Bookish Yearly Wrap Up

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I typically write a monthly wrap up and a yearly one in December, but this time, I decided to split it into bookish and life. I read over 680 books this year, so saying that I have thought or two is an understatement. I will share with you some reading stats and lists. I think it would be fun to look back and see how I did in about 165,767 pages. Let’s start with my 5-star books:

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

Please Keep Me (Holiday Heartwarmers #1) by Mimi Barbour

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Crazy in Love (Matt & Anna #1) by Annabelle Costa

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

In Their Shoes: Navigating Non-Binary Life by Jamie Windust

Penguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family by Cameron Bloom

Dying to Meet You by Rich Amooi

The Royal Delivery (Crown Jewels #3) by Melanie Summers

Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans

After Francesco by Brian Malloy

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

The Match (It Happened in Charleston #1) by Sarah Adams

The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor

Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas

The Apology Project by Jeanette Escudero

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi

Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler

Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit by Colby Cedar Smith

Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

To no surprise, a lot of novels from this list are LGBT+. Every year I try to read 100 queer books, a challenge I didn’t quite complete, but I read 71. According to Goodreads, my rating average is three stars. The biggest book I read was Yours, Faithfully by Sheila O’Flanagan at 612 pages, and the shortest is Felicity Falls in Love: A Short Romance Story (The Love Series Book 6) by Audra Bell at 18 pages.

The more popular 1984 by George Orwell and the least rated is Kiss Me, Trouble: A Wescott Springs Novella by Holly Cortelyou. I’m just sharing my opinion, so please don’t hate me, but I don’t get the hype around 1984 by George Orwell, and the reason is I don’t really like Orwell’s writing style. Another book that comes to mind is Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli was pretty excited about but when I read it, I nearly DNF’D it. I also read 36 2021 releases.

Alex

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