My 2021 in Books

My 2021 in Books. I had the target of 100 books, but managed only 89, which is not bad. I’m happy even if I didn’t reach the 100 mark.


My 2021 in Books:
22 fiction books. My favourite fiction book: Animal Farm by George Orwell.

23 non-fiction books. My favourite non-fiction book: Noise by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein with Privacy is Power by Carissa Véliz in very close second place.

Further mentions go to (in order of reading): The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu by Jo Willett
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo
Warrior by Jack Seely

42 history books. My favourite history book: Forty Autumns by Nina Willner with Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain in a very close second place. As you can see, I’m using a loose description for history books, as I include some memoirs too, because they are primary sources.

Further mentions go to (in order of reading):
A History of the Medicines We Take by Anthony Armstrong, Anthony Cartwright
The Apartment by Alexandra Litvina (children’s book)
The Forgotten German Genocide by Peter C Brown
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Rome by L J Trafford

I have 2 more books in the sundry section, both really interesting, Flora Japonica by Masumi Yamanaka and A Photographic Journey Through the London Underground by Elke Rollmann, Niko Rollmann.

year in books

I like looking at these stats. I read about 10,000 less pages when compared to last year. I am very curious what I will do this year.


Last year the shortest book had 65 pages and the longest one 866 pages, with an average book length of 276 pages. It’s funny that the average book length is pretty similar.

Did you set up a reading goal? Have you achieve it?

6 thoughts on “My 2021 in Books”

  • Well done! 89 is great, especially considering the number of history and non-fiction books you read which I always find take me much longer to read than fiction. Hope you have another year of great reading in 2022!

  • I enjoy looking at the stats on GoodReads. Your longest book is like two books in size. I have doubled up my goal, but then I set it not too high. It’s been a long time since I read Animal farm. Here’s to another year of fabulous reads!

  • I haven’t read ‘Animal Farm’ for many years, but it is one of those books that will always stick with me. As it is obviously long out of favour as part of the school curriculum for GCSE English, young people have no idea what it represents and I’m certain think I am mad when I quote from it! —– I haven’t taken the Goodreads challenge for this year yet, as I don’t feel able to take the stress of anything target related right now. I’ll wait and see how I feel in a week or two, as it is a good place to catalogue the books I do read during the year, so we’ll just have to wait and see! 🙂
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    • I like the stats that goodreads generates, hence the reading challenge, but there should be no pressure. I’ve decided to spend time doing other things intead of reaching that goal because that was the right thing for me. I completely understand your reluctance to sign up and you can always do it if you want in the next weeks.

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