2021 Recap: Reading and Challenges Wrap-Up

Time for a final wrap-up of my reading from last year (at least until I share my top reads next week)!

This was also my first full year using StoryGraph and I really appreciate the more in-depth information you can provide about each of your reads – pace, moods, content warnings, etc. The stats they create are perfect for these yearly recaps so I’ll be including some of them below again!

I’m also recapping the challenges I took part in this year so read on for my final update on 2021!

Reading Stats

I ended up reading the same number of books this year as last! I clearly had a bit of a slump in the summer but these last couple months have been wonderful for reading so I’m glad I’m feeling the reading bug again.

Screenshot of StoryGraph plot graph showing number of books and pages read each year, totalling 62 books and 14,814 pages.

Diversifying my reads:

  • BIPOC authors: 48% (17% East and South Asian authors, 15% Indigenous authors, 11% Black authors, 5% Latinx authors)
  • Own Voices (based on applicable books): 87%
  • LGBTQ2IA+ content: 20%

Age range:

  • Middle grade: 1%
  • Young adult: 31%


  • Physical: 53%
  • Digital: 41%
  • Audiobook: 6%


  • ARCs: 50%
  • Library loans: 23%
Screenshot of stats on StoryGraph. Pie graph is titled "Moods" and shows different colours for each mood. The biggest proportions are reflective, emotional, and adventurous.

Once again, reflective and emotional reads made up most of my reading for the year! Those are still the books I gravitate towards and enjoy the most so I’m happy to see the pattern continued.

I’m glad to see that making more intentional choices did result in reading more BIPOC authors this year, though I hope to continue to make that more of my reading. I also read a lot of ARCs this past year so I’d like to focus more on backlist books in 2022.

2021 Challenges

I always have two main challenges for the year: try to keep my digital TBR under 200 and read books I own or that are on my TBR. My final count on Goodreads and StoryGraph is 188 (big thanks to the GoodReadance challenge for helping me get this under control!).

Of the 62 books I read last year:

  • 2 were books I owned
  • 28 were books on my TBR

I didn’t read many books I owned this year as most of them are still in another province but it’s still nice to keep as a goal so I don’t ignore the few on my shelves.

Chosen TBR

My second year with a chosen TBR! Each year, I’ve had folks choose random numbers that line up with my Goodreads TBR and then I can put together a TBR for the year and actually tackle this TBR pile. It’s been great to focus my reading, even though I haven’t yet finished a list in a year.

Last year I had 13 books on my chosen TBR and another 4 left over from the previous year. All in all, I read 9 books from this list!

Not including the ones I’ve removed from my TBR, my carry-overs for the new year are: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Bluets by Maggie Nelson, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and The Melting Queen by Bruce Cinnamon.

I’ll be sharing my chosen TBR for 2022 very soon!

Alphabet Challenge

My favourite passive challenge to participate in, which basically means I read books and then realize that I’ve almost completed the alphabet based on their titles or authors’ last names.

This year I only had a few letters remaining for titles: J, X, and Z. So close! For authors, I had several more letters to complete: D, I, O, Q, U, X, Z (unless you count Szabo!). This is still a fun challenge to passively complete and see how close I get; I remember how difficult it was to track down books when I actually managed to finish the alphabet!

Monthly Challenges

I also took part in some monthly challenges, besides my favourite Bout of Books:

Can’t wait to keep working away at these challenges this year and tackle more of my TBR pile!

What challenges are you participating in this year?

2 thoughts on “2021 Recap: Reading and Challenges Wrap-Up

  1. Happy new year! :)) I’ve been hearing more and more about StoryGraph recently, so I might have to hop on the trend and create an account. 62 books is fantastic — I read 41 books in 2021, and I’m hoping to read 52 books in 2022. I haven’t signed up for any specific challenges, but I like the idea of the alphabet challenge that you mentioned — I may have to give that a try this year! 🙂

    claire @ clairefy

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