There are extremely FEW reasons why the year end is a GOOD time for a bookworm.
Most of the time you can find them crying in dark corners and complaining about unread releases to dusty curtains and also attempting to conquer TBRs despite all the efforts made of convincing them to do the contrary. However, since we are trying to be oPtIMiStIc here, some reasons why bookworms can be happy creatures even during year ends:
- THEY ARE JUST GENERALLY OPTMISTIC BEANS and love to rub it in our faces (#rude)
- They have managed to conquer their TBR??!! (WHAT THE HELL GIVE ME YOUR SECRETS)
- There is a 2022 release they are dying for and can finally stop dying a little because WE’RE GETTING CLOSER
- Goals are generally acknowledged AMAZING LITTLE CREATURES and they love making it and screaming and failing and then crying (but we’re still at the SCREAMING so its fine)
- Currently reading the raven boys and loving it and also letting it slowly steal their soul while they’re too busy day dreaming about Gansey instead of paying attention in Biology (oops)
- eating bucketloads of olives (IN WHICH CASE I ENVY YOU)
- OR STUFFING THEIR MOUTHS WITH CAKES AND CHOCOLATES AND CANDY CANES THAT I COULD NOT STEAL BECAUSE MY MUM WOULDN’T LET ME LEAVE THE HOUSE AFTER MIDNIGHT
- Yeah well a short list. But let’s proceed now before the dragons among us get bored and accidentally burn the screen in annoyance.
I read a total of 90 books this year (my goal was 100 and YES, i failed pretty miserably, O K A Y). But my failure isn’t even the highlight. It is REALLY overshadowed by the fact that I discovered something HUGE and HEART-BREAKING and BASICALLY THAT DISCOVERY DESTROYED MY LIFE but – I FOUND OUT THAT I AM A HUGE CONTEMPORARY GAL AND LOVE TO DEVOUR THEM AND HAVE BEEN DOING THAT A LOT LATELY! So that means I also ended up betraying Fantasy (WHICH I STILL LOVE, DON’T WORRY) but like I never though I would love contemporary so much, but apparently I do??
moving on to the graphs and stats (SAYING I WAS WAITING FOR THIS EVER SINCE I STARTED BLOGGING DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE MY UTTER EXCITEMENT, OKAY)
This very much shows how much of an uncommitted bookworm I am. I READ ONLY 3 BOOKS WITH MORE THAN 500 PAGES???! *runs*
Anoushka’s Spirit: Ayy, my mistress is a coward. Don’t mind it, I SERVE BETTER.
Anoushka: *screams* get away, evil spirit of mine. get away NOW. Before there is bloodshed
Anoushka’s Spirit: …so, where were we? RIGHT! I have an announcement to make. *clears throat* I have succeeded and am now officially being labeled the owner –
Anoushka: *stabs said spirit of hers*
Anoushka: *cackles evilly* *grins* The lesson. Is to never mess. With my blog.
I doubt this even comes as a surprise at this point?? I READ TONS OF YA AND AM VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT. And also a considerable amount of MG but… i didn’t enjoy them as much?? I MEAN OBVIOUSLY, THERE’S SOME THAT OWN MY HEART (i still remember you PJO!) but then others were just meh, and some i hated (from the desk of zoe washington)
now come the questions. so, i know i said how i stole them in the title but that isn’t exactly what happened (YES, IT WAS FOR DRAMATIC PURPOSES ONLY BECAUSE EVERYONE LOVES THAT) I am linking up with the Annual End Of Year Survey (2020 version) by Perpetual Page Turner and using some of their questions. PROCEED.
Best Book You Read In 2021?
Hahahaha – the most feared question that everyone dreads answering. i shall be brave. i shall be brave. and break some rules. and name 5… or 8?
DO NOT JUDGE ME. or the fact that the number of contemporary books on this list is far more than the number of fantasy. i still get to be queen OKAY?
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t
this is a… weird question. but do all bookworms not pick up every single book they read based mainly on the hope that they will love it to the ends of the world and beyond the opening of the black nebula and get obsessed and keep screaming about it until no more ears remain to scream off? Or no more people remain to scream the ears off of? So every single book that DID NOT blow away me away the way I had hoped (*cue nervous laughter* THAT would be… too many *sobs*) I’ll just put in some of THE WORST.
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
fairest and heartless. see, villain backstories and me? WE LOVE EACH OTHER TOO MUCH. But after the disappointment that was cinder, i had… not expected to love either of these as much?? especially heartless because I HATE Alice in Wonderland (HEY, PUT THAT DAGGER DOWN) and moreover, the beginning just… didn’t grab me. So I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO WAKE UP 4 DAYS LATER TO hear myself screaming at the mirror about how it should take up reading heartless as an amazing side hobby. in a bad way? well it was the false prince. I HAD READ SUCH AMAZING REVIEWS ABOUT PEOPLE GUSHING ON GOODREADS, but I realized – i realized GOODREADS LIES. I’ve never hated a fantasy book more (i mean except cursed child obviously, but we do not exactly call that a BOOK. its more like a TERRIBLE jumble of destroyed charcters and unskilled writing and many abominations so NOT A BOOK *glares*).
Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
i… do not push people to read books. except my sister obviously. and my mom and friends and classmates and random strangers walking down the street and papayas (don’t worry, i only reserve the worst books for them) and i VAGUELY remember having a very interesting conversation with an apple one day over how i need to visit Weep and adopt lazlo (THE CONVERSATION WAS VERY ONE-SIDED UNFORTUNATELY) and also with a neighborhood dog and – oops. REALIZATION is sad.
To answer the question – I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF MYSELF FOR TORTURING MY SISTER INTO READING (AND LOVING) PERCY JACKSON. I have also been known to scream about how Not my Problem needs to go up on the list of the world’s seven wonders in people’s comments and recommending it to everyone in sight (if you were victim of said pushing, I APOLOGIZE)
Best series you started in 2021?
I… have a confession to make. No, not the fact that i ended up accidentally killling the fly outside my window last night, THAT IS SECRET BECAUSE I DO NOT LIKE HAVING THE REPUTATION OF A MURDERER so shhhh. It’s that I haven’t read many series this year. DAGGERS DOWN! And all the very few that i have read, i finished (YES, I ACCEPT ALL THE SWEETS AND YOUR PLEDGE OF FRIENDSHIP, DEAR OLIVE, I THANK YOU) Strange the dreamer is one that i haven’t yet completed, BUT I DEFINITELY NEED TO, because Lazlo is always welcome and i need more backstory about his broken nose. Also more gorgeous writing! I NEED
Most unputdownable book of the year?
every single contemporary book ever. i admit, i may or may not have gotten terribly obsessed at some point and read eliza and her monsters in a day and thrown away every single assignment just to read the henna wars and gush over it all (yes, i got in A LOT of trouble after that for all that abandoned homework, the world DOES NOT UNDERSTAND)
Most memorable character of 2021?
percy jackson because MAN, THE HUMOR. AND RIPTIDE. and percy is just awesome, OKAY? we can duel if you disagree, tomorrow in my yard if it isn’t dewy out and the dragons i have been smuggling are still asleep. But he’s very closely tied with Aideen AND Eliza and then also ollie (HE’S SO FUNNY AND AMAZING AND INNOCENT AND MY HEART- )
Most beautifully written book read in 2021?
STRANGE THE DREAMER BUT ALSO ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS. Both of them are GORGEOUS IDOLS OF PERFECTION THAT I SHALL WORSHIP FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
Book That Shocked You The Most
RED QUEEN. I was not okay. I was not one bit okay. That ending – it – it – IT WAS NOT OKAY. THERE’S A LIMIT TO WHICH PLOT TWISTS ARE SUPOSSED TO DESTROY HUMANS. this book gladly crossed that limit by a few million miles and DID NOT EVEN BOTHER APOLOGIZING. I swear i had half a mind to hurl it into outer space while screaming until the pages fell off, but i couldn’t because: 1) LIBRARY BOOK, MY TERRIBLE LUCK 2) there were people over there, and i did not want to be labelled a lunatic, THANK YOU.
OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
LUKE AND JULIE PLS, I WILL DIE FOR THEM. technically they aren’t book characters, BUT I SHALL CHEAT instead of feeling guilty for the next century and a half. i ship them so hard, it hurts. But Percabeth is a very close second.
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
City of shattered light. Everything about it just SCREAMS beauty. The setting is so vivid and stunningly gorgeous, it took my breath away and left me in need of breathing lessons, I TELL YOU. Riven is queen and i shall forever be loyal to her and I AM DYING TO GET MY HANDS ON THE SEQUEL please i need it.
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
PRITI AND NISHAT (from the henna wars) because the sibling relationship just melts my heart and also AINSLEY AND DARCY (from Perfect on paper) because they remind me so much of me and my sister, its not even funny okay. I have stolen so many things from my sister over the years I FEEL PROUD and also all the rest of it too, VERY RELATABLE.
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
THEY WERE ALL STUNNING MASTERPIECES AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE THEM FOR IT.
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2021?
not my problem – yeah, i have no idea why. go away and don’t you dare ask me any more. only mostly devastated – I LOVE OLLIE AND SEEING HIS SADNESS WAS JUST – . We were liars – I did not cry per se (there was just something in my eyes OKAY), but i was miserable for a week after.
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
not my problem. DEFINITELY. that book deserves the world and all the love it can possibly get. GO READ IT AND THEN COME OVER, WE CAN FANGIRL TOGETHER.
Book That Crushed Your Soul?
the deceiver’s heart. i did not know books could crush your soul and steal a little part of it for their own and then just leave without even asking for forgiveness, cackling evilly. i was innocent and little and did not know stuff back then. but then came along the deceiver’s heart, and IT TORTURED MY POOR SOUL. I hate it for doing that (I LOVE MY SOUL, OKAY) but i also secretly love it because I’VE NEVER READ ANYTHING BEFORE THAT IS SUCH NEXT-LEVEL PERFECTION I AM NOT OKAY.
How was 2021 for you?? Favorite books?? Authors?? Biggest disappointments and surprises? Books that made you cry or tore your soul into pieces??? New year goals??? WHAT’S YOUR GOODREADS READING GOAL FOR 2022? Hidden gems of 2021?? Also, LINK ME TO YOUR YEARLY WRAP UPS because my reader was overfilled and i lost track sorry! Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR!