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 😉
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 🙂
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
Middle Grade/Children’s: 16
Books By Genre
General/Contemporary Fiction: 20
Historical Fiction: 16
General Nonfiction: 7
Current Affairs/Politics/Social Science: 4
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
- I am going to give myself a goal of 100 books for 2022!
- I am going to try to read at least 2 nonfiction books each month.
- I want to continue to read more books that I already own.
- I am going to follow these reading challenges:
- PopSugar Reading Challenge 2022
- Read Harder Reading Challenge 2022
- Little Inklings Always Fully Booked Reading Challenge 2022
- A to Z Challenge
- Genre Reading Challenge
- Reading Rainbow Challenge
- On the Cover Reading Challenge
- Around the World Reading Challenge
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,