Goodbye 2021: End of Year Reading Wrap-Up

It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for: nerding out over my reading graphs!

I always enjoy looking back over my reading year and reflecting on all the books I read, especially when I can see my pretty graphs and analyze my reading habits. (Yes. This is sadly what I call fun.) But I had an especially good time doing it this time around, since I’ve had such a good reading year!

If you want to read more of my thoughts on these on books, all of the book covers link to my Goodreads reviews (though whether they will actually tell you my thoughts or just say “RTC”… who knows!).

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Number of books read: 80

Number of rereads:(-9 from 2020)

Average rating: 3.57 (+0.11 from 2020)

Average rating without rereads: 3.5 (+0.15 from 2020)


rating type

I rated only one book 5 stars this year, because I am MEAN!! I had no 1 star books though, so this just confirms that I’m averse to extreme ratings on either end of the spectrum. But truly, 2021 was so good to me and I love seeing how many 4 star ratings there are!

Last year I said that I was “excited to see what this graph [for type] will look like for 2021” because I anticipated reading many more different types of books… Well, this is embarrassing, because it’s pretty much the same! I read 6.1% less novels in 2021 as compared to 2020, and this is definitely something I want to continue changing this year.

genre age group

These graphs make me so happy! While fantasy and YA still make up a pretty good chunk of what I’m reading, I’m happy that I’m reading other genres and age groups! I don’t think the amount of fantasy I read will decrease much this year, but I feel like YA definitely will.

(N/A for age groups was for whatever books I didn’t know the target audiences of.)

format format type

Again, as a result of the pandemic, I read mostly digitally! I don’t think these graphs should change much in 2022, aside from a decrease in ARCs/eARCs.

(Reading both physically and digitally means I had a physical copy and read along with the audiobook.)

  publisher year

I actually read so many more 2021 releases than I realized…? 20/27 of those 2021 releases were ARCs, so I’m wondering if I’ll read less 2022 releases this year since I’m planning on reading less ARCs!

source pages 

My ever favorite supplier, my library! And I’m still afraid of big books as usual, clearly.

month country of pub

Two new graphs! That spike in December makes me giggle… But also, in 2022, I want to read more books from outside of the US, so hopefully tracking this will help me achieve that. I’m honestly surprised that the number of books I read that were published in the US is as “low” as 87% (I thought it would be in the 90s)—which just makes it even more obvious that this is something I should work on!

author bipoc

Another new graph for this year! This somehow ended up being a pretty well-balanced selection of debut authors, authors I’m familiar with, and new to me (non-debut) authors, so I’m really happy about that.

And I’m ALSO really happy about the amount of authors of color I read this year!! I’d hoped that 75% of what I read this year would be by authors of color, and I ended up surpassing that without realizing. And since that—getting to a point where I naturally read more authors of color—I won’t be setting another numerical goal for 2022, but I do really hope to read more Latine and Indigenous authors this year!

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In the Dream House  She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor, #1)  When We Were Infinite
Night Sky with Exit Wounds  Crying in H Mart  Mornings in Jenin

Read more of my thoughts on my favorite books (+ honorable mentions) in THIS POST!



So… there are a lot… I’ll highlight a few that I want to talk about in particular (aka ones I didn’t talk about elsewhere):

A Good True Thai  Descendant of the Crane  The Ones We're Meant to Find  Rise to the Sun  Down Comes the Night  Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights, #2)

  • A Good True Thai: I ended up DNFing this one accidentally; I put it down at 67% meaning to come back to it, and months later I was like, actually, I don’t ever want to read the rest of this! It’s a good introduction to 1970s Thai politics but never went into as much detail as I’d hoped for, and the characters were literal sacks of flour.
  • Descendant of the Crane/The Ones We’re Meant to Find: Grouping these two together since they’re by the same author, and I had pretty much the same feelings about both of them! I was very bored and did not want to keep reading, and the writing annoyed me a lot.
  • Rise to the Sun: I had a lot of high hopes for this book after unexpectedly loving this author’s debut, but unfortunately, I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief about the conveniences of the plot and also the insta-love.
  • Down Comes the Night: So many friends loved this one and its romance, which only made me more disappointed when I read it and didn’t care about it.
  • Our Violent Ends: I felt nothing, unfortunately! And it was frustrating because I was very obviously meant to feel devastated!

