HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2021 is officially over and 2022 has officially begun! That is crazy! This is my fourth time wrapping up a year of reading and I am super excited to show you all the reading year I have done! That being said despite this being the most successful reading year in terms of the number of books I have read, I didn’t do so great on some of my challenges and also… I just didn’t find quite a lot of the books I read to be as memorable. I hope 2022 will bring me loads of joy! For this wrap up, I will be using stats taken from both the Goodreads Wrap Up and some reading spreadsheets I have collated from Reader Voracious and Ali from Hardback Hoarder. This year is also the year where I try and make these posts more visually appealing as well as originally it was very text heavy!
So there are actually a couple of things I wanted to talk about before jumping into the main focus of this post. So, 2 major bookish things have happened to me.
First of all, I started a bookstagram! Yes, I finally decided to create one. I am not amazing at taking beautifully aesthetic photos but I thought it would be fun to reach another kind of audience through instagram and also give a more personal touch to this blog as well as you can see what I am doing on a more day to day basis. So, if you want to follow, check out indiareadsalot on instagram!
The other thing was getting my job as a Bookseller!!! I started the job in early September and I am loving it so far. I know going forward that working in a bookstore is really going to influence what I read. I will have a greater assessibility to read more new books as over the last couple of years I have been reading mainly backlist.
So, yes those were the two big things I wanted to talk about now let’s get to the main event!
- I read 27, 980 pages
- I read 75 books
- I re-read 2 books
- I DNFed 7 books
- My average book length was 383
- My average books rating was 3.8
- I read 57% of my physical TBR
The shortest book I read in 2021 – 34 pages
This was a super cute picture book I read at work on Halloween. It was super easy to promote around that time and I wholeheartedly loved this book.
The longest book I read in 2021 – 1,277 pages
Now this is a bit tricky to calculate since this is actually a webcomic and you can’t really accurately calculate episodes into page numbers but still I’m going to take and accept this!
My most popular book.
This book was shelved by over 1.3 million people on Goodreads.
My least popular book.
This book was shelved by 15 people on Goodreads.
The book I read with the highest rating on Goodreads.
I didn’t realise how many 5 stars I gave out this year! I really thought I was quite harsh with my ratings but boy was I wrong!
|Bullet Train||Kotaro Isaka|
|Beasts Made of Night||Tochi Onyebuchi|
|Forest of a Thousand Lanterns||Julie C. Dao|
|Guards! Guards!||Terry Pratchett|
|The Binding||Bridget Collins|
|The Child Thief||Brom|
|The Plague Letters||V. L. Valentine|
|Shadow and Bone||Leigh Bardugo|
|Breach of Peace||Daniel B. Greene|
|The Decagon House Murders||Yukito Ayatsuji|
|Labyrinth Coronation: Volume 1||Simon Spurrier, Daniel Bayliss & Dan Jackson|
|Komi Can’t Communicate: Volume 1||Tomohito Oda|
|The Whistling||Rebecca Netley|
|The Plotters||Un-Su Kim|
|The Steam Dragon Express||R. Merryweather|
|Death Going Down||Maria Angelica Bosco|
|Ouran High School Host Club: Volume 1||Bisco Hatori|
|Ghibliotheque||Michael Leader and Jake Cunningham|
|Seven Down||David Whitton|
|Methods of Dyeing||B. Mure|
|The Art of Dying||Ambrose Parry|
|Descendant of the Crane||Joan He|
|Stars Wars: From a Certain Point of View||Various|
|The Mystery of Three Quarters||Sophie Hannah|
|Attack of Titan: Volume 1||Hajime Isayama|
|The Inugami Curse||Seishi Yokomizo|
|Always Human||Ari North|
|One Piece: Volume 1||Eiichiro Oda|
|Far From the Light of Heaven||Tade Thompson|
|City of Secrets||Victoria Ying|
|Year of the Reaper||Makiia Lucier|
|The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess||Tom Gauld|
|Murder on the Orient Express||Agatha Christie|
|The Fifth Season||N.K. Jemisin|
|The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn||Tri Vuong|
|Lord Edgware Dies||Agatha Christie|
|The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time||Akira Himekawa|
|Red Seas Under Red Skies||Scott Lynch|
|The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask||Akira Himekawa|
|The Shadow Rising||Robert Jordan|
|Saga: Volume 1||Brian K. Vaughn|
|An Ember in the Ashes||Sabaa Tahir|
|Your Letter||Hyeon A Cho|
|The Six Wives of Henry VIII||Alison Weir|
|The Monsters of Rookhaven||Pádraig Kenny|
|Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Black Girl Magic||Lily Workneh (Editor)|
|Gustavo, the Shy Ghost||Flavia Z. Drago|
|The Remarried Empress||Alphatart|
|The Alloy of Law||Brandon Sanderson|
|Shadows of Self||Brandon Sanderson|
|Beneath the Citadel||Destiny Soria|
|Lore Olympus: Season 1||Rachel Smythe|
|Fullmetal Alchemist: Volumes 10-12||Hiromu Arakawa|
|The Poppy War||R.F. Kuang|
|Orange: Volume 1||Ichigo Takano|
|Orange: Volume 2||Ichigo Takano|
|The Battle of the Labyrinth||Rick Riordan|
|The Last Olympian||Rick Riordan|
|We Hunt the Flame||Hafsah Faizal|
|Fullmetal Alchemist: Volumes 13-15||Hiromu Arakawa|
|The Devil and the Dark Water||Stuart Turton|
|Miss Abbot and the Doctor||Maripaz Villar|
|Mexican Gothic||Silvia Moreno-Garcie|
|The Appeal||Janice Hallett|
|Ace of Spades||Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé|
|All of Us Villains||Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman|
|The Year of the Witching||Alexis Henderson|
|The Fall of Babel||Josiah Bancroft|
|Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse||Joe Todd-Stanton|
|Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx||Joe Todd-Stanton|
|Arthur and the Golden Rope||Joe Todd-Stanton|
- Paperback – 43
- eBook – 22
- Hardcover – 10
I am not shocked at all by these results at all. I am a paperback girl through and through!
These two photos include my primary and secondary genres for the books. I know some of them are more mediums like graphic novels and picture books but I wanted to note those down as well.
So, surprising to no-one was that fact that I read mostly fantasy. I was more surprised by the lack of mystery this year as 2020 was full of loads of crime books I hope to change that this year.
Age Group Breakdown
- Adult – 41
- New Adult – 3
- Young Adult – 20
- Middle Grade – 6
- Childrens – 5
Not surprised by these results. As I get older I tend to read more adult books and that was the case for most of the year. It wasn’t until September did I decide to dive back into the YA bracket. Joining my bookstore also ignited a new found love for the middle grade book bracket as it highlighted so many amazing books I never see promoted online.
- Owned – 41
- Gift – 10
- NetGalley – 9
- WebToon – 9
- Publisher – 2
- Borrowed – 2
- Kindle – 2
What was super exciting this year was being able to read books specifically sent to me from both authors and publishers which is something I haven’t really experienced before!
This may not be the most accurate but I tried to research as hard as I can.
- He/Him – 31
- She/Her – 39
- Transgender – 1
- Unknown – 2 (Due to being written by more than 1 person)
Also with this area as well I tried to research to make sure I was super accurate.
- White – 35
- Asian – 24
- Black – 6
- Middle Eastern – 3
- Latinx – 3
- Pacific Islander – 1
- Unknown – 1
- Browsing – 25
- Other – 20 (These were mainly books that I heard of due to my sequel challenge)
- Social Media – 15
- Bookseller – 7
- Publisher – 7
- Author – 2
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