Happy New Year!
So we’re at the end of another shit year but I don’t want to focus on that, I want to focus on the good stuff that’s happened this year. I got a new job that I adore and I feel like I’m really feeling like I’m in a good place right now. I know I’ve stepped away from the blog and I’ve been in a terrible reading slump over the past few months but I am trying so hard to make this work more, I want to be less strict on myself while also making more time for reading. I spent a week in Cornwell and that was amazing, to be away for a bit and to go somewhere beautiful. I miss it so much!
My reading habits.
Today that’s what I want to talk about, my reading. I want to talk about some books I loved, some books I didn’t and just pop in a few honorable mentions. I read 30 books this year, 8745 pages in total, my main mood was adventure with 17 books fitting into the category and 19 of my overall books were fast paced. 22 of the books were non-fiction, something I’m not surprised about, and young adult made up 14 of the books with LGBTQ+, mystery and fantasy came in joint second with 8 books each. Finally my average star rating was 4.56 so apparently it was a good year!
The reason I know all this stuff is because I moved on from using Goodread and using Storygraph. The main reason for this was because Goodread is owned by Amazon and I’m trying so hard to move away from that company when it comes to my reading habits. Storygraph offers a more stripped back and modern version of the Goodread interface while still giving you all the info about your reading habits in one go. And you don’t even need to worry about transferring all your Goodread reads and TBRs because there’s a really simple way of Storygraph doing that for you, it does take 24 hours but it’s really streamlined. I would really highly recommend you checking it out, it’s so good.
Top 3 books of 2021
This was my book of the year, it blew my tiny mind. It was funny and romantic and sweet and had a beautiful love story and found family at the center of it all. I highly recommend you check it out, Klune does such a good job at transporting you into the world and writes beautiful characters. I’m so excited to read his new book now and I’m even considering picking up this one again.
Linus lives a solitary life, a worker at Department in Charge Of Magical Youth he’s tasked with inspecting children’s homes to make sure they’re at a respectful level. But when he’s summoned by Extreme Upper Management and given an extremely classified and important job to inspect Marsyas Island Orphanage his life changes forever.
Jonathan Edward Durham
So I was gifted this book by Durham and it was amazing. I’ve been asked to review books before and sometimes they can be a little hit or miss but this was just something else, I loved every second of it and even now it’s a book I think about quite often.
Winterset Hollow follows a group of friends who go to the home of their favorite author and the setting of their beloved childhood books. But when things take a turn for the worse we’re left asking ourselves if it’s always a good idea to meet our heroes? It’s Barley Day . . . and you’re invited to the hunt.
So I actually ended up reading all 4 of these books this year and dude, They are amazing reads. With them being graphic novels you could get through them all in a day if you had the time, a good way to bulk up that reading challenge near the end of the year. They also deal with a lot of very serious subjects, starting with homophobia both interanised and from outside sources in the early books and moving onto eating disorders and family drauma later on. Just check the content warning section before reading them on StoryGraph.
Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn’t think he has a chance. But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.
Botton 3 books of 2021
Truthfully I didn’t read any bad books this year, definitely not 3 of them. So… yeah. Nothing worth mentioning.
2022 reading goals.
So this is the place where I put what I would like to achieve in 2022. This year’s aim is to be a little more lenient with myself while also holding myself accountable for my reading. I’ve set a goal of 40 books and I definitely think that’s achievable but I won’t be upset if I don’t hit that, just going with the flow!
- I want to make it my aim to read between 50-100 pages a day. Last year when I did this post I always wanted to read 100 pages a day but I’m a slow reader and I don’t want to hold myself to something that obviously isn’t working.
- I want to aim for a blog post every 2 weeks with bonus posts when I have time. I know this will be a lot more achievable.
- I want to read more books that have a wider representation. Books with LGBT+ characters/authors and people of colour, I’ve done better at this this year but there’s always room for improvement.
So yeah. This year hasn’t been awful but I’m happy to be leaving it behind and I’m excited to see what 2022 has to bring. Maybe no pandemic but I’m not holding my breath.
Wear a mask.
Be a nice human.
Read some fucking amazing books.
Love ya. xx