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Yearly Wrap-Up: 2021

2021, as a whole, was actually a pretty normal year for us. Aside from continued COVID precautions, getting vaccinated, getting started promoting my wedding music business again, traveling back to Nashville for a vacation, having a crazy blizzard at the beginning of the year, starting my monthly tea parties again, and reading more than I ever have before. Huh. I guess it was more eventful than I thought πŸ˜‰


Books I Read

I read 155 books this year! This is the most books I have ever read! I had my goal set to 150 because I wanted to see if I could do it, and I did!! It was fairly stressful, so I don’t think I will ever try for that many again, but at least now I know I can do it. I also finished all of the reading challenges that I did this year for the first time, so I am very pleased with myself πŸ™‚

I love the wrap-up that Goodreads creates at the end of the year, so if you want to see a fun round-up of the books I read, check out my Year in Books 2021!


Top 10 Favorite Books I Read in 2021:

1: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

2: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

4: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

5: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

6: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

7: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

8: You Have a Match by Emma Lord

9: A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen

10: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


Here are some of my reading stats for 2021:

Total Books Read: 155

Books DNF’d: 2

Number of Pages Read: 33, 257

Number of Hours Listened: 29 days, 10 hours, and 3 minutes

Books By Type

Print Books: 62

Digital Books: 31

Audio Books: 62

Books By Age Group

Adult: 75

YA: 64

Middle Grade/Children’s: 16

Books By Genre

Fantasy: 39

Romance: 35

General/Contemporary Fiction: 20

Historical Fiction: 16

Mystery: 9

Classics: 6

Sci-Fi: 6

General Nonfiction: 7

Memoir/Biography: 9

Current Affairs/Politics/Social Science: 4

Self-Help: 3

Science/Nature: 1

My surprise of this year is actually romance! I read way more romance this year than I have in the past. Fantasy was once again my highest, which is not surprising, but I did read a lot more of it than in years past. I’m pretty proud of myself for reading a wider variety of genres this year than I have previously, including sci-fi and more classics. I ended up with 24 nonfiction reads this year, which averages to 2 per month, which is 50% more than I planned. I might make my goal for nonfiction higher for 2022.


As with last year, I would like to share with you the completed pages from my Always Fully Booked planner from Little Inklings Design. I love this planner so much, and I’m very excited to use it again for 2022.


Reading Goals for 2022


Personal Goals for 2022

I only have a few personal goals for 2022:

  • Have a more consistent quiet time/journaling time
  • Have a healthier lifestyle
  • Blog more consistently
  • Start promoting my wedding music business

How was your 2021 reading year? Did you accomplish your goals? What are your goals for 2022? Let’s talk about it in the comments! 

Love, happy reading, and happy new year,

Whitney

Author:

Hello!! My name is Whitney, and I love books! I spend a huge amount of time reading (way more time than I should, if we are being perfectly honest!) I am currently working as a library page at a branch of my local public library. I live in Texas with my husband, daughter, and my dogs, who are a total mess and generally are my reading buddies. I also love to sing, hike, play The Sims, watch tons of YouTube videos, and drink creamy tea and coffee.

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