2021 wrap Up

Hey everyone from 2022. I hope this year will be better for everyone! This is a bit of a personal post that will include my top books but will have more things about my life too.

This was probably the toughest year for me. I was in a low mood many times and I did not achieve many things that I wanted to.

Books

πŸ’‰ I read a total of 61,860 pages across 161 books. My average rating was 3.5 stars which is not bad. I finally overcame my fear of chunky books and read a lot of huge books, the longest is The Way of Kings at 1200+ pages and The Wise Man’s Fear at 1000 pages.

πŸ’‰ My book club is still not active. It is simply too much work and I now prefer to read with other readers in other book clubs like The Fantasy Guild. I can do it at my own pace rather than have to do it monthly that it becomes a chore.

πŸ’‰ For 2022 I am pretty sure I will be reading less books. I noticed that books are still my main escape from the stress of daily life but I also noticed that I can be obsessed with productivity that it becomes a source of stress too. I sometimes don’t do other fun activities like playing video games, watching anime or TV series that I want to because I am too busy reading. I decided that I need a better balance in 2022 and that’s why I am pretty sure I will be reading less books in 2022.

πŸ’‰ Reviews: I review all books that I read and in the last few years I read 150+ books each year and reviewed all of them which can be tiring too. I will continue to review books and I think it will be easier since I will read less books. I won’t probably accept review requests as I am trying to reduce all sources of stress. For the people who sent me books, I will try to finish and review them early in 2022. I have a review curse that I will explain in a separate post once I finish posting all those RTCs!

πŸ’‰ SPFBO: I am part of SPFBO 7 and I will focus on finishing the finalists first thing in the year!

Socials

πŸ’‰ My social game has plummeted in 2021. I mostly use twitter to post my review links and interact with people. I was doing good with IG until May when there was a war in my country and I did not feel like posting and unfortunately I lost the motivation to do so. I hope that I return to posting at my own pace in 2022.

πŸ’‰ I am posting regularly on my blog but I still don’t do much blog hopping. The problem is that I have limited free time and I try to distribute it at more important thing and I am usually too tried to read posts late at night.

πŸ’‰ I feel like GR has generally less active users now. Also GR prefers very active users and I wasn’t one in 2021 and so the algorithm hates me now. I want to fix that because interacting with people there was my favorite thing.

Personal

πŸ’‰ I had few goals for the year and I could not achieve everything that I wanted to. I received my permanent medical license. I could not get into a residency yet but I am working as a GP now and the job is not easy (I see around 40-50 patients in 7 hours) but I am kind of satisfied with what I am doing.

πŸ’‰ 2021 was a year that opened my eyes to the real life, to issues like racism and nepotism. I know these things exist but it is hard to be on the receiving end of them because it is not just fair! I am working on myself and I will stand up to people trying to use me more in the future.

πŸ’‰ Health wise I went through a lot this year. Seeing a lot of patients means I get exposed to more diseases and the long hours of sitting down are not easy either. I had multiple viral infections of my throat, then a post nasal drip. Severe muscle spasm in my back, thigh pain with numbness. A bad case of tonsillitis that I had to go to the ER for. Then an impacted wisdom tooth that needed surgery. I then got a bad headache and got my eyes checked but it was all due to exhaustion. Followed by broncho-pneumonia and had to receive IV drugs too. Finally I got another spasm in my neck. I am trying to be more careful in 2022 and I hope my health will be better in it!

πŸ’‰ I will turn 26 in January 26th and I feel optimistic for an unknown reason. I feel like this year will be nicer to me because I will work harder on that!

TOP BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Here are my top reads for the year:

Jade Legacy β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga, 3): Lee, Fonda: 9780316440974:  Amazon.com: Books

Heir of Novron β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations box set Book 3) - Kindle edition by  Sullivan, Michael J.. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Love Hypothesis β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

The Love Hypothesis: Hazelwood, Ali: 9780593336823: Amazon.com: Books

Wintersteel β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

Amazon.com: Wintersteel (Cradle Book 8) eBook : Wight, Will: Kindle Store

A Ladder to the Sky β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

A Ladder to the Sky: Amazon.co.uk: Boyne, John: 9780857523495: Books

The Lost War β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

The Lost War (Eidyn #1) by Justin Lee Anderson

The Wise Man’s fear β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle): Amazon.co.uk: Rothfuss,  Patrick: 8601300344720: Books

The Way of Kings β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

The Way of Kings: Sanderson, Brandon: 9780765365279: Amazon.com: Books

Stones of Light β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Amazon.com: Stones of Light (Threadlight Book 2) eBook : Argyle, Zack:  Kindle Store

Born a Crime β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Kindle edition by  Noah, Trevor. Humor & Entertainment Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Permanent Record β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Permanent Record: Snowden, Edward: 9781250237231: Amazon.com: Books

The Lies of Locke Lamora β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

The Lies of Locke Lamora: Amazon.co.uk: Scott Lynch: 9780575079755: Books

The Widsom of Crowds β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

The Wisdom of Crowds (The Age of Madness, #3) by Joe Abercrombie

Honorable Mentions

Faith Lost β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/4

Amazon.com: Faith Lost: Pandemonium Rising eBook : Sliter, Michael: Books

The Winnowing Flame β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/4

Alex S. Bradshaw πŸ¦• on Twitter: "First up, is The Winnowing Flame Trilogy  by @sennydreadful. A fantastic epic fantasy trilogy with amazing  characters, a brilliant setting, and snarky war-beasts and Fell Witches.

Best Served Cold β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2

Best Served Cold (World of the First Law): Amazon.co.uk: Abercrombie, Joe:  8601400658789: Books

That’s a wrap up of 2021 and here’s to a better 2022 everyone πŸ˜€

12 Comments

  1. I hope your 2022 will be better and that your health will get better too! I know how stress can affect your body and I wish you all the best that this won’t happen next year! ❀ Take care, Hamad and do what feels right for you! *sending you lots of hugs and good vibes for 2022*

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  2. Here’s to hoping 2022 will be a better year! Blog hopping has definitely been a struggle for me since the pandemic began but I am trying to get better in 2022 since I miss interacting with the community. I do find that with the limited time, hopping from my own comments works best as a bare minimum, and then I hop from my reader if I have more time & energy,

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