Dec 31, 2021

2021 End of Year Survey

Awhile back, my friend Tracy reminded me of the 2021 End of Year Survey and I thought I better get on that! Since today is the 31st I figured, it's the perfect day to post it! Since my current read is now a review book for February I figured I'm in a safe spot! Lol. I borrowed the above image from Tracy's post, because creating my own is still something I don't know how to do. Whelp. Too much time reading I guess! Lol.

Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 100
Number of Re-Reads: 3 (all graphic novels, so don't get excited! Lol)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2021?

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


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


4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?




5. Best series you started in 2021? Best Sequel of 2021? Best Series Ender of 2021?



6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2021?


7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?


8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?


9. Book You Read In 2021 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?




10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021?



11. Most memorable character of 2021?


I felt an intense and relatable connection with Ziva!



12. Most beautifully written book read in 2021?


13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2021?


14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2021 to finally read?




15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2021?


All stories are made of both truths and lies. What matters is the way that we believe in them.



16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2021?


Shadow's Legacy 60 pages
Covet 680 pages (though I read the special editions, so it was even more than that!)



17. Book That Shocked You The Most?



18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)


Jacks & Evangeline of course!


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?


Rachel & Jenks



20. Favorite Book You Read in 2021 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?



21. Best Book You Read In 2021 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?




22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2021?


Gild, of course!


23. Best 2021 debut you read?




24. Best World Building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?



25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?




26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2021?




27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?




28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?




29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2021?




30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I was expecting a sort of a dark fantasy with the backdrop being the historical story going on. Instead, it was more a historical fiction with very, very light threads of dark fantasy. 


1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2021?


Honestly, I never really have a favorite review or post, but here's my review of Once Upon a Broken Heart! Lol.

2. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?


I guess will choose my post on When You Don't Like a Favorite Author's Book. I can't remember what book spurred this conversation, but it was one I felt like talking about!

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I actually got to attend TWO events this year! One was a signing with Brigid Kemmerer in Wisconsin, then I also attended YALLFest, and omg, both were INCREDIBLE!

4. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2021?


When I received an ARC of Once Upon a Broken Heart for sure!

5. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?


Trying to find that balance between work life and reading life. I lost a job and gained a new one. I'm current working remotely, so trying to train remotely and then still find reading time is still a bit difficult. My reading speed has definitely slowed down a bit. My brief interim of unemployment was the main reason I got my reading stats up so high!

6. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?


After looking at the most popular post from this year, excluding my Blogoversary one since that was a contest, it was my discussion on Writing in Your Books



7. Best bookish discovery?




While I didn't necessarily "discover" it this year, but I did finally jump on the fanart bandwagon! A Touch of Magic Designs is by far one of my favorites!

8.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?


Yes! I completed them all and even outdid myself on my numbers! 





1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022?



2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2022 (non-debut)?





3. 2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?





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



5. A 2022 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:








2022 New Release Challenge


  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2022.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley/Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2021 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2022, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2022.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
  • If you want to spread the love, please use #2022NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter 


There are five levels  in the 2022 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed



I'm aiming for 20! 

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2022

The Backlist Reader Challenge (#BacklistReader) encourages us to read those older books that have been piling up on our TBR piles or lists for years. And by “older,” I mean books that came out before 2021 (in other words, in 2020 or earlier.)

The challenge runs from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. It ends at midnight in whatever timezone you’re in. You can still post reviews, and link them, up until January 5, 2023, but only for books you finished reading in 2022.

The Rules:

  1. To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2021 AND already be on your TBR list or pile.  
  2. Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog 

  3. Review the books you read for the challenge, and post your links on the review linky--this is optional

  4. Before January 5, 2023, create and link a wrap-up post  


If you want to read rules in full, click here.


 I'm going to aim for 20!


Book Blogger Hop


This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!


This week's question is: What bookish things did you receive for Christmas? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer



MY ANSWER: Bookish related, it was mostly just gift cards. But when I did TBTBSecretSanta I got a nice variety of things, one of which was a super cool ornament with my twitter/instagram handle on it! But no other bookish gifts other than the gift cards which I plan to use for 2022 books!