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2021 Reading Stats & 2022 Reading Goals

2021 Reading Stats & 2022 Reading Goals

Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you the most magical and sparkly 2022 ahead and hope it bring you lots of exciting adventures. As we ring out the old, bring in the new, I like to reflect on two of my greatest passions in life – reading and writing – and how I fared in both of these pastimes throughout the previous year. Today I’m focusing on reading. Hopefully you will find it interesting and you’ll be inspired to consider your own reading habits and goals.

2021 Reading Stats

In 2021 I read a total of 33 books, which I don’t really think sounds a lot, but some of them were huge George R R Martin masterpieces and they took me quite a while to get through. Pretty much the first half of the year was devoted to those. In terms of genres, the books fell into the following categories:

9 Children’s

7 Young Adult Fantasy

4 Adult Fantasy

5 Non-Fiction

3 Poetry Novels

2 Graphic Novels

1 Adult Contemporary

1 Young Adult Contemporary

1 Spiritual

 

The books and their authors were:

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Volume 1 by George R R Martin

A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin

A Storm of Swords by George R R Martin

Tales From The Farm by Amanda Owen

Greenhouse Gardening by David Squire

Greenhouse Gardening by Ronald Menage

Greenhouse Gardening by Alan Titchmarsh

Greenhouse Gardener by David Shelton

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Re-read)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Re-read)

Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins (Re-read)

War Game by Michael Foreman

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Saga Volume One by Brian K Vaughan

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Prospero’s Children by Jan Siegel

The Dragon Charmer  by Jan Siegel

The Witch Queen  by Jan Siegel

The Great Death by John E Smelcer

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Christmas Shopoholic by Sophie Kinsella

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss (Re-read)

The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

Secret Heart by David Almond

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Christmas Pig by J K Rowling

Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury

 

My Favourite Book of 2021:  This has to go to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I was totally captivated by the magic and enchantment which falls from the pages of this book. It is spellbinding and I hung on every word, losing myself entirely in the whimsical world of this circus.

My Favourite Author of 2021: Has to be George R R Martin. I have now read three of the five books from the Song of Ice and Fire series, and what a storyteller this man is. I never thought I would find a personal hero to equal Tolkien, but here he is! I adore George’s writing style, his world building, his motley cast of characters and every high-stakes scenario they find themselves in. I’ll never grow tired of reading his work.

My Favourite New Discovery of 2021: I stumbled upon a book by this author in a second hand shop and picked it up just because it had a mermaid on the front cover and the synopsis sounded my cup of tea. I then popped the title on a slip of paper in my TBR Jar and it came out pretty soon after. I thoroughly enjoyed it, which then prompted me to purchase the other two books in the Fern Capel Trilogy. Jan Siegel is an amazing fantasy writer who I can’t believe I have only just discovered by chance. She uses so many of the well-loved magical tropes that I enjoy incorporating in my own writing, and she has definitely become a new favourite author because of it. I’ll get round to buying books from her other series in the future, for sure.

My Funniest Book of 2021: This undoubtedly goes to Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. No other fictional character has ever made me laugh as much as Becky Bloomwood does. The ridiculous predicaments she finds herself in are side-splitting hilarious, and yet I so identify with the way her mind works. I am definitely a Becky myself at heart. This was the only book of the series I had not read, so I am up to date with my Shopaholic fixes now.

My Saddest Book of 2021: The one I remember really getting to me and bringing actual tears to my eyes was My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher. Obviously I won’t tell you the reason it made me cry as it would spoil the storyline if you haven’t read it, but there was a specific chapter towards the end that devastated me and the sadness of it stayed in my mind for days afterwards. I loved the beautiful innocent character of Sunya. I found her sunny personality so uplifting and infectious. Annabel Pitcher’s writing style was a joy to devour, so easy to get through, and I definitely want to pick up her other book, Ketchup Clouds, next.

2022 Reading Goals 

First and foremost I would like to beat the 33 book total of 2021, so am setting myself a target to read at least 40 books in 2022.

I have to finish the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin, so I have both A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons to go.

I was recently thrilled to become a member of the Fairyloot Book Subscription family, where every month I will be sent a newly released Young Adult Fantasy publication. I want to keep up with the monthly readalongs that are hosted online with the Fairyloot Community for these.

I’m so excited to start using the reading board game I have made myself: Melanie’s Bookopoly. This will involve me rolling a dice and seeing which reading prompt square I land on to guide my choice in book. Bookopoly also has TBR Jar squares, so I’ll be able to keep using this tool to get through my backlist as well.

In addition to all the above, I would also like to read the following series:

  • Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff
  • The Cursebreaker Collection by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Folk of The Air Series by Holly Black
  • Serpent & Dove Series by Shelby Mahurin
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • All of the Shadow Hunter works so far by Cassandra Clare
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas

 

Let’s see how I do. I’m aware I’ve made some very ambitious plans there, especially around all the writing of my own that I need to do. I’ll be checking back in on the blog midway through the year with a Reading Goals update, and much sooner than that I’ll be giving some insight into my Writing Goals with a sneak peek of progress on upcoming Book Number 4 in The Faery Tales series – The Faery Tale of Selena Nite. In the meantime everybody stay safe and happy and enjoy your own reading and writing journeys. Peace, love and sunshine sparkles xoxo

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