My Year in Books | 2021 in Review

Tuesday, December 21, 2021


The year is coming to a close. And all around, it really hasn’t been the best year. Again. While I read some books, but not as many as usual, I still didn’t rate that many 5 stars. I was able to read a lot of my owned tbr which is always great to see. However, I’m hoping for a better year next year (both reading-wise and in general). I do the Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of the Year Book Survey every year; it’s just a great way to close out the year. Here is my bookish year in review:

Number of Books Read:

Star Ratings of 2021:

Genre I Read the Most:

Length of Books Read:

Best Book I Read in 2021?

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon: This was honestly *chef’s kiss* amazing! With phenomenal writing, laugh out loud moments, and all the feels, We Can't Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a superb summer read that you'll want to return to again and again.

Book(s) I was Excited About & Thought I Was Going To Love More But Didn't?

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass: I adore The Selection series and even though the last few books in the series weren’t that great, I was highly anticipating this one. Maybe I went into the book with too-high expectations, but I didn’t like this one at all. The average rating of 2.97 on Goodreads should have given me a clue of what to expect. I didn’t quite like the protagonist and found that the story did not really have a goal. I will most definitely not be continuing in the series.

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon: Previously, I loved all of the Dimple and Rishi books and was expecting to love this one even more. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a boarding school setting with some magic involved. And it just didn’t fulfill my expectations. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing in this series either.

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

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland: This one was so surprising in a good way. In fact, I was shocked that I gave this one 5 stars when all my friends were rating it quite low. There was tons of pre-publish buzz surrounding this book and I purchased it immediately as the atmosphere sounded spooky and intriguing. It was such a fast and amazing read, quickly becoming one of the few 5-star reads of the year!

Best series started in 2021? Best sequel? Best series ender?

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan | Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry | 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

Favorite new author you discovered?

Best book from a genre you don't typically read:

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

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

They Both Die At the End by Adam SilveraWithin These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021?

The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino | The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser | Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Most beautifully written book of the year?

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta | The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

Most thought-provoking/life changing book of 2021?

Night by Elie Wiesel

Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to read?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: For a long time now, I have always loved adaptations of Christie’s work via film. The BBC version of And Then There Were None is one of my all time favorite adaptations. While I knew how it would end, I decided to finally pick up the book all the adaptations are adapted from and was pleasantly surprised by how much I still enjoyed it even with knowing the twists. 

Shortest and longest book read in 2021?

Favorite book you read in 2021 from an author you've read previously?

Window Shopping by Tessa BaileySo We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

The Conference of Birds by Ransom Riggs | Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Books that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee | Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

Books that made you cry in 2021?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | Beach Read by Emily Henry

Hidden gem of the year?

Books I didn't get to in 2021 but will be top priority in 2022?

Honor Lost by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre | All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman | Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Non-debut books I'm most anticipating in 2022?

Stealing Infinity by Alyson NoelNightrender by Jodi Meadows | These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

2022 Debut I am Most Anticipating?

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum | A Little Bit Country by Brian D. KennedyOnly a Monster by Vanessa Len

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

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas | One True Loves by Elise Bryant | The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa

Happy New Year! What was your favorite book of 2021? What book are you most anticipating in 2022?

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