2021 Reading Wrap Up: Second Quarter

I enjoy doing these posts at the end of each quarter. It makes me feel as if I’m making immense progress on my reading goals, even if I’m not, and I like being able to reflect on my progress in this way.

The second quarter of the year was good to me, reading-wise. I managed to get through 25 books, and that’s largely because of Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration in May of all things fantasy. I read much more than I expected for that event and the majority of them were good reads too.

Well, with those 25 books, I’ve managed to complete 80% of my reading goal this year, which is to read 50 things, so HOORAY for me! 😀

Anyway, here are the stuff I got through this quarter.

Books | Audio | Comics | Picture Books

Books by month

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner ★★★★★

Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (Death Gate Cycle, book 1) ★★★☆☆

Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst ★★☆☆☆ ½


The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris ★★☆☆☆

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (World of the Five Gods, book 2) ★★★★★

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, book 14; Witches, book 4) ★★★☆☆ ½


Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin, book 1) ★★☆☆☆

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (First Law, book 1) ★★★☆☆ ½

Audiobooks by month

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, narr. by Rosalyn Landor (Bridgertons, book 2) ★★★☆☆


Eragon by Christopher Paolini, narr. by Gerard Doyle (Inheritance Cycle, book 1) ★★★☆☆ ½ [reread]

Picture books by month

Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest by Phoebe Wahl (illus.) ★★★☆☆

Oona by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Raissa Figueroa ★★★☆☆

The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg (illus.) ★★★★☆

Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel (illus.) ★★★★★

Comic books by month

Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1: Millionaire With a Mouth by Gerry Duggan, illus. by Mike Hawthorne ★★★☆☆


Wizard Beach by Shaun Simon, illus. by Conor Nolan ★★★☆☆

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, Vol. 1 by Matthew Colville & Matthew Mercer, illus. by Olivia Samson ★★★★☆

Manor Black, Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt, illus. by Tyler Crook ★★★☆☆

1602: Witch Hunter Angela by Marguerite Bennett & Kieron Gillen, illus. by Stephanie Hans, Marguerite Sauvage, Irene Koh & Jordie Bellaire, Frazer Irving, and Kody Chamberlain & Lee Loughridge ★★★☆☆

Marvel 1602, #1 by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Andy Kubert ★★☆☆☆ ½

Moonstruck, Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle & Kat Fajardo ★★★☆☆ ½

The Wizard’s Tale by Kurt Busiek, illus. by David T. Wenzel ★★★☆☆

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham, illus. by Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, and Craig Hamilton ★★★★★


Conspiracy of Ravens by Leah Moore & John Reppion, illus. by Sally Jane Thompson ★★★☆☆

DCeased by Tom Taylor, illus. by Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, Laura Braga, Richard Friend, James Harren, Darick Robertson, Trevor Scott, Neil Edwards ★★★★☆

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

Favorite(s) of the bunch

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

Least liked

The Other Black Girl

Did Not Finish

Kink: Stories edited by R.O. Kwan & Garth Greenwell

Best stories

Paladin of Souls
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Best writing

Paladin of Souls
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

Best narration (audiobooks)


Best illustrations (illustrated books & comics/mangas)

Ramayana: Divine Loophole
The Widow’s Broom

Outstanding character(s)/people

Delly from The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

Great world-building

Paladin of Souls

Most fitting title(s)

Paladin of Souls

Most unique/impactful story

DCeased [unique — I’ve never encountered superhero zombies before]

Cover love

Reading Challenges Hits ‘n’ Misses
Goodreads Challenge

books read = 40/50

Books I MUST read this year

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

Read some comics/graphic novels

comics read = 11 | total so far = 14/20

Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1
Wizard Beach
Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, Vol. 1
Manor Black, Vol. 1
1602: Witch Hunter Angela
Marvel 1602, #1
Moonstruck, Vol. 2
The Wizard’s Tale
Fables, Vol. 1
Conspiracy of Ravens

Read some picture books

books read = 4 | total so far = 4/8

Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest
The Widow’s Broom
Ramayana: Divine Loophole

Pick up a classic

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

Three terrifying reads

books read = 2 | total so far = 2/3

Manor Black, Vol. 1

Where are the middle grade ones?

books read = 3 | total so far = 3/12

Wizard Beach
The Wizard’s Tale
Ramayana: Divine Loophole

Turtle Recall

books read = 1 | total so far = 2/5

Lords and Ladies

Read my own stuff

books read = 11 | total so far = 16/30

Dragon Wing
Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, Vol. 1
Manor Black, Vol. 1
1602: Witch Hunter Angela
Fables, Vol. 1
Paladin of Souls
Lords and Ladies
Ramayana: Divine Loophole
Marvel 1602, #1
Grave Mercy

Reading stats
Longest book

Grave Mercy = 566 pages

Shortest book

Oona and The Widow’s Broom = both have 32 pages


Physical = 17
E-book = 6
Audio = 2


Fantasy = 18
Horror = 2
Romance = 2
Nonfiction = 1
SciFi = 1
Thriller = 1

Age group

Adult = 16
YA = 3
MG = 3
Kids = 3

Protagonist gender

Female = 12
Male = 11
Ensemble = 2

Author gender

Male = 13
Female = 10
Both = 2


Mine (bought before January 1, 2021) = 11
New (bought on/after January 1, 2021) = 6
Library = 5
ARC = 3
Free = 0
Other loan = 0

Currently reading

11 thoughts on “2021 Reading Wrap Up: Second Quarter

  1. On one hand, I feel like I’m aware we’re halfway through 2021, because I’m trying to be more reasonable about what I can fit into the remaining months; on the other hand, I don’t quite believe it’s July and I haven’t even glanced at my log. Sheesh. Now, do I mend that gap…or do I go read instead? 😀


  2. Glad to see how great a reading quarter you had! And I love what you said about even when things might not go as well as you’d hoped these look backs make you feel like you’re doing well. I’d think that might help keep you motivated to keep reading and enjoying. And speaking of enjoying, I’m also glad to see you enjoyed the majority of what you read and only had the one you didn’t finish. Here’s to a great third quarter! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It sure was a good reading quarter.
      I’m not sure yet if I’ll read the entire volume of Marvel 1602. I wasn’t fully sold on the first issue, although it felt like just a taste of what’s to come. If it’s at my library, I’ll most likely pick it up.


    1. Thanks!
      I’m halfway through Cinnamon and Gunpowder and am really liking it. I love this cover too, but they changed it for the paperback 😦


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