A year in Reading: 2021

Welcome to 2022! It’s time once again to continue the tradition I established in 2015. Join me as I reflect on a year of reading!

Books read in 2021: 77


  • Number of books is on par with other years (74 in 2020, 57 in 2019 (no post for this one!), 70 in 2018, 67 in 2017, 56 in 2016, 55 in 2015)
  • A higher ratio of print books – like 2020, I think this was a reaction to lockdown and so much Zoom time!
  • I read slightly less non-fiction – which was a surprise given all the re-reading and research I did for my two non-fiction books and next non-fiction manuscript
  • I also did a LOT of re-reading this year – again, I think this was a reaction to both lockdown (the need for comfort) and the rather large creative output of the year (the need for the familiar)


  • 28 non-fiction/49 fiction
  • 42 print/29 ebooks/6 audio

Longest book:

Definitely The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

Shortest book:

Either my re-read of Tin-Tin comics (I decided 3 of them made up a ‘book’ for counting purposes!)

or I’d Rather be Reading – Anne Vogel

or Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke


Read the Shadow & Bone series and the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

Re-read almost all of the Cormoran Strike series by J. K. Rowling

Re-read 6 Tin-Tin comics by Herge

Notable mentions: Fiction

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

The Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Notable Mentions: Non-Fiction

Fierce Bad Rabbits – Clare Pollard

Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke

Finding Lost Words – Harper & Barker

The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown

Try Softer – Aundi Kolber

Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally

A quote that stuck with me…

“For this is the story of the pragmatic triumph of good over evil, a triumph in eminently measurable, statistical, unsubtle terms…

It is a risky thing to have to write of virtue.”

Schindler’s ark – Thomas Keneally

//So, what were your top reads for 2021? Did you enjoy any on my list? If so, what did you think about them?

ALSO, I’ve been getting into Good Reads recently… I’d love to be friends with you there! If you look me up you can see the rest of the books I read!

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