Favorites & Year in Review

It’s time to say good-bye to 2021 but not before a review of the reading year.

Here are my stats for 2021:

Favorites in Fiction: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel, The Reader’s Room by Antoine Laurain, A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietroantonio

Favorites in Mystery: The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda, The Haunting of Maddie Clare by Simone St. James and The Whisper Man by Alex North

Favorites in Other Genres: The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea (nonfiction), A Room With a View by E.M. Forster (Classic) and The Houseguest and Other Stories by Amparo Davila (Short Stories)

The Numbers:
Total books read in 2021: 61
Books by women: 53
Books by men: 15
Fiction: 38
Mystery: 13
Young Adult: 1
Non-fiction: 3
Classic: 3
Sci-fi: 1
Romance: 2
Short Story collections: 2
Poetry Collections: 2
Books in translation: 15 (Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Dutch, French, and Portuguese)
Books in Spanish: 1
Audiobooks: 4
Challenges participated in: 7 (completed 3)
Reading events participated in: 7 (Paris in July, 10 Books of Summer, Women in Translation, Novellas in November, Nonfiction November, MARM, and German Literature Month).

My reading did get back on track this year compared to last but still didn’t quite reach my GoodReads reading goal but more importantly I think I had a great year of quality reading. It was hard to narrow down my list of favorites.

I read fewer mysteries than last year but I’ve just really been in the mood for fiction especially fiction in translation. Something I see myself continuing next year.

I did go a bit overboard on reading challenges and reading events and this year I’m going to take a bit of step back from challenges. There are a couple I would like to join but I think I tend to do better with reading events.  So we’ll see how it goes.

Last year I said I hoped to work on cataloguing my books but that didn’t happen. I did organize my shelves that makes me happy so if I have some time for my cataloguing project then I’ll work on that but I’m not making any promises.

How was your reading year? What are your reading goals for 2022?

We made it through another year in a pandemic. I really hope 2022 won’t be more of the same but right now it’s hard to be hopeful with cases skyrocketing again. I just want to say thank you again for your friendship. I’m so glad we can visit each others blogs and find comfort, humor, and a lot of book talk. I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2022. Happy New Year!


  1. December 31, 2021
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  6. January 5, 2022
  7. January 10, 2022