry I wasn’t great at yearly updates for it though!
      Middle Grade can be so fun. I hope we both get to check them out! πŸ₯°
      Thank you so much for reading Caro! πŸ’œ

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  6. I also read a lot of fantasy last 2021, which honestly surprised me because I’m more of a contemporary girl. I think my obsession with the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game helped rekindle my love for fantasy. That said, I do miss contemporary, so I want to revisit that this year. Maybe add some historical fiction and nonfiction in the mix because I do want to try these genres. 😊

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    1. haha yay for fantasy!! I’m glad 2021 provided you with a little rekindling of your love for fantasy– I’ve heard so much about the legend of zelda but I’ve never played it. Contemporary reads are great, I hope to read more this year too. Ohh best of luck with your reading goals. I hope you find some great books. Nonfiction is an area I would like to explore as well. πŸ₯°

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  7. these stats are genuinely so fascinating it made me want to track my reading in this much detail. i particularly like the page-count chart. i’ve never cared that much about how many pages i read in average, but i think it’s interesting as it gives a more accurate picture of how much was read. like, you can read 3 books and still read less pages than if you read just two. i’ll definitely have to look into getting story graph so i can keep track of all these things as well!

    ALSO CONGRATULATIONS FOR READING SO MANY BOOKS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!!! i read 10 and i was so proud of myself lmaooo i have to say tho, because i read for comfort mostly, it’s hard to push myself to read books in genres that intimidate me. but you did so well! congratulations! i wish you luck on your historical fiction ventures, hopefully you’ll find more titles that align with you better.

    hope you’re having a great 2022 so far, sophie!

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    1. I’m always surprised by how interesting I found end of year stats πŸ˜‚ Pages read can give a truer insight into how much you have actually read like you say, if you read a lot of 500 page books it makes a difference. I do really like storygraph as it tracks all the monthly stats, and I know I am too lazy to keep track of page count on my own πŸ˜‚ I actually really like the app, so hope you do to!

      Thank you Lais πŸ₯°πŸ₯° I think it was partly because I wasn’t feeling YA fantasy as much so I gravitated to other areas, as well as changing comfort zones. I think I would class all fantasy as my comfort zone now.
      Reading for comfort is the best and I don’t think you want to push yourself into other books too much because, in my experience, it can ruin the books at times. I think 10 books is still amazing! Thank you, I hope so too!

      Thank you so much ❀️ I hope you are feeling better now πŸ₯°

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  8. I’m so glad you had a good reading year and that you did it whenever you felt like it, too. It’s so easy to feel pressured about reading, when you’re book blogging, I’m so glad you weren’t! πŸ™‚ and THE FEVER KING! I loved this duology so very much and can’t wait to read more from the author!
    I hope you’ll have a fantastic reading year! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Marie πŸ₯° I agree, blogging can make you feel pressured into reading so it is nice to not feel that! thank you, I hope you don’t feel the pressure too much!!
      The Fever King was ah-mazing!! I am SO excited to read more from Lee too!!
      Thank youuuu. I hope you have a wonderful reading year too! πŸ₯°

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