It is finally the last day of 2021, and I am very excited for this year to be over. I can’t say it was worse than 2020, but it also wasn’t much better, either. I am hoping 2022 is a better year. There are a lot of unknowns in my life right now, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things will go my way and there will be some big changes coming in 2022. But either way, I do have some things I want to achieve with my reading, and I’m excited to get started on those.
For now, we’re concentrating on 2022. This was not my worst reading year, but it also wasn’t my best. I read a total of 128 books this year, totaling over 45,100 pages. And while I did enjoy the vast majority of them, I rated twenty of them below three stars, which might be a record for books I didn’t like in a single year. Another record I might have hit this year is that I listened to over 600 hours of audiobooks, which was almost double what I managed last year. The shortest book I read is Judith and Holofernes, at 84 pages, and the longest is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas at 1,276 pages. Coincidentally, both are classics that I really enjoyed!
What Surprised Me
The fact that I read so many memoirs this year! I was not expecting that to be my most-read genre. But I also think that’s really cool. Looking back, the majority of memoirs I read were diverse, and I really enjoyed learning about so many different experiences – everything from opening a racism to founding the Black Lives Matter movement to coming to the US as a refugee from a war-torn country.
I was also a little surprised that the formats I read in were pretty evenly distributed. In case you don’t want to count all the tiny books, I read 40 books as physical copies, 41 books digitally, and 45 audiobooks. I knew I listened to quite a few audiobooks this year, but didn’t think it would be my most read format.
What I’m Happy About
I am very happy that I was able to read 32% nonfiction this year. I think that is the highest percentage I’ve been able to achieve yet, and I’m very happy with it. Honestly, I’m not sure that I’ll read quite that many nonfiction books next year, which is fine. But I did learn a lot about many different things, so that was kind of fun.
I’m also pretty happy with my reading year overall. Even though this was definitely a record for the number of books I didn’t like, I read a lot of books I really loved. And I think I had a pretty good balance with the number of books I read, the genres I explored, and how diverse the books I read this year were (I know it’s hard to tell from the tiny stars, but there are a lot of them).
What I Want to Work On
I’ve already talked about this in my goals review, but I really want to work on reading more books by authors of color, and also diversifying my selection as well. While I did come very close to hitting my goal of reading 50% by BIPOC authors, and I did read books by authors from quite a few different nationalities, I just want to continue to branch out more and definitely hit my goal for next year. But also explore translated works and books from different countries a little more as well.
Next year I also want to focus a little bit more on reading the new releases I’m interested in, because I didn’t get to very many of them in 2021. And I kind of feel like I missed out. I am pretty happy with all of the classics I read this year, in addition to a lot of backlist books, but I just want a better balance.
Finally, I want to not read so many books I don’t like. All of them were read for posts, which is the only reason they weren’t DNFs. I am planning to do fewer reading experiments next year for that reason, and I’m really looking forward to taking the first few months of 2022 off from reading things I “have” to read.
And that is it for 2021! I hope you all enjoyed this post, and that you had a great reading year. Let’s make 2022 an even better one!
Thanks for reading! Happy New Year!
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