2021 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

Can you believe the first quarter of the year has passed? Winter is done, and we’re now entering the spring months that’ll hopefully bring us some new, good reads.

Reading-wise, I think I did good this first quarter. I read a variety of stuff and managed to get through 15 books! If I keep that up, I’ll certainly pass my Goodreads goal for this year, which is at a manageable 50 books. Let’s see what I got through.

BOOKS | AUDIO BOOKS | COMICS

Books by Month

January

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb (Soldier Son, book 3) ★★★☆☆ ½

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw ★★★★☆

The Conductors by Nicole Glover ★★☆☆☆ ½

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert ★★★☆☆

February

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer, book 1) ★★★★☆

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, book 1; Rincewind, book 1) ★★☆☆☆ ½

March

Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (Phèdre, book 1) ★★★★★

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour ★★★★☆

In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte by Camilla Bruce ★★★★★

Audiobooks by Month

January

Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert, narr. by Selina Scott-Bennin & Philip Batley ★★☆☆☆

February

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, narr. by Kyle McCarley ★★★★★

March

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, narr. by Rosalyn Landor (Bridgertons, book 1) ★★★★☆

Picture Books by Month

January

February

March

Comics by Month

January

Lady S., Vol. 1: Here’s to Suzie by Jean Van Jamme, illus. by Philippe Aymond, transl. from the French by Jerome Saincantin ★★★☆☆

Dragon Age, Vol. 1: The Silent Grove by David Gaider & Alexander Freed, illus. by Chad Hardin ★★★☆☆

February

March

My Body in Pieces by Marie-Noelle Hébert (illus.), transl. from the French by Shelley Tanaka ★★★☆☆


**Rereads aren’t considered for most categories below.**

FAVORITE(S) OF THE BUNCH

Kushiel’s Chosen

LEAST LIKED

Wrapped Up in You

DID NOT FINISH

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

BEST STORIES

Kushiel’s Chosen
In the Garden of Spite

BEST WRITING

Kushiel’s Chosen
In the Garden of Spite
Black Buck

BEST NARRATION (AUDIO BOOKS)

The Duke and I
The Goblin Emperor [reread]

BEST ILLUSTRATIONS (ILLUSTRATED BOOKS & COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS)

Lady S., Vol. 1: Here’s to Suzie

MOST AMAZING CHARACTER(S)/PEOPLE

Phèdre from Kushiel’s Chosen
Brynhild a.k.a. Belle Gunness from In the Garden of Spite

GREAT WORLD-BUILDING

Kushiel’s Chosen

MOST FITTING TITLE(s)

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
In the Garden of Spite

MOST Unique/IMPACTFUL STORY

Black Buck [impactful]

COVER LOVE

READING CHALLENGES HITS ‘N’ MISSES

Goodreads Challenge

books read = 15/50

Books I MUST read this year

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/8

Read some comics/graphic novels

comics read = 3 | total so far = 3/20

Lady S., Vol. 1
Dragon Age, Vol. 1
My Body in Pieces

Read some picture books

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/8

Pick up a classic

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/4

Three terrifying reads

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/3

Where are the middle grade ones?

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/12

Turtle Recall

books read = 1 | total so far = 1/5

The Colour of Magic

Read my own stuff

books read = 5 | total so far = 5/30

Renegade’s Magic
Lady S., Vol. 1
Dragon Age, Vol. 1
Raybearer
The Colour of Magic


READING STATS

Longest book

Renegade’s Magic = 691 pages

Shortest book

Dragon Age, Vol. 1 = 81 pages

Format

Physical = 7
E-book = 5
Audio = 3

Genre

Fantasy = 7
Romance = 3
Contemporary = 2
Mystery = 1
Nonfiction = 1
Thriller = 1

Age group

Adult = 13
YA = 2
MG = 0
Kids = 0

Protagonist gender

Female = 7
Male = 5
Ensemble = 3
Unknown = 0

Author gender

Female = 11
Male = 4
Unknown = 0

Ownership

Mine (bought before January 1, 2021) = 5
New (bought on/after January 1, 2021) = 2
Library = 5
ARC = 2
Free = 0
Other loan = 1


CURRENTLY READING

12 thoughts on “2021 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

  1. I agree, you did really well this quarter, both in quantity and variety. Like you I enjoy trying to mix in different types of stories and genres. It helps keep everything fresh. I’m curious to hear what you think of Dragon Wing. I have a number of books by Weis and Hickman, including this one, but I don’t think I’ve yet read anything by them. I just know I love the genre and those sorts of stories.

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    1. I just finished Dragon Wing today, so I’ll post a review soonish. It was interesting and enjoyable up until the end where things got a bit rushed and fell flat. I’m still interested in continuing with the series, though.

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  2. You’re right: it’s time for quarterly reviewing! Yikes, where did those months go.

    The Goblin Emperor is such great fun, isn’t it? I really loved the feel of the story. I’d totally reread it in a snap.

    And I enjoyed The Secret Lives of Church Ladies a lot too. A superficial detail, I know, but I also loved its size, the way that I could imagine it being slipped into a pocket, like a secret!

    Good luck with your next reading quarter!

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    1. Oh yes! And the Goblin Emperor was still great when reread. I highly recommend the audiobook if you haven’t yet tried it.

      Lol! I get that — on the size of Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

      Thanks and same to you!

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    1. I agree. I love reading physical copies of comics, but reading them on a device makes the colors pop.
      Comixology seem to often have sales on the Lady S series, so I’ll most likely get them all.

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