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:


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:


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


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.


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?

 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):

2019 End of Year Survey


This is my annual wrap up!  The past few years I’ve also completed the survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner, but this year has been crazy since I’m currently fostering a newborn and I don’t have the energy or time for more!

Challenges in which I participated:

What’s in a Name?
A to Z
Book Bingo
Monthly Motif

# of books read:


Previous years:

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):

Where the Crawdads Sing  by: Delia Owens
The Witch Elm  by: Tana French
Red Dragon  by: Thomas Harris
The Dovekeepers  by: Alice Hoffman
Good Omens  by: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
The Silence of the Lambs  by: Thomas Harris
Tree of Life  by: Sarah Joy Green-Hart
The Cabin at the End of the World  by: Paul Tremblay
No Exit  by: Taylor Adams
The Little Stranger  by: Sarah Waters
The Missing Years  by: Lexie Elliott

Least favorite:

The Amulet Thief  by: Luanne Bennett

# of non-fiction:


Repeated authors:

Thomas Harris (2) (Hannibal Lecter)
Katherine Arden (3) (Winternight Trilogy)
Sarah Crossan (2) (Breathe)
Ben Aaronovitch (3) (Rivers of London)
Rick Riordan (2) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)


6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):



If you could, I’d love you to leave some feedback for any questions you’d LIKE to see on this survey in the future that perhaps I don’t have on here!


Where the Crawdads Sing


Where the Crawdads Sing

By:  Delia Owens
# of pages:  384
Challenge:  A to ZBook Bingo
Quote:  “Kya bit her bottom lip as she watched. Wondering how it would feel to be among them. Their joy created an aura almost visible against the deepening sky. Ma had said women need one another more than they need men, but she never told her how to get inside the pride.”


Goodreads description:

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Review:  My first book read in the new year and it was worthy of five stars and a place on my favorites list!  In a way I hate reviewing amazing books because I can’t do them justice.  This book is beautifully written, has a great plot full of thought provoking subjects and an intriguing mystery, and the character of Kya is one easy to emphathize with and understand.

Kya was abandoned by her mother at age six and in the short years that follow, her siblings and father leave her as well.  She makes do in the marshes of coastal North Carolina, but while she doesn’t physically starve, she often feels emotionally starved.  In order to feel connected to the world, she falls in love with the nature that surrounds her on a daily basis.  Where the Crawdads Sing is the story of how she interacts with all of nature, that of the marsh environment and that of the townspeople floating by on the fringes of her existence.

At times this story made my heart ache, but it was also inspiring.  Kya led a rough life that no one deserves, but she made the best of it and handled situations with strength and resolve.  This would be a good book club read.  The way Kya interacts with people and the mystery that’s presented throughout the novel made me want to discuss the book with someone!  I recommend it to all adults.  And I also recommend visiting the NC coast if you haven’t done so yet, it’s a beautiful place.

Why I gave this book 5/5 stars:  Interesting plot, beautiful story, strong characters.

In a Dark, Dark Wood


In a Dark, Dark Wood

By:  Ruth Ware
# of pages: 


Goodreads description:

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…. 

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

Review:  Now I’ve read all of the books Ruth Ware has published.  Her books are interesting and easy reads.  This book is on my R.I.P. Challenge list.  It wasn’t as creepy/suspenseful as I thought it would be based on the description, but it held my interest and was a fast read.

Nora receives an unexpected invitation to her ex-bestfriend’s bachelorette party (hen do in the U.K.).  She hasn’t seen Clare in 10 years since they were about 16, but she consults with a mutual friend who was also invited.  They decide they’ll both go even though neither really wants to attend.

Almost immediately upon arriving at the remote country house in the woods, things start to go downhill.  Nora wants to leave before the weekend has truly begun, but she’s prevented from doing so.  Trapped in the house with a mixed group of strangers and estranged former friends, she slowly realizes not everything that’s happening is a coincidence.

