2021 End of the Year Survey

2021 was equally as uncertain as 2020, but I know the best is ahead of us as we head into 2022 ready to thrive in our lives and in our reading.


And we’re going to try and go for no repeats, so wish me luck.


2021 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 220
Total Pages Read: 81,524
Number of Re-Read: 17 books
Genre You Read The Most From: Romance.

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1. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The hype was real and well deserved.

2. BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire

We are the Ashes, We are the Fire by Joy McCullough

After having Blood Water Paint being one of my favorites of 2018, I thought I was destined to love all of McCullough’s works, but unfortunately, this didn’t work for me on any level.

3. MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ?

Dial A for AuntiesGood: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

If you’re looking for a dark comedy with lots of family and heart at it’s center look no further. (I highly recommend this for fans of Finlay Donovan is Killing It)

Honey GirlBad: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

My biggest problem here was my expectations were severly misplaced because of the marketing for this book. It’s in no way a romance and the writing style didn’t click with me either.

 4. BOOK YOU “PUSHED” THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)?

I don’t know if I hyped up one book more than all the others, or I just incessantly raved about all the books I loved because I needed positivity.

 5. BEST SERIES YOU STARTED IN 2021? BEST SEQUEL OF 2021? BEST SERIES ENDER OF 2021?Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)

Started: Wolfsong by TJ Klune | The heart, love, and family in this story shine.

Sequel: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas | If possible, I loved this even more than it’s predecessor, The Hate U Give

Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters #5)

Ender: Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie | This was such a satisfying conclusion to an amazing series of flawed and loveable characters.

6. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2021?

TJ Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1)

Klune does such fantastic character work and perfect found family stories, I can’t wait to read more from him in 2022.

7. BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?Midnight at the Electric

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I don’t normally reach for sci-fi or dystopian stories, and typically never one that combines both with 2 historical settings that I never reach for : The US Dust Bowl, and post WWI England. But this story was so fantastically gripping.

 8. MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR?Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This was such an addictive read- and filled with so many twists and turns.

9. BOOK YOU READ IN 2021 THAT YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO RE-READ NEXT YEAR?It Ends with Us

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

I’ve quickly become a fan of Collen Hoover’s hyper emotional stories and they are addicting to read and I know I’ll pick up more of hers in the new year (and possible reread a favorite or 2)

10. FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?Summer Sons

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

This haunting cover perfectly matches the gothic vibes of the story.

11. MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2021?

I’m not going to lie, Loren Hale takes up half of my thoughts on a regular basis.

When the Moon Was Ours12. MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2021?

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

AM has never done me wrong and their writing continues to take my breath away with every book.

13. MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/ LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2021?The Push

The Push by Ashley Audrain

While I didn’t love this book, I can recognize the power it had for so many people with it’s discussions about motherhood.

 14. BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2021 TO FINALLY READ?Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

I’ve seen this book floating around tumblr for years and I’m kicking myself that it took me so long to pick it up.

 15. FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

“We should always make time for the things we like. If we don’t, we might forget how to be happy.”

-The House on the Cerulean Sea (TJ Klune)


16.SHORTEST & LONGEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones | 136 Pgs

Night of the Mannequins

A Court of Silver Flames by SARAH J MAAS | 757 Pgs.

A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)


 17. BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOSTPretty Girls

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

If you know, you know.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)Baking Me Crazy (Love at First Sight, #1)

Levi and Joss from Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorenson

Talk about chemistry that leaps off the page – and a lot of open communication and a perfect friends-to-lovers and guy falls first story. What’s not to love.

19. FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEARAddicted to You (Addicted, #1)

The Core Six from the Addicted & Calloway Sisters series. I love all of them individually, but they really shine in all their interpersonal relationships.

20. FAVORITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2021 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLYPeople We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

While Emily Henry took the adult romance by storm last year with Beach Read, People We Meet on Vacation was the second chance, friends to lovers romance of my dreams.

21. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021 THAT YOU READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM SOMEBODY ELSE/PEER PRESSUREMy Lovely Wife

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Second year in a row a Samantha Downing book is a recommendation read and a total win from me. I saw Katie talk about this in many of her videos this year and had to pick it up.

Punk 57Honorable mention to Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas which has the romance world in a choke hold, so of course I finally picked it up in 2021.

22. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

I think I’m past my fictional crushes journey in my reading life now.

23. BEST 2021 DEBUT YOU READ?Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

I didn’t read many debuts this year, but this was clearly a standout – a perfect blend of Gossip Girl and Get Out.

24. BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING YOU READ THIS YEAR?The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1)

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This maze of a house was such a unique and engaging setting.

25. BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ?From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

There’s somethings about paranormal romance that will always have a special place in my heart and I completely devoured the first three books in this series in the beginning of the year.

26. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2021?Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkin Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid never fails to make me cry and Nina Riva is an angel sent from above who deserves only the best things.

27. HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR?The Cheat Sheet

The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams

I haven’t really seem anyone talk about this, which is a shame because it’s such a perfect friends to lovers romance.

28. BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL?A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

Miss Maas’ character works always hits me in the heart (and tear ducts).

29. MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?Layla

Layla by Colleen Hoover

I don’t think I’ve ever read quite a paranormal story quite like this before so that makes it an easy pick for a unique read.

3Heartbreak for Hire0. BOOK THAT MADE YOU THE MOST MAD (DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT)?

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonya Hartl

Frustrating and hypocritical characters are a recipe for diasppointment.


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1. Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)ONE BOOK YOU DIDN’T GET TO IN 2022 BUT WILL BE YOUR NUMBER 1 PRIORITY IN 2022?

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I wasn’t specifically planning on reading this in 2021 and missed it, but I’ve it on my radar for years and need to finally pick up this series.

2. BOOK YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2022 (NON-DEBUT)?House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City, #2)

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

You shouldn’t be surprised this is one of my most anticipated books of 2022. But I cannot wait to see what happens next in this world.

3. Portrait of a Thief2022 DEBUT YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING?

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Give me every heist story ever, please and thank you.

 4. Four Aunties and a Wedding (Aunties, #2)SERIES ENDING/A SEQUEL YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2022?

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The only way this series could get even more outrageous is with the addition of the mafia and I could not be more excited.

5. ONE THING YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH OR DO IN YOUR READING/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2022?

To really get back into fantasy this year.

6. A 2022 RELEASE YOU’VE ALREADY READ & RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE (IF APPLICABLE).The Roughest Draft

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka was this duo biggest win for me and I will definitely pick up any more adult titles they come out with.


Here to everyone having the 2022 of our dreams!

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