2021 End of the Year Book Survey

The End of the Year Book Survey was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner and gives readers a chance to look back on their reading and blogging journey. 2021 for me was a year where I read less, but I ended up having a lot more fun reading. I picked up a genre I rarely did in the past (horror), fell in love and know it will follow me into 2022. In 2021 I also discovered how much I enjoyed audiobooks. I literally listened to more audiobooks this year than I have ever in my life. It’s become so much a part of how I consume literature that I feel like something is missing if I don’t have an audiobook on deck. I didn’t get to all the books I wanted to, but I found many favorites to add to my all-time favorites list. This will be my final post for 2021, so I will see you all on the other side! Covers linked to Goodreads.

**2021 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 64 (counting my current read which I will be finishing today)
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, followed by contemporary and horror

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1. Best Book You Read In 2021?

I read some really great books in 2021, but if pressed, my favorite of all of them would have to be How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. No book this year made me feel the way this one did. It made me smile, it made me cry, it made me angry, it filled me with wonderment. I wanted to physically hug it when I finished.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I really thought C.L. Polk’s The Midnight Bargain would end up being a favorite. I have such a soft spot for fantasy romance, but this one fell really flat for me.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Because of how much I was disappointed in The Midnight Bargain, I didn’t expect to love C.L. Polk’s Witchmark as much as I did. I LOVED it so much. Everything I wanted out of The Midnight Bargain, I got out of Witchmark.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

No particular book is coming to mind for this question, but if you consider my answers for this post, it’s probably going to end up being How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe.

5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2021?

Zoe Hana Mikuta’s Gearbreakers was such a good series opener. I cannot wait for the next book. My favorite sequel was Monstress, Vol. 5: Warchild by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda. This series has been so amazing and it has never let me down. My favorite series ender was We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal. This was my first five-star read of the year and one of my favorite fantasy duologies of all-time.

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6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2021?

There were a lot of new-to-me authors in 2021, but one that immediately comes to mind for this question is Daka Hermon. Her middle grade horror, Hide and Seeker impressed me so much. I cannot wait to read more from her.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I dipped my toes into the horror genre this year. Horror itself isn’t necessarily out of my comfort zone. I am a big fan of scary movies and shows, but I never really picked up horror books. This changed this year and I cannot express enough how much I loved Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I read a few action-packed books this year and maybe it’s because I just finished this one, but Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta is the first book that comes to mind for this question.

I love that this post allows me to reflect on my reading. It gives me a chance to really think about the books that stayed with me the most. I think there is a strong possibility that I will be revisiting Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame and We Free the Stars next year. I just love this duology so much and I don’t want to let the characters go.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021?

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever beheld. And in person, it is sooooo stunning.

11. Most memorable character of 2021?

This was a hard one as I was introduced to so many amazing characters this year, but I immediately thought of Charlie from Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado because her voice comes through so clear from page one.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2021?

If Anna-Marie McLemore writes it, it’s definitely going on my most beautifully written list. This year I read The Mirror Season by them and it was heartbreaking and beautiful in an aching kind of way.

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13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2021?

One book in particular that’s really stuck with me is Jenny Torres Sanchez’s We Are Not From Here. One of the most heart-wretching books I’ve ever read.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to finally read? 

I finally got to Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies and oh my gosh, I should have read this one sooner. I always love my middle grade with a dash of creepy.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2021?

I really love this quote from How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe:

“There’s an invisible thread pulling me in. I am a piece of wool, brown, about to be stitched into a great cosmic blanket. Or maybe I’m a petal stuck to a spiderweb, one tiny fabric-like spot making a whole universe undulate like wisps in the wind.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2021?

My longest read was Fonda Lee’s Jade War and shortest was Yesika Salgado’s Corazón. Not too surprising on either front.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I don’t want to give anything away, but my mouth was agape while reading Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite’s One of the Good Ones.

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18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Can I have several? I love Nasir and Zafira from We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal, Julián and Mat from Jonny Garza Villa’s Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, and Sona and Eris from Zoe Hana Mikuta’s Gearbreakers.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kaul siblings always and forever ❤

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2021 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I had the pleasure of reading two Tiffany D. Jackson books this year, but it was Grown that really stuck with me. It was flawless.

