2021 reading wrap-up

Hello, friends! Today is my 2021 reading wrap-up, which will be fairly long and statistics-filled, because I love stats. So without further ado, here are the books I read in 2021!


  • (๐Ÿ“š) = owned prior to 2021
  • (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) = Canadian author
  • (๐ŸŒพ) = Indigenous author
  • (๐ŸŒˆ) = LGBTQ2S+ author or representation
  • (๐Ÿ“–) = on TBR prior to 2021
  • (๐ŸŽถ) = audiobook
  • (๐Ÿ†“) = from the library
  • (๐Ÿ”Ž) = translated book
  • (โœจ) = favourite

Books read

  • In the Dream Houseย by Carmen Maria Machado (๐Ÿ“š, ๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–, โœจ):ย 5 stars
  • The Subtweetย by Vivek Shraya (๐Ÿ“š,๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ,ย ๐ŸŒˆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย โœจ):ย 5 stars
  • Viย by Kim Thรบy (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ”Ž):ย 4 stars
  • The Turn of the Keyย by Ruth Ware (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Red River Girl: the Life and Death of Tina Fontaineย by Joanna Jolly (๐Ÿ“–, ๐ŸŽถ, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Ragged Companyย by Richard Wagamese (๐Ÿ“š,ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒพ,ย ๐Ÿ“–):ย 4.5 stars
  • Stay Goldย by Tobly McSmith (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 2 stars
  • Ties That Tetherย by Jane Igharo (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • The Oneย by John Marrs (๐Ÿ“–):ย 4.5 stars
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggleย by Angela Y. Davis (๐ŸŽถ, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • The Divinesย by Ellie Eaton (๐Ÿ†“):ย 3 stars
  • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Manย by Emmanuel Acho (๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐ŸŽถ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 5 stars
  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982ย by Cho Nam Joo (๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ”Ž):ย 4 stars
  • Daring Greatlyย by Brenรฉ Brown (๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐ŸŽถ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 5 stars
  • Lobizonaย by Romina Garber (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Nightย by Elie Wiesel (๐Ÿ“š, ๐Ÿ“–, ๐ŸŽถ, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ”Ž):ย unrated
  • The Future of Another Timelineย by Analee Newitz (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • We Were Eight Years in Powerย by Ta-Nehisi Coates (๐Ÿ“–, ๐ŸŽถ, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • The Mars Roomย by Rachel Kushner (๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 3 stars
  • They Said This Would be Funย by Eternity Martis (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐ŸŽถ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Love Lives Hereย by Amanda Jette Knox (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒˆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐ŸŽถ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4.5 stars
  • Theoryย by Dionne Brand (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒˆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 3 stars
  • From the Ashesย by Jesse Thistle (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒพ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐ŸŽถ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 5 stars
  • The Nowhere Girlsย by Amy Reed (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Habenย by Haben Girma (๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girlsย by Lauren Karcz (๐Ÿ“–):ย 3.5 stars
  • The Nickel Boysย by Colson Whitehead (๐Ÿ“š, ๐Ÿ“–):ย 3.5 stars
  • Homeย by Toni Morrison (๐Ÿ“š):ย 4 stars
  • Three Womenย by Lisa Taddeo (๐Ÿ“–, ๐ŸŽถ, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • If I Had Your Faceย by Frances Cha (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“, โœจ):ย 5 stars
  • The Wrath and the Dawnย by Renรฉe Ahdieh (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“, โœจ):ย 4 stars
  • Beach Readย by Emily Henry (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“, โœจ):ย 4.5 stars
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Meย by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-Oโ€™Connell (๐Ÿ“š,ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒˆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–):ย 4 stars
  • Imagine Wanting Only Thisย by Kristen Radtke (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 2 stars
  • The Fire Never Goes Outย by Noelle Stevenson (๐Ÿ“š, ๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–):ย 4.5 stars
  • On a Sunbeamย by Tillie Walden (๐ŸŒˆ):ย 5 stars
  • The Outside Circleย by Patti Leboucane-Benson (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒพ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Broodย by Jackie Polzin (๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Islands of Decolonial Loveย by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒพ,ย ๐ŸŽถ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Last Night in Montrealย by Emily St. John Mandel (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒˆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย โœจ):ย 5 stars
  • Neverworld Wakeย by Marisha Pessl (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4.5 stars
  • Wink, Poppy, Midnightย by April Genevieve Tucholke (๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 3 stars
  • Replayย by Ken Grimwood (๐ŸŽถ, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Honey Girlย by Morgan Rogers (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–):ย 3.5 stars
  • The Son of the Houseย byย Cheluchiย Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • The Midnight Libraryย by Matt Haig:ย 3.5 stars
  • Last Callย by Elon Green (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐ŸŽถ, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4 stars
  • Check, Please! Volume 2: Sticks and Sconesย by Ngozi Ukazu (๐Ÿ“š, ๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–):ย 5 stars
  • A History of My Brief Bodyย by Billy Ray Belcourt (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ,ย ๐ŸŒพ,ย ๐ŸŒˆ,ย ๐Ÿ“–,ย ๐ŸŽถ,ย ๐Ÿ†“):ย 4.5 stars
  • The Water Cureย by Sophie Mackintosh (๐Ÿ“š, ๐Ÿ“–):ย 4 stars
  • She Drives Me Crazyย by Kelly Quindlen (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“, โœจ):ย 4.5 stars
  • Sheโ€™s Too Pretty to Burnย by Wendy Heard (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“,ย โœจ):ย 4.5 stars
  • Birthdayย by Meredith Russo (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–, ๐Ÿ†“):ย 2 stars
  • Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour (๐Ÿ“š, ๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ“–): 4 stars
  • Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti (๐ŸŒˆ, ๐Ÿ†“): 4 stars



