#2021BookishYearInReview

Today, I bring you my 2021 Bookish Year in Review.  Statistics are from Bookly, StoryGraph, and my own. Books will be in the order that I read them, and reviews will be linked to StoryGraph.

Bookly statistics

Photo id: Left photo is an infographic of the covers of books that I read this year, photo on the right is my Bookly Yearly Reading Report.
From the Bookly Yearly Reading Report, I read:
155 hours 27 minutes
11,368 pages
37 books
I averaged 31 pages a day
I averaged 73 pages per hour
332 pages were the most I read in a day
295 minutes was the most I read in a day

Booklist and reviews:
January:
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/503a5029-a858-4611-ad8c-e6cdb68c528a
Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/908db27e-32f7-4971-af63-8002981599f7
Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Pre-Ordered)-https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/e0bcc785-dfb7-4c5b-b42e-5c1fa2a0642f
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/f377b445-fe3d-40da-9154-103a07f23b60
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Own)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/b23bbe5e-d89a-472b-af16-020fe7b30970
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (Own)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/97473adb-99c7-4fab-bd90-2342e110925c
The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/dbd6ddb5-e4ef-4d67-a9fc-fd5e7551d274
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/ffd682cc-59f1-4339-a9b7-3eeac2dcff64
Check Please Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/a461eb02-b380-443f-a832-47381e776c35
Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/157cbe4a-1129-44fb-8ffd-c93fdf21b896
February:
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Emmanuel Acho (Pre-order)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/ac39fa33-2745-42c1-b061-c64930a014e6
Across The Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/cf365eaf-23c0-4fba-8b67-ea149aee00d0
Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease (Library) https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/a0e709f7-3086-4866-8713-c135d37ccb3e
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/cc8b3dc4-4fb2-43f6-a8ea-747fb87d7a5c
March:
What Beauty There Is by Corey Anderson (NetGalley)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/a66235a0-c44a-4e12-b932-116c38f1b913
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/d24af109-150b-4ade-aa8f-23f58f51eb47
Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle (Own)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/6586b9f8-ea00-47d0-8597-119443c3390c
April:
A Tale of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/7fa161d9-a1d8-4f78-bf98-0f27d8d95147
May:
Sunkissed by Kasie West (NetGalley)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/9f0d7cb6-966f-4bc0-a026-72ab088cd3fe
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride (NetGalley)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/3348ad7a-9357-4298-8e02-6290feb04a59
June:
The Martian by Andy Weir (Little Free Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/f4bd178c-527c-4d09-86e5-597635739ce6
July:
Willa of Dark Hollow by Robert Beatty (Library)-https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/ed10330a-e391-4445-87ef-9e3d703ebf29
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (Library)
Cherished by Christina Bauer (Own)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/5609a80a-c0e7-4aaa-acd5-9d33287fe620
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/9fa04fa7-3713-4206-8e61-21042bd8021b
Crowned by Christina Bauer (Own)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/73fc5d0b-3213-486d-81ee-0f73f24e39ef
Cradled by Christina Bauer (Own)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/658dbd5e-1297-46a2-a650-2e4c4646f8bb
August:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/fd66a6bd-b1af-4633-bded-588cd9a0581b
The Ickabog (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/e0ef7f3a-4f37-4523-a5f4-3403eee07ed5
September:
We Are The Ashes, We Are The Fire by Joy McCollough (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/43b99ad7-83d5-4f01-b746-30766b36cba8
October:
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (Purchased)
Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco (Pre-ordered)-https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/93cfbff3-6dc2-4e08-ac20-b2f01fc3372c
Fast Pitch by Nic Stone (Library)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/c5190e7d-1f7f-40ef-8de3-aa793074a51a
Prince Neptune by Cody Simpson (Purchased)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/48cd15b3-7c89-4058-8d72-05c5d6f5d6df
Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega (Own)-https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/3785df4d-f02e-4a99-9748-8b6b94b1f65e
Cazadora by Romina Garber (Pre-ordered)-https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/96b5e7f8-88c0-45cf-8e23-12da795fa5cf
November/December:
Stamped From the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Purchased)- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/f42ff720-f997-4f52-aa25-1303f91def77

StoryGraph Statistics

Stats from StoryGraph from left to right: Moods, Pace, Page Number, Fiction/Non-Fiction, Genres, Format

My Own Stats:
I read:
Three Advance Reader Copies
14 of my own books
20 borrowed books
Bookish acquisitions:
I bought/pre-ordered 19 books
Five books were gifted or acquired with a gift card
20 were borrowed from the library and I saved $420 by borrowing from the library.
Three were from NetGalley
I acquired a total of 47 books
Format breakdown:
I read 19 eBooks
12 Hardcovers
Four Paperbacks
Two Audiobooks

Stayed tuned tomorrow for my July through December Book haul

#FridayReadingUpdate99

If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

For the week of 12/31/2021-1/6/2022 I read:
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi- 141 pages which brought me to the end of the book
Finding Fish: A Memoir by Antwone Quenton Fisher- 122 pages

Total pages read: 263

#eBookUnhaul2

Happy new year everyone!  Yes, I am still working on my end-of-year wrap-ups and getting those organized, I have a lot to catch up on with my end-of-year stats.  However, seeing it is a new year, I thought I would jump on and make a quick post about the eBooks that I am unhauling, some of them I have read and some I won’t be reading because I lost interest in reading them.