Other disappointing reads (more thoughts linked in the post above): Gearbreakers (Gearbreakers, 1) (9781250269508): Mikuta, Zoe  Hana: Books The Chosen and the Beautiful (9781250784780): Vo, Nghi: Books  Jade Fire Gold  Honey Girl  You've Reached Sam



The Tangleroot Palace: Stories  You've Reached Sam  The Chosen and the Beautiful  The Ones We're Meant to Find

Sana Takeda & Elizabeth Story
Zipcy & Kerri Resnick
Greg Ruth & Christine Foltzer
 Aykut AydoğduAurora Parlagreco



Book Cover  When We Were Infinite  Book Cover  Book Cover

I know Goodreads ratings aren’t the perfect indicator of how well people know a book, but looking at the amount of ratings for these really does sadden me, because they’re all so good!!!



Mornings in Jenin  When We Were Infinite  Crying in H Mart

I love that these make up half of my favorite books of the year! Mornings in Jenin was absolutely brutal to read and I was a sobbing mess by the end. Though I didn’t cry nearly as much over When We Were Infinite and Crying in H Mart, they still were heartbreaking to read and in a very personally relatable way.



Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 2  How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe  A Wish in the Dark

I read volumes 2-6 of Witch Hat Atelier this year, and all of them made me feel so giddy… These little witch girls are adorable and I love watching them grow, as students and witches and friends. Moon Fuentez’s romance also just had me smiling so much (which was SICKENING who am I to be like this over straight people!!!!), and though it was a reread for me, I had a really wonderful buddy read of A Wish in the Dark that made me happy! 



As part of my 12 books, 12 friends TBR, I read a bunch of books that friends recommended to me! (I didn’t succeed at reading them all, as expected, but I did read a total of 8!) My favorites were:

In the Dream House  Mornings in Jenin  The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)  The Rape of Nanking  The Space Between Worlds



I always end up featuring the same books to fit with the “prompts,” so here are some other books that I wanted to talk about!

The Tangleroot Palace: Stories  Pet  No Longer Human  Mirage (Mirage, #1)

  • The Tangleroot Palace: I feel like people never love a majority of short stories in short story collections/anthologies, including myself, but this book broke that curse! There was only one I disliked, and every story was so unique and beautifully written.
  • Pet: The one and only YA fantasy I rated above 3 stars this year! (I didn’t read many, but still.) This is such a brilliant book, and I’m so happy that I read it because I love Akwaeke Emezi’s writing style and can’t wait to read more from them.
  • No Longer Human: This was the first book I started tabbing (since there were so many intriguing and thought-provoking ideas I wanted to return to), which has now led me to want to explore annotating! 
  • Mirage: I had so many high expectations for this book, which unfortunately were not met. I was so confident that this would be 5 stars, especially since I’ve been meaning to read it for years, and while I did enjoy it, it unfortunately was nothing more than 3 stars.



A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan, #1)  Gods of Jade and Shadow  Giovanni's Room  The Death of Vivek Oji
The Last Mapmaker  The Sword of Kaigen  Light from Uncommon Stars  Heaven Official's Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu (Novel) Vol. 1

All of these are books I own physically, since I’m trying to cut down my owned TBR!

The first row is called my Row of Shame, because those were all books I wanted to get to before the end of the year and clearly did not. The second row is books I am 100% going to read (half of them because of peer pressure), strategically chosen so I won’t look back at this at the end of the year and feel guilty for not getting to them. If I fail at reading all of these, I will die out of embarrassment.

*I’ve already finished The Last Mapmaker. I am a god. (It was very good.)

shall we chat

how was your reading year? how many books did you read in 2021? what genre did you read the most? please recommend me all the books that made you cry!!

