2021 – Year In Review

Reading Review

This has been such a huge year for me when it comes to reading. My reading habits have changed drastically from previous years, and I read 43,584 pages from 139 books, which is far more than ever before. My average length was 313 pages and my average rating this year was 4.0. I’m lucky to have not read many books I didn’t like this year. I love looking at numbers and data…so, here’s a ton of other stuff I learned from my Goodreads and Storygraph stats pages.

This year I read many books that were adventurous, dark, and emotional. I’m sure I probably craved adventure due to being stuck in the house most of the time. I tended to read books of medium or fast pace more than slow-paced books. A majority of the books I read fell between 300 and 499 pages in length, which I can definitely say is my preference. If a book is too long, I tend to lose focus before the end and find myself just wanting them to be over. Most of the books I read this year were fantasy, YA, LGBT+, science fiction, or some combination of those four genres. I wasn’t surprised to see that because they are my favorites. This year has been especially exciting because of all the LGBT+ books/characters I’ve been able to read since I didn’t really read this genre much before this year. I’m incredibly happy to have found such great stories and representation. I’m curious to see what the next year will bring and discover if my preferences change at all as the new year progresses.

Blogging Review

When I started blogging, I didn’t really have any goals in mind because I had no idea what I was doing. I was mostly writing reviews for myself to help keep track of my thoughts about what I was reading. I still don’t feel like I know what I’m doing (LOL), but there are a few accomplishments I’m proud of this year. First and foremost, I reviewed 26 books on NetGalley and earned the 25 reviews badge. I set that goal pretty late in the year, and I’m happy to have achieved it. I’ve also had more views, likes, and comments than I ever anticipated when I started out. My total views for the year are approaching 7,000, which I still can’t really believe. So, thank you to everyone who has stopped by the blog and interacted in any way. I really appreciate it.

Wrap-Up posts are typically the most viewed posts that I write, but I’m not going to include them in this list because that is all it would include if I did. Here are my top 5 posts of the year (not including monthly wrap-ups):

  1. Book Review – The Darkness Outside Us
  2. Book Review – Any Way the Wind Blows
  3. ARC Audiobook Review – Not My Ruckus
  4. Stacking the Shelves (16) – July 31, 2021
  5. ARC Review – Shards of Earth

Not all of my posts were super popular this year, especially toward the beginning of my blog. I think many of them had so few views because I didn’t have a lot of followers then. Check them out and see if they truly deserve the honor of least popular post. Here are my 5 least viewed posts of the year:

  1. Book Review – Doctor Who The Official Annual 2021
  2. Book Review – Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark
  3. Book Review – Solaris Seethes
  4. Comic Book Review – Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious: Monstrous Beauty
  5. Book Review – Star Wars: Shadow Fall

Final Thoughts

I hope you all have a great holiday, and I wish everyone the best for the new year. I’m excited about what is to come in the new year, and I’m looking forward to continuing to share my thoughts about great books with you all in the year to come!

8 thoughts on “2021 – Year In Review

  1. Impressive number of books read. I don’t think I’ve that many in my life. 🤣 I glad you achieved some of your goals. I didn’t complete any.

      • Me too. I only go there to drop off a review then leave right away. But having seen those graphs, I thought maybe I should check out all the site has to offer. What a gorgeous way to look back at one’s reading journey.

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