2021 Reading Wrap Up: Third Quarter

There were many ups and downs in this year’s third quarter, and I think my reading reflects that. I didn’t read as much as I hoped and what I did pick up tended to be short and quick, like a comic book or picture book. I also rushed to participate in the Magical Readathon and turned to such short reads to make it through.

BOOKS | AUDIO | COMICS | PICTURE BOOKS

BOOKS BY MONTH
July

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown ★★★★★

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser ★★★☆☆ ½

August

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix ★★★☆☆

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (Diviners, book 3) ★★★★★

September

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder Hanrahan (Black Iron Legacy, book 1) ★★★☆☆

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ★★★☆☆

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, book 1) ★★★☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS BY MONTH
July

Eldest by Christopher Paolini, narr. by Gerard Doyle (Inheritance Cycle, book 2) ★★★☆☆ [reread]

August

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, narr. by Roy Dotrice (A Song of Ice & Fire, book 1) ★★★★★ [reread]

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, narr. by Roy Dotrice (A Song of Ice & Fire, book 2) ★★★★★ [reread]

September
PICTURE BOOKS BY MONTH
July
August

The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi (illus.), transl. by Kids Can Press ★★★☆☆

The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi (illus.), transl. by Kids Can Press ★★★★☆

The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi (illus.), transl. by Kids Can Press ★★★☆☆

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson ★★★★★

The Adventures of Rama by Milo Cleveland Beach with illus. from a 16th-century Mughal manuscript ★★☆☆☆

September
COMIC BOOKS BY MONTH
July
August
September

Park Bench by Christophe Chabouté (illus.) ★★★★☆

Assassin Nation, Vol. 1: Number One With a Bullet by Kyle Starks, illus. by Erica Henderson ★★☆☆☆ ½

Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill (illus.) ★★★★★

Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito (illus.), transl. by Stephen Paul ★★★☆☆


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

FAVORITE(S) OF THE BUNCH

Cinnamon and Gunpowder

LEAST LIKED

The Adventures of Rama

DID NOT FINISH

n/a

BEST STORIES

Cinnamon and Gunpowder
Before the Devil Breaks You

BEST WRITING

Cinnamon and Gunpowder
Before the Devil Breaks You

BEST NARRATION (AUDIOBOOKS)

A Game of Thrones [reread]

BEST ILLUSTRATIONS (ILLUSTRATED BOOKS & COMICS/MANGAS)

Tea Dragon Tapestry

OUTSTANDING CHARACTER(S)/PEOPLE

Chef Owen Wedgwood and the pirate Hannah Mabbot from Cinnamon and Gunpowder

GREAT WORLD-BUILDING

Before the Devil Breaks You for the Diviners series

MOST FITTING TITLE(S)

Park Bench
A Game of Thrones [reread]

MOST UNIQUE/IMPACTFUL STORY

Park Bench [unique — kinda, to me]

COVER LOVE


READING CHALLENGES HITS ‘N’ MISSES
GOODREADS CHALLENGE

books read = 59/50

BOOKS I MUST READ THIS YEAR

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

READ SOME COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS

comics read = 4 | total so far = 18/20

Park Bench
Assassin Nation, Vol. 1: Number One With a Bullet
Tea Dragon Tapestry
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

READ SOME PICTURE BOOKS

books read = 5 | total so far = 9/8

The Tea Party in the Woods
The Way Home in the Night
The Storm
Milo Imagines the World
The Adventures of Rama

PICK UP A CLASSIC

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

THREE TERRIFYING READS

books read = 1 | total so far = 3/3

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

WHERE ARE THE MIDDLE GRADE ONES?

books read = 2 | total so far = 5/12

Keeper of the Lost Cities
Tea Dragon Tapestry

TURTLE RECALL

books read = 0 | total so far = 2/5

READ MY OWN STUFF

books read = 2 | total so far = 18/30

Park Bench
Keeper of the Lost Cities


READING STATS
Total Read

19 books

LONGEST BOOK

A Clash of Kings = 1010 pages

SHORTEST BOOK

The Tea Party in the Woods = 32 pages
The Way Home in the Night = 32 pages
The Storm = 32 pages

FORMAT

Physical = 13
E-book = 3
Audio = 3

GENRE

Fantasy = 8
Contemporary = 4
Historical = 1
Horror = 1
Humor = 1
Mystery = 1
Nonfiction = 1
Paranormal = 1
Romance = 1

AGE GROUP

Adult = 10
YA = 2
MG = 2
Kids = 5

PROTAGONIST GENDER

Male = 7
Female = 6
Ensemble = 5
Unknown = 1

AUTHOR GENDER

Male = 11
Female = 7
Nonbinary = 1

OWNERSHIP

Mine (bought before January 1, 2021) = 2
New (bought on/after January 1, 2021) = 5
Library = 11
ARC = 1
Free = 0
Other loan = 0


CURRENTLY READING

11 thoughts on “2021 Reading Wrap Up: Third Quarter

  1. I’m very glad for the increased number of novellas being published for some of the reasons you mentioned. I might not be up for reading a longer more involved book, but a novella might be just the right length, with a little more substance than a short story. And as you also mentioned, comics are great for this, too. I hope this next quarter works a bit better for you!

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        1. I’m further in now and am well and hooked, even staying up to read. It’s a bit slow paced, but I like that it’s taking its time to build, and the world is interesting.

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