Head Full of Books: 2021 End-of-Year Book Survey
(Click on book title if you want to read my review of it.)
2. Books I thought I'd love, but didn’t:
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book:
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:
7. Best book from a genre I don’t typically read:
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:
14. Book I've never read UNTIL 2021. Can you believe it?
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book read in 2021:
16. Shortest and longest book read in 2021:
18. Best audiobooks I listened to in 2021:
20. Favorite book by an author I’ve previously read
22. Newest fictional crush:
23. Best 2021 debut:
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:
28. Anything odd about this year's reading list:
29. Most unique book:
30. Book which made me angry (due to the topic):
31. Favorite poetry or short story collection:
- Poetry: Dearly: New Poems by Margaret Atwood; Short Stories: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
- This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
33. Favorite classic book read during the year:
- Treasure Island by Stevenson
34. Books I didn’t get to in 2021 are now top priorities in 2022
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.
1. Favorite reviews that I wrote in 2021
2. Most popular reviews of the year based on stats:
- Dragon Hoops -- 848 views.
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
- Best? Can't think of a best moment but a very good one was my read-along with Helen M. on the book Without You, There Is No Us. 😊
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:
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You -- 1296 views. I wrote this review in 2020 and then updated and reposted it in February after the book won the SH Cybils Nonfiction Award.
8. Posts I wish got a bit more love:
- Great Books and Series for Middle Grade Girls. I made the list at the request of a friend. It took me a while to create and got very little Internet traffic for my efforts, though that wasn't why I created the list. 68 views.
- Poetry Seems to Call Out to Me and I Listen. Another unrewarded blogging effort. I reviewed several poetry books and created visuals to coincide. 47 views, zero comments.
- Book Burning: The Push Back. I often hope to generate a discussion amongst my readers but I rarely do. Few readers were even interested enough in this topic, sadly, to even investigate. 39 views.
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.):
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. ✔-
- 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.