I wasn’t too attached to any of the characters.  I couldn’t really relate to many of Nora’s decisions.  I felt sorry that she was so tramatized by her past and concerned about impressing Clare both in the past and present.

This wasn’t the most amazing book I’ve ever read, but it was fun and easy.  I wouldn’t have minded a little more creepiness, but there was still some suspense and mystery.  I recommend it to those who enjoy the suspense/thriller genre.

Why I gave this book 4/5 stars:  Fun and well-paced mystery, so-so characters and plot.

10 covers that feature school supplies

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Today’s theme is back to school and I copied That Artsy Reader Girl and chose books with school supplies on the cover.

I’ll start with the book I’m reading right now:



by: Tara Westover  (pencil)





by: David Arnold  (backpack)





One of Us is Lying  
by: Karen McManus  (notebook paper)





Fahrenheit 451  
by: Ray Bradbury  (book)





The Bookshop on the Corner  
by: Jenny Colgan  (books)





Muse  by: Jessie Burton (paintbrushes, typewriter)





Life in Outer Space  
by: Melissa Keil  (laptops)





by: Lauren DeStefano  (globe, books)





Room  by: Emma Donoghue  (fingerpaints)






Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World  by: Jane M. Healey  (chalkboard)



10 Hype Worthy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Today’s theme is top ten books that are worthy of the hype they received.  These are my ten picks, in no particular order.



The Language of Flowers
  by: Vanessa Diffenbaugh – This was before Goodreads was as popular and before I was part of The Silent Book Club on Facebook.  So I heard about this book a on a few book blogs and from my mom.  It was excellent and I’ve always heard good things about it, whether or not that qualifies as “hype.” 🙂



  by: Stephen King – I read this fairly soon after it was released, but I still hear a lot about it today from book lovers.  On Silent Book Club it is always one of the first recommended when someone asks what King book they should read.  I loved it, in spite of the weird ending (which is true of many of King’s books).


The Book Thief  
by: Markus Zusak – Awesome, amazing book that people recommend all the time and rightly so.  My husband did read the first chapter and decided he didn’t like it, but he’s not a cultured reader so he doesn’t count.


Beneath a Scarlet Sky
  by: Mark T. Sullivan  – I haven’t heard as much about this book recently, but it was talked about a lot when it was first published.  I loved it, whether or not it was an accurate portrayal of the real Pino’s life.


  by: Emma Donoghue – This has been made into a movie that I haven’t seen yet, but it’s an excellent novel.  The first few chapters were some of the most agonizing suspense scenes I’ve ever read.  My oldest child was the same age as the protagonist of the book, which made it affect me even more.




The Help  by: Kathryn Stockett – There’s a reason this book is one of the most popular novels of the modern age.  The fact that it’s a movie has helped, but that’s the reason it became a film in the first place.  Great story, well written, interesting characters.




Water for Elephants  by: Sara Gruen – I don’t hear as much about this book now, but for a while it was highly talked about amongst book lovers.  I never watched the movie, but the book was excellent and deserved to be recommended as much as it was.



Harry Potter series  by: J.K. Rowling – Do I even need to justify why this is on my list?  This series grows along with the characters and along with many of the first readers.  That is neat in and of itself, but the original story, fun characters, and unique setting tops it off.



  by: R.J. Palacio – For years I heard about this book but kept putting off checking it out.  I figured it was just blown out of proportion or just appealed to young readers.  Boy was I wrong.  It’s fascinating how well this was written that it can reach young and adult readers.  The message is so important as well.



To Kill a Mockingbird
  by: Harper Lee – Once again, I don’t feel there’s anything I can really add to make you understand why this book is on this list, but it truly is a classic tale.  Part of it is how incredible this book was released when it was, at a time when the message was controversial as well as important.  The message is still incredibly important.  Also, I want to take this opportunity to say that I didn’t like Go Set a Watchman and I honestly don’t think it was ever supposed to be published.  Harper Lee wouldn’t have wanted that considering it was a first “draft” of Mockingbird and she obviously decided to write something else instead.



