2021 reading in Review
Goodreads has THREE different totals for me across the site. I've gone through all my books, but I can't find any recording error on my end. Anyways, I've actually read 312 books in 2021. Quite a lot for the year! It was over my intended goal of 240 books. For 2022, I've kept a similar goal of around 240 (it might be as high as 260) but we shall see.
I read so much because of Covid. I'm still being quite careful. I don't have children or dependents, so it's easier for me to stay inside. I've been too antsy to sit down and watch most new television shows. So reading has been my entertainment for the past few years.
The initial "Year in Books" page on Goodreads lists me at 307 books, with 92,043 pages read. Even with the additional five books added, it won't make such a huge change in page numbers. Most likely less that 95,000 pages total for the year (probably around 93,000).
You can see an additional number below. I reached my initial goal of 240 in the early fall period.
I actually read my shortest and longest in the beginning of 2021. Kill the Clutter is a cleaning guidebook. I enjoy watching CleanTok/CleanGram, so I picked up a few books. I still prefer the Konmari approach to cleaning and decluttering, but I thought Heather Lane's book was a nice and quick guide.
My longest book was Bulfinch's Mythology. I picked this up a while ago, but it's been on my TBR shelf for a long time. It is quite long but easy to read in chunks. I'm familiar with most of the myths listed within as I took many Classics classes for my degree. My second longest book was most surely Jane Austen's Emma. It's around 800 pages in length.
I had finished Jane Austen's Emma and Pride and Prejudice in the same year. They're both annotated versions with one side of the page being the original story and the other side being notes and images that enhance reading. I think it was good for me as I had never picked up Austen until after university! I thought it would be nice to have a guided reading so I would understand some hidden aspects (hidden to me).
Amanda Gorman's poem was quite beautiful! I did watch it live and appreciated the oration but reading it was a huge treat. I think I prefer poems in written form more than spoken. I have no poetic talent, but I do like reading poetry! Gorman has a few other pieces being published soon that I'll probably pick up. I liked the way she formed verse. This is just the poem, so it's a fast read. Great for a tea break!
The extent of Goodread's public stats is just a list of the books you read. I took a few screenshots to show what it looks like. Also, I can talk about some of the books I read that were excellent!
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