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Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye, 2021. Hello, 2022!

Happy New Year! I usually do this annual wrap-up/stats on January 1, but I want to have the blog all turned over and ready to go for 2022 before tomorrow, we go. I had an excellent reading year, at least as far as numbers go. Let's see how it all broke down:

Total Books Read:  203—for the first time ever, I reached my goal of reading 200 books in a year. Yay! Last year, I read 191, so a definite improvement.

Number of fiction books read:  193 (95%)—I made a tiny bit more of an effort to read more non-fiction this year...

Number of non-fiction books read:  10 (5%)—I read two more non-fiction books than I did last year. Go, me!

Number of adult books read:  121 (60%)—As much as I love children's literature, the bulk of my reading is always in the adult category. This has remained very consistent over the years.

Number of YA books read:  21 (10%)—I'm reading fewer and fewer teen books every year, it seems. 

Number of MG books read:  61 (30%)—Thanks to the Cybils Awards and another book award program I help judge most years, I read a lot of middle-grade novels. 

Number of books by female authors:  177 (87%)—Another thing I remain very consistent on is reading mostly female authors. I guess it's mostly women writing in the genres I like?

Number of books by male authors:  26 (13%)—My percentage rate on this one is actually a teensy bit higher this year than last.

Number of books by male/female combo:  1 (.005%)

Number of books read, personal collection:  25 (12%)—Oops! I did not do a very good job in this category.

Number of books read, review copies:  52 (26%)—This percentage is down from last year. 

Number of books read, borrowed from library:  126 (62%)—I love the library! Last year, 53% of my reads were from the library. I'm glad to see that this number has gone up.

Number of books read, paper:  141 (69%)—I'll always be a fan of "real" books!

Number of books read, electronic:  44 (22%)

Number of books read, audio:  18 (9%)—I only listened to 6 audiobooks last year. This year, I had one going all the time, hence the elevated number.

Number of reading challenges joined:  9

Number of reading challenges completed:  5

For my own records, I like to record the titles of the books I read every year. Here are my books for 2021 (asterisks denote favorites):

  • 1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Jan)
  • 2. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (Jan)
  • 3. Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell (Jan)
  • 4. The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell (Jan)
  • 5. The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman* (Jan)
  • 6. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien (Jan)
  • 7. Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia (Jan)
  • 8. The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill* (Jan)
  • 9. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Jan)
  • 10. Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower (Jan)
  • 11. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling [audio] (Jan)
  • 12. Dark August by Katie Tallo* (Jan)
  • 13. The Stills by Jess Montgomery (Jan)
  • 14. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan [audio] (Jan)
  • 15. The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner* (Jan)
  • 16. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid (Jan)
  • 17. The Stranger Behind You by Carol Goodman (Jan)
  • 18. A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins (Jan)
  • 19. Alone by Megan E. Freeman (Jan)
  • 20. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda (Jan)
  • 21. Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert (Jan)
  • 22. Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green (Jan)
  • 23. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (Feb)
  • 24. Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green (Feb)
  • 25. The Family Ship by Sonja Yoerg (Feb)
  • 26. Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin (Feb)
  • 27. In the Deep by Loreth Anne White (Feb)
  • 28. On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez (Feb)
  • 29. The Family by Louise Jensen (Feb)
  • 30. 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin* (Feb)
  • 31. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (Feb)
  • 32. The Missing One by Lucy Atkins (Feb)
  • 33. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (Feb)
  • 34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott* [audio] [re-read] (Feb)
  • 35. The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (Feb)
  • 36. The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs* (Feb)
  • 37. The Survivors by Jane Harper (Feb)
  • 38. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Mar)
  • 39. The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Mar)
  • 40. The Lost Family by Libby Copeland (Mar)
  • 41. The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert (Mar)
  • 42. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen [re-read] (Mar)
  • 43. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 44. A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan (Mar)
  • 45. After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore (Mar)
  • 46. The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington (Mar)
  • 47. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (Mar)
  • 48. A Distant Grave by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Mar)
  • 49. Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (Mar)
  • 50. The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek* [audio] (Mar)
  • 51. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 52. The Captive Kingdom by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Mar)
  • 53. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (Mar)
  • 54. Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien (Mar)
  • 55. The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Mar)
  • 56. Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson (Apr)
  • 57. The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur (Apr)
  • 58. Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Apr)
  • 59. Bluebird by Sharon Cameron* (Apr)
  • 60. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Apr)
  • 61. Until I Find You by Rea Frey (Apr)
  • 62. The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben (Apr)
  • 63. The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore (Apr)
  • 64. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein [audio] (Apr)
  • 65. The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman* (Apr)
  • 66. All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis (Apr)
  • 67. The Glass House by Eve Chase (Apr)
  • 68. We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin (Apr)
  • 69. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (May)
  • 70. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery* [audio] [re-read] (May)
  • 71. The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake (May)
  • 72. The Wrong Family by Terryn Fisher (May)
  • 73. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee (May)
  • 74. American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser* (May)
  • 75. Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson (May)
  • 76. Flower Net by Lisa See (May)
  • 77. Starfish by Lisa Fipps (May)
  • 78. Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky (May)
  • 79. Atomic Habits by James Clear* (May)
  • 80. Hems & Homicide by Elizabeth Penney (May)
  • 81. Shiver by Allie Reynolds (May)
  • 82. Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood (May)
  • 83. She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge (May)
  • 84. A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy (May)
  • 85. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (May)
  • 86. Margot by Jillian Cantor (May)
  • 87. The Wilding Sisters by Eve Chase (May)
  • 88. Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart (May)
  • 89. The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes (Jun)
  • 90. The Light of Luna Park by Addie Armstrong (Jun)
  • 91. You Belong Here Now by Diana Rostad (Jun)
  • 92. An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn (Jun)
  • 93. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery [audio] (Jun)
  • 94. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny* (Jun)
  • 95. A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson (Jun)
  • 96. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Jun)
  • 97. The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustain (Jun)
  • 98. The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (Jun)
  • 99. The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb (Jun)
  • 100. A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott* (Jul)
  • 101. Dear America: Behind the Masks by Susan Patron (Jul)
  • 102. Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott (Jul)
  • 103. The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm* (Jul)
  • 104. The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne (Jul)
  • 105. The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton (Jul)
  • 106. Open for Murder by Mary Angela (Jul)
  • 107. A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary (Jul)
  • 108. The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (Jul)
  • 109. Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm* (Jul)
  • 110. Boston Jane: Wilderness Days by Jennifer L. Holm (Jul)
  • 111. Boston Jane: The Claim by Jennifer L. Holm (Jul)
  • 112. Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan (Jul)
  • 113. The House By the Sea by Louise Douglas (Jul)
  • 114. Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Jul)
  • 115. In the Same Boat by Holly Green (Jul)
  • 116. Murder Most Sweet by Laura Jensen Walker (Jul)
  • 117. After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (Jul)
  • 118. Deep Water by Watt Key (Jul)
  • 119. Dear America: All the Stars in the Sky by Megan McDonald (Jul)
  • 120. No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert (Aug)
  • 121. The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan (Aug)
  • 122. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee (Aug)
  • 123. Dead Wake by Erik Larsen [audio] (Aug)
  • 124. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty* (Aug)
  • 125. The Distant Dead by Heather Young (Aug)
  • 126. Westering Women by Sandra Dallas (Aug)
  • 127. Shiner by Amy Jo Burns (Aug)
  • 128. A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley (Aug)
  • 129. Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland (Aug)
  • 130. Missing Okalee by Laura Ojeda Melchor (Aug)
  • 131. The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent (Aug)
  • 132. The Third Pole by Mark Synnott (Aug)
  • 133. True Grit by Charles Portis* [audio] (Aug)
  • 134. Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos (Aug)
  • 135. If It Rains by Jennifer L. Wright* (Aug)
  • 136. The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown (Sep)
  • 137. A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks (Sep)
  • 138. Need by Joelle Charbonneau (Sep)
  • 139. Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flowers (Sep)
  • 140. Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara (Sep)
  • 141. I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (Sep)
  • 142. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (Sep)
  • 143. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Sep)
  • 144. Kiss Me Now by Melanie Jacobson (Sep)
  • 145. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny* (Sep)
  • 146. Unquiet Ghosts by Glenn Meade (Sep)
  • 147. What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson (Sep)
  • 148. Willodeen by Katherine Applegate (Sep)
  • 149. Survive the Night by Riley Sager* (Sep)
  • 150. Bottomland by Michelle Hoover (Sep)
  • 151. Glass Houses by Louise Penny* [audio] (Sep)
  • 152. Still Life in Blood by Crystal Heidel (Sep)
  • 153. The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (Sep)
  • 154. Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling (Oct)
  • 155. The Hidden by Melanie Golding (Oct)
  • 156. Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves (Oct)
  • 157. In a Flash by Donna Jo Napoli (Oct)
  • 158. To Tell You the Truth by Beth Vrabel (Oct)
  • 159. An Occasionally Happy Family by Cliff Burke (Oct)
  • 160. The Last Bear by Hannah Gold (Oct)
  • 161. All You Knead is Love by Tanya Guerrero (Oct)
  • 162. Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day (Oct)
  • 163. Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh (Oct)
  • 164. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins (Oct)
  • 165. A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus* (Oct)
  • 166. Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen (Oct)
  • 167. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie by Erin Soderberg Downing (Nov)
  • 168. Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan (Nov)
  • 169. The Losers at the Center of the Galaxy by Mary Winn Heider (Nov)
  • 170. Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury (Nov)
  • 171. Linked by Gordon Korman (Nov)
  • 172. The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Nov)
  • 173. War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman (Nov)
  • 174. The Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross (Nov)
  • 175. Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles (Nov)
  • 176. Taylor Before and After by Jennie Englund (Nov)
  • 177. How to Get Away With Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Nov)
  • 178. What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson (Nov)
  • 179. Clues to the Universe by Christina Li (Nov)
  • 180. Houdini and Me by Dan Gutman (Nov)
  • 181. Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas (Nov)
  • 182. As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson (Nov)
  • 183. Cold-Blooded Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce* [audio] (Nov)
  • 184. Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee (Nov)
  • 185. The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green* (Dec)
  • 186. Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden (Dec)
  • 187. A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsey* (Dec)
  • 188. My Name is Layla by Reyna Marder Gentin (Dec)
  • 189. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens* [audio] (Dec)
  • 190. Favorite Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow* (Dec)
  • 191. The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan (Dec)
  • 192. Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva (Dec)
  • 193. Many Points of Me by Caroline Gertler (Dec)
  • 194. Into the Wind by William Loizeaux (Dec)
  • 195. Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo* (Dec)
  • 196. Sorry For Your Loss by Joanne Levy (Dec)
  • 197. The Disinvited Guest by Carol Goodman (Dec)
  • 198. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson* [re-read] (Dec)
  • 199. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley [audio] (Dec)
  • 200. Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi (Dec)
  • 201. The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan (Dec)
  • 202. A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw (Dec)
  • 203. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (Dec)


