End of Year Survey: My 2021 in Books and Blogging

Hi all!

Can you believe it’s almost 2022? This year went by so fast, I can’t even remember what I did, despite spend most of the year in lockdown. But a good thing that’s come out of it is I got a new job! And I’m very happy there and enjoy going to work. What was one good thing that happened to you in 2021?

But here we are, once again participating in the End of Year Survey created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner. It’s an annual event that many bloggers participate in. Like last year, I’ve added my own style to this survey, with a couple of unique questions I came up with on my own. Also, there are usually some stats at the beginning of the post, but I’ll be doing a seperate post about my reading stats soon, so I haven’t added them here.

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Best in books

Best book read in 2021

Without a doubt, the best book I read this year was The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I read it in October and I’m already planning on rereading it for 2022. It’s so beautifully written and structured, I can’t get over it!


BEST SERIES YOU STARTED IN 2021? BEST SEQUEL OF 2021? BEST SERIES ENDER OF 2021?

Best series started: Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat! This is the first book in a new series and I already adore it. Pacat is my favourite author of all time and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series!

Best sequel: Role Model by Rachel Reid. This is the 5th book in the Game Changers series and I love it so much! Definitely an incredible sequel, and I can’t wait for the final novel.

Best series ender: Funeral Games by Mary Renault. Oh this final novel in the Alexander trilogy was heartbreaking and perfect. An amazing final novel for an incredible series.


BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

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Winter’s Orbit was a fantastic novel and ignited my love of sci-fi books! Previously, I hated sci-fi and never enjoyed a single book I read. Then I read Winter’s Orbit and realised I love queer sci-fi books! And after reading this novel, I binge read a ton of queer sci-fi books.


BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING YOU READ THIS YEAR?

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Don’t laugh at this cover, but Claiming, Tails and Other Alien Artifacts was a great novel by Lyn Gala. The worldbuilding is amazing, and you can tell the author put a lot of thought into the world she created which definitely came through on the page. Love it.


BEST 2021 DEBUT YOU READ?

100% Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat. I love everything about this book 😭


BOOK YOU “PUSHED” THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)?

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I got two of my friends to read The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley! Hahah


I read Heated Rivalry twice this year and will definitely be reading it again in 2022 just before the final novel in the Game Changers series comes out.


HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR?

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Tommy Cabot Was Here is such a sweet, gentle book! Definitely wasn’t expecting it or to enjoy it so much.


BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL?

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The Darkness Outside Us ruined me. There’s a plot twist about a quarter of the way through the book and when everything starts coming together, I was on the edge of my seat. Such a powerful book that really left an impact on me.


MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

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Homegoing is such a unique novel. Each chapter is told from a different perspective of one of the twi original characters descendants, from the 18th century to modern times. So enjoyable and such a beautiful read.


MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2021?

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Drop Bear by Evelyn Araluen is a collection of poetry by an Aboriginal woman and it’s without a doubt the most beautiful writing I’ve read all year!


MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2021?

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In the Dream House was a difficult memoir to read but I’m glad I did. It made me rethink domestic violence in queer relationships.


MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ?

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Emma by Jane Austen! I tried reading this book in high school and really hated it! Then I read it this year and absolutely loved it — so definitely a surprise for me!


MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

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She Who Became the Sun is a non-stop action-packed novel! I couldn’t stop reading this book and I am desperate for the sequel.


BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOST

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The Pull of the Stars shocked me in its depiction of childbirth. If you don’t want to be scarred, don’t read this book! I’m giving serious reconsideration in wanting to have kids lol.


FAVOURITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2021 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLY

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I really loved Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian! I’ve read heaps of Sebastian’s books, and this one was a new favourite!


BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021 THAT YOU READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM SOMEBODY ELSE

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My friend has recommended The Gospel of Loki to me many times, and I finally decided to read it this year when the Loki TV show came out. Safe to say, I enjoyed this book so much!


BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ?

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Definitely One Last Stop! I loved reading this book so much, it’s so sweet and so much fun! I had a massive smile on my face while reading it.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2021?

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Definitely Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. It’s a very hard book to read but so worth it. And it made me cry so so so much.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU THE MOST MAD (DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT)?

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I loved reading Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, but its depiction of gender inequality in Korea was difficult to read and made me very mad. Such a great read though and I highly recommend it!


BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?

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Since I loved Frankenstein I thought I would love Dracula just as much, but no such luck. I was bored and hated a lot of the characters.


BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2021 TO FINALLY READ?

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Don’t judge me too harshly, but The Fellowship of the Ring! This was the first year I actually attempted this beast and loved it so much! Can’t wait to read the other books.


SHORTEST & LONGEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?


FAVOURITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

I’ve missed you even when I didn’t remember you. 

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FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2021?

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Rachel Reid! I just read all the available books in her Game Changers series this year, and I’m obsessed


FAVOURITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

Look how stunning the cover for A Marvellous Light is!


MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2021?

James St Clair! I adore him so much! He’s from Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat and his story is just so heartbreaking. Everyone wants to use him for their own advantages, but no one ever cares for him 😭 Until one person …


OTP OF THE YEAR (YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)

Will and James from Dark Rise. I am utterly obsessed with this book.


FAVOURITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEAR

I love the friendship between Ilya Rozanov and Troy Barrett in Role Model so much! Troy is an anxious, cold-hearted mess and Ilya really takes him under his wing and supports Troy so much. And by the end of the book, they’re great friends.


NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

Definitely Mr Knightly from Emma! He’s funny, critical, and a bit morose, but he genuinely loves Emma so much. They’re perfect for each other, and he’s perfect too.

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Blogging Life

NEW FAVOURITE BOOK BLOG/BOOKSTAGRAM/YOUTUBE CHANNEL YOU DISCOVERED IN 2021


FAVOURITE POST YOU WROTE IN 2021



BEST MOMENT OF BOOKISH/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2021

I’m really happy with how many views and visitors my blog got in 2021!


MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BLOGGING OR YOUR READING LIFE THIS YEAR

Honestly, just working full time during the middle of a pandemic, and not being able to rest and read as much as I wanted. However, I managed to get through it!


MOST POPULAR POST THIS YEAR ON YOUR BLOG (WHETHER IT BE BY COMMENTS OR VIEWS)


POST YOU WISHED GOT A LITTLE MORE LOVE


DID YOU COMPLETE ANY READING CHALLENGES OR GOALS THAT YOU HAD SET FOR YOURSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR?

Yep! I finished the 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge, which is 50 books!

I haven’t completed my and my friend’s personal reading yet, but definitely hoping to before the end of the year!

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Looking ahead

One book you didn’t get to in 2021 but will be your number one priority in 2022

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BOOK YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING FOR 2022 (NON-DEBUT)


2022 DEBUT YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING

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SERIES ENDING/A SEQUEL YOU ARE MOST ANTICIPATING IN 2022


One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2022

I’m hoping to get to 1,500 followers in 2022. But I also want to take a step back from my blog and not feel obligated to post once a week — basically take things as it goes.

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HOW WAS YOUR 2021 IN BLOGGING AND BOOKS? LET ME KNOW!

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