Goodbye 2021…

And so the end of the year is here… and though we are once again in lockdown, it has been a pretty good year for sure. It is the year where I started to work at the vaccinations, even though being terrified of needles. I had three shots, without even getting close to passing out/puking. It is the year Oi joined our family. It is the year I managed to save up enough money to book us an Amazing 10year anniversary trip. It is the year where I went for a 32km hike along the beach, and walked a total of 1227km. And it is the year 215 books.

At least, that is what Goodreads says. In the spreadsheet I used I’ve only logged 210 books. I can’t be bothered to find out which books I’m missing… probably some Marvel comics.

Of those books I’ve DNF’ed 25, mainly because I was bored with them. I am absolutely fine with that. So many books, so little time… why waste it on a book that bores you?

Most of the books I read were in English, but I did pick up 5 Dutch books. Those were all translated though. And the two books I read by Dutch authors I read in English… not ideal but oh well.

It was a fairly cheap reading year for me. When not looking at the subscription costs of Scribd, Audible and Marvel Unlimited… I spent money on 12.4% of the books I read. Almost a third of my reading was aided by Netgalley (which also shows the years I read from… 31% of the books I read came out in 2021). Although I prefer physical books, followed by audiobooks, I mainly read e-books.

No surprises in my choices of genre really (some of the labels that are missing are adventure, horror, thriller, crime, manga, contemporary and mythology). I read some great non-fiction books, but didn’t realise I picked up 10. That’s definitely more than I expected. I did read most of those at the start of the year though. I expect the amount of scifi read will decrease next year, seeing as I didn’t enjoy them all that much this year.

My average rating was 3.7*. Not bad at all… I haven’t given out many 1*s, mainly because I would just DNF those books, which I then don’t rate (but not all DNF’s would have been 1* reads).

I didn’t make any conscious effort to read more diversely, so regarding LGTBQ+ rep I guess I did okay. It would be nice for next year though to find more asexual or aromantic (the 1 in the chart above) characters in my books. Even though I read Wendy, Darling months ago now, it felt so nice to read:

“‘I don’t think I’m made for that sort of love….not the sort of love people think of when they think of a marriage…But…I think there are more kinds of love in the world than most people speak about out loud. I love you'”

it really stuck with me. (FYI, I am not aromantic so the quote isn’t exactly how I feel. I am demisexual, a form of asexual).

Where I subconsciously did sorta okay regarding LGTBQ+, I did Not pick up many books by POC authors at all. I should probably make more of an effort for this next year, and I might split up the tag Asian.

Although I didn’t read many books by POC authors, almost a third of my books came from authors who weren’t born in England or the US. No surprises that Canada, Australia, Ireland and Wales are represented well in the other books, but still I read from 31 countries. This is definitely something I would like to see again in next year’s stats.

I did pick mainly male authors (the multiple author category is mainly used for the comics I read, which were still mostly written by a very male team). The difference isn’t too big for me to care about it though.

Most of the books I read were part of a series… which isn’t too big of a surprise seeing as I mostly read fantasy and mystery books. I started 42 new series (that I want to continue), caught up with 22 and finished another 26.

Which brings me to my reading resolutions:

  1. Read 72 books… I easily did this πŸ˜€
  2. Finish/Catch up with more series than I start I also completed this one. The difference isn’t massive, but still… I did it.
  3. Complete the Discworld series… Done. I did DNF the last book, but mostly because I wanted to end it on the 5 stars that I gave Snuff.
  4. Reread the Mistborn books… I didn’t quite do this. I did reread the first era books, and although they didn’t quite live up to my first read of them I still gave them 4*s. I didn’t pick up the Wax and Wayne books though. But I’m okay with that. I mainly wanted to reread these before the release of The Lost Metal, which we now know only comes to us in November next year. So I’ve got plenty of time.
  5. Read 30 books of my Want-to-Read list… more specifically, the 10 that have been on there the longest, the 10 that are rated the highest, and 10 that I have been wanting to read the most yet never end up picking up. And I did this, although just (apart from one, which I couldn’t get my hands on). I made a graph of my ratings for these, and combining them with last years reads I got the following results.
So… my tastes have changed quite a bit. Although generally I like books that others give high ratings for, there are some stinkers in there as well (but also some hits). Safest bet is just to read the books I really want to read.
  1. (can’t be bothered to figure out how to keep counting from 6, deal with it). Get and keep my Netgalley Feedback Ratio at 80%… I only have 1 book left on my shelf to review, so I succeeded in this.
  2. Keep my owned-TBR ‘balanced’… I started my owned-tbr at 27. At its biggest this year it was at 35. And at the moment it stands at 8. More of a decrease than a balance, but I am Not complaining.

My Favourite books:

And with that I am going to wrap the year up. It was great, let’s make 2022 even better…

15 thoughts on “Goodbye 2021…

  1. Ok, first. I had not realized how grey Dave has gone until I saw your little devilreads pix right at the top. Made me laugh!

    2) Congrats on those wicked killer numbers! 65K pages? That is flipping impressive! My goal is usually 50K and I don’t know if I’m going to hit it or not. I’ll find out as I’m writing my own year end post πŸ˜€

    3) A 3.7 average rating is pretty good too. I’d say you did a good job of curating what you read before actually reading πŸ™‚ That is something I need to get better at.

    4) Reading resolutions. I’d say you blew your goal out of the water and all the way to the moon. If you ever do figure out how to make a list keep the numbers straight in the block editor, let me know. I”m always on the lookout for more info on how to use the blasted thing. It’s not intuitive, that’s for sure!

    5) Finally, congrats on taming Oi. Glad he seems to be comfortable with you guys.

    Happy new years!

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    1. 1) it makes him even more sexy tho πŸ˜‰
      2) comics probably helped with that. And DNFs are counted in there as well (its prob closer to 60k). Still very happy with it.
      3) I don’t rate DNFs, but those wouldn’t affect the average too much. I do seem to know what I like pretty well and don’t read too much out of my comfort zone.
      4) Block editor can really annoy me for sure. Im sure there are ways to make it work, but finding those out takes effort. I don’t like effort.
      5) He has grown comfortable quite fast, and now nothing seems to faze him. He got a bit restless and could snap out of nowhere when the fireworks started a few weeks ago, but apart from that he is very loving and not shy at all.

      Happy next year!!!

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  2. I love love loved this post! It was so fun to read yer stats and get yer thoughts about this year. I added the shark caller to me list. Beautiful cover and loved yer review of it. And where did ye get all those beautiful graphs? Happy new year!
    x The Captain

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    1. Thanks 😁😁😁
      I hope you’ll love Shark Caller as much as I did! That book really got me…
      Bookroast on YouTube makes a spreadsheet (each year?), so I just use that. I believe she is about to release a new version. It’s connected to her rating system Cawpile.
      Happy next year Xx

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  3. Those are some fantastic stats and graphs you got there. It really breaks down your reading to the most minute detail and gives you a good idea of who you are and what you like! Thanks for sharing. I hope the next year will allow you to read as many if not more books. πŸ˜€

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  4. I love this post! I also track my stats, but the spreadsheet I use is put out by someone who tracks different things than I do, so I have to modify the spreadsheet each year. I might check out the one you use, because it looks like it might track more of what I want to look at.

    Happy New Year! 2021 had its ups and downs, but here’s hoping 2022 is even better!

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