December 2021 Wrap-Up / The Year in Review

I finished the final month of 2021 strong by reading 6 books. This may not seem like a lot to some people, but if I take back a look at the past year, that was a really solid month for me in terms of books. I’m really happy with that and it made me finish my Goodreads challenge with a neat 50 books in total. Let’s take a look!

One Hundred Years of Solitude Daisy Jones & The Six Saga, Vol. 1 Where the Crawdads Sing Taste: My Life through Food Weather Girl

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! OR find me on Storygraph, where I’m trying to find my footing as well. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above if there are posts for them.

As is tradition, I’ll share parts of my reading year. As I’m still struggling with the desktop interface of Storygraph a little bit (I hear the app works better), I have to forego their stats for now, even though they’re magnificent. They even show you what kinds of moods and pacing you were most drawn to, but I’ll just stick to the simpler one curated by Goodreads for now (you can find the full post here).

I originally set the goal to read 35 books (yes, I aim for achievable), but managed to read a total of 50 books (as mentioned above already), which in this particular case translated to 17,255 pages. My reading experiments really motivated me, but I also started a new job that involved a lengthy commute for the first couple of months, which allowed for way more reading time. My shortest book was actually a novella called Galatea by the ever magnificent Madeline Miller. I’m not surprised to find that the longest one was Anna Karenina. It did feel like forever.

The average book I read was about 345 pages long. Honestly, that tracks with previous years, because around 300 pages is the length I feel most comfortable with. I do plan to try and read some lengthier books in 2022 though … we shall see if I actually manage to go through with it. As for my average rating, it’s exactly the same as last year with 3.7 stars! I have gotten more critical over the years and hardly ever give 5 star ratings, if I don’t absolutely adore and love the book, but at the same time, I do know what I like and tend to find books that fit into what I enjoy.

2021 was … something.

I remember clearly, the hope I harbored for 2021 to be better than 2020 and in some regards it really was. I found a great place to work at with colleagues I absolutely love to be around, I found an apartment for myself and finally moved out from my parent’s place. I should not complain and yet … 2021 was hard! Maybe one of the hardest years I had to face ever with a lot of personal dreams getting crushed (goodbye, my beloved Canada) and devastating events that drained my spirits. I don’t want to get into it, but for a time there, it was just one blow after the other. The fact that we’re now going into the third year of the panini isn’t helping either … BUT, and this is just my sunny disposition coming through, I refuse to let that drag me down in 2022. I’ll dust myself off and just get right back to it. I’d like to think that things happen for a reason, that you’re always right where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be. And when it doesn’t feel like it, just fake it until it does *shrug*.

So, on to more pleasant things! I was really consistent with my blogging in 2021. With a few exceptions, I always managed to post at least 3-4 times a week, which would have been unimaginable in some of the past years. I’m still not back to the crazy posting schedule from 2016, where I double and triple posted some days, but I have found my groove and would like to continue that into the new year. I want to thank each and every one who has visited my corner of the internet and especially those that stuck around! My gratitude for your support knows no bounds!
Here are some updated blog stats for you:

  • The blog currently has 2,871 WordPress followers and a couple people via mail as well. I’ve made the decision to wait until the 3K mark for another giveaway on the blog. Money is tight, but I definitely want to celebrate that milestone once we hit it!
  • There have been 20% more views in 2021 than in the previous year, which I know is vague, but has me thrilled!
  • While I’ve written about 1,490 posts for this blog, I don’t want you to go digging too far into the past. I’ve started to tidy up a little and removed some of the older postings. Sometimes I just changed my opinion on them, other times I don’t feel like it fits the content on here anymore. Either way, I’m hoping to not have too many dead links, but I’m working on it.
  • Once again, I’d also like to give a huge thanks and shout-out to my top commenters! The fact that people keep showing up makes my heart sing and my day better. Please feel free to show them some love in return: Brittani, Caro, Marie, Rami and The Orang-Utan Librarian.

MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2021

I’m going to start with the posts that I wrote in 2021 and that were most popular and list some of the most viewed archive posts below! If you want to know more about a post, simply click on the title!

Are Tom Hiddleston and I compatible (readers)? – Genuinely ALL my reading experiments (I’ve also done this with Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans and Pedro Pascal so far) were so well received. I did time this one particularly well with the release of the Loki series, so I get why it had the absolute most clicks, but you guys were here for the celeb book club and I love that! I don’t have too many original features on here, so I’m happy that my one original idea took off so well.

