BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP 2021 // THIRD QUARTER UPDATE

Excuse me while I pick up my jaw from the floor. Here we are, at the closure of the third quarter of 2021! In this post I’ll be sharing all 64 books I’ve read this year, an update on the facts and figures from the past 9 months, and reflecting on my 2021 reading goals and intentions!

Facts and Figures

Nonfiction: 16
Autobiographical: 5
Feminism: 1
Race: 5
Poetry: 1
Self-help: 2

Fiction: 48
Fantasy: 3
Fiction: 11
Historical fiction: 6
Mystery, suspense, thrillers: 17
Romance: 5
Science fiction: 6

Physical books: 32
Audiobooks: 27
Ebooks (Nook): 5

Library or borrowed books: 49
Personal collection: 8

Book of the Month purchase: 4
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 20
Buddy reads: 11

2021 TBR: 16

5 star reads: 17
4 star reads: 20
3 star reads: 25

Reading Goals + Intentions

1 | Backlist titles from 2020 favorite authors: Goal met

2 | 2021 releases from 2020 favorite authors: Ongoing, 75% complete
Only one book left to complete this goal which I plan to read in October as it’s my buzzword pick for that month
☒ Alex Michaelides’ The Maidens
☒ Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop
☒ Riley Sager’s Survive the Night
☐ Paula Hawkin’s A Slow Fire Burning

3 | New to me authors: Ongoing, 37.5% complete
No progress to report this update. I did start Stuart Turton’s novel The Devil and the Dark Water twice while on our road trip, but DNF’d it twice. I’m hoping to get actually read and enjoy The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by the end of the year! I also have Alice Feeney’s newest book Rock Paper Scissors on hold at the library, so that might happen before the year is up
☒ Fredrik Backman
☒ Leigh Bardugo
☐ Alice Feeney
☐ Lisa Jewel
☐ Lars Kepler
☐ Jo Nesbø
☐ Stuart Turton
☒ Ruth Ware

4 | Author diversity and inclusion: Ongoing, 50% complete
Of the 64 books I’ve read, 22 titles are by BIPOC authors and 3 identify as queer. I now own two books by S. A. Crosby, maybe I’ll get to one of them but I’m not too hopeful
☒ Oyinkan Braithwaite
☐ S.A. Cosby
☒ Eva García Sáenz
☐ David Heska Wanbli Weiden

5 | Genres and reading format: Ongoing
I did attempt to read a poetry collection this quarter but ultimately DNF’d it – sorry Mary Oliver. No progress picking up comedies or memoirs this year either. At the time I’m writing this, there are only 2 months left in the year, not sure I’ll really get to either at this point. Of the 64 books I’ve read so far this year, 27 have been audiobooks

6 | Buddy reads: Ongoing
Loosely buddy read Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary with my brother – we both gave it 5 stars! Honestly, I’m a little burnt out on science fiction, so I won’t likely pick another book to buddy read with him until 2022

Buddy reads with my BFF slowed down this quarter to basically nothing, which was to be expected since we were traveling for the months of August and September. A couple books we both plan to pick up and discuss before the year ends include A Man Called Ove, The Ex Hex, and Ghosts

7 | General goals: Goal met
☒ 64 books (goal 60 books)
☒ 20,409 pages (goal 20,000 pages)
☒ 5 books about race/racism (goal 5 books)

Until next time, Meryn


BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP 2021 // 42 BOOK UPDATE linked here
BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP 2021 // FIRST QUARTER UPDATE linked here
BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP 2021 // SECOND QUARTER UPDATE linked here

BUZZWORD READATHON READING CHALLENGE 2021 – THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here
2021 TBR // THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here

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