I’m going to try my hardest to not repeat any books for all 35 questions. I read 176 books, you would think I could find a different answer for each question…
The End of Year Survey is brought to you by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Enjoy!
Number Of Books You Read: 176
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Contemporary
1. Best Book You Read In 2021?
You really thought I was only going to give you one answer?
Now, this is just a handful of my favorites and definitely not all of them.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I have loved every one of Karen M. McManus’s books so I was a little let down by You’ll Be the Death of Me. I also had high hopes for Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson because I was such a fan of her debut.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers really exceeded my expectations. It was marketed as romance but that was really the B plot of the story. It was more about self discovery with the romance as a sort of catalyst.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
The book I “pushed” onto people the most is, funnily enough, called The Push by Ashley Audrain. This was one of those books that really sticks with you and I could not stop thinking about it for weeks after reading it.
5. Best series you started in 2021? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2021?
As much as it killed me to finish this series, I loved every second of it. Pip and Ravi 4ever!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2021?
I read from a lot of new authors this year: Ashley Schumacher, Samantha Downing, Mary Kubica, Tessa Bailey
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I’m strictly a contemporary girl, but when Nina LaCour writes a book, I’m going to read that book. Watch Over Me was a really atmospheric ghost story that was so beautiful to read. I absolutely loved it.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Project by Courtney Summers. Cult book from the author of Sadie? SOLD!
9. Book You Read In 2021 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Probably one of Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collections:
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2021?
I’m not saying these are the prettiest covers, I just find them very aesthetically pleasing FOR ME. Every one has their own opinion.
11. Most memorable character of 2021?
All characters kind of just run together when you read almost 200 books, but Teddy Crutcher, the main character in For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing—what a wild guy!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2021?
Ashley Schumacher’s debut Amelia Unabridged was beautifully written. I was immediately engrossed in the story and felt so connected.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2021?
Reading Jessica Taylor-Bearman’s story of her battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome absolutely changed my life. Reading about someone my age experiencing the same kind of feelings of anguish that I deal with on a daily basis was almost too much to bear.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2021 to finally read?
Like Brothers by Mark and Jay Duplass is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever read and I’m so glad I finally got around to it.
15. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2021?
16. Book That Shocked You The Most
My first Mary Kubica! This twist in Local Woman Missing came out of nowhere!
17. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
When you read so much romance, it’s real hard to pick a favorite OTP, but I think I got to give it to Brendan and Piper from It Happened One Night by Tessa Bailey. Jacob and Eve from Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert are a close second.
18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
I love a great platonic male/female friendship that actually stays platonic. Becky Albertalli is a master when it comes to friendships and friend groups and I loved what she did with Kate and Anderson in Kate in Waiting.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2021 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I loved being back in that world and getting to know the Rivas family. It also made me really homesick for Malibu.
20. Best Book You Read In 2021 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:
Because I’m still exploring my new love of mystery/thrillers, I look to people of the internet to guide me. I get a lot of recs from Kayla—BooksandLala on YouTube—including For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing. I also think the marketing team behind Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé was working overtime to promote that book. I was seeing it everywhere! I couldn’t even get annoyed by it because the book was pretty great.
21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2021?
Ughh I have no idea. I honestly don’t think of that stuff after the fact. When I’m in the moment, I will definitely have a crush in a book, but it just disappears when I finish the book.
22. Best 2021 debut you read?
23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
When done right, books that take place in small towns can really create incredible settings. That’s how I felt reading the beautiful debut The Sea Is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt
24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Listening to Seth Rogen’s audiobook for his book of essays, Yearbook, put the biggest smile on my face. He has a full cast of his friends and family lending their voices to take to audiobook to another level.
25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2021?
The question is, what didn’t make me cry in 2021. As I get older, I seem to get more emotional about things, or we are just in the third year of a pandemic and I get a little weepy. Jeff Zentner always knows how to rip your heart out and In the Wild Light was no different.
26. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther kind of came out of nowhere. I had a free copy from Sourcebooks and thought it would be a fun summer read—I ended up REALLY loving it.
27. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Know My Name by Chanel Miller—also known as Emily Doe from the Brock Turner sexual assault case. Listening to this audiobook was almost too hard to take.
28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2021?
Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson—cult books? Dual timelines? Repressed memories? FASCINATING!
29. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
I’m the first one to acknowledge how ridiculous my hometown is, but this book of essays was just *eye roll*—If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous by Now: True Stories from Calabasas by Via Bleidner
30. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2021 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2022?
There are quite a few romances that I didn’t get to as well as some mystery/thrillers that I didn’t learn about until the end of the year like In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead and Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
31. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2022 (non-debut)?
So far, I have 178 books on my 2022 shelf on Goodreads so…
32. 2022 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
A lot of my favorite YA authors are making their adult debut in 2022, as well as one adult author making her YA debut:
33. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2022?
E. Lockhart announced that a prequel to one of my favorites, We Were Liars, is coming out in May entitled Family of Liars. Also coming out in May, a third book in the American Royals series entitled Rivals, by Katherine McGee.
34. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2022?
I want to do some more rereads and also prioritize my physical books, especially backlist titles.
35. A 2022 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone
I’ve actually already read a bunch of 2022 releases already and a lot of them are really great: