On New Years Eve, in 2020, I set my Goodreads reading challenge for 2021 at 75 books. I read 88 for the year, so am happy to have reached my goal, and read 13 books more than I had expected.
The star ratings I give to books that I’ve read are based only on my enjoyment of the book. I don’t take literary merit into account at all. Here’s how my star rating works:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Cannot put the book down
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- An extremely enjoyable read
⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I enjoyed reading it.
⭐️⭐️- Didn’t enjoy it at all
I don’t usually give one star. If I think the book is only worthy of one star, I would usually not finish it. There are too many books waiting to be read, to spend time reading a book that I really don’t like at all.
The Star Ratings for the books that I read this year are as follows
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10 books
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 34 books
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 41 books
⭐️⭐️ 3 books
In 2021 I read 11 books that I was happy to give five stars.
Book of The Year
My Book of the Year is Hannah Kent’s Devotion. I’m a big fan of Hannah, so there was never any doubt that I would enjoy her new release. I found it totally unputdownable and it was on my mind for days after finishing it. There is so much in the story of Devotion that I love. It’s the story of a family in Prussia who make the decision to start a new life in Australia, in the 19th century. That is just one small part of the story. The real story is about the narrator Hanne. This book definitely not a traditional historical fiction. There is so much more to it. As usual Hannah Kent’s descriptive writing left me speechless and did induce tears more than once. I will definitely be reading it again in 2022.
“And then I was the tree. Rivers of sap rolled through us; I could feel everything we were and everything we would be. Leaves not yet unfurled, blossom capped in gumnut, roots needling moisture from the soil. We were everything that had passed, and we were what would come, the waited-for.”
My favourite genre is historical fiction, especially Australian and WW1 and WW2. I’m aware that I have a bias toward this style of book so this year intentionally widened my choices. I’m quite happy at the genres I read this year, but I’d like to read more widely again next year. Following are the numbers of books read in each genre. You will see that I definitely favour historical fiction.
Historical Fiction 39 books
Crime 15 books
Romance 9 books
Humour 3 books
Contemporary 10 books
Fantasy 1 book
SciFi 1 book
Historical Non Fiction 8 books
Autobiography 2 books
Pages read 32358
Shortest book ‘Twas The Night Before Xmas – 144 pages
Longest book The Exiles – 688 pages
Average Book Length 367 pages
This post is linked to Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share
If you’re interested, you can check out the other books that I read in the 2021 Goodreads reading challenge
Have you chosen a favourite book for 2021? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to add it to my reading list for 2022.
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