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24 thoughts on “Goodbye 2021: End of Year Reading Wrap-Up

  1. I felt like I had a lot of middle of the road books this year. I read 89 books and only had maybe five 5-star reads? I always read a lot of fantasy because it’s such a broad genre

    I’m not sure this book will make you cry but if you want that chest-achey, bittersweet feeling, I recommend Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. It was my second favorite book of 2021, just behind Pet. Definitely rec the audiobook too as it’s read by the author!

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    1. ah, i’m sorry to hear that! i hope your reading year in 2022 is better <3 and yes, i love the wide range of fantasy!!

      ooh, i hadn't heard of that book before, but i just looked it up and it sounds AMAZING! will definitely check it out ahh, thank you so much for the rec <3

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  2. it’s 12am and i was about to sleep but then i saw your post and aborted my previous plans lmaoo this post made me laugh a lot of times (it always cracks me up when u comment on moon fuentez and the str8 romance 😭) and hey I AM PEER PRESSURE 😌 i see about 3 favorite books on that priority list and i am excited for you to read them! LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH i will def be reading your faves (that I haven’t read yet) if the audiobooks are available. i hope 2022 brings you more favorites!!

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    1. I LOVE YOUUU you’re going to make me cry (but also pls prioritize your sleep). and yes you are peer pressure… you’re very good at it unfortunately but you never lead me astray <3 and you are my favorite person ever, text me all your thoughts whenever you get around to them!!!


  3. Okay, looking at graphs is SO FUN. You’re definitely not the only one. And aaah we had similar feelings about both The Ones We’re Meant to Find and Down Comes the Night, glad someone else thought the same thing! Lol there seems to be a bit of correlation between your favorite book covers and the books that you don’t like? Anyways, AWESOME post, hope you read a lot of awesome books in 2022!!! PS I don’t know if you’ve read these already, but for indigenous authors, I highly recommend Darcie Little Badger, she has two books out and I’ve enjoyed them both, but ESPECIALLY A Snake Falls to Earth. Her protagonists are indigenous AND asexual.

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    1. i’m so glad you enjoyed the graphs hehe! and omg yes i noticed that relationship between disappointments/pretty covers too… perhaps i let the pretty cover influence my expectations of the book too much or something!

      thank you so much, i hope you get to read lots of great books in 2022 as well! and i’ve had darcie little badger’s books on my tbr for ages so hopefully i can get to them this year <3

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      1. yeah, I was wondering if it was a ‘judging a book by its cover’ situation where you just wanted to read it because it looked pretty!

        Aah, yes, I really hope you can get to at least A Snake Falls to Earth (I read it this month, and it was SO good). Lol and I’m open to read it again if you want to buddy read, just opening the offer if you’d like.

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  4. I really enjoyed The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee! I read a lot of books in 2021 that were kind of meh, but those were really good. Also Heaven Official’s Blessing is just an immaculate book.

    I’ve been trying to read more adult fantasy and…I definitely read more adult fantasy last year than I ever have before, but I still don’t think it was really a lot? It hurts to admit, though, but I think I’m growing out of YA fantasy a little, even though I still read it. I think it says a lot that the books I really enjoyed in 2021 were like…classics.

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    1. i’m happy you enjoyed both of those!! i’ve been wanting to read yoon ha lee’s stuff for a while ahh. and i have been meaning to read tgcf for years so i cannot wait to get to it!

      i also feel like i haven’t read that many adult fantasy books, even though i’ve definitely transitioned into reading more of it than ya fantasy! and ooh, do you have any classic recs 👁

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  5. I love your graphs! My stats are probably my favorite thing about end of the year wrap up cause it’s just so satisfying to see the overview of my reading. I adored When We Were Infinite, it turned into an absolute mess of emotions in the best way possible ^_^

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  6. I just finished She Who Became the Sun literally today and it was so so good!!! i love all the different categories you split your books up into especially favorite book covers because i love pretty books

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