Hello fellow bookworms 📚 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)! 💕 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 😄 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 🥰
- End of the Year Survey 2017 💗
- End of the Year Survey 2018 💗
- End of the Year Survey: 2019 Edition 💗
- End of the Year Survey: 2020 Edition 💕
Year in Books
💗 Check out my Year in Books Here 💗
Genre You Read The Most From
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.
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 💕
- 1 Star (1 Book)
- 2 Stars (8 Books)
- 3 Stars (25 Books)
- 4 Stars (91 Books)
- 5 Stars (35 Books, including rereads)
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 😅 However, I still read much more backlist, if you take together all the books released pre 2021 they outnumber the new releases!
- 2021 📚 35 Books Read
- 2020 📚 34 Books Read
- 2019 📚 19 Books Read
- 2018 📚 17 Books Read
- 2017 📚 10 Books Read
- 2016 📚 9 Books Read
- 2015 📚 3 Books Read
- Pre 2015 📚 21 Books Read
Where my books came from
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 📚 97 Books
- Bought 📚 59 Books (including rereads)
- Arcs 📚 7 Books
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 🎧
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!
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t
- Ace of Spades (Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé) 📚 ⭐⭐⭐
- A Lesson in Vengeance (Victoria Lee) 📚 ⭐⭐⭐
- The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass) 📚 ⭐⭐
Best series you started in 2021? Best Sequel of 2021? Best Series Ender of 2021?
- Series Started 📚 Nevermoor (Jessica Townsend) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Sequel 📚 Network Effect (Martha Wells) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Series Finale 📚 The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (Ransom Riggs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Favorite new author, you discovered in 2021?
- Courtney Gould 📚 The Dead and the Dark
- Rachel Lynn Solomon 📚 Today Tonight Tomorrow
Most Read Author in 2021?
- Random Riggs 📚 6 Books (Miss Peregrine’s 1-6)
Book You Read In 2021 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
- The House in the Cerulean Sea (T.J. Klune) 📚
- The Comfort Book (Matt Haig) 📚
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021?
- Winterhouse (Ben Guterson) 📚
- The Nature of Witches (Rachel Griffin) 📚
- The Girls Are Never Gone (Sarah Glenn Marsh) 📚
Most memorable characters of 2021?
- Logan Ortiz-Woodley (The Dead and the Dark) 📚
- Jupiter North (Nevermoor) 📚
- Clara Densmore (The Nature of Witches) 📚
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to finally read?
- The Naturals (Jennifer Lynn Barnes) 📚
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Talia Hibbert) 📚
- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (Morgan Matson) 📚
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
- Linus & Arthur (The House in the Cerulean Sea) 📚
- Hugo & Wallace (Under the Whispering Door) 📚
- Rowan & Neill (Today Tonight Tomorrow) 📚
- Felipe & Caio (Here the Whole Time) 📚
- Levi & Ben (The KC Warlock Weekly) 📚
- Dare & Quinn (The Girls Are Never Gone) 📚
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
- The Found Family (Spy x Family) 📚
- Ollie, Coco & Brian (Small Spaces Series) 📚
- Elizabeth & Freddy (Winterhouse) 📚
- Warren, Mr. Frigg, Petula & Sketchy (Warren the 13th) 📚
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
- Please Don’t Hug Me (Kay Kerr) 📚
- Other Words for Home (Jasmine Warga) 📚
- Sugar & Spice (Eli Wray) 📚
New favorite book blog you discovered in 2021?
Favorite review that you wrote in 2021?
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 🥰
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
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. 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!! 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 & 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! 🥰
- 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 🥺
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 😅
- 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 😭
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022?
- Greenglass House (Kate Milford) 📚
2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
- One for All (Lillie Lainoff) 📚
- Aces Wild (Amanda DeWitt) 📚
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2022?
- Silver Born: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow (Katherine Arden) 📚 Nevermoor #4
- Empty Smiles (Katherine Arden) 📚 Small Spaces #4
- Fence Vol 5.: Rise (C.S. Pacat) 📚 Fence #5
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?
- Tackle my (Physical & Kindle) TBR!! 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
What was your favorite reading/blogging moment of 2021? What are you hoping to accomplish in 2022?