My 2021 #Writing and #Reading Wrap-up


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That’s my inner wild child above. In reality, we were tucked away between the covers by 9pm, lol

I’ve seen a few wrap-up posts around the blogging sphere and thought it would be a good idea to do the same- maybe it will motivate me for 2022!

Writing Wrap-up

It was a middle of the road year for writing. I started out well, but somehow lost momentum and basically petered out by the time autumn rolled around.

Click the covers to learn more about each novel.

I began the year with a plan to add to my Wounded Hearts series and managed two new books bringing the total to 8 plus a short story, so far.

Then I met a young girl fighting cancer on Instagram. Her bravery and infectious spirit inspired me to write a holiday story based on a young widow and her seriously ill child.

And finally, I ended the year with a short story set in my Gambling Hearts world where the matriarch of the family returns to earth in time to save a lost child.

As well, I participated in two box sets with talented writers from the Authors’ Billboard group.

So far for 2022, I’m working on a thriller about a young boy who grows into a serial killer, and a YA centered around two estranged sisters who lost their father to suicide and later, their mother to depression. (Not exactly upbeat reading, I know, lol). I’ve decided to slow down and enjoy the process instead of racing to the finish line. I hope it will produce deeper, more meaningful, books but we shall see. I’m definitely my own worst critic!

Reading Wrap-up

According to Goodreads, I read 123 books in 2021. That’s 43 over my reading challenge goal, yay!

2021My Year in Books31,461pages read

Jacquie

123 books read Jacquie

This is my journey in books for 2021!

My average rating for 2021- 4.6

Average book length in 2021- 255 pages

It's a Christmas Thing by Janet Dailey

My first review of the year

Really liked it!

When veterinarian Rush Rushford gets a call to Judge Tracy’s house to care for a stray cat she found, who turns out to be pregnant, he is captivated by the beautiful woman.

Tracy is recovering from the death of her husband and isn’t looking for a relationship, but has to admit the vet is a handsome man.

Rush is carrying heavy burdens of his own. His wife divorced him and to add salt to the wound, informed him his daughter is actually another man’s …more

Dreaming of Flight by Catherine Ryan Hyde

My last review of the year

It was amazing!

A heart wrenching story about a boy who cares too much and the elderly woman who needs his love.

Young Stewie knows the value of hard work and family loyalty. He’s been raised by his older sister since his parents died in a sudden accident and has an older brother with Palsy. Stewie cares for the chickens left behind when his beloved Gam passed away. The chickens are his source of income- he sells their eggs around the neighborhood- but more than …more

2021 READING
CHALLENGE

You read 123 out of 80 books. 154%Congratulations! You’re really good at reading, and probably a lot of other things, too! 🙂

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2021/5218458

So that’s it from me. Did you meet your reading/writing goals? Are you trying for more or less in 2022?

31 thoughts on “My 2021 #Writing and #Reading Wrap-up

  1. You had a busy year, Jacquie! Congratulations on all of your publications. Nice job on your reading challenge…I’m jealous!

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    1. You have a busy life, Jill- I’m in awe ❤

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  2. Fabulous year, Jacquie. Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2022.

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  3. Jacquie, I’d say you had a banner year with writing—and reading! That’s a lot of books on both fronts!
    Wishing you all the best for your projects in 2022. I’m starting my 2021 wrap-up posts tomorrow 🙂

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  4. What a busy and wonderful year! I like seeing the year in review posts. I’m awed by how much you’ve written and read the past year. I look forward to seeing what’s around the corner with you!

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    1. Thank you, Kymber. I agree, the wrap-up posts are inspiring!

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author January 3, 2022 — 9:15 am

    You had a good eriting year, Jacquie! I loved all three of your released stories. Congrats on meeting your reading goal. I hit mine and went over at 100 reads last year. Happy New Year!

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    1. That’s awesome, Denise! Reading is so fulfilling, especially in these trying times. {{hugs}}

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author January 3, 2022 — 9:49 pm

        Hugs back!

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  6. Wow! What a year Jacquie! You win on both fronts. Congratulations. Happy New Year and cheers to more reading and writing this year.

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    1. I’m looking forward to recovering the joy of both, Balroop. I kind of lost sight of it for a while there 🙂

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  7. A great year, Jacquie. 😁

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    1. Thanks, John. I feel like it was a one-step-forward-and-two-steps-backward sort of a year.

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      1. Well I think those steps forward counted.

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  8. Happy New Year, Jacquie! It looks like you had a productive last year judging by that selection of books written and books read. I have a lot of catching up to do on the last few years. Here’s to a good year of writing 🙂

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    1. There are worse jobs to have 🙂 Good luck to you, Mrs. Green!

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  9. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader January 3, 2022 — 12:24 pm

    Well when you know that some authors release a book every two years I think you did great Jacquie! Especially after reading 123 books!

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  10. I hope slowing down and enjoying your writing more is a huge success for you. Happy writing AND reading!

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    1. Thank you, Judi. It’s certainly freeing!

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  11. petespringerauthor January 3, 2022 — 5:35 pm

    Sounds like a pretty productive year to me, Jacquie. My best to you and your family in 2022.

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    1. Thanks so much, Pete! Happy New Year to you and yours. Hopefully, we see an end to Covid and while I’m dreaming, climate change, as well. 🙂

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  12. What a year, Jacquie! 123 books is an amazing amount to read! Thank you for sharing and I wish for you a new year filled with creativity and productivity!

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  13. Wow, I’ve missed so much on your blog, Jacquie. I just un-followed and followed again. Maybe I’ll get your post notifications again by doing that. It sounds like a busy year of reading and writing. Congratulations. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. WordPress keeps us on our toes, lol.

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  14. I wouldn’t call that a so-so year! You read and write much faster than I do!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I guess I should kick my Negative Annie attitude to the curb, lol

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