2021 Year in Review

I have no idea how we’ve reached the final day of 2021 so quickly. I swear this year went even faster than the last. I’m not sure I’m done processing 2020 yet, but nonetheless, 2022 begins in less than 10 hours. Wow.

Per usual, I’ll be posting about my Goodreads Reading Challenge and Year in Books, as well as sharing my answers to a Statistics Survey I found on Read and Treats‘s blog back in 2016.

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2021

This year, my goal was only 35 books. I wanted to spend the year reading longer books, classics, books that are harder to read and take more time. Clearly I did not do that, because I managed to read 60 books and almost none of them fit these categories.

I’m not mad about it. I think I put too much pressure on myself when it comes to which books I read, how many I read in a year, etc. And that used to motivate me to read, but now it really just takes the fun out of it. I have too many hobbies and activities that I want to spend my time doing that it’s sometimes hard to fit reading in there, so I’ve very much become a mood reader. I’ll pick up whatever sounds good at the time, I’ll put down any books that maybe I want to revisit later when I get back in that mood, and I’ll even DNF books that I am not enjoying. I’m happy with this change and I’m excited to go into 2022 reading whatever I want without all that pressure.

My Year In Books

For some reason my Reading Challenge says I’ve read 60 books, but my Year in Books says I’ve only read 59? I’m not sure why it’s not counting my re-read of Carry On… but, oh well!

Statistics Survey

  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages: 13
    • Between 400-449 pages: 9
    • Between 450-499 pages: 5
    • Over 500 pages: 7
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 25
    • Re-reads: 4
    • DNFs: 1
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 27
    • One/Two Stars: 3
  • Number of authors met in 2021: 0
  • Number of book events attended in 2021: 0
  • Number of books you read in one day: 11
  • Number of books that made you cry: 6
  • Number of 2022 books you have on pre-order: 0
  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): No vacation this year, and I don’t think I read anywhere but at my house! Mostly COVID’s fault.
  • Book that took you the longest to read: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green. Though this was my first or second favorite book read this year, it is nonfiction. Nonfiction takes me forever to read. I usually read it in chunks, so it took like a month and a half.
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green. I feel like Green and I have a very similar kind of anxiety, so I related a lot to the way he thinks and feels.
  • Book that made you love the villain: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Who doesn’t love the Darkling?????
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: Same as every year lol… Moby Dick. I started over, then made some progress, then stopped. I genuinely enjoy reading it, I just read it so slowly and have other books I want to read more!
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I read it in January and it wasn’t published until June. I really enjoyed it!
  • Book you read on your birthday: The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe.
  • Book with a character who shares your name: I didn’t read about any Alyssa’s this year.
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): I don’t usually fluff up ratings. Sometimes I rate higher and then after considering rate lower, but almost never. I don’t think I did that this year.
  • Book you read in 2020 but already want to re-read: I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. It’s recommended that you read it again but backwards and I’d love to try that.
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: I don’t borrow and keep books, so my answer is the same every year: I borrowed Dracula from my first boyfriend and never gave it back before my family moved and we broke up.
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again:  Aurora’s End simply because it’ll never be the same as a re-read and my reading experience was extremely fun as I buddy-read it with my friend Heather. I had such a good time.
  • Most books read by one author this year: Leigh Bardugo — 7
  • Happiest & saddest: Happiest was Today Tonight Tomorrow, saddest was The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number: Shortest was Randomize, longest was Any Way the Wind Blows.
    • By title: Shortest was Opal, longest was I Would Leave Me If I Could.
    • From buying to reading: Shortest was Aurora’s End, longest was The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads: Best rated was The Rising Sisterhood, worst rated was The Woods Are Always Watching.
    • Books you read/your rating: Best was Aurora’s End, worst was Randomize.
    • Series enders: Best was Aurora’s End, worst was Any Way the Wind Blows.
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2020: First was The Handmaid’s Tale, last was I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): First is What If It’s Us, last is We.
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: Most disappointing was The Midnight Library, biggest pleasant surprise was Rules for Vanishing.
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: Picked up all the Grishaverse books, series I quit was We Were Liars (not really a series but a prequel is coming out next year and I won’t be reading it).
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped (AKA most popular according to my Goodreads Year in Books) was The Handmaid’s Tale, most under the radar was The Rising Sisterhood (a book my friend had wrote a chapter for!)
  • Book you read that is red: The Girls I’ve Been.
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: Yolk.
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: Aurora’s End.
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: The Woods Are Always Watching because it was so bad.
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: Cinnamon rolls while reading Serpent & Dove.
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: The Anthropocene Reviewed.
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: The Rising Sisterhood. I usually don’t read motivational books, but I had to support a friend!
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): If We Were Villains (thank you, Heather!)
  • Forced yourself to finish: The Midnight Library.
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): Leigh Bardugo!

Hope you all have a great NYE!

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