21. Best Book You Read In 2021 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

The only reason I picked up Rachel Smythe’s Lore Olympus, Vol. 1 was because of how popular the webtoon has been with others in the book community.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2021?

I need to read more romance books in 2022 because no one in particular is coming to mind.

23. Best 2021 debut you read?

I loved loved LOVED Zoe Hana Mikuta’s Gearbreakers!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Ava Reid’s The Wolf and the Woodsman was so impressive, especially on the world-building front. I would not mind visiting this universe again.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Donna Barba Higuera’s Lupe Wong Won’t Dance was hilarious from page one. I smiled so much while reading this middle grade.

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26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2021?

Several books made me cry this year: Jenny Torres Sanchez’s We Are Not From Here, Tiffany D. Jackson’s Grown, and Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season all come immediately to mind.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe hands down does not get enough love. It’s my favorite read of the year and not enough people have read it. Truly an injustice.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

So many books crushed my soul, but this is a special shout out to Susan Dennard for Witchshadow. I need my girls to be happy. How much more must they go through before this happens?

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2021?

I picked up Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet on a whim because I was in the mood for an audiobook and I was aghast at how unique a story it was. Literally gave me chills.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe had several characters who I wanted to physically strangle.

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1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2021?

I always love discovering new bloggers and enjoy talking to all of you, so don’t make me choose!

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2021?

Top Ten Tuesday: You Are NOT a Bad Book Blogger If… seemed to resonate with a lot of bloggers and writing it felt really cathartic for me.

I am really proud of my Instagram, so it’s hard to decide which is my favorite photo from this year. I’m going to go with my Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne photo because it took me forever to take a good photo of this book. I can’t even tell you the number of photos I took to get this one.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I was pretty terrible at attending online bookish events this year even though I loved doing so last year. I even signed up for several and then just could not make it. Don’t worry, I am judging me too.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2021?

Is it weird that my best moment was when I realized I needed to take a break? I took almost two months away from the blog and it literally renewed my love of blogging.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Related to the last answer, the most challenging thing about blogging was accepting that I could not keep making myself blog. I was running on fumes most of this year and considered that it could end up being the end of my blogging career. I made myself take a break and it was the longest plus the most fruitful break of my blogging journey.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021 got a lot of love. I am ashamed to say that I only got to half of these.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My review of Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe because this book is so good and I need everyone to read it too!

Can I just say audiobooks in general? It’s my own personal discovery. I did not know I could fall so much in love with this medium and it’s the reason why I read more books than I probably would have.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I did not participate in any reading challenges besides the Goodreads challenge, which I did complete.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022?

I feel really guilty not getting to Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozado-Oliva. I will read this one in the new year though.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2022 (non-debut)?

I am really looking forward to The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

3. 2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie!!!!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2022?

I need Zoe Hana Mikuta’s Godslayers so bad!!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2022?

I want to pick up more horror in 2022 and also some manga (give me your recs!)

6. A 2022 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read any yet because publishers haven’t approved any of my requests yet 😦

What is a 2022 sequel you are looking forward to? Which 2021 read do you wish more people had picked up? Which book did you feel was life-changing? Let’s discuss in the comments and leave a link to any end of the year post you’ve put together for me to visit!

8 thoughts on “2021 End of the Year Book Survey

  1. I just finished drafting my answers to this survey! The Last Cuentista only came on my radar in the past couple weeks. Hopefully I can pick up a hardcopy to appreciate the cover. The Wolf and the Woodsman is one I’ll have to pick up next year. Moon Fuentez is also new to me – will check that one out as well. Your photo of The Jasmine Throne is definitely something to be proud of! Stunning. I feel like 2022 could be the year I finally give audiobooks a fair chance… As for manga recommndations, Yotsuba&! is an oldie but a goodie (actually, a new volume came out this past fall after a few years break). Slice of life about a four year old living with her dad. Very cute and wholesome.

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    1. The Last Cuentista is so beautiful. I didn’t even mention what the naked hardback looks like, but it’s stunning. Thank you so much, that photo took forever to produce! Audiobooks were my saving grace in 2021. I hope you can find some good ones to help you fall in love with the medium. Yotsuba&! sounds so cute. I will check to see if my library carries it. Thank you!

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