  1. Nice! You had an awesome reading year. I hope next year is even better. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Kami! I read a lot of good, but not awesome reads this year. I'm hoping to get more of the latter in 2022.

  2. Congratulations on a fantastic reading year. I'm a numbers guy, and I really enjoy reading the end-of-year number-crunching generated by my fellow book bloggers. Have a great 2022!

    1. I do, too! I love end-of-the-year stats posts. It's interesting to see other bloggers' numbers and hear how their reading year has gone.

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  3. 200+ books! Yay for you...that's awesome. :D Happy New Year!

    1. Yeah, I still can't quite believe I finally reached my goal! Feels good.

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  4. Wow, what a great year of reading for you. Happy New Year to you and your family!!

    1. Thank you, Wendy! To you and yours as well.

  5. I just love these end of the year posts. You had a wonderful year of reading in 2021. Here's to 2022 being just as fun.

    1. I enjoy them, too. It's fun to look back on my year of blogging as well to see what others' experience has been like.

      Happy New Year, Helen!

  6. Well done on reading 203 books this year! That is a great reading year. I will have my stats up next week but they are nowhere near as impressive as yours.

    1. Ha ha. Well, I did A LOT of reading this year to the exclusion of my other hobbies. I *might* try to be more balanced this year. We'll see.

      Happy New Year, Marg!

  7. That's an amazing achievement, Susan! Well done.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! I do feel quite accomplished :)

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  8. Congratulations on a wonderful year in books. I will have to check out your favorites. Happy New Year Susan!

    1. Thanks, Carla! I found some great books this year. Here's hoping for the same in 2022.

      Happy New Year to you and yours!

  9. A great year of reading!

    Wishing you a happy, healthy new year

    1. Thank you, Shelleyrae! To you as well.

  10. Congrats on reaching your goal! I've certainly enjoyed reading each of your reviews this year. Happy New Year!

    1. Aww, thanks so much, Ethan! I've enjoyed reading yours this year as well. Here's to another year of hanging out together in the book blogosphere - the best place to be :)

  11. It looks like you had a fantastic reading year. May 2022 be just as fantastic.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. Thank you so much, Pam! I'm optimistic that 2022 will be an awesome reading year :)

      Happy New Year!

  12. All I used to read were YA books but now it's so little. It's getting smaller and smaller for me too.

    1. Same! I don't know why, but I'm just not loving the genre as much as I used to.

      Happy New Year!

  13. Long time no visit, right?! It's been an interesting few years. Anyway, I'm back and I'm excited to start reading your blog again. I'm always in awe by the number of books you're able to read each year. I wish I could read that quickly and that much. Someday, maybe. I hope to see you pop on by my blog sometime too. Good luck with 2022! By the way, I love the new blog design! It's so so cute!

    1. Jenni! I'm so excited to hear from you! I've been following you on social media, but I haven't popped into your blog for a long time. I'm thrilled to know you're back at it and I'll definitely click on over there to see what you're up to.

      Happy New Year, my friend!

  14. I absolutely love this post, especially that you came up with all the percentages. Must remember to do that next year. LOL

    Here are my Statistics 2021.

    1. It's always interesting for me to see my numbers and how they change from year to year. I'm very consistent on lots of things. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...

  15. What a wonderful reading year and I love seeing the breakdown like this. I'm sure the women authors I read far outnumber the men for the same reason you had. Audio books saved my reading this year - especially in December! I probably read about 30 or 40% audiobooks.

    1. Wow, that's a big percentage for audiobooks! I try to have one going at all times, but it's not always easy to find good ones to download from my library. I wish Audible were cheaper.


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