2021 End of Year Survey

My wrap up and then The Perpetual Page-Turner‘s survey.

Challenges in which I participated:

What’s in a Name? 6/6
Alphabet Soup 20/26
Book Bingo 2 bingos, 17/25
R.I.P. XVI 6 books
Goodreads Challenge 57/65

# of books read:

57

Previous years:
59 in 2020
53 in 2019
81 in 2018
61 in 2017
35 in 2016
52 in 2015
58 in 2014
60 in 2013
75 in 2012
39 in 2011
30 in 2010
28 in 2009
48 in 2008
81 in 2007

Favorites (in order read):

The Midnight Library by: Matt Haig
Lovecraft Country by: Matt Ruff
Piranesi by: Susanna Clarke
Project Hail Mary by: Andy Weir
The November Girl by: Lydia Kang
My Sister, the Serial Killer by: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Queens of the Wyrd by: Timandra Whitecastle
The Drowning Kind by: Jennifer McMahon
The House Next Door by: Anne Rivers Siddon
The Hollow Places by: T. Kingfisher
Come With Me by: Ronald Malfi
Thorn by: Intisar Khanani

Least favorite:

The Once and Future Witches by: Alix E. Harrow
(Sad, because my favorite last year was by the same author!)

# of non-fiction:

4

Repeated authors:

Maggie O’Farrell (2)
T. Kingfisher (2)

**2021 READING STATS** By The Perpetual Page-Turner

Number Of Books You Read: 57
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fiction

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1. Best Book You Read In 2021?
Project Hail Mary by: Andy Weir

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Once and Future Witches by: Alix E. Harrow

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Red Dog by: Louis de Bernieres – It was my son’s book club read and I read it out loud to him, but the whole family started listening and it was actually funny, adventurous, and emotional whereas I expected it to be hokey and something only a child would enjoy.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I gave my copy of A Tangled Web by: Leslie Rule to a friend and maybe she read it?

 5. Best series you started in 2021? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2021?
Started: Thorn, #1 in The Dauntless Path by: Intisar Khanani
Sequel: The Throne of Fire, #2 in The Kane Chronicles by: Rick Riordan

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2021?
T. Kingfisher

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non-fiction is my least read genre, especially memoirs, but I really enjoyed Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by: Jenny Lawson.
I also discovered the book genre of true crime and was fascinated by A Tangled Web by: Leslie Rule.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The House Next Door by: Anne Rivers Siddon

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021?

11. Most memorable character of 2021?
Rocky from Project Hail Mary by: Andy Weir

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2021?
The House in the Cerulean Sea by: T.J. Klune

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2021?
The Midnight Library by: Matt Haig

 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to finally read? 
Dune by: Frank Herbert

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2021?

We don’t have to play every game to know what winning feels like. We don’t have to hear every piece of music in the world to understand music. We don’t have to have tried every variety of grape from every vineyard to know the pleasure of wine. Love and laughter and fear and pain are universal currencies. We just have to close our eyes and savour the taste of the drink in front of us and listen to the song as it plays. We are as completely and utterly alive as we are in any other life and have access to the same emotional spectrum.

The Midnight Library by: Matt Haig

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2021?
Shortest: Sarah, Plain and Tall by: Patricia MacLachlan (64 pages)
Longest: Dune by: Frank Herbert (890 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
A Head Full of Ghosts by: Paul Tremblay

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Alyrra & Kestrin in Thorn by: Intisar Khanani

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:
Rocky and Ryland in Project Hail Mary by: Andy Weir

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2021 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:
The Throne of Fire by: Rick Riordan

21. Best Book You Read In 2021 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
The House on the Cerulean Sea

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2021?
Lovis in Queens of the Wyrd by: Timandra Whitecastle
There isn’t any fan art that I can find, but she’s super badass, loyal, and strong.

23. Best 2021 debut you read?
I don’t think I read any 2021 debuts.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
This is a hard one! I think it would have to be The House on the Cerulean Sea.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by: Balli Kuar Jaswal

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2021?
The Midnight Library, maybe? I try to avoid books that make me cry!!!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Thorn by: Intisar Khanani


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Apples Never Fall by: Liane Moriarty – the narrator being a mom who feels forgotten and left behind.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2021?
Klara and the Sun by: Kazuo Ishiguro

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
In Broad Daylight by: Harry N. MacLean – the American “justice” system repeatedly letting down basically an entire town of people.

looking-ahead-books-2015

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022?
The next book in the Kane Chronicles. My son loves it that I read the Rick Riordan series, but I really slacked off in 2021 and I need to finish this series and read the Norse gods series in 2022.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2022 (non-debut)?

3. 2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
N/A

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2022?
I try not to start series that don’t have all the books published! Is Winds of Winter coming out this year!? Or the next Patrick Rothfuss book!? I just looked and the second book of the Shades of Grey series by Jasper Fforde is set to publish this year so if that happens I’d be happy!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2022?
Blog more! Read more!

6. A 2022 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
N/A



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