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2021 End of the Year Survey

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Number Of Books You Read: 108
Number of Re-Reads:
7
Genre You Read The Most From:
 Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2021?

I can’t pick just one but I’m not going to be the only one in that. So here are 5 that spring to mind.

Under the Whispering Door | Men at Arms | The Witness for the Death | The Shadow of the Gods | The Conductors

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

In the Ravenous Dark | The Book of Stolen Dreams | Far From the Light of Heaven

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

In a good way are these:

Bad Witch Burning | The Conductors | Crime & Poetry

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

Hah. I probably pushed Mercy Thompson on most people and of course anything by Jonathan Stroud.

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

Best Series start: The Shadow of the Gods
Best Sequel: The Witness for the Dead
Best Series Ender: The Bone Ship’s Wake

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2021?

Nicole Glover from The Conductors.

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

Boyfriend Material

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

Oh gosh hard choice. I’m going with Payback’s A Witch for now.

9. Book You Read In 2021 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Witness for the Dead and all the Monstress volumes.

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

A Marvellous Light catches me eye the most.

11. Most memorable character of 2021?

Hetty Rhodes from The Conductors, Wallace and Hugo from Under the Whisper Door and Thara Celehar from The Witness of the Dead.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2021?

Probably Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis because it came with such an emotional punch.

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

The Conductors and Bad Witch Burning. Both deal with important and heavy subjects like slavery and physical abuse.

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

A Winter’s Promise.

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

I pass on quotes as always.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2021?

Short story The Angel of Khan-el Khalili by P. Djeli Clark and The Missing of Clairdelune as longest.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Night Firm trilogy probably with how much mary sue it was haha and that I actually finished it looking back. But it was fine for the moment I guess.

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

Hmm. Not much of a shipper but I loved Hetty and Benjamin from The Conductors, Ophelia and Thorn from The Mirror Visitor, Violet and the sheriff from the Magical Book Shop Mysteries.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kattrel and her best friend from Bad Witch Burning, Wallace and Hugo’s Grandpa and Hugo and his dog from Under the Whispering Door.

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

Going with a book I haven’t mentioned yet but was great, A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark.

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

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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

No fictional crushes here

23. Best 2021 debut you read?

The Conductors.

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

I loved A Master of Djinn world in Egypt with the djinn and their role in the world. But also The Shadow of the Gods with its Norse influences.

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

Under the Whispering Door made me laugh. But there was also Crime and Poetry and its sequels.

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

Heartbreak central books were: The Bone Shard Daughter, The Witness for the Dead, Bad Witch Burning, The Last Graduate, The Bone Ship’s Wake, Under the Whispering Door.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I’m going to say The Condutors and Payback’s a Witch.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

That might have been The Witness for the Dead.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2021?

Humm A Master of Djinn.

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

There is a certain scene in Burn Bright (alpha and omega 5) that has to do with Mercy Thompson and was quite maddening. If you’ve read it than you will know what I am talking about. You can also find it in reviews on goodreads if you are very curious.

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

Aaah don’t put me on the spot like this. I just don’t remember these things I’m sorry! And to be fair to myselft I’ve not been discovering many new ones because getting the right balance where blog hopping gets the time it deserves has just been super hard. And if blog hopping is hard you tend to go to the blogs that you visit anyway.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2021?

Some favorites were: Five Books to Read if You Loved Star Trek: Picard | The SFF Countries Project | Why You Should Pick Up the Prequel Stories to A Master of Djinn

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2021?

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

Yalfu I’d say. I had a stand there but I could also go and see some of the interviews.

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

Just getting emails to ask me to check out a book on netgalley from publishers

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

Everything. The balance was really hard and I did not have a whole lot of inspiration for discussions and all that.

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

My most viewed post is A (Small) List of Trigger Warnings You Can Use from 2019 that got 21 000 hits this year alone. I didn’t think that would grab so many people. A post that I actually posted this year was Why You Should Pick Up the Prequel Stories to A Master of Djinn .

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Young Adult Books At the Younger End

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Nothing that specifically comes to mind.

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

Ah hahaha. I’m posting a wrap up in my yearly look back on those this year.

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

Black Water Sister and The Jasmine Throne

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

Crowbones by Anne bishop

3. 2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I think Battle of the Linguist Mages at the moment. I’m very curious.

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

Seven Mercies

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

Honestly, just keeping up with arcs this year.

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

I have a bunch of 2022 arcs but I haven’t gotten around to actually reading any of them.

10 thoughts on “2021 End of the Year Survey

  1. This is always fun to read. I’m posting mine tomorrow. I loved that you had Under the Whispering Door. I probably would have put that on my list, but I also read The House in the Cerulean Sea this year and that one beat out this one. Happy New Year!

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  2. Ooh, that is indeed a striking cover on A Marvellous Light. I like the pattern and colours. I have only read one of the books you mentioned in this post! But I hope to get to a few of the others this year, such as The Witness for the Dead. I gave a similar answer for ‘most challenging thing about blogging’ this year. It was a rough go of things! Let’s hope we fare better in 2022 🙂 Happy New Year!

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  3. Dat ik ook aan het aftellen ben naar Crowbones is geen verrassing zeker? 🙂 Knap dat jij deze terugblik-tag nog steeds braaf invult aan het einde van het jaar. Ik heb het mezelf dit jaar opnieuw makkelijk gemaakt en gewoon een lijstje met favoriete boeken samengesteld vermits ik sowieso maar weinig energie over hou voor het bloggen en weet dat ik met deze vragenlijst heel lang zoet zou zijn. Echt, ik kan daar veel te lang over zitten nadenken. Al had het nu misschien wel makkelijker geweest vermits ik veel minder boeken lees dan vroeger (damn you uitputting!).

    Hopelijk gaat dat dit jaar wel een keertje beteren en kom ik dan ook aan wat meer uitgebreide blogposts toe. Of aan niet achterlopen met het lezen van mijn blogfeed. Ondertussen is de achterstand zo groot dat Feedly niet meer alle ongelezen blogposts toont.

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