Without further ado, here are the eBooks I am unhauling:
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Game Six by Mark Frost
Never Never by Brianna Shrum
The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse- Read it
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston- Read it
Beauty by Robin McKinley- Read it
Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana- Read it
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson- Read it
Wicked by Gregory Maguire- Read it

#2022ReadingGoalsandChallenges

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a wicked long time since I’ve posted and I’m sorry. I haven’t figured out the full-time job/blogging balance yet. I thought I would jump on real quick and post my reading goals and challenges for 2022!

Reading Goals:
I exclusively use StoryGraph now, and you can add me as a friend! I’m going to set my goal at one book. This year I tried it and it worked really well. I really enjoyed not feeling the pressure to read “X” amount of books.

Blogging Goals:
I want to be more consistent with blogging in 2022. I’m hoping to find a balance between working full-time and blogging. I think I need to set some time at least once a week to draft and schedule posts, but not have a blogging schedule.

Challenges:
Diversify Your Reading Challenge
12 Books in 12 Months Recommended by 12 friends- I saw it on Bookstagram and thought it looked fun.
A to Z Challenge from Little Inklings Design
Reading Rainbow Challenge from Little Inklings Design
The StoryGraph January Pages Challenge 2022- read at least one page per day, or listen to one percent of an audiobook and track it.
2022 Genre Bingo on StoryGraph and Tumblr

Please, bear with me. My end-of-year posts will be coming, I have some major updating to do with the stats that I keep for myself. I always love looking back and reflecting.

Happy new year!!

#2021FirstHalfBookHaul

This book haul post encompasses books that I acquired between March and June 2021.

March
Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi- Barnes and Noble
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain– Barnes and Noble
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews- Barnes and Noble
The Lord of the Rings Illustrated Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien– Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

April
A Tale of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer– Library

May
Sunkissed by Kasie West– NetGalley
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride– NetGalley

June
The Martian by Andy Weir– Little Free Library
Cazadora by Romina Garber– Barnes and Noble Nook Pre-Order
Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson- Barnes and Noble Nook

Those are the books that I hauled between March and June, and I haven’t read all of them yet. Stay tuned for a March through July reading wrap-up!

#BookishFriendsHelloAgain

Hello, bookish friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. The last time I posted anything was in May. I have returned to working full-time, which doesn’t leave me a lot of personal reading time. I do, sometimes read when I go to bed. I have been reading on the weekends, especially when I’m at the beach. Since May, I’ve read some great books. I’ve missed blogging, a lot but with a full-time job, it hasn’t been easy. I’ve still been involved in the online book community, though. I’ve found some bookish groups on Facebook that I have joined and enjoy being a member of them. I am going to draft and schedule some posts for this week, and I’m hoping to get back into blogging more consistently, even if it’s just once a week with my weekly reading updates and maybe some discussion posts sprinkled in.

I’m also hoping to get back into Bookstagram and posting more consistently there too which might be easier for me to keep up with.

#May2021CalendarGirls

Hosted by Flavia the BibliophileDani @ Mousai Books, and Darque Reader Reads. Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.  It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

The theme for May is It’s Gonna Be May: Favorite 90s novel/throwback novel.

My pick for this month is:

While there are others that I could have picked, this is the first book that came to my mind.

#FridayUpdate98

If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

Today’s Friday Update is for two weeks.

For the week of 3/5/2021-3/11/2021 I read:
What Beauty There Is by Corey Anderson– 236 pages which brought me to the end of the book
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes– 156 pages

Stats:

For the week of 3/12/2021-3/18/2021 I read:
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes– 212 pages which brought me to the end of the book
Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle- 67 pages

Stats:

Weekend plans: finish reading Persephone’s Orchard

#March2021BookReview2

Title: A Thousand Ships
Author: Natalie Haynes
Age Group/sub-genre/genre: Adult historical fiction
Source: Library
# of pages: 368

Review: I adored A Thousand Ships, which tells the story of the women from both sides of The Trojan War from the points of view of the women, this is their untold story.  I loved reading all the stories but my favorite was by far the story of Penelope.  The way that Penelope’s story was written was unique as it was letters addressed to Odysseus, her husband.  The stories are heartbreaking but beautifully written.  A Thousand Ships is a great take on The Trojan War.  If you want to read a different story about the war, I highly recommend this book.

#MyFavoriteSubgenres

My past few discussion posts have been about genres and categories. You can read them here and here (Please comment on them too if you haven’t done so already). Today I am going to discuss my favorite sub-genres. I tend to read the same sub-genres across Middle-grade, Teen, YA, and Adult. Remember, Middle-grade, Teen, YA, and Adult are categories/age groups and not genres. Fiction and non-fiction are genres.

My favorite fiction sub-genres across all age groups are:
Contemporary– I love reading books set in the present day and how they can relate to current events. And yes, contemporary books, especially in the Teen/AY categories often have romance in them, but romance is more of a sub-plot and not the main plot.
Historical– I love reading about history. My favorite historical-fiction author is Fiona Davis.
Fantasy (Fantasy has its sub-genres that I’m not going to get into)- I’m very picky about the fantasy that I read.
Magical Realism– I love reading books where there are magical elements in the real world. A great example of a magical realism book is A Million Junes by Emily Henry or Lobizona by Romina Garber.
Literary Fiction

Non-fiction sub-genres:
Race/Social Justice
Autobiographies
Narrative
Journalistic

Poetry is a separate genre and can either be fiction or non-fiction. Poetry isn’t something that I read often, but I did pre-order a book of poetry this year!

*Please discuss your favorite sub-genres in the comments below.