A 2021 Reading Round-Up

2021 was a great reading year for me. I set a tentative goal of 25 books and somehow ended up reading 38!

Keep reading for the highlights and lowlights of my year in books – as always, Goodreads have made it look pretty awesome with their ‘My Year in Books’ infographic.

I’m so proud of myself for making time to read this year. Someone I work with has read over 200 books this year (!), which I think I would have to take a sabbatical to the mountains to achieve!  Even so, 38 books is the most I’ve read since 2016, so I’m still really happy.

I only had three ‘Did Not Finish’ books this year.  It’s funny really, because I feel like Before the Coffee Gets Cold should be exactly the sort of book I’d be all over usually, but there was just something in the pace of the story that made me lose interest.  I might give it another go in a year or two, especially as it is so short and set in Japan (two wins for me usually).

Everything I Read in 2021

1.) The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires // Grady Hendrix

2.) The Cat and the City // Nick Bradley

3.) The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife // Maz Evans

4.) Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race // Reni Eddo-Lodge

5.) Diversify // June Sarpong

6.) Not the Type // Camilla Thurlow

7.) The Soup Movement // Ben Davis

8.) Artemis Fowl // Eoin Colfer

9.) How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control // Sarah E. Hill

10.) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy // Douglas Adams

11.) The Midnight Library // Matt Haig

12.) The Thursday Murder Club // Richard Osman

13.) Ikabog // J.K. Rowling

14.) A Toolkit for Modern Life: 53 Ways to Look After Your Mind // Emma Hepburn

15.) No More Rubbish Excuses // Martin Dorey

16.) Tyranny // Lesley Fairfield

17.) Such A Fun Age // Kiley Reid

18.) Maia and What Matters // Tine Mortier

19.) Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom // Gigi D.G.

20.) Heartstopper Vol. 1 // Alice Oseman

21.) Heartstopper Vol. 2 // Alice Oseman

22.) Earthlings // Sayaka Murata

23.) White Bird // R.J. Palacio

24.) Heartstopper Vol. 3 // Alice Oseman

25.) The Comfort Book // Matt Haig

26.) Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ // Giulia Enders

27.) Long Way Down // Jason Reynolds

28.) Heartstopper Vol. 4 // Alice Oseman

29.) Speak: The Graphic Novel // Laurie Halse Anderson

30.) Things We Say in the Dark // Kirsty Logan

31.) The Hideaway // Pam Smy

32.) The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights // Bridget Collins (and others)

33.) The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck // Sarah Knight

34.) Becoming // Michelle Obama

35.) Pumpkinheads // Rainbow Rowell

36.) RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults and What Makes a Killer Tick // Suruthi Bala

37.) ?

38.) ?

(I literally don’t recall the final two 😂 Still counts though, right?!)

There we have it, my 2021 reading!  I’m going to set 40 books as my goal for 2022 to see if I can push myself just a little further.

What did you enjoy reading this year?

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