Ten New to Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, with a list of some of the new to me authors I discovered in 2021. Obviously there were a lot more than this and I so wish I could include everyone, so I’ve tried to do a mix of people I just hadn’t read previously and also some authors who debuted in 2021. Anyway, onto the post!

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Reviews: Season’s Readings

Hello everybody! Today, I have some reviews to share with you, which are all wintry things I’ve read since I finished uni, and I really enjoyed them. They’re mostly adult books as I was reading MG for some other posts at the same time, but there is an MG and a YA as well. Onto the post!

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The End of Year Reading Survey | 2021 Edition

Hello everybody! So, I decided that it would work better for me to wait a few days into the New Year before writing this and I’m really glad I did, so I think it’ll be a little later than I used to do it every year from now on, around the 5th kind of time.

I have written answers to this tag (originally by Perpetual Page Turner) every year since I’ve had my blog and it takes AGES, but it’s great to have them to look back on, so I hope people enjoy reading them as well. Onto the post!

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Quarterly Wrap Up: October-December 2021

Hello everybody! I’m aware my posting schedule is a bit haywire at the moment, but it’s just because I’m trying to squeeze in end of year content with other things I’m planning for January. Onto the post!

Number of books I read … overall: 70

Number of books I read… in October: 25

Number of books I read… in November: 20

Number of books I read… in December: 25

Average number of pages read (according to Goodreads at time of writing): 300 pages (this is up from last time, which I wasn’t expecting but it’s a nice surprise!!)

Longest book: I’m almost certain it was a Single Thread of Moonlight! I think it was like 500 pages? I loved it so much.

Shortest book: I’m pretty sure it was Blossom by Laura Dockrill, which is a lovely little novella from Barrington Stoke.

MG: 46

YA: 12

Adult: 12

Most-read genre: oddly, as I wasn’t expecting this, I think it might be contemporary! I suppose this is probably because I did an adult/YA review post and one focused solely on MG contemporary as well. As I always say though, I don’t work this out with any scientific method so really it could be anything šŸ˜‚

Average star rating: 4.2 stars

DNFs: 1

2 stars: 1

3 stars: 1

4 stars: 54

5 stars: 13

Authors I had read from previously vs authors I hadn’t read from before?

42 vs 27 (I feel like this number may not be quite right but I have recounted so many times and still come up with the same ones, so I feel like it may be because I read about 4 books by the one author this quarter and only counted her once? I’ve also fallen quite a lot in the past few days and I’m not feeling great, so my brain is too fuzzy to keep doing maths past this point. So, basically, please forgive me if it seems off!)

Thank you so much for reading! Do you find these posts interesting? Is there anything you think I should add to them going forward in 2022? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Guest Post: Why the End of the World is never The End of the World in YA fiction by Melissa Welliver

Hello everybody! Today, for my final post of 2021, I’m thrilled to welcome YA author Melissa Welliver with her guest piece on why she loves post-apocalyptic fiction, and which ones she’s most anticipating in 2022. I have to admit I am definitely someone who craves romance and comedy and feel good fiction, but I loved reading this post and I hope you do too! Over to Melissa!

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Reviews: Last Review Post of 2021

Hello everybody! Today, I’m sharing my last review post of 2021 with you, and they’re all middle grade fantasy/speculative books, although by absolute coincidence, several of them are also Christmassy or wintry. I was delighted by how many of these I adored, since it means we’re ending my review year on a real high (although I’ll be sharing reviews of some other 2021 reads in January too, of other things I read over the festive period). Onto the post!

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Guest Post: Christmas in Merlington by Richard Pickard

Hello everybody! Today, it is the final (official) day of a Golden Christmas, and we have 2021 debut author Richard Pickard here to tell us what Christmas is like in the setting of The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy. Onto the post!

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Five Festive TV Episodes I Love by Ava Eldred

Hello everybody! Today, for the penultimate day of blogmas, we’re joined by 2021 debut author Ava Eldred, whose book the Boyband Murder Mystery is fantastic, and who I met because she was live tweeting a Grey’s Anatomy rewatch and then her first time watching This Is Us, and I’m a huge fangirl for both. Thank you for putting up with my incessant replies to those threads, Ava! Onto the post!

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The Bookish Christmas Tag

Hello everybody and welcome to day 22 of a Golden Christmas. I’ve completed the Bookish Christmas tag, which I found on this blog, and I had a lot of fun answering these questions. Onto the post!

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Guest Post: Queen Viella’s Christmas Speech by ChloĆ« Perrin

Hello everybody! Today, I’m very excited to be welcoming ChloĆ« Perrin, who wrote His Royal Hopeless, to share the queen in their book’s version of a Christmas speech. Onto the post!

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