  • 27 were ebooks
  • 14 were physical books
  • 14 were audiobooks

AGHHH my goal was to read 15 physical books, I was so close! But all my ebooks and audiobooks were from the library, and I’m always happy supporting my library ๐Ÿ˜‡ I definitely want to try to read more physical books next year, though. There are so many I own that I want to read, I just have to sit down and do it.


  • Adult: 42
  • YA: 13

This is pretty par for the course! Definitely less YA than usual, but I said that last year so I guess this is just the ratio from now on.


  • โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†:ย none
  • โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†:ย three
  • โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†:ย eight, including four 3.5 stars
  • โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†:ย 34, including nine 4.5 stars
  • โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…:ย nine
  • One unrated

Another overall great reading year! According to Goodreads, my average was 4.1 stars, which is about right! There were definitely a lot of “meh” four stars, books that I rated four stars because they weren’t bad enough for three stars but I also didn’t love, but overall, I think my ratings are pretty true.


  • 41 were from the library
  • 15 were books I owned
    • Eleven of which I owned prior to 2020

Again, pretty par for the course. I bought more books this year than I usually do, due to mood reading and wanting to (unsuccessfully) spend less time on screens. Also this number is a little off because I listened to the audiobook for Night but I also own a copy, so I counted it as both.

TBR status

  • 41 were on my TBR prior to 2020
  • 14 were added to my TBR in 2020

41 is pretty good! This is actually more impulse reads than I thought honestly, but I’m not mad about it.


  • Seven were published in 2021
  • 13 were published in 2020
  • 12 were published in 2019
  • Five were published in 2018
  • Four were published in 2017
  • Four were published in 2016
  • Ten were published in 2015 or older

Keeping up the trend of being about two years behind everyone else. This is a lot more 2021 releases than I expected, and more current releases than usual! Definitely happy I read so many 2021 and 2020 releases.


  • 20 were contemporary/general fiction
  • 16 were nonfiction, four of which were a memoir
  • Six were fantasy/fantastical
  • Four were romance
  • Three were sci-fi
  • Three were horror/thriller
  • Two were historical fiction
  • One was dystopian

Of these,

  • Six were graphic novels
  • Three were part of a series
  • One was a short story collections

This is a pretty typical breakdown as well! There’s a lot less historical fiction than usual, and much less fantasy/fantastical than last year. I also read about as many books from series as I was expecting. One goal for next year is going be to finish some of the series I have started.

Canadian and Indigenous authors

  • 14 authors were Canadian (25%)
  • Five authors were Indigenous (9%)

These numbers are fairly small, and definitely something I want to work on. That being said, 25% and 9% of my overall reading is pretty good! I think I just want to focus on consciously looking for more Indigenous and Canadian authors to read.

Last, I wanted to take a look at the reading goals and TBR I had set earlier this year!

Goodreads goal: 40 books

I did this! I read over 50 books this year, so I definitely exceeded my goals, despite being in a terrible reading slump for several months.

Other reading goals

Read one graphic novel: I also achieved this goal! I co-hosted graphics-a-thon and read six graphic novels!

Read one translated book: I also did this! I ended up reading three translated books, which is honestly probably more than I’ve ever read, so I consider this a success!

Read at least 15 books on my physical TBR: SO CLOSE! This will definitely be a goal for 2022.

Read at least four non-fiction books: I achieved this as well! I usually read a decent amount of nonfiction, as it’s all I listen to on audio.

2021 TBR

As a reminder, here are the books I had on my 2021 TBR. The ones I read have been crossed out.

  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
  • Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
  • Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo
  • Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
  • Sheโ€™s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
  • The Project by Courtney Summers

Considering how terrible I am at following TBRs, I consider this a success! Of the 15 books I wanted to read, I read 10 of them, including two 2021 releases! I also own the ones I’m missing, so hopefully I can read them at some point soon.

So that was my reading year! I was so thrilled with how much I read and how great the books I was reading were. Thank you all for the recommendations!

How was your reading year? Did you read a ton of great books? What genre did you read the most from? Let me know!

Ally xx

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7 thoughts on “2021 reading wrap-up

  1. congrats on achieving your goodreads goal and reading 10 of the books on your tar! and yay for reading more non fiction – I’ve been wanting to as well and while I couldn’t lats year, I’m hoping I can from this year!

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