I Read 50 Books In 2021!

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As a big fan of words on paper (a.k.a books), I like to challenge myself to read as much as I can. That’s why I set up a reading challenge for 2021. I wanted to read only 50 books so I wouldn’t feel pressured. This house struggles with much pressure already.

Below, I will be listing down the books I read and how much I enjoyed them! Consider this blog a giant book recommendation.

January:

I only read one book as I was going through a big reading slump.

  1. The murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie: 4.5/5. It had an amazing ending and that made me love Agatha more than ever.

February:

This month I felt powered to read 7 books. Keep in mind that I don’t have a social life. Any social interactions I have are with the fictional characters I meet while reading.

2. You are a badass by Jen Sincero: 2/5. I didn’t like this book at all. I only gave it 2 stars because it had a couple of good pieces of advice. Otherwise, it was cringy to an unbearable level.

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronté: 5/5. This was the first classic I've ever read. It was so beautiful yet so tragic.

4. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: 5/5. I had watched the musical and it made me want to read the classic. It was so so good.

5. The body snatchers by Robert Louis Stevenson: 4/5. This is another piece by Robert. It had a hilarious ending that made me laugh out loud.

6. Lodging for the Night by Robert Louis Stevenson: 3/5. This wasn’t my cup of tea but i still enjoyed it.

7. Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson: 2/5. This also wasn’t for me. I didn’t like it.

8. How to fall in love by Cecelia Ahern: 5/5. This is my favorite book ever. I reread it this year to make me feel something. It makes me cry every time.

March:

Another reading slump where I only read 2 books.

9. The salt line by Holly G Jones: 5/5. Great page-turner!!

10. you are wrong i’m right by Robert de Bono: 5/5. This book made me fall in love with de Bono and set me on my mission to read all of his work.

April:

A good month where i read 5 books.

11. Egghead by bo burnham: 5/5. Bo Burnham in a book?? The best thing that could have ever happened! I loved it so much and will definitely read it again.

12. And then there were none by Agatha Christe: 5/5. One of my favorite novels by agatha!

13. If you could see me now by Cecelia Ahern: 2/5. Although I love Cecelia, I hated this book! It was so predictable and I just hated it.

14. The use of lateral thinking by Edward de Bono: 5/5. Another masterpiece by bono. So informative!

15. frankenstian by marry shelly: 5/5. I cried. That’s the review!

May:

A meh month where I only read 3 books!

16. How to deal with difficult people by Ursula Markham: 3.5/5. Although it was good. It would have been more useful if I worked in an office.

17. Summer cannibals by Melanie Hobson: 5/5. Family drama at its finest!!!!!

18. Call me by your name by André Aciman: 4.5/5. I needed some gay in my reading life! It was better than the movie! I cried obviously!

June:

A good month where I read 4 books.

19. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed: 5/5. A good poetry book that made me feel things.

20. Daily reflections for highly effective people by Steven R Covey: 4/5. I couldn’t read only one reflection a day so I binged it!

21. Beyond negative thinking by J.T Matorano and J.P Kildall: 5/5. I started reading this when my anxiety and negative thinking ruined a situationship I was going through at the time! I was right so technically my negative thinking was on point! Score!

22. Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed: 4/5. Another good poetry book!

July:

Another good month with 4 good books!

23. The peculiar miracles of Antoinette Martin By S Knipper: 5/5. This novel gave me a different idea about people with autism.

24. Digital fortress by the king Dan Brown: 5/5. Obviously! I love him.

25. The leveller by Julia Durango: 4.5/5. The only disappointment is that it had a sequel that the writer hasnt’ written yet! fuck!

26. Placebo Junkies by J C Carleson: 5/5. TWIST OF THE YEAR!

August:

This was a better month as I read 5 books!

27. Meditations for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy: 5/5. I needed some positive thinking to get me out of writer’s block and this book did just that!

28. Optimists die first by Susin Nielsen: 4/5. I showed the title to my therapist and she cracked up laughing. Still surprised she didn’t lock me up!

29. Angels and demons by the one and only dan brown: 4.5/5. I love him. He could write anything and I’ll still cherish it.

30. Lies you never told me by Jennifer Donaldson: 4/5. Mind blown!!!

31. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover: 4/5. This book introduced me to the amazing talented colleen hoover and set me on a mission to read all of her work.

September:

It sucked! I only read 3 books.

32. Little women by Louisa May Allcot: 5/5. Mouaaaaah

33. The way of transformation by Karlfried G Durckheim: 4/5. Great book for spiritual people.

34. The land of 10,000 madonnas by Kate Hattemer: 4/5. Sad but good! light too!

October:

Since it was my birthday month, I read as many books as I could! I read 8 books!!!!!!

35. Three act tragedy by Agatha Christie: 5/5. I love her too!!!!

36. The handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood: 5/5. So fucking gooood!

37. Milk and honey by Rupi Kaur: 5/5. I cried :)

38. Milk and vine by Adam Gasiweski and Emily Beck: 5/5. A beautiful walk down memory lane!

39. Layla by Colleen Hoover: 5/5. It was perfect for spooky season

40. The midnight library by Matt Haig: 5/5. I finished it and went out to buy more of his work! That’s how good the book was.

41. One cut by Eve Porinchak: 4/5. It was like watching a crime documentary but on paper!

42. Murphy’s law by Arthur Bloch: 4/5. So funny and informative.

November:

It was another meh month where I only read 4 books.

43. The woods by Harlan Coben: 4/5. THE TWIIIIISTS.

44. November 9 by Colleen Hoover: 5/5. Finished it on November 8th, otherwise, it would have been perfect! the book was perfect though.

45. Third girl by Agatha Christie: 2.5/5. Hated it! It was all over the place.

46. The chateau by Paul Goldberg: 4/5. Politics + sarcasm! The best duo.

December:

This month I took it easy as I was 4 books away from finishing the challenge so I didn’t push myself to read more.

47. Devil in ohio by Daria Polatin: 4/5. Cults + high school drama, another duo I didn’t know I needed!

48. The lost symbol by his majesty Dan Brown: 4/5. So good!!!

49. The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur: 4/5. It was so emotional! It made me like poetry officially!

50. The secret power of dreams by David Fontana: 4/5. I’ve been having very disturbing dreams and this book helped me understand why I was having them.

Please note that this challenge worked for me because I like to read and I hate to fail. I’m doubling the challenge up in 2022 to add some spice to my boring life! This doesn’t mean that you must read a certain number of books to be considered a reader! We all do what suits us and that’s all that matters.

Happy reading and happy new year! Love you all xx.

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I read, write, and embarrass myself online. A 24-year-old passionate published author who wants to travel the world and visit every bookshop possible ✨🖤

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Ehssan El Medkouri

I read, write, and embarrass myself online. A 24-year-old passionate published author who wants to travel the world and visit every bookshop possible ✨🖤

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