I love starting the new year off on the blog with a final recap on my previous year reading with the End of Year Book Survey, created by Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner. This survey takes an in-depth look at some of my favorite (and not-so favorite) books of the year, books I’m excited about in 2022, and blogging life in general.
2021 Reading Stats
Number of Books You Read: 162 Books ; 3 Novellas
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read the Most From: Contemporary/Contemporary Romance
Best Book You Read in 2021: Tie between People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry and The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Mom Jeans & Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Good Way: Rush by Lisa Patton – was way more addicted to this book than expected
Bad Way: Controversial opinion time! – From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Can I count the fact that I made my friends watch Bridgerton (The Duke & I by Julia Quinn) on Netflix??
Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2020?
Best series started: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Best sequel:The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Best series ender: It’s more of a companion series, but I LOVED the final book in Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date series with While We Were Dating
Favorite new author you discovered in 2021?
Debut: Ali Hazelwood
New-to-me: Elin Hilderbrand
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I stray away from books with magical/magic storylines, but I really enjoyed Erin Sterling’s The Ex Hex
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Book You Read In 2021 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year? The Love Hypothesis
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021? Ghosts by Dolly Aldteron
Most memorable character of 2021? Vlad from Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams
Most beautifully written book read in 2021? Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2021?
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to finally read? The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2021?
Not sure if it ‘counts’, but I’m loved the quote from Anthony Bourdain in the beginning of Beck Dorey Stein’s Rock the Boat about New Jersey – it ends with, “To know Jersey is to love her.”
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2021?
Shortest: If The Fates Allow by Rainbow Rowell (38 pages)
Longest: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (757 pages)
Book That Shocked You The Most: I’m going to go with a contemporary drama, Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Olive & Adam from The Love Hypothesis
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Vlad & the Bromance Book Club from Lyssa Kay Adam’s Isn’t It Bromantic?
Favorite Book You Read in 2021 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Best Book You Read In 2021 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
I read along with most of Bad on Paper Podcast’s mostly Book Clubs – my favorite was definitely Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2021? Alex from People We Meet on Vacation
Best 2021 debut you read? Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2021?From Scratch by Tembi Locke
Hidden Gem Of The Year? Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
Book That Crushed Your Soul? I don’t really have one this year!
Most Unique Book You Read In 2021? Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
Book That Made You The Most Mad? Unpopular/controversial opinion, but Untamed by Glennon Doyle
New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2021?
Favorite post you wrote in 2021? 25 Fangirl Facts About Me: 2021 Edition
Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2021? Me with my Rachel Lynn Solomon book stack!
Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)? I joined the Bad Bitch Book Club this year and I love reading & responding to their Facebook group posts (it’s the only reason I keep my FB account), and my goal is to go to at least ONE virtual event in 2022.
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2021? I can’t think of a singular moment, but I am again grateful for the awesome relationships I have with publishers (and the amazing review copies I received this year) and continuing to grow & form connections with my audience here on the blog.
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Definitely balancing grad school & then my now full-time job as an English teacher with blogging! My reading life ultimately really did not take a hit, given that I had my summer mostly off and read over 60 books, and I still find myself having time to read in peak busy times of the school year. Writing about said books and blogging in general has definitely been harder to find time for, and yes the motivation sometimes, but I don’t want to add added stress over it in 2022 – I want blogging to remain something that I enjoy & get excited about, not feel obligated to do so.
Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? I really ‘blame’ this one on Tik Tok and even more readers falling in love with Sarah J. Maas, as My Top 5 SJM Books was my most popular post of 2021 (and it was published in 2020, so an updated one is definitely needed!).
Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Ranking Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Books
Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I think this is going to be everyone’s answer this year, but exploring BookTok/Book TikTok was fun in 2021 and another cool way to see people reading more & more. I made a few BookToks of my own – I would definitely prioritize creating content there more if I had more time!
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I exceeded my goal of reading at least a 100 books this year! While I think they’re fun and a great way to get people reading, I don’t really like challenges where you have to read a certain kind of a book just to hit a check mark.
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022? Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn
Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2022 (non-debut)?Book Lovers by Emily Henry
2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?
Rivals by Katharine McGee and House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021? Maintain a consistent blog post schedule and try to be more active on Instagram/Bookstagram
A 2022 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): I haven’t read a 2022 release just yet, but one of my first reads of the year is going to be Alll the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle
What was your favorite book of 2021? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? What are some of your reading goals for 2022? Did you complete the End of Year Book Survey? Share in the comments!