Welcome to the only post I do each year, which is all about my favorite topics: books. In this post, I run through my 2021 statistics, discuss trends in my reading year, and highlight some of my favorite things that I have read.
Let’s start with my raw data…
|First Time Reads||131|
Sadly, my statistics are pretty shoddy this year. My spreadsheet says I read 141, but my Goodreads 2021 shelf totaled up to 149. Somewhere along the lines, things got missed… which is okay. I’m not getting paid for my ability to maintain good numbers.
Some interesting observations about this year’s data:
- The format breakdown is roughly 50% print books, 30%, and 20% audiobooks–I like a little of everything, but clearly still primarily go for print books.
- I only reread 10 books this year, compared to last year where I reread 30
- My biggest reading month was December with 20 books finished and 6,255 pages read
- My slowest reading month was June with 6 books finished and only 2,138 pages read
On to the books themselves!
The following books were all first time reads and, in some way, standouts this year. These are the titles I’m still thinking about. Many of them helped me see and understand the world in a new way. Some of them are on the list because they sucked me in, helping me escape my cares for a little while.
You will notice that I’m highlighting less titles this year. While reflecting on my year of reading, I realized that I just didn’t read that many knockouts. There were a lot of books that I thoroughly enjoyed, but only a few that impacted me in a meaningful way. So instead of bogging you down with 3.5-4 star titles, I’m highlighting only my five-star reads.
One thing to note, this isn’t a list of book recommendations. As we say in library-land, every book has its reader and every reader has their book. These are books that made an impression on me this year. If we have similar taste, they might be worth your while. But just because I liked it, doesn’t mean you will. If you’re looking for suggestions, stop by your local library and your friendly, neighborhood librarian will be more than happy to pair you with something that catches your fancy!
If you’d like more bookish content, the best place to connect is to add me on Goodreads. I’ve been tracking my yearly reading there since 2011 and am consistent in updating my reading list. If we’re friends in real life and you’d like to talk about books, feel free to strike up a conversation!