2021 had been quite a good year for me in terms of reading. Not only did I get closer to my ideal reading goal but also fell more in love with reading. As a birthday present, I also bought my first ever e-reader and has been able to cover a lot more books, thanks to my Kindle.
I am planning to cover all the 45 books I have had read last year, in some other blog post. Right now, I thought it would be cool to go through my reading stats on Storygraph and nerd out about the details — areas where I concentrated the most, genres I’d like to explore more and authors I read/will read in the near future.
So, without further ado, let’s get cracking!
This is one of the most interesting ways to know what I read last year. From the picture, we can see that I was inclined towards some lighthearted reading. In retrospection, during the second half of the year, I ended up reading some lighthearted Holly Martin novels, combined with some advanced reading copies for requested book reviews. As I consider reading as a form of escapism, I believe that says a lot about me than anything else! 😅 My other two moods were mysterious and reflective. As a fan of crime/psychological thrillers, I am not surprised at all. However, I am quite surprised to see that challenging is so below the list! I feel like, after my postgrad a couple of years ago, I haven’t really challenged myself with some profound reading. So, this is a wake-up call to dip my toes into challenging novels this year!
Medium-paced books suit me. I love reading stuff that has a brisk pace while introspective along the way. Books with a slow plot make me bored and I end up abandoning them along the way. However, I would like to have more slow-paced reads this year. Slow-burn novels are mostly challenging and profound at times. It will be great to read some slow-paced novels in between and increase my patience along the way! 😂
Okay. I’m gonna come clean on this one. I am afraid of big books. If there is a book greater than 400 pages, I am gonna put it down, or find the audiobook alternative. This is also why I am yet to read A Little Life and War and Peace. Those two books are on my TBR pile for a while and I am yet to get around to reading them. I think the reason for my “big book fear” is that I might get bored after some time. I love coming across new stories and reading books of more than 400 pages seems like having to suspend my knack for reading different books.
In the second half of 2021, I switched to many romance novels, since they are very lighthearted. I also read 8 Christmas novels in December, which are predominantly contemporary romance. So, I get that my top genre of 2021 has been romance. I am kind of surprised at the classics part, but not disappointed. I am planning to get back to classics more this year. Crime and Mystery take third and fourth spots here. That isn’t a big surprise either as they are my favourite genres.
This year, I embraced my love for fiction. In 2020, I was more into non-fiction, while also wondering if reading too much fiction is productive or not (trust me, there are so much content out there debating that). However, in 2021, I finally accepted that my love for reading stems from reading fiction. Sure, I want to become a better version of myself and so, non-fiction books are significant for that. However, I am never going to sacrifice my love for fiction for that. Fiction is what drew me to reading in the first place. I am not jumping into the trend of starting every non-fiction book recommended by people anymore. I am also trying to be mindful of picking up a non-fiction book if I believe they would add value to my life as most of them say very similar things!
Most Read Authors
Again, not surprised that the top authors in 2021 were Holly Martin, John Grisham and Agatha Christie. Considering I love crime fiction, the latter two check out. I also read at least 8 romance books last year, all by Holly Martin, so she will be on the top.
Number of Books and Pages
From the graph, it is evident that my reading suffered the most during the first half of the year, with February being the month, where I did not even pick up a book. 😱 That is quite shocking to me. But I guess, my mood wasn’t favourable during that month. April to July also suffered. Honestly, I lost interest in day-to-day activities after I recovered from COVID-19. 😅 You can also see that in my blogging habits at that time! However, by the end of July, I bought my first-ever e-reader and it has never been the same since!
My average rating is 3.71 ⭐, which, according to me, is not that bad. From the graph, we see that I mostly rated books either 3, 4 or 5 ⭐. I’d say it has been a good year, reading-wise. I also abstain from giving fractional ratings, unless necessary. But, I am also trying to not be so nit-picky and be more open-minded while rating any book (or, in that case, TV shows and movies) this year.
In a Nutshell…
I had on a heck of a bookish year, especially the second half of 2021. From the looks of it, I really preferred reflective, adventurous and lighthearted novels last year. In 2022, I am planning to expand my horizon and explore more genres. I will post about my 2022 reading goals soon.
So, there you have it! An introspective analysis of my 2021 reading habits. I hope you all have a bookish year, that is, if you prefer so. See you next time!
What were your reading stats for 2021?