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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

2021 End-of-the-Year Book Survey

Head Full of Books: 2021 End-of-Year Book Survey

  • Number of books read and completed: 150
  • Number of re-reads: 9
  • Genre you read the most: Literary fiction (50)
  • Number of books started but not finished:  4, but I didn't keep very good records of my DNF books this year.
  • Number of children's books read: 21+
  • Number of poetry books read or reread: 25
  • Number of memoirs and nonfiction books read: 36
  • Number of graphic or illustrated books read, not children's books: 4

Reading Survey:
(Click on book title if you want to read my review of it.)

1. Best books read 1n 2021:
2. Books I thought I'd love, but didn’t:
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book:
4. Book I “pushed” the most people to read:

5.  Best series:

  •  Best series starter: Magpie Murders (Susan Ryeland #1) by Anthony Horowitz 
  •  Best sequel: N/A
  •  Best series ender: Terciel and Elinor (Old Kingdom #6) by Garth Nix
6. Favorite new author I discovered in 2021:
  •  Maggie O'Farrell
7. Best book from a genre I don’t typically read:
  •  Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu -- though it is literary fiction it is written as a TV script with stage directions, which I usually avoid reading plays and scripts.
 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:
9. Favorite book club selection based on the discussion:
10. Favorite cover of a book read in 2021:
11. Most memorable character of 2021:
12. Most beautifully written book read in the year:
13. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing book of the year:
  • A Life On Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough

14. Book I've never read UNTIL 2021. Can you believe it? 
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book read in 2021:
  • "Every life has its kernel, its hub, its epicenter, from which everything flows out, to which everything returns. This moment is the absent mother's: the boy, the empty house, the deserted yard, the unheard cry ... It will lie at her very core, for the rest of her life" (Hamnet  p. 9,10).
16. Shortest and longest book read in 2021:
17. Book which shocked me the most:
18. Best audiobooks I listened to in 2021:

19. Favorite Children's, JH, and SH nonfiction books I read for my role as a Cybils Judge
20. Favorite book by an author I’ve previously read
21. Best book I read this past year based SOLELY on a recommendation or peer pressure:
22. Newest fictional crush:
23. Best 2021 debut: 
  •  The only debut novel I read in 2021, to my knowledge, was Mary Jane by Blau. I didn't particularly like that book. One debut book I have on my TBR which I hope to still read is The Liar's Dictionary by Williams.
24. Best world-building/Most vivid setting I read this year:
25. Book which put a smile on my face/was FUN to read:
26. Book which made me cry:

27. Hidden Gem of the Year? There are several:
28. Anything odd about this year's reading list:
  • So many poetry books. I went on a poetry bender in April.
29. Most unique book:
30. Book which made me angry (due to the topic):
31. Favorite poetry or short story collection: 
32. Favorite re-read of the year:
33. Favorite classic book read during the year:
34. Books I didn’t get to in 2021 are now top priorities in 2022
  • Fiction--- Infinite Country by Patricia Engle
  • Nonfiction--- The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where We Go From Here by Hope Jahren
  • YA/Junior/Children's--- Mister Impossible (Dreamer series #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Classic--- Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Poetry/Essays: -- These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett

35. Bookish goals for 2022

  • Complete the tasks set before me as a Cybils book award judge (Jan. 1st to Feb. 14th.)
  • Write reviews for all book club selections.
  • Complete "My One Book" challenge: The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
  • Read two of the five National Book Award winners.
  • Read the Pulitzer Prize winner for literature and finish all the past winners on my list, seven in all, counting the 2022 winner. 
  • Read at least eight classic books on my list.

Blogging survey:

1. Favorite reviews that I wrote in 2021
2. Most popular reviews of the year based on stats:
3. Best discussion/non-review post:
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
  •  None. COVID protocols! 😨
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2021
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
  • I was very streaky this year. I'd read a lot but not blog, then I'd have to blog a lot to catch up. If I'd don't write reviews right away I tend to lose interest in writing them at all. At one point I was 10 reviews behind and had to set myself a little personal challenge to catch up. 😒
7. Most popular post this year:
8. Posts I wish got a bit more love:
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.):
  • None.
10.  How did I do on my reading challenges or goals for 2021?
  • Read 100 books this year. (150 books)
  • My Own Personal National Book Award Challenge
  • Read the Pulitzer Prize winner and past winners: 
    •  The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (2021)
    • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1999)
    • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (2011)
    • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
    • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (1989)
    • One of Ours by Willa Cather (1923)
  • Read all the 2020 Printz winners, the award book and the honor books. I read 4 of 5.  ✔-
      • Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story),” by Daniel Nayeri.  
      • Apple (Skin to the Core),” by Eric Gansworth  
      • Dragon Hoops,” created by Gene Luen Yang 
      • Every Body Looking,” by Candice Iloh  
      • We Are Not Free,” by Traci Chee
  • Classics Club Spins and classics club: 6 classics this year.
    • Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Kafka
    • One of Ours by Cather
    • Pride and Prejudice by Austen (reread)
    • Picture of Dorian Gray by Wilde
    • Treasure Island by Stevenson
    • The Painted Veil by Maugham
  • Big Book Summer Challenge. Eight completed
    • 1. End of Watch by Stephen King, 448 pages 
    • 2. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, 464 pages
    • 3. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee, 400 pages
    • 4. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, 467 pages 
    • 5. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, 465 pages 
    • 6. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, 496 pages
    • 7. One of Ours by Willa Cather,  459 pages
    • 8. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, 464 pages 
  •  Audiobook Challenge: My goal=25, I listened to 43+
  • I completed my 'one big reading goal of the year': to read Dune

-Gratefully turning the page over on 2021.



  1. Loved looking at the list and am very impressed with your reading, critiquing and organizing.

  2. Oh, my gosh! I am so impressed with your record keeping and break down of what you've read. I should really do a little bit of a survey. What a great year of reading you've had!

  3. Wanna read some of these titles. I'm your new follower. May you follow me back? Thanks and have a Happy New Year!

  4. I love reading these end of the year surveys, seeing what people liked, didn't like, etc. And I also have our read-along listed as one of my favorite things about blogging this year!


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