Hello! I haven’t been very good with keeping up with blogging lately or my reading goals it seems. My reading plans died a slow, miserable death. Who cares? 2021 was another crazy year, crazier than 2020 for me anyway, so I’m just happy that I got to read some good books along the way. Here’s a brief overview from some of goals and highlights for this year.
Goal: 1 Book 700+ pages
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson—AaaaAAAaaaaHHHH!!! The plot twists. I did NOT see them coming! I also scrambled to finish this book in two weeks because somebody had a hold on it, but as I was approaching the end, the hold vanished. I may have finished all 1,200 pages in 2 weeks. A new record for me.
My eyes are bleeding (but not really). Please excuse me while I dig out my reading glasses from the abyss… 10/10 would recommend!
Goal: 2 Poetry Collections
the Stars Wrote Back by
Trista Mateer—A delightful read full of art and poetry.
Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano—The book itself was
humorous, though not particularly memorable. The funniest bit though, was when
I was going to show the book to my sister, and her cat peed on her beanbag
chair. I’m not laughing. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Goal: 3 Novels by Indie Authors I Haven’t Read
Ahab by E.B. Dawson—After reaching
the end of the book, I realized I actually had read a book by Dawson before, so
this one might not count? Eh, who cares. I want to talk about it. An
interesting retelling with a great twist. Moby-Dick, but in space. Space
whales. I actually loved the way Dawson handled with the story. It had more
touches of classical literature than I would have expected for a sci-fi novel.
of the Kaites by
Beth Wangler—Soooo, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. If it
were pitched as a biblical-inspired book I might have enjoyed it more than a
biblical retelling. As a retelling, it fell flat for me, especially since it
focused less on the power of Aia (God) and more on the Aivenah (the devil).
Goal: 3 Classics by Non-American Authors
I started reading Dante’s Inferno at one point…
Goal: 5 Books from the Depths of my TBR
Dune by Frank Herbert—A sci-fi
classic. This one has been on my list for a while now, and I once stopped
reading it a couple years ago. Since a new film adaptation was coming out, I
thought I’d give it another try. Dense yet fascinating, though I didn’t care
for the way it ended. I did highly enjoy the latest movie adaptation though,
even if it did only cover half the book.
Where are the other four books? *shrugs*
Goal: 5 Award Winners
Kid by Jerry
Craft—Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. A delightful graphic
novel that showed a different perspective of what it means to be a new kid at
school. When I was younger, with my family moving around all the time, I was
also the new kid more often than not.
Way Down by
Jason Reynolds— Newbery Medal, Printz Award, and the Coretta Scott King Award.
Heartbreaking book. I liked the style even if it was a little unconventional,
but I wish the ending had a little more clarity even if I understand why it was
Crossover by Kwame Alexander— Newbery
Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. I really enjoyed the style of this one,
but the ending through me off guard. Still a great read.
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi—Michael L. Printz Award nominee. Such a delightful book, I went out and bought a copy as soon as I finished it. Translated from Japanese, The Beast Player explores a world with of Toda (dragons!), Royal Beasts (Pterolycus, a winged wolf), and the life of young Elin. It starts off seemingly simple and gradually grows more and more complex. I’m eager to read the sequel.
Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys—SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Fiction and more. This one broke my
heart, but it was so informative. I didn’t enjoy this story as much as Sepetys’
Salt to the Sea, but I believe it’s equally important.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker--National
Book Award Nominee for Young People's Literature. Such a sweet little book but
still hard hitting. It looks innocent. It’s not. This is an animal book about
the cruelties of the wild and humankind but the beauty that can still be found
Goal: 1 Nonfiction Book about a Topic that Interests Me
started reading Teach Like a Champion and The Emotional Craft of
Fiction. Does those count?
Total books: 11 out 20
Maybe I need to make my goals for 2022 more realistic… But hey! My Year in Books according to Goodreads looks pretty cool. Look at all the pretty covers!
Bonus: Novels in Verse
attending WriteOnCon in Februrary, I resolved to read 3-5 novels in
verse a week for poetry month in April!
Water on Stone by
Dana Walrath—A heartbreaking account of the Armenian genocide. Part magical
realism, part historical fiction,
When You Land by
Elizabeth Acevedo—Now I’m angry. I definitely enjoyed this book more than her
first one, The Poet X. But a lot of the characters in this story just
made me incredibly angry. I suppose that’s part of the point, but still. I
liked the dual perspective, although once the character’s names disappeared
from the top of the chapters, I had no idea who was who.
Middle School by
Niki Grimes—Honestly wish this one were longer and more fleshed out.
Way Down by
Jason Reynolds—see Award Winners above.
Other Notable Books (guess my go-to author)
Books of Pellinor, book 4) by Alison Croggon
Enigma Game by
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
the Fall by
Murderbot Diaries, book 5) by Martha Wells
by Darcie Little
Badger (see book review)
The Last Airbender, The Promise
by Gene Luen Yang
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Descender (vols. 1-6) by Jeff Lemire
by Jordan Ifueko
(see book review)
Thousand Perfect Notes
by C. G. Drews (see book review)
Favors by Erin
Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda
chat! What were some of your favorite books from this year? Have you read any
of the ones I did? Did you meet your reading goals?