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End of the Year Survey: 2021 Edition πŸ’•

End of the Year Survey 2021

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ“š It’s time for the Bookish End of the Year Survey again! I did the survey for the past couple of years and it’s always a lot of fun to look back at the reading year and talk about stats, bookish opinions, blogging highlights, and what’s yet to come in 2022 (hopefully some good things)! πŸ’• The feature was initially created by Jamie @ PerpetualPageTurner! Again, I have skipped out of a few questions due to the length of the Survey and the fact that I’ve already posted my Favorite and Least Favorite Books of the year πŸ˜„ I’ve also used the 2021 Book Blogger Template by Kal @ ReaderVoracious again this year and it’s still such an INCREDIBLE spreadsheet! I used it for most of the graphs down below as that was a great feature of the Template πŸ₯°

Check out the previous years

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2021 Reading Stats

Year in Books

πŸ’— Check out my Year in Books Here πŸ’—

Genre You Read The Most From

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Fantasy remains my favorite, with Contemporary in second place but the rest is a mix of different genres. Biggest surprise is Horror with 9.2% as I never used to read this genre, but checked it out this October! I also read sci-fi, nonfiction and mystery, with historical fiction in last place.

Star Ratings

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As every year I have a high rating average and I’m really happy about that, as this year was very challenging and reading a lot of amazing books really helped me πŸ’•

  • 1 Star (1 Book)
  • 2 Stars (8 Books)
  • 3 Stars (25 Books)
  • 4 Stars (91 Books)
  • 5 Stars (35 Books, including rereads)

Year Published

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I’m pretty surprised that the most books read are from 2021 (with 2020 narrowly in second place) because once the end of the year awards came around, I felt like I hadn’t read most books πŸ˜… However, I still read much more backlist, if you take together all the books released pre 2021 they outnumber the new releases!

  • 2021 πŸ“š 35 Books Read
  • 2020 πŸ“š 34 Books Read
  • 2019 πŸ“š 19 Books Read
  • 2018 πŸ“š 17 Books Read
  • 2017 πŸ“š 10 Books Read
  • 2016 πŸ“š 9 Books Read
  • 2015 πŸ“š 3 Books Read
  • Pre 2015 πŸ“š 21 Books Read

Where my books came from

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Once again, the library is in the top spot as I use my digital pass a lot to read new e-books and audiobooks as they have such a good selection. In second place, with a higher number than ever before are books I bought, but 50% are rereads.

  • Library πŸ“š 97 Books
  • Bought πŸ“š 59 Books (including rereads)
  • ArcsΒ πŸ“š 7 Books

Books Formats

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Once again, I mostly read e-books nowadays, between my library pass and my Kindle. I did make an effort to read some physical books though and will continue to tackle my physical TBR especially next year! I also still listened to lots of audiobooks 🎧

Age Range

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I’m still mostly reading YA but I’ve been making an effort to read more (New) Adult books! As you can see I also read much more MG/Children’s books than before. It’s not something I reach for often but has been lots of fun!

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Best in Books 2021

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t

  • Ace of Spades (Faridah Γ€bΓ­kΓ©-ÍyΓ­mΓ­dΓ©) πŸ“š ⭐⭐⭐
  • A Lesson in Vengeance (Victoria Lee) πŸ“š ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass) πŸ“š ⭐⭐

Best series you started in 2021? Best Sequel of 2021? Best Series Ender of 2021?

  • Series Started πŸ“š Nevermoor (Jessica Townsend) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Sequel πŸ“š Network Effect (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Series Finale πŸ“š The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (Ransom Riggs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite new author, you discovered in 2021?

  • Courtney Gould πŸ“š The Dead and the Dark
  • Rachel Lynn Solomon πŸ“š Today Tonight Tomorrow

Most Read Author in 2021?

  • Random Riggs πŸ“š 6 Books (Miss Peregrine’s 1-6)

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Book You Read In 2021 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea (T.J. Klune) πŸ“š
  • The Comfort Book (Matt Haig) πŸ“š

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021?

  • Winterhouse (Ben Guterson) πŸ“š
  • The Nature of Witches (Rachel Griffin) πŸ“š
  • The Girls Are Never Gone (Sarah Glenn Marsh) πŸ“š

Most memorable characters of 2021?

  • Logan Ortiz-Woodley (The Dead and the Dark) πŸ“š
  • Jupiter North (Nevermoor) πŸ“š
  • Clara Densmore (The Nature of Witches) πŸ“š

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to finally read?

  • The Naturals (Jennifer Lynn Barnes) πŸ“š
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Talia Hibbert) πŸ“š
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (Morgan Matson) πŸ“š

OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

  • Linus & Arthur (The House in the Cerulean Sea) πŸ“š
  • Hugo & Wallace (Under the Whispering Door) πŸ“š
  • Rowan & Neill (Today Tonight Tomorrow) πŸ“š
  • Felipe & Caio (Here the Whole Time) πŸ“š
  • Levi & Ben (The KC Warlock Weekly) πŸ“š
  • Dare & Quinn (The Girls Are Never Gone) πŸ“š

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?

  • The Found Family (Spy x Family) πŸ“š
  • Ollie, Coco & Brian (Small Spaces Series) πŸ“š
  • Elizabeth & Freddy (Winterhouse) πŸ“š
  • Warren, Mr. Frigg, Petula & Sketchy (Warren the 13th) πŸ“š

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

  • Please Don’t Hug Me (Kay Kerr) πŸ“š
  • Other Words for Home (Jasmine Warga) πŸ“š
  • Sugar & Spice (Eli Wray) πŸ“š

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Your Bookish Life

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2021?