8 Years of Blogging – Reintroducing Myself! – Yes, I have been doing this for a very long time and since my readership is constantly changing, I thought it was time to reintroduce myself. The feedback and support was absolutley lovely.

WandaVision: Episode 1 & 2 Review – So many people were here for this show, but also really, really confused. I hope my reviews and recaps shed some light and didn’t just confuse people further. I did stray into theories like so many others from time to time.

credit: Marvel Studios

Book to Screen Adaptations 2021 – This post was SO much work and a lot of the release dates got changed up again, but it was too on brand for the blog not to do it. Since it was so well received, would you be interested in me having another go at this for 2022? 

MOST POPULAR POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES:

MY 2021 RANKINGS

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve waited to publish this post until I had all my yearly rankings up! There’s a lot on there, but the chances that I forgot something are still pretty high. Anyway, this should be an accurate representation of my favorite movies, TV shows and books from the last year.

MY OTHER DECEMBER POSTS

MARVEL REVIEWS

VARIOUS TAGS AND POSTS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

THURSDAY MOVIE PICKS

TRAILER POSTS


Now, I hope you’ve already had a brilliant start into the year 2022 and that it will be kind to you! Please let me know which content you liked on the blog last year, so I can work and plan for everything that comes next! THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE LIFE AND OTHER DISASTERS COMMUNITY!!!

 

14 thoughts on “December 2021 Wrap-Up / The Year in Review

  1. I’m honestly in awe of how consistently you create great content! I’ve also realised that none of those celebrities and I have compatible book tastes! Like sure, I probably wouldn’t hate what they read but it’s also definitely not what I would read out of my own volition 😂 maybe they should follow some book bloggers to broaden their reading horizons

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    • Having regular features like Trailer Sunday and Marvel Wednesday or whatever really helped with my having a consistent posting schedule. I won’t be moving forward with the Thursday Movie Picks though, so I’m currently looking for something else that suits the blog. I was thinking of maybe finding a weekly or monthly writing link up.
      Those celebs … reading some of those books was really a pain and I wouldn’t exactly have picked most of them up on my own volition either. I think they just want to sound smart and name drop a bunch of classics and non-fiction? BUT I’m super excited about the next two people for the feature! We’re going to get the first post with a woman (which will even include a comic series) and a guy who mostly reads Fantasy 🙂

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  2. I’m so glad December was such a successful reading month for you with 6 books, that’s so great and I’m so glad you surpassed your reading goal, yay! Let’s hope that 2022 will be filled with amazing reads for you. ❤ I’m proud of everything you’ve accomplished in this tough year, with the great job and appartment and despite everything, you’ve stayed strong and I admire you for it, too. I hope that this year will bring on more positive things and a whole lot of happiness always, because you deserve it all! ❤
    VERY excited to see your blog growing year after year and can’t wait to see what you will do next, as always!

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    • Thank you so, so much for always being by my side during this blogging journey! I’m so glad I can talk to you about all the things that are going on in my life (blog related or not) and just in case I haven’t said it enough, I’m also so very proud of all the things you did in 2021. You’ve made some bold moves and I know there’s great things ahead for you in the future, if you keep up with all the things you do. ❤

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  3. Looks like you had a good last reading month of 2021! I’m very excited to read Weather Girl when it comes out soon 🥰 I loved that you included a year in review as well! I hope that 2022 holds many great things for you and that you’ll be able to pursue some new dreams and goals 💕 I also LOVED all your 2021 rankings, it was so much fun to read them 😊

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    • It was good! Thanks, Caro 🙂 I hope you won’t be disappointed by Weather Girl. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed my rankings. They’re not the most popular posts out there, but I do like making them as a way to really summarize the year in those different fields for me ❤

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  4. 2021 was hard. So hard! Good on you for trying to focus on the good as much as possible though and yay for a good job with a great group of people. I feel like that makes a huge difference since you spend like a third of your day with them.

    I am cheering you on in your goal to 3k followers – I believe in you! Happy 2022, Kat!

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    • It really was. I shudder at the mere thought of some of the bad stuff that happened. But if I keep fixating on it, it won’t exactly help me in 2022 either haha they don’t call me the office-sunshine at work for nothing 🙂

      And thank you so much! I think, maybe, hopefully, this will really be the year to hit those 3K ❤

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