Happy New Year everyone! 2021 was such a bad year for so many of us, and I know that I am pretty happy to see it go (although it had to get one last parting shot on the way out – RIP Betty White 😭). As far as reading and blogging have gone, it’s been an okay year. Not great, definitely not my best, but certainly not the worst either. So lets start off with my reading challenges to see how they went.
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GoodReads Reading Challenge: read 50 books in 2021.
If you saw yesterday’s post, then you know that I made it! Just barely, but I did. I had such weird reading slumps this year, but then would have equally weird bursts of productivity. Completely hard to predict, but what can you do. Here is the list of my reads for 2021:
- The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
- Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
- Golden by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
- The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields
- Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich et al.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields
- Once Upon a Curse by Yasmine Galenorn et al.
- The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals
- The Program by Suzanne Young
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
- The Treatment by Suzanne Young
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
- King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
- War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
- The Remedy by Suzanne Young
- The Epidemic by Suzanne Young
- The Adjustment by Suzanne Young
- The Complication by Suzanne Young
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
- The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
- Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke
- Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
- City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
- City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
- The World of Critical Role by Liz Marsham
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
- Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The only reason that I made it was because of doing two massive re-reads right at the end, reading The Hunger Games trilogy and the Mortal Instruments series. Started the Infernal Devices trilogy but didn’t quite finish it, so Clockwork Princess (book #3) will be counted as probably my first read in 2022. For anyone new to my process, for this, I always count when I finished the book. The entire book doesn’t need to be read in the calendar year. Otherwise, there might be a book or two in limbo if I started it at the end of one year and finished in the beginning of the next. So there you go.
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Beat the Backlist Challenge: read 24 books from my Owned TBR GoodReads list and use the prompts on the below Bingo card.
I feel like I really set myself up for failure on this one. It was just way too many to try and do, plus I had a hard time finding books on my list that matched the prompts. Or I just got distracted. I did read eight books for it though, so here are those, as well as the bingo card.
- Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro – standalone
- The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston – second book in a duology
- Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – more than one author
- Once Upon a Curse by Yasmine Galenorn et al. – anthology
- The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals – book you forgot you had
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – character lets out a breath
- The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes – first line is less than 10 words (it’s 6 words)
- Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – genre I rarely read
I didn’t even get bingo because I couldn’t find a book on that list that had a non-binary protagonist! More proof that I really need to diversify my TBR. Still, I am happy that I managed to get eight. That’s something at least.
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Complete four series from the below list. Also complete any series begun in 2021.
Hey, another challenge that I completed! Yay! I’m not going to repost the entire list (you can find it on my current challenge page), but here are the series that I had started a long time ago and finally finished this year.
- The Rules of Disappearing series by Ashley Elston – 2 books, finished January 24th.
- The Bone Charmer series by Breeana Shields – 2 books, finished March 24th
- The Program series by Suzanne Young – 6 books, finished July 15th
- Between series by April Genevieve Tulcholke – 2 books, finished October 28th
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You are thinking that I deliberately chose series on this list that were only two books long in order to make this easier. Yes. Yes, I did. Except for The Program which was a bit longer. But hey, it still makes my list shorter and in the end, that’s all I really wanted.
The second part of that challenge was to finish any new series that I started this year, which I did.
- Heart of Dread trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
- Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
The only exception to this was the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. I did start that one this year but made the decision to not finish it because I was not enjoying it. I don’t DNF books or series very often, but trying to struggle through this one contributed to another reading slump, so I had to step away. As such, I am not adding it to the current list, even though I might give it a go later on at some point.
But there you have it. Two out of three challenges completed, which given how crazy this year has been, feels pretty good. I’m counting it as a win anyway. I will be back later today to share my reading challenges and goals for 2022. For all of you who have stuck with me and followed me on my crazy little corner of the Internet, thank you so much. I wish nothing but the best for you in the coming new year. Love you all!