I recently (as in: yesterday) imported all my data into the Storygraph, a website that gives you reading graphs. How cool is that! I thought I’d use it to help give me a full reading wrap-up of the year, and of course I have to share it with you! If you’re here for my favourite & least favourite books of the year – don’t worry, that’s coming tomorrow.
In 2021, I read a total of 77 books and 20,334 pages. That’s so cool to me, and really exciting! 20,000 pages! Wow!
Before looking forward, the end of the year gives us a chance to reflect back on the past year – what went well, what didn’t, what we liked, disliked, and sometimes our goals change over just 12 months!
My reading goals for 2022 will be coming soon, but I thought I’d take the chance to day to look back at the ones I set all the way back in January.
In April 2020, I decided I was going to keep a reading journal.
For most of my life, I’ve been writing reviews – I used to keep PowerPoints and each book would have a slide. I think this started in 2013, before I began this blog, and then my reviews transferred to Goodreads and I would post a book review for every book I read. But in 2020, the world – well, you know what happened.
I’ve been so fortunate to receive some wonderful presents this Christmas including some amazing books! I also have some in the post thanks to some book vouchers I received too, and I will be writing a future post about all the books I bought with those vouchers. Let’s just say, I’ll be reading a lot in 2022!
I’ve heard a lot about “Twixmas” this year, mainly because my dad is obsessed with the word. I love Twixmas – we often don’t do much aside from going to look at Christmas lights, and it means I often have lots of time to read the pile of books I received for Christmas! Most people in my life know me as a huge book lover, which means that most presents I receive are something bookish related. I even received a book-themed soap from my work Secret Santa this year!
So obviously I had to start my 12 Days of Blogmas this year with a list of book recommendations!
For someone who loves epic tomes…
This one has to be Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This book is chunky but is perfect for Twixmas as you probably have lots of undivided reading time! This epic fantasy novel has dragons and battles, and queens and heroes. I actually only got half way through this one before I put it down – not due to the novel but due to life happenings – so I think this might be the perfect time for me to start again!
For someone who loves reflective fiction…
I don’t read much adult fiction, but if you love it, you might be interested in Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This book will make you feel sadness and joy, and reflect on your own life. It’s also the first in a series so there’s more to read if you enjoy it! This is a book you’ll want to read slowly to enjoy every moment of it.
For someone who loves to read about others…
For something delightfully Christmassy, Laurie Lee’s Down in the Valley is perfect. This is an adaptation of Lee’s BBC TV show, about his life and his memories of growing up in a valley. The acclaimed writer of Cider with Rosie takes us on a journey through his memories. I read this one in January 2021, and it was a great antidote to the cold outside!
For someone who loves a tear jerker…
Okay, Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is one of my favourite books of the year. Every time I pick it up to flick through, I can’t help but let me eyes get glued to the page and sucked back into the world of the story. Every word has been meticulously picked without seeming like she tried too hard. The story will make you consider what you knew at twelve and what it means to you now. It will make you consider outsiders and insiders and everyone else you thought you knew.
For someone who loves accessible classics…
Howard’s End by EM Forster is accessible and desirable for anyone. This is proclaimed as his finest work (though I really enjoyed A Room with a View!) and follows three English families in the 1900s. I’ve not seen it, but I do know there is a TV adaptation too, so that might help with the long winter nights!
What books would you add to this list? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and maybe pick up one of these books to add to your TBR for the Twixmas period!
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