A final look back at the books I read in 2021. It’s a bit late, but c’est la vie!
Total books read: 119
This is about normal for me. I have periods I don’t read that much and ones where I read verociously, so the spread is pretty uneven. Normally I read a lot in summer, but in 2021 it was my summer that was slow reading. I read the highest number of books in January (14) and the lowest in August (6).
Fiction v Non-Fiction v Poetry, etc
I read 74 fiction books and 30 non-fiction books. That is a good balance for me. I also read nine books that I consider poetry, but only one anthology and three short story collections. Oh, and two graphic novels. I definitely want to read more poetry and short stories in 2022.
Physical v eBook v Audio
I read 67 books in physical format (23 hardbacks/44 paperbacks), 29 eBooks and 23 audio books. Of the 23 audio books 16 I also owned in physical form. This was the first time that my reading exceeded my buying, so my TBR has reduced across the board. Yay me!
The most common length of book was between 300 and 400 pages. I read 20 that were less than 200 pages as well though! I read only 2 books over 600 pages and none over 800. Clearly big books were not my bag in 2021. Maybe in 2022. My shortest read (at 63 pages) was a poetry book called Peace Flows From The Sky by Susan Polis Schutz. My longest book was The Empire of Gold by S A Chakraborty at 782 pages.
I read only 8 books that were published in 2021. I read 1 book that was published before 1699 and 5 from the 1800s. By far the biggest category was books published between 2011 and 2020 (75). I find I am less bothered with keeping up with new releases.
I think I got better at choosing my reads as I had 46 books that I rated 6/7 stars. 13 books I rated 7/7 and I consider favourites. There were 24 books rated 4/7 and 29 5/7.
I DNFd only 2 books in 2021 and there was one book I decided not to rate.
Some author and language stats:
I read more female authors than male in 2021 (69 v 47). Most books I read were by authors born in Europe with the majority – 44 – from the United Kingdom. 46 Authors were born in North America with almost all of them (45) from the USA with one lonesome Canadian author. I read 8 books by authors born in Africa and 11 from Asian born authors, one lonesome Australian and 2 Brazilian authors. There were quite a few authors (often translated works) from the Middle East, which I have been enjoying a lot. Clearly I need to read more South American works. I am also concentrating on reading a few Russian classics in 2022.
I read 16 translated books. I only read 12 books that could be considered Young Adult or Middle Grade. Of the 23 audio books I listened to, 18 were non-fiction. Contemporary and Historical fiction were my most read genres with Fantasy and Memoirs not far behind.
I am excited for this year, but I am making a rather slow start! 😂