Best Of 2021: Reading Round-Up + 2022 Reading Goals

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2021 has been my best reading year, for sure. Back in 2015 I set the goal to read 100 books in a year and for two years I just barely missed it, then I managed like, 130, then 140, and this year a whopping 202.

202 books! That blows my mind. I like to think I’ll be able to do it again but honestly, who knows. Maybe I’ll do better, maybe worse. Either way, I’m impressed with myself.

You won’t find any book descriptions in here but you will find favorites, stats, a few I look forward to reading, and more.

It’s mostly books but I’ve got two little blog-specific sections, too, because why not? And instead of doing a separate 2022 reading goals post, I’ve included them at the end of this one since I don’t have tons of them.

I would love to hear your 2021 reading stats and 2022 reading goals in the comments, too!

  • If you want to listen to some of these, consider trying Audible! You can get your first month free (one free book) plus tons of others they have for free.  Get that Audible deal here.
  • If you’re on more of a budget, try Scribd!  You can get your first month free there. You can read books and listen to audiobooks. It is unlimited (especially the reading) but if you listen to tons of new audiobooks you may be restricted after a few. I don’t listen to enough to confirm this, but I do use Scribd myself and like it a lot. Sign up for Scribd here!
  • Shop my collection of bookish goodies on Etsy! These aren’t my shop items, but other shops I’ve curated into a book-themed collection. Shop my Etsy bookish goodies here!
  • If you want to read more on your Kindle but don’t want to buy books, Kindle Unlimited is a wonderful option. It’s $9.99 a month but if you read a lot and like to read more than just new releases, it could be worth it. Get Kindle Unlimited here!
  • Get $5 off of $25 from BookOutlet! This is a great place to find new books for pretty cheap. They also have sales quite a bit, so keep an eye out for those. I tend to check here for books I want if they’re more expensive other places. They don’t have everything but they do have a lot. Shop BookOutlet here!
  • Thrift Books has become my go-to when I’m looking for a book and want it cheap. It’s great if you like buying used books. With this you can get a free book after spending $30!
  • Shop my book lists here! You can find every book list I have on (except my monthly round-ups) and I add everything I can but they occasionally won’t have some. I do occasionally add extras though. If any lists are empty, they’ll be filled in shortly! Shop my book lists here.
  • Shopping internationally? Check out Book Depository!

Total books read: 202

You can see every book I read in 2021 here and what I thought of them.

Pages read: 52,650

Shortest book: Snowflakes by Ruth Ware – 26 pages

Longest book: Ringer by Lauren Oliver – 672 pages

Average book length: 260 pages

So, for this next part, I can’t math. I’ve done this like three times and it’s not adding up. Goodreads says I read 202 books, but then I go through and tally up the total for each star-rating, and the first time I got 187, then I got 198 and I’m not sure where those extras went so this is about four books off. Somehow.

Total one-star reads/DNFs: 4

Total two-star reads: 26

Total three-star reads: 47

Total four-star reads: 91

Total five-star reads: 30

Top ten graphic novels

Two of these I just included the whole series because I really enjoyed them but the rest are standalone. I didn’t list authors because a lot of them have multiple but they’re all linked below.

Top ten books

This was hard to pick but also, as I scrolled through my GoodReads year in review, these stood out to me the most as ones I loved and enjoyed.

Top five blog posts this year:

These are the top blog posts, traffic-wise. The most popular straight from my stats. These weren’t published this year (all of them were from last year, actually) but they brought in the most traffic.

Favorite blog posts this year:

I went with seven posts for this because I couldn’t make up my mind but these are six posts that I published this year that I just love.

It’s posts/lists that I either really enjoyed writing or things that I read a lot of this year. Or both. They’re all topics I’ve been very into this year.

Favorite authors of the year:

These are all authors that I’ll read everything they write and I read a lot of all of them this year. And by a lot, I mean at least two books. Or, I bought a lot of from these authors and have them currently waiting to read.

  • Kara Thomas
  • Megan Miranda
  • Ruth Ware
  • Sara Shepard
  • Holly Jackson
  • Dusti Bowling

Five books I can’t wait to read in 2022:

These aren’t necessarily 2022 new releases, I don’t really keep up with them but just five books that I have on my TBR that I can’t wait to read or want to try and read in 2022. Or eight, I guess.

2022 Reading Goals

These are just general bookish/reading goals, not just the number I want to read. If that makes sense? It will once you see them.

  • Read 100 books (I’ll probably always keep this as my number goal)
  • Listen to one audiobook a month, at least
  • Don’t buy books until I finish everything I have with me (exceptions are the rest of the City Of Brass series if I like it, Love and Olives if I see it in person, and Backpacked as a physical book because I need that.)
  • Use the library as much as possible to find anything I might want to read but don’t have (or for finishing series.)
  • Find a way to back up my Kindle books (if you know a way to do this please let me know!)

What did your 2021 reading look like? What are your 2022 reading goals? Tell me all the bookish things you’re proud of!

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

2 thoughts

  1. That’s crazy awesome. I’m always in awe of how some of you book bloggers can read so much. And here I’m struggling with one book per month. Wishing you all the best for 2022!


    1. Thank you! 🙂 Usually if I’m not working (sometimes I can at work), blogging, embroidering, or hiking, I’m probably reading haha. And one a month is still great! It’s more than a lot of people. I hope your 2022 is wonderful, too!


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