Favorite review that you wrote in 2021?

Review THITCS

I love writing my ‘Buzzword’ Reviews and as The House in the Cerulean Sea was one of my favorites AND featured my fave tropes, it was a great review to write πŸ₯°

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Bookish Habits

My first ever discussion post!!! I’m very proud that I finally dared to put one out on my blog and I had so much fun talking about how my bookish habits have changed ❀️

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

  • To be honest, there weren’t that many events again this year.Β I mostly participate in Readathons like every year as they bring me a lot of joy and motivate me to read 😊 This year I joined: GraphicsAthon, Easter Readathon, #WHM Challenge, #ReadFatPositive, Orilium: The Novice Path, Unexpected Readathon, Spoopathon, Series Crackdown: Festive Edition, Reindeer Readathon

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2021?

  • Appearing in Guest Posts!!Β I haven’t done many of those but it’s always such an honor to be featured, especially on blogs I admire. This year I did Eight Spooky Books With Fantastic Covers during Spooky October &Β What Does Book Blogging and the Community Mean For Us? for Sabrina & Vera @ wordyandwhimsica. So grateful that they asked me to be a part of their posts! πŸ₯°
  • Introducing a new feature to my blog: Reading Diaries! I love watching Reading Vlogs and wanted to feature something aquivalent on my blog that fit its platform. In the end, I came up with themed Reading Diaries, that contained what books I read and other glimpses into my life. Whenever someone comments or says that they like this type of content, I get all mushy inside – it means so much to me πŸ₯Ί

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

  • Once again this was getting too into stats and how well posts performed. I don’t like looking at my stats too much as they stress me out, but seeing Likes and Comments is inevitable. Sometimes I would get demotivated by a post not performing as well as I liked when it came to these things and it put me down a bit. I know it’s important to write about what you like, but it can still be hard to have put so much effort into a post that kind of flopps πŸ˜…
  • Apart from this the only other thing is that I didn’t have as much time for blogging due to doing my Master’s degree. It would make me sad that I couldn’t post as much as I wanted anymore, especially during exam season 😭

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Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022?

  • Greenglass House (Kate Milford) πŸ“š

2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

  • One for All (Lillie Lainoff) πŸ“š
  • Aces Wild (Amanda DeWitt) πŸ“š

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2022?

Book Cover

  • Silver Born: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow (Katherine Arden) πŸ“š Nevermoor #4
  • Empty Smiles (Katherine Arden) πŸ“š Small Spaces #4
  • Fence Vol 5.: Rise (C.S. Pacat) πŸ“š Fence #5

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

  • Tackle my (Physical & Kindle) TBR!!Β I still struggle to not turn entirely to reading library books. I love my library, but I also need to read the books I already own. Especially my physical TBR isn’t as small as I want it to be and there are many books that have there been for several years, which stresses me out. The long I wait to read them, the more interest I lose, so I want to make an effort especially to get to some of the oldest books on my TBR.

Me getting ready for the upcoming year

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22 thoughts on “End of the Year Survey: 2021 Edition πŸ’•

  1. i love how much you’ve read from your backlist!! definitely hoping my graph looks more like that next year haha ❀ seeing you mention greenglass house reminds me of reading that when i was younger! i remember it being so fun, i hope you enjoy it! sorry to see that you didn't like a lesson in vengeanceβ€”i feel like i've seen some mixed reviews about it so my expectations are lower now, even though i was super excited for it. hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2022!!

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    1. I’m happy that I was able to read many backlist books, though I do feel the temptation of all the new releases as well 😱 Ohh, it’s so great that you enjoyed Greenglass House when you were younger! I’ll read it this January as it’s so wintery and cozy ❄️πŸ₯° I hope you’ll like A Lesson in Vengeance more than I did! πŸ™ Wishing you a great 2022 as well! πŸ’—

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  2. I love looking at all the books of the year and 158 books is impressive and I love that there was a high proportion of 4* reads, I think that is always a successful reading year. Although we always hope for less 1* and 2*.
    It is nice that you reached out in genres and got to experience some new books.
    I loved reading all your answers to these questions. I love how can mention so many books here. And how have I never seen the empty smiles cover, I love it 😍😍
    My goal for 2022 is to narrow down my unread physical TBR as well, because whilst I am sooo lucky to have to books, I don’t like having it hanging over my head to the extent I do now πŸ˜‚
    Best of luck for 2022 and, once again, great post πŸ’œ

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    1. I also love looking at stats and reflecting back on the year πŸ₯° I’m glad that I read so many great books and expanded my horizon by reading from different genres 😊 Thank you so much for reading, Sophie! πŸ’— I love the Empty Smiles cover, it’s so creepy 😱
      Good luck with your goal! I hope we’ll both be able to lower our unread physical books πŸ“š I wish you a great 2022!! πŸŽ‡

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  3. Ah it’s SO impressive that you’ve been able to read so much this year, Caro, I admire you so much! I’m so happy you discovered Amy & Roger this year, it’s one of my favorite books of all times. I hope you’ll have a fantastic reading year!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Marie, that’s so sweet of you to see πŸ₯ΊπŸ’— I read Amy & Roger SO late, but it’s great and was so much fun to read during the summer πŸ₯° Thank you! Wishing you a good reading year as well πŸŽ‡

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  4. I enjoyed reading all about your 2021 reading Caro, such impressive stats! Love that you made a dent in your backlist and it was fun seeing a section about otps & relationships. Hope you have a lovely reading year in 2022! πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ“š

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