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Coffee, Book, & Candle's 2021 Year in Books

Happy New Year, everyone! After last year's impromptu hiatus and chaotic posting schedule, we're looking forward to getting back into the swing of things around here.


As our first post of the year (and first post in a while), we wanted to recap our 2021 year in books and give you a sneak peek into the reading goals we've got planned for 2022!


NOTE: Click the title or image to read our review of each book!


Coffee, Book, and Candle's 2021 Year in Books

2021 WRAP-UP


NUMBER OF BOOKS READ


J: 15 *cries in overworked book slacker*


K: 41



FAVORITE READ



No review—who doesn't love Percy Jackson? THIS BOOK, AHHH. So much emotion and Percabeth cuteness. Read the series, dammit.

House of Hades 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


Court of Silver Flames 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


MOST DISAPPOINTING



Such wasted potential for a gender-swapped Phantom of the Opera retelling.

Sing Me Forgotten 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


Among the Beasts and Briars 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


FAVORITE COMFORT BOOK



The ultimate book nerd comfort book. Trust me on this.

Sorcery of Thorns 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


King of Elfhame 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


QUICKEST READ



A short, cute rom-com that I binged in a couple hours like a Hallmark movie. Good stuff, good stuff.

Love Hypothesis 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


Ask Baba Yaga 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


SLOWEST READ



Not because I didn't like it, but because it had a lot of build-up and required more focus. Definitely a book for when you're in the mood to piece together a mystery.

These Violent Delights 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle



Partly due to a busy schedule. I had to put it down for a few weeks, then restarted.

Addie LaRue 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


BEST SPICE


J: The Love Hypothesis (see above)— It's the only book my boring ass read with any spice this year xD


K: A Court of Silver Flames (see above)— Like Jordan, I didn’t read much spice this year. Nessian definitely takes the cake.



BEST PLOT TWIST


J: These Violent Delights (see above)— It wasn't mind-blowing, but it was cleverly handled and the only plot-twisty book I read this year.




Reid’s sacrifice and the return of another character was so exciting.

Gods and Monsters 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


SADDEST READ


J: Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan— The book wasn't sad per se, but a certain scene ripped my heart out <-<



K: Blood & Honey or The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue— Blood & Honey ripped my heart out, while the struggles and sacrifices of the two protagonists in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue made me feel heavy with sadness.




WANTED TO THROW



I...had no idea what to make of this book. The number of times I stopped reading to stare at this in confusion and disbelief...

Once Upon a Broken Heart 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


K: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (see above)— Can you tell I had big feelings about this one?



MIXED FEELINGS



The atmosphere and descriptions are SO GOOD, but the plot and main character....not so much.

Kingdom of the Wicked 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


Witchshadow 2021 Year in Books Coffee, Book, and Candle


FAVORITE SHIP(S)


J: Percabeth (Heroes of Olympus)


K: Nessian (A Court of Silver Flames), Vivia + Vaness (Witchshadow) - Can you tell I have a thing for enemies-to-lovers?




BEST BOOK BOYFRIEND(S)


J: Percy Jackson (Heroes of Olympus), Wrath (Kingdom of the Wicked), and Adam Carlsen (The Love Hypothesis)


K: Cassian (A Court of Silver Flames) and Cardan (King of Elfhame)



BEST BOOK GIRLFRIEND(S)


J: Annabeth Chase (Heroes of Olympus)


K: Lou le Blanc (Serpent & Dove)



FAVORITE FRIENDSHIP(S)


J: Nico + Reyna (Blood of Olympus)


K: Nesta + Emerie + Gwyn (A Court of Silver Flames) & Lou + Ansel (Blood & Honey and Gods & Monsters)



OUR 2022 READING GOALS


J: Now that I actually have time to read (whew, will not be repeating all the extra work I took on last year), I plan to read 25-30 books (keeping it real this time), try more nonfiction books, and get into more contemporary and gothic romance.


K: This year I want to read 50 books, more classics, at least one fanfic, and at least one book from a genre I don't normally read (probably romance or sci-fi).



There you have it, folks! We had fun catching up and would love to hear your own answers for these categories. Follow us on bookstagram and/or Twitter to keep up with our reading and writing, and to keep us accountable on our goals!


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