My Word of the Year for 2021 was REVISE. With how the year turned out to be, it definitely seemed to be an appropriate word because I did have to constantly have to revise or change the way I would normally do things. Some of these pivots worked better than others.
Heading into 2021 was weird because of all the uncertainty yet there was a glimmer of hope for the second half of the year. When that didn’t really come to fruition, it was a hard pill to swallow. I remember planning goals for only the first half of the year with the intention of reevaluating and resetting for the second half. But I basically burned out after the first quarter and lost motivation for the rest of the year. Then I tried focusing on seasonal goals but when summer didn’t play out the way I intended, I gave up on that. I needed a “Salvage the Summer” week to do just that.
I guess I wasn’t able to focus on anything for a long time so I did two-week sprints of trying to instill new habits (but falling off immediately after they ended) and did seasonal bucket lists to take some of the pressure off.
In 2021, I’ve read 509 books. The breakdown is:
24- Adult novels
23- Adult non-fiction
32- Graphic novels
66- Middle Grade novels (Goal: 52)
350- Picture Books and Board Books
15- Young Adult novels
109- Nonfiction Picture Books (Goal: 104)
47- Audio Books
From my Must Read list of 43 titles, I read 15 of them and decided not to read 4.
I was able to get my list of Favorite Favorites down to 52 over the summer which was quite the undertaking.
I also didn’t write as many reviews which made me blog less. I’m hoping that by switching from Goodreads to The StoryGraph, I will be more inspired to write more book reviews and keep up with my blogging. Follow me there!
Writing was pretty bleak this past year. But I did participate in StoryStorm and wrote a poem, “The Boy who Loved Birthdays”, as part of a little series I was doing.
I was able to find more Whimsy and Wonder, which you can read all about here. I also went on at least one Artist Day each month.
I visited lots of bookstores and libraries and reinstated my library hops, which you can read all about here.
As I mentioned earlier, I hadn’t been writing reviews for the books I’ve read- even the ones I’ve enjoyed- so my lists of Favorite Books of 2021 will look a bit different. (These are books I read in 2021 and not necessarily books that were published that year. I’m also linking to Bookshop.org to continue to move away from Amazon-owned businesses.)
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho with illustrations by Dung Ho
Pony by R. J. Palacio
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat
Young Adult / Audiobook
Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Audiobook through Libro.fm)
Clash by Kayla Miller
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
And, here are a couple of books that come out this year- 2022- that I managed to read last year that you should keep an eye out for:
Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho with illustrations by Dung Ho
Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds with illustrations by Jason Griffin
Hopefully, next week, we’ll get back to posting regular reviews!
Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!