2021 End of Year Reading Survey | Reading Stats + Challenge Wrap-Ups

A big thanks (again) to Jamie at Perpetual Page Tuner for creating it this wonderful End of Year Reading Survey. I think this is maybe my third time doing it. It’s always interesting to see what my reading was like over the year.

Like last year, I’ll have some additional insights from The Storygraph to add as well as the tracking I did on my own in Google Sheets.

Number Of Books Read: 111 (way over my goal!)

Pages read: 37,096

Number of 2021 Releases: 33

Shortest and Longest Book Read:

Genre I Read The Most From:

Looks like I read Romance the most, with Science Fiction coming in second.

Moods I Read the Most Of:

Unsurprisingly, the mood I read the most was lighthearted.

Fiction vs Nonfiction: I once again read mostly fiction at 84.7%

Most Read Format: I devoured a lot of ebooks, especially in the last couple months of the year. I didn’t realize how many audiobooks I listened to though.

How Many New Authors Read: 73! Quite an increase from how many new authors I read in 2020. I will say that I’m 100% sure how accurate this number is since I read a new author more than once last year so after the first time I marked them as not new. Either way, I know it’s still a bigger number than I maybe would have expected.

Male vs Female Authors: Similar to 2020, I didn’t read as many male authors as I would have liked. I only read 21 male authors, putting me at about 18.9%. This is still something that I try to get higher though if I continue to read a lot of romance, it’ll be hard.

Author Diversity: Reading diversely is always a good thing. I made a goal to try and reach at least 25% of BIPOC authors read. I didn’t quite reach the goal coming in at 20.7% .. however it is an increase from 2020.

Other Stats: I almost read evenly across paces, but I mostly read medium paced books and mostly in the 300-499 page range.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

It definitely engaging, but it did become a little repetitive and so wasn’t as exciting to read as I thought – Recursion by Blake Crouch

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

This one was surprising because the little twist/ explanation for what’s really going on was something that I did not see coming at all – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Best series you started in 2021? Best Sequel of 2021? Best Series Ender of 20201

  • Best series would definitely be the Murderbot series by Martha Wells.
  • Best sequel would be Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid
  • I did not read any series enders.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2021?

I think I would tie it between Martha Wells and Emily Henry.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Fangs by Sarah Andersen hands down. I’ve never read a graphic novel or comic book. This was the first. I loved it so much I read it three times while I had it checked out.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Favorite cover of a book you read?

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Most memorable character?

Definitely Murderbot.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2021?

I had to share these three … there were so good and informative! Really made me stop and think.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shosana Zuboff, and Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to finally read?

Instead of gushing about Murderbot I’m going to choose A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read?

“Everyone’s got the potential to do the wrong thing – if we were measured that way, we’d all come up short. It’s about what you do.” ― Beth O’Leary, The Road Trip

Book That Shocked You The Most?

The Silent Patien but Alex Michaelides

Favorite Book You Read in 2021 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

500 Miles From You by Jenny Colgan

Best Book You Read In 2021 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Best 2021 debut you read?

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton

Most Unique Book You Read?

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Most and Least Popular (based off Goodreads ratings)

Favorite post you wrote?

I think it would have to be my Spooky & Chilling Books I’ve Read Perfect for October post. I also had a lot of fun making the feature photo for it.

Best moment of bookish/blogging life?

I think generally just hitting 6 years of blogging (or maybe it’s 5?)

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Burnout … I was struggling to want to sit down and type up a review or finding fun new posts to write. I took a hiatus and it’s still been hard. I’m still just trying to enjoy reading.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

After some of my posts from previous years still being popular, my most popular 2021 post was my Books I Decided to Take Off My TBR post.

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Hmm, I didn’t write many posts that I absolutely loved, so I find this question this time around not applicable.

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

No new discovery unfortunately.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

In addition to reaching my general reading goal of 50 books I finished the PopSugar Reading Challenge!

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022?

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow.

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

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2022?

Oooh there are actually three:

  • The Atlas Paradox (The Atlas #2) by Olivie Blake
  • Untitled (Witches Steeped in Gold #2) by Ciannon Smart
  • For the Throne (Wilderwood #2) by Hannah Whitten

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2022?

I don’t know that I have anything really specific in mind .. mostly just focus on reading what I want to read and don’t put too much pressure on myself when it comes to blogging.

What was your 2021 year of reading like?

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