Hello again, dear readers! I am excited to be back with the last of my official favorite books of the year. It has been so fun to take some time to look back on my reading year – it was definitely a good one for me – and I am almost sad to be done.
Anyway, here we are!
*All summary credits go to Goodreads.*
All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.
The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war–and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, Nikolai must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha general, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried–and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country—or worse. If she does not report truthfully, she’ll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home.
Peter Lang is an American graduate student working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party—to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can’t get off his mind.
As the world marches relentlessly toward war, Evelyn and Peter are on a collision course with destiny.
In lieu of an unrevealing Famous-People-I-Have-Known autobiography, the owner of the Washington Post has chosen to be remarkably candid about the insecurities prompted by remote parents and a difficult marriage to the charismatic, manic-depressive Phil Graham, who ran the newspaper her father acquired. Katharine’s account of her years as subservient daughter and wife is so painful that by the time she finally asserts herself at the Post following Phil’s suicide in 1963 (more than halfway through the book), readers will want to cheer. After that, Watergate is practically an anticlimax.
My 2021 Reading Year in Stats
Read: 151 Books | DNFed: 16 Books
Notable DNFs: Hurricane Summer – Asha Bromfield | Court of Swans – Melanie Dickerson | The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna | Fat Chance, Charlie Vega – Crystal Maldonado | Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight – Julia Sweig
Fiction: 130 Books | Non-Fiction: 19* Books
*I’m pretty sure that this isn’t completely accurate, for some reason there were a couple nf books I read that it wouldn’t count towards the total.
Total Pages Read: 60, 389
Most Read Authors: Leigh Bardugo [7 books] | Roseanna M. White [5 books]
Most Read Genres: Young Adult [58 books] | Historical [55 books]
Average Star Rating: (a very generous) 4.06 stars
What is a book that you read during 2021 that has stuck with you? Do you have a reading goal for 2022?