January 5, 2022

2021 in Books

2021 in Books

2021 was a great year for reading! According to my Goodreads profile, I read 24,008 pages in 78 books. The number is probably a bit low, as I don’t record quite everything I read in Goodreads, but it’s pretty close.

Looking through my reading last year, one fact really stands out - I didn’t read many books I didn’t like. Part of this might be because I started quitting books a lot faster this year, and then removed them from my Goodreads shelves. At least a few times this year I read a few chapters and put the book away.

So, what stood out to me this year? I see a few books and series.

The first is the Rurouni Kenshin manga. Long-time fans might know that I loved the Rurouni Kenshin anime when I was younger, and it was a significant inspiration for Nightblade. But, I’d never actually read the manga, which concludes the story line in a far different manner than the anime and OVAs. This year, I rectified the problem by reading the whole series from start to finish. And I loved it.

The second series that grabbed me this year was the military sci-fi series Frontlines by Marko Kloos. A good friend recommended this series to me, and I think I devoured all seven books in about two weeks. They’re just fun, well-written military sci-fi.

The year ended with a whole bunch of great books, most of which I’ve already spoken about. I loved the Six of Crows duology, Station Eleven, and Project Hail Mary.

And now, on to 2022! What were your favorite reads of the year?