It’s not a year-end round up without stats, is it?
2021 new-to-me authors
I read 40 new-to-me authors – well up on the 25 in 2020. Surprisingly, only ten of the 40 were via Kindle Unlimited. Of these, authors I’m really glad I’ve discovered:
Victoria Goddard: Her HANDS OF THE EMPEROR was in my favourites of the year, and its sequel was a great follow-up – I’m hoping for more.
AJ Demas: Again, two of her books made it into my 2021 favourites – I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from her.
Everina Maxwell: I was not expecting a queer SF romance to be put out by a mainstream SF publisher, but am loving this trend.
Chaz Brenchley: A late discovery, but am utterly adoring his mash-up of Chalet School books and SF, as unlikely as it sounds.
Freya Marske: I loved her AO3 fanfic and was looking forward to her debut – A MARVELLOUS LIGHT was an intriguing start to her trilogy.
JA Sutherland: I flew through his Alexis Carew milSF series (all on KU) – more please!
Author most glommed over 2021
Vanessa Nelson with 14 books – also a new-to-me author, and unsurprisingly, one with her entire backlist available on KU. So yes, I’ve read both of her fantasy/romance series (I much prefer the Taellaneth books over the Hundred series FWIW) and am up to date with her latest – they’re enjoyable (and undemanding) reads.
Tied in second (8 books each) are Sharon Shinn (all re-reads) and Glynn Stewart (all new releases – truly one of the most prolific authors ever!).
Kindle Unlimited usage
A stat that I track to make sure KU is still worth it for me – I read 61 KU books over 2021, which at £7.99 a month makes it around £1.60 per book (v. £1.30 in 2020).
Around 40% of these were 4* or higher reads for me, so yes, still good value for me.
And the numbers and graphs
I read 197 books over 2021, up from 168 in 2020.
What can I say? Obviously lockdowns and lack of holidays (*cries*) meant I had more reading time.
As I said in my previous post, I did a lot of re-reading in 2021 – 29 to be exact. This is up from 16 in 2020, which I said was unusually high for me in my 2020 recap. Ah, I’ve just realised I missed off Andrea K Höst’s Touchstone trilogy from my list of 2021 re-read favourites – I re-read the entire series (trilogy and related books) during 2021, and they are still definitely up there.
Another thing about 2021 was that I felt as though I read a lot of non-fiction – looking at actual numbers, I read SIX books. Ha. Well, considering that prior to 2021, I had read a grand total of seven non-fiction books since 2010 (which is when my Goodreads tracking starts), I’ve read almost as much non-fiction this year than I have in the past decade. No wonder I feel as though I’ve been reading a lot. I find these useful “commute” books (not that I’m doing a lot of commuting nowadays) – if I’m on the train or bus, they’re easy to dip in and out.
With all that being said, here’s how my 2021 reading looked like by month:
And how 2021 compares to the previous years by genre (in short, dominated by SFF):
And finally, all the books I’ve read in 2021, and of course, the annual Goodreads infographic.