BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP 2021 // END OF YEAR UPDATE

A look at my 2021 year of reading by the numbers and an update to my reading goals + intentions

Facts and Figures

Total: 84 books
Pages: 27,037

Nonfiction: 21
Biographical: 7
Humor: 1
Memoir: 1
Race: 5
Poetry: 1
Self-help/personal development: 2

Fiction: 63
Fantasy: 6
Fiction: 10
Historical fiction: 10
Mystery, suspense, thrillers: 21
Romance: 9
Science fiction: 6
Short stories: 1

Physical books: 36
Audiobooks: 43
Ebooks (Nook): 5

Library or borrowed books: 61
Personal collection: 23

Book of the Month purchase: 6
Buzzword Readathon challenge: 25
2021 TBR: 25

BIPOC authors: 26
Queer authors: 4

5 star reads: 20 [23.8%]
4 star reads: 32 [38.1%]
3 star reads: 30 [35.7%]
2 star reads: 1 [1.2%]

Reading Goals + Intentions

1 | Backlist titles from 2020 favorite authors: Goal met
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

2 | 2021 releases from 2020 favorite authors: Goal met
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Survive the Night by Riley Sager
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

3 | New to me authors: 50% complete
☒ Fredrik Backman
☒ Leigh Bardugo
☐ Alice Feeney
☐ Lisa Jewel
☐ Lars Kepler
☐ Jo Nesbø
☒ Stuart Turton
☒ Ruth Ware

4 | Author diversity and inclusion: 50% met
☒ Oyinkan Braithwaite
☐ S.A. Cosby
☒ Eva García Sáenz
☐ David Heska Wanbli Weiden

5 | Genres and reading format: 75% met
☐ Poetry collection
☒ Humor/comedy – Yearbook by Seth Rogen
☒ Memoir – Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
☒ Audiobooks – 43 in total!

6 | Buddy reads: Goal met
Read and discussed a couple science fiction titles with my brother with our collective favorite being Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary. My reading BFF and went back and forth recommending books to one another for the entire year. Books we discussed included, but not limited to: Hood Feminism, The Dutch House, Catherine House, Circe, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Midnight Library, Everything I Never Told You, Pachinko, and The Martian

7 | General goals: Goal met
☒ 60 books
☒ 20,000 pages
☒ 5 books about race/racism

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
BOOK REVIEW ROUND UP 2021 // THIRD QUARTER UPDATE linked here

TOP 10 FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021 + HONORABLE MENTIONS linked here

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