Friday, 31 December 2021

2021 Wrap-up

And so 2021 comes to an end.

It's not been a great year (I'm sure most people feel the same - global pandemic and all), but I finally managed to move jobs in November so - overall - I'm going to try and be happy with it. That was my major life goal this year, after all. 

Usually, I'm super prepared for the new year on the blog and I have lots of posts scheduled into January. This year, I am writing this wrap-up on the 30th of December.

News from the Reading Front

Looking back at my resolutions for this year, I haven't really done too badly. I absolutely blew my Goodreads goal out of the water. Due to the volume of manga I was reading, I upped it several times so it started out as eighty books and ended up at 200. Admittedly, I didn't read a lot of novels and most of the ones I did read were three stars at best, but I'll take it. Ironically, I still haven't finished my favourite manga series - because I had already bought a lot of Haikyuu!! volumes before I subscribed to the Shonen Jump app, I'm buying the rest of them so I'm reading slower than I could be.

Best Novels I've Read This Year...

Manga Series I've Been Loving This Year...


Reading Challenge Wrap-ups

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2/5

 Chunkster Reading Challenge 3/5

Annoyingly, I read a couple of books that missed the 450 page minimum by less than fifty pages - special mention to The Duke and I which was 440 pages.  

Ivyclad Bingo 2021 Wrap-up

Childhood Friends: My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi

Fantasy: Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

Fake Dating: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Heists and General Thievery: The Furies by Katie Lowe (really pushing my luck here, but there is a break-in)

EBook: Days Volume 22 by Tsuyoshi Yasuda

Novel over 400 Pages: The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

Sci-Fi: Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold

Author is not from the USA: Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Historical: Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine and Myth in a Man-Made World by Elinor Cleghorn

Supernatural Creature: Witch Watch Volume 1 by Kenta Shinohara (at the current count, witches, ogres, tengu, werewolves, and vampires, oh my!)

Mythology: Shaman King Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei (again, bit of a stretch, but Shaman King does include bits and bobs of different mythologies)

Published in 2021: For the Love of Friends by Sara Goodman Confino

Horror: The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

News from the Writing Front

I haven't quite reached my goal of finishing editing my story and sending it to my beta reader, but I have edited the first two parts of the story (so over half of it) and my beta reader has seen and fed back on both parts, so progress has been made.

Personal Goals

Amusingly, I had completely forgotten that I was supposed to be cutting down on social events and saying no to things I didn't think I'd enjoy this year and I have recently set this as a goal for the coming year. 

As a result of not saying no to things that sounded like I would not enjoy them, I have now taken part in an escape room. I do not recommend.

Happy New Year! Do you have any goals for 2022?

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