Top 5 (2021 Wrap-Up) Tuesday

I haven’t heard of this but I’m guessing this is just links to other T5T’s that you liked writing? Lemme check Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads to see what it’s actually for.

Apparently it’s actually something like ‘I said I’d do something by the end of the year. Let’s see if that’s right’, So a) I’m not right. B) I’ll be very bad with this game.
Let’s go, though! And shame me!

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Top 5 Tuesday – Anticipated Books of 2021– I only said I wanted to read these but I’ll do this!
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – I did read this one! Just uhh… need to post the review…
Darling by K. Ancrum – Nope, didn’t read it this year. 2022, okay?
One Last Stop by Casey McQuistion – Let’s just… carry on here.
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass – I DID READ THIS. And I absolutely loved this!!! One of my favourites this year.
May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor – YOU KNOW WHAT? It’s publishing’s fault they never take a break, okay?
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas – YES I DID READ IT! And I loved it!
A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna – Well… I reread the first book so uh now I have to reread the second one.

Top 5 books you will definitely read this year
OH boy.
Reverie by Ryan La Sala – Nope, didn’t read this one. Sometime this year? Along with Be Dazzled. Apparently I had Be Dazzled on loan when I wrote this post but I guess I cancelled my hold on it.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia – I feel so bad because ever since the first few Rick Riordan Presents books got published I swore I would keep up with them and… uh yeah, let’s carry on.
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood – Well, the sequel’s coming out so it’s best if I read this soon and then the second book, right?
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – One book on here that I did read! And I absolutely loved it! My review will be posted… soon.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – I think I did loan this and then return it because I didn’t’ pay enough attention to it.

Top 5 Bookish Resolutions
I said I wanted to read 30 books and I read 32 books! Which I was very proud of! This year I have aimed for the mighty 50 and I’m half-sure I’ll get there. But I’m going through basically all of Enid Blyton’s books and I’m sure I’ll reach 50 just with her books alone.

I signed up for some reading challenges and promptly forgot about them. This year I’ll just be joining 2 (so far). The Devour your TBR, hosted by Destiny @ Howling Libraries (there’s a group on Goodreads and also the reading challenge on The Storygraph – I really like that you can add the books to your prompt! I’ll just be reading a book for each prompt so that’s 12 books. And then I’ll also be joining the Pondathon II which I’m very excited for.

I didn’t mention this in the post but I rarely updated the 2021 book blogging spreadsheet created by Kal @ Reader Voracious. She’s now launched the 2022 one and I will really try my best to update this one. Not only with my blogging stats, but also the monthly schedules and releases to stalk sheet (which I need to fill up now that I’m thinking about it).

Of course there was the promise to get my Netgalley and Edelweiss arcs under control so let’s just skip over that because I did not a) get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and b) I did not get rid of my older titles on Edelweiss.

I also really wanted to start reading bigger books again! I did accomplish some and then I tortured myself with From Blood and Ash (Rant review to come later this month). I have to get back to torturing myself with the sequel soon… And I’m also slogging through Game of Thrones because MY who gave Martin such a big head to think he’s such a fantastic fantasy author when… really… he’s just an average one and yes, I will say that to all those dudes who worship Martin. Send them to me.

Top 5 super backlist arcs – This was a freebie and I chose this prompt
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen – LOOK AWAY, LOOK AWAY
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – Uhm, I was waiting for it to be completed?
Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland – Once again, I blame publishing for not allowing us to BREATHE
We have another mention of The Unspoken Name so I will remain unspoken about this (I realise that probably did not make sense, but then again I feel it’s rare that I do 😆).
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo – I thought this was a standalone but I just looked at the other post and it’s a duology.

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All in all, I just think it’s great to have all types of plans and ideas for the year, but in reality so many things can change. Especially when you’re a mood reader 😆

It’s fine if you didn’t participate in this but is there anything in here you’d like to comment on? A book you really liked and want me to read as soon as possible? Please come and yell at me down below in the comments!

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