2021 Reading Wrap-Up

I’m a touch bit behind everyone, but who’s ready for a reading wrap-up?

I was so sure that after having CJ, it would be ages before I was able to read again. And while I definitely didn’t put that much of a dent in my to-be-read (TBR) list, I’m still pleased with how much I did manage to read! I set my goal for 12 books — one a month. I ended up reading 21. 🙂

My Favorite Books of 2021:

What is the Bible? by Rob Bell

Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Both of these books came at a time when I needed them most in my faith. I’ve been questioning a lot, wrestling a lot, and to find out I’m not alone — to find books that put words to my struggles, that were a literal balm to my heart… That was everything. I’m so thankful I read these books this past year.

All Reads of 2021:

Under the Thorns by Nicole E. Tawney (4 stars — she can take my money forever and ever)

One Way or Another by Kara McDowell (4 Stars — she can take my money forever and ever also)

Story Genius by Lisa Cron (3.5 Stars)

Your Author Business Plan by Joanna Penn (5 Stars)

Persuasion of Deceit by Antonia Kane (Not Rated since it’s an SR Press book!)

Whispering Shadows by Sydney Hawthorn (4 Stars)

Dark Affliction by Everly Haywood (Not Rated since it’s an SR Press book!)

Peaceweaver by Everly Haywood (Not Rated since it’s an SR Press book!)

Merry Men by Me (Not Rated, obviously LOL!)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (4 Stars)

Archeress by Me (Not Rated LOL!)

What is the Bible? by Rob Bell (5 Stars)

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines (3.5 Stars)

Under the Armor by Nicole E. Tawney (4 Stars)

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (4 Stars)

Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak (5 Stars forever — an annual reread!)

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren (4 Stars)

Everything is Spiritual by Rob Bell (5 Stars)

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (3 Stars)

Whispers From Before from SR Press (While I won’t rate my story, the other stories in this anthology collection are easily 5 stars!)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (always a 5-star read!)

There were honestly a couple things that surprised me about my reading this past year. The first is that I read mostly nonfiction — that’s a huge deal for me! The second is that I had very few five star reads. I’m a very generous book rater, and while I read many enjoyable books that I would highly recommend, the tiny amount of 5-star reads surprised me! Maybe it’s because I didn’t delve as much into fiction this past year as previous years. *shrugs*

Did you have any reading habits in 2021 that surprised you? I’d love to hear all about it! And/or feel free to share your favorite read of 2021 with me! Give me all the recs. 😉

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