Book Reviews, Year End Wrap-Up

2021 Books in Review

2022 is here!  Before looking ahead to the new year and all the lovely books on my TBR list, let’s take a look back at 2021.  

My reading challenge (on Goodreads) was 100 books.  I squeaked in 103 for a total of 29,736 pages.  The other day, my mom asked me when I found time to read so much (although honestly, I don’t think 103 books is that many – I have a good 40 on my TBR list at any given time).  I thought about her question and usually I read while I’m eating (although I realize that’s not considered healthy) and before I go to bed.  Only rarely do I carve a few hours out of my day to just read – those are “break days” and I don’t get too many of them.  Imagine how many more books I could have covered if I didn’t have to do things like…work!  I can only dream.

My average review was 3.5 stars.  Considering that Goodreads rounds up, my “real” average rating is probably slightly lower (I think I worked it out to about 3.47 so close enough). 

Which books in 2021 hit my top rating? Here you go:

Hard Truths by Chloe Holiday

I’m a big fan of everything Chloe Holiday writes, but I really connected with her FMC in this one. Sarah Ann is, I think, one of Holiday’s most relatable characters.


Hindsight by Mindy Tarquini

Voice for miles! And a really good reincarnation story.


In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn

Two scenes in this book delivered a sucker punch. I still think about them a year later.


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Deep and unapologetic characters. I’m a fan of Matt Haig in general.


More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey

The most no-nonsense book for real financial freedom I’ve read. Not a new book but one everyone ought to have on their shelf.


Yesterday’s Sky by Steven Forrest

I almost cried when I read this. Finally, an evolutionary astrological system that made sense to me.


The Spirit Engineer by A.J. West

A plot twist worthy of Chuck Palahniuk or Dennis Lehane.


And the runners-up, at 4.5 stars.


These ratings are based on Goodreads’ 2021 review, so unfortunately they don’t pull in genre.  BookSirens does, but I don’t have the option of filtering for just 2021.  Next year, I’ll track my own reading so I can add in some pie charts (I love pie charts) as well as my DNF books.

That’s it for my 2021.  How many books did you read last year?  Did you see any changes in your reading tastes?  I’d love to hear!

I appreciate all the support this blog has gotten in 2021. Here’s to a wonderful year of reading in 2022!

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

I guess there are never enough books.

John Steinbeck

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