10 Books Linked to Memories

I was traveling this past Tuesday so I missed That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesday meme, but I thought it was an interesting topic so I will do it late.  This week’s topic is 10 books linked to specific memories/moments in your life.

1656001The Host  by: Stephenie Meyer – My mom gave me this book the day after I miscarried my first baby, along with a bouquet of flowers.  It had just come out and I had been wanting to read it, but of course I wasn’t even thinking of it after the trauma of losing a baby.  It was so thoughtful of my mom.  I had a lot of trouble sleeping in the weeks following the loss and I vividly remember laying on the couch in the middle of the night reading this book, which I loved.



The Blue Sword  by: Robin McKinley – This was the book that got me hooked on fantasy.  My mom recommended it to me and I remember sitting on my bedroom floor reading this for hours.  Looking back I can’t believe I could sit/lay on the floor without being sore after.




Where the Red Fern Grows  by: Wilson Rawls – One of the first traumatic books I ever read.  I was in fifth grade sitting at my desk during silent reading time and was struggling not to cry.



847947Maniac Magee  by: Jerry Spinelli – I read this when I traveled to Arkansas to visit my grandma all by myself (can you imagine an 11 year old traveling on a plane across the country along nowadays?).  While reading this I noticed I was feeling kind of funny.  That night I had nightmares about Maniac Magee running lost around town and woke up with a raging fever.  I had do delay my flight home because I was so sick.




The Ruins  by: Scott Smith – I read this one the way home from my honeymoon in the Caribbean.  I just remember being on the plane reading this horrifying book.  Haha, not the most romantic honeymoon read. 😉




The Little Book of Baby Names  by: Karen Kaufman Orloff – Here’s a more romantic memory.  Sitting on the deck of a cruise ship on our honeymoon talking about names we liked for a future baby.




The Shining  by: Stephen King – I read this with my “book club” (two best friends).  It always reminds me of them.  I even took it to my friend’s house and we read it at the same time while sitting on her couch.  And then they came over on Halloween and we talked about it.  Fun times!



The Myst series  by: Rand Miller – I read these in high school when I had just started dating the guy who would become my husband.  They give me a warm fuzzy feeling.



58696David Copperfield  by: Charles Dickens – My dad gave me his childhood copy of this book (that I think may have belonged to his grandmother) when I was in second or third grade.  I started reading it and he was just so proud that I could read it at such a young age.  But it was so boring and I didn’t really understand it, but I didn’t want to stop reading it and disappoint him.  So I just pretended to read most of it.  I still own it and I still haven’t read the whole thing!


Star Wars: The Crystal Star 
by: Vonda N. McIntyre – I read this in high school and listened to the same song on repeat while reading it.  For years after every time I heard the song I would think of this book.  And now I can’t remember the song!  But I still remember the feeling I had from the music and book combined.

10 Red, White, & Blue Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S. which is where I live, so I’m sticking with the red, white, and blue theme.  These are books that I’ve either read or that I want to read that have those colors on the cover.

Books I’ve read:


The Woman in the Window ° Counting by 7s ° Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand


Unwind ° Cinder


Books I want to read:


American War ° Wonder Woman: Warbringer ° Outrun the Moon


Shadowsong ° Behind Closed Doors

Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2018

I’m new to the modern book blogging world, so this is my first time doing this tag.  Thanks to Bionic Book Worm and Read All The Things! for introducing me to the tag.

As of June 30, 2018 I’ve read 46 of my annual goal of 70.


The best book you’ve read:


Turtles All the Way Down  
by: John Green


Beacon 23  
by: Hugh Howey


  by: R.J. Palacio



Your favorite sequel:


Memories of Ash  
by: Intisar Khanani



New release you haven’t read yet but want to:


Sometimes I Lie  by: Alice Feeney
I have it on hold at the library.



Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:


Saga Vol. 9  by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples



Your biggest disappointment:

Lincoln in the Bardo  by: George Saunders
I’m like books that are allegorical or alternative or layered.  I enjoy books whose main purpose are to make the readers think in a new way.  I couldn’t stand this book.  I barely finished it and just skimmed the last few pages.  It presented some interesting ideas about life, but it’s way too wordy.

Biggest surprise of the year:


by: Intisar Khanani



Favorite new to you or debut author:

N.K. Jemison
N.K. Jemisin
I’ve only read one book by her so far, The Fifth Season, but the world building, characters, and timeline were so amazing that I immediately looked up the author on Goodreads and plan to read the rest of The Broken Earth series and start on her other books as well.


Your new fictional crush:


Val from Sunbolt



New favorite character:


Aza from Turtles All the Way Down  by: John Green


A book that made you cry:


Winter Garden  
by: Kristen Hannah


A book that made you happy:


The Girl Who Drank the Moon  
by: Kelly Barnhill



Your favorite book to movie adaptation:

I haven’t watched much this year based on books but I’ve really enjoyed the first season of “Outlander” and I’m on the 4th season of “Call the Midwife.”


Favorite blog post you’ve published this year:

Top Ten Red Books

The most beautiful book you have read:


Saga Vol. 3  
by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples




The Shell Collector  
by: Hugh Howey




That Inevitable Victorian Thing  
by: E.K. Johnston



Some books that you need to read by the end of the year:


by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann (The Illuminae Files #3)




The Obelisk Gate  
by: N.K. Jemisin  (The Broken Earth #2)



Did you complete the Mid Year Freak Out Tag?  Put your link in the comments!

Top Ten RED books

TTT #16

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is 10 books that feature your favorite color.  My favorite color has been red for years and years.  Lately I’ve also been loving teal, but red holds a special place in my heart so here we go.  10 books that have red covers in no particular order.  In choosing from my favorites list, I noticed that most of these books are sci-fi and that isn’t my most read genre.  Just an interesting observation.

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Wool  by: Hugh Howey  (Silo #1)

This is an interesting and unique sci-fi read.  It was my introduction to Howey’s books, most of which I very much enjoy.




Inkheart  by: Cornelia Funke  (Inkworld #1)

A great children’s fantasy that was made into an okay movie.





Life of Pi  by: Yann Martel

An incredibly unique fantasy/magical realism.  It didn’t sound like something I’d usually enjoy, but I loved it.  I still haven’t seen the movie.




The Martian  by: Andy Weir

Am I veering into orange?  This is a popular sci-fi for a reason.  Who would have thought that I’d enjoy it so much with all of the scientific jargon?  It was also a good movie.




Ready Player One  by: Ernest Cline

Once again, a sci-fi that takes place in the future and includes an extensive virtual reality aspect.  It’s an awesome book and I’m hoping the movie will be good too, but I haven’t seen it yet.




Doctor Sleep  by: Stephen King  (The Shining #2

This is the sequel to The Shining.  Read my review because I really connected with this book and thought it was a great sequel.  I was nervous about reading it, but it didn’t disappoint even though it was very different from The Shining.




Dark Matter  by: Blake Crouch

Once again, I didn’t think I’d enjoy a sci-fi book that relies heavily on the theory of quantum mechanics, but this was an interesting, action-packed book.  Yes, I did read a few articles about quantum mechanics and yes, it’s still hard to wrap my head around.  My brain just doesn’t think that way.




Illuminae  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  (Illuminae Files #1)

The first in a very unique sci-fi series that isn’t complete yet.  So far only the first two books have been published and they were both great.





Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by: Mark Sullivan

An historical fiction about the Italian resistance during WWII.  It was so well written and I was glad to read about a part of the war I wasn’t familiar with.




11/22/63  by: Stephen King

I know I’m stretching with the red here, but the red really pops on this cover and it’s a great book.  Once again, it’s a sci-fi that deals with time travel back to 1963 and the assassination of JFK.