as 2021 is well and truly over, i’ve decided to make a compilation of all the books i rated 5 stars over the course of the year.

all links included are to their goodreads pages.

all my 5 star reads, in order of what was read first

crooked kingdom | rule of wolves | the poppy war

never saw me coming | air awakens | house of hollow

castle of bitter thorn | heir of bitter thorn | the girl from the well

robin’s hood | a deal with the elf king | the other side of beautiful

chain of iron | a dance with the fae prince | ice crown

spies never quit | six crimson cranes | the inheritance games

caraval | legendary | queen of bitter thorn

earth storm | fire storm | the midnight girls

lovely dark and deep | blood countess | once upon a broken heart

glint | garden of witches | little thieves


2021 reading stats

initial goal: 1

books read: 130

pages read: 44,804

dnf: 6

total 5 star reads: 31

my shortest and longest books:

average book length: 344 pages

average star rating:

my first and last reads of 2021:

how did your year go? did you complete your reading goals? do you have any new favourite books or authors?


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    Ah yess!! SoC duology, Caraval Trilogy, The Inheritance Games and Poppy War were all AMAZING!!! I Loved reading them SO much!❀

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      i had so many good series this year! i’m surprised i didn’t read caraval and six of crows earlier! (granted, i read the first caraval book, absolutely loved it, but didn’t continue for some reason!)

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    130 books, that is crazy!!!!!! WOW!

    Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

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      i almost beat my 2017 record of 131! although, i did only get back into reading at the end of april, so if i had the whole year i would’ve beat it!

      happy new year too you too!

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        Haha wowza! I’m sure you’ll beat that record this year then. ☺️

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          fingers crossed!!

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    130 is so many CONGRATS!!! Yes to Inheritance Games, that book is so good!! poppy Wars is on my TBR!! So glad to see you loved it! happy new year, hope 2022 is an amazing year for you!

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      i still need to read the newest book in the inheritance games series, but i’m really looking forward to it.
      i hope 2022 is just as good for you!!

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    yess crooked kingdom was one of my favourites of the year too! It was so so good! and wow 130 books!! that’s insane! have a great 2022❀

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      i was amazed to see i read so much! and thank you! i hope 2022 is good for you too.

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    WendyW says:

    You had a great year of reading! I’m about halfway through Crooked Kingdom and I am loving that series.

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      i’m glad you’re loving it! it’s such a good series! i hope to see book 3 some day.

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    the poppy war was my favorite book of 2020, so i’m happy to see that you also enjoyed it! 130 books and a 3.8 average rating is so wonderful, i hope you continue to have a great reading year in 2022 <3

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      my average rating used to be lower but i discovered that i could dnf books i don’t like πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ i hope you have a wonderful 2022 too!

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    six crimson cranes has such a beautiful cover.

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      i agree! it’s stunning!

  8. avatar

    Great wrap up! I love these kinds of posts. I definitely want to check out The Other Side of Beautiul, I love the cover!

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      it was one of those unexpected favourites! i went in expecting a so-so contemporary but i loved it so much

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    THE GIRL FROM THE WELL, LITTLE THIEVES, and CARAVAL are all so fantastic, happy to see that you also enjoyed them! I definitely intend on picking up House of Hollow this year. Great wrapup and happy reading in 2022!

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      thank you! i’m glad you enjoyed those books too! as for house of hollow, it’s a spooky read and well worth it! i hope you enjoy it too!

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    Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    At least half of your 5 stars are mine too!

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      that’s good! you have good taste πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    Em @ The Geeky Jock says:

    That’s a fabulous collection of books! πŸ™‚ Did you have an absolute favourite?

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      probably six crimson cranes! although gilded is right up there!

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        Em @ The Geeky Jock says:

        I’ve heard a ton of good things about Gilded! 😁

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    Omg so many books! Looks like u had a great reading year<3
    Have a great 2022<3

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      i definitely did! thank you!!

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    Wow 130 books is amazing! And so many 5 star books for you, I love that. I hope you have as many in 2022! I’m glad to see you enjoyed Rule of Wolves… I haven’t read it yet, but I hope to at some point! Six Crimson Cranes, House Of Hollow and Once Upon A Broken Heart are also on my TBR! Great post πŸ₯°

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      by the looks of it, you have many great reads ahead of you!! i hope you savour them and don’t rush it (like i did, lol!! they were too good to resist)

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    Great wrap up! So much Elise Kova, I love it!

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      it was an unspoken goal that i was trying to read as many of her books as possible (i read the first two air awakens books back in 2015 or 2016, but never finished it.) in 2021 i managed to read both married to magic books, the entire air awakens series, and i’m one book shy of the vortex visions series!
      all i have left are the wish quartet series, the golden guard trilogy and the trial of sorcerers. it sounds like a lot but i think i’ve read more than half her works! she’s an excellent author.

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        Wow, that sounds amazing! She is great πŸ™‚

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    Omg I loved Chain Of Iron. I adore Matthew so much. I think its my favourite series by the author so far although it’s hard to say for certain as I love them all. I loved House Of Hollow too. Gilded is my favourite read of this year so far. And I can’t wait to read so many others that you’ve mentioned here.
    My favourite last year was All Of Us Villians, closely followed by Chain Of Iron & Addie LaRue.
    I hope this year brings even more fantastic books your way.

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