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My Year In Books 2021

I was recently clearing out some old bookmarks, and found this post from BookerTalk back at the end of 2019. It seemed like such a fun idea, I saved it to give it a go myself sometime: answer a bunch of questions using only the titles of books you’d read that year. Looks like I’m finally getting around to it! Here’s my life in books for the year 2021…

My Year In Books 2021 - Book List - Keeping Up With The Penguins

In high school I was: Educated

Read my full review of Educated here.

People might be surprised by: (my experiences working on) The Helpline

Read my full review of The Helpline here.

I will never be: Rebecca

Read my full review of Rebecca here.

My fantasy job is: The Speechwriter

Read my full review of The Speechwriter here.

At the end of a long day I need: (We’re Going To Need More) Wine

Read my full review of We’re Going To Need More Wine here.

I hate: Misery

Read my full review of Misery here.

I wish I had: The Audacity

Read my full review of The Audacity here.

My family reunions are: Sorrow And Bliss

Read my full review (for Primer) here.

At a party, you’d find me with: The Stranger Beside Me

Read my full review of The Stranger Beside Me here.

I’ve never been to: Northanger Abbey

Read my full review of Northanger Abbey here.

A happy day includes: Love Objects

Read my full review of Love Objects here.

The motto I live by is: Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead

Read my full review of Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead here. (I hope that doesn’t make me sound morbid – it’s just an impermanence this-too-shall-pass thing I’m going for, I swear!)

On my bucket list is: Becoming

Read my full review of Becoming here.

In my next life, I want to have: (be a) New Animal

Read my full review of New Animal here.

The actual origin of this list/game is a bit of a mystery; it’s been floating around the book blogs for years now. I’ve linked back to where I first saw it (BookerTalk, one of my favourites!), but if you know who came up with it originally, please let me know in the comments so I can give them full credit!

UPDATE: Veronica from The Burgeoning Bookshelf found this game’s origins! It was Adam over at RoofBeamReader! His original post can be found here. Thanks for the fun, Adam, and the hot tip, Veronica!


  1. I love this fun tag. I did a similar one last year. I think this one goes way back to Adam @ Roofbeamreader and was originally called my life in books.

    • Sheree

      December 27, 2021 at 10:15 AM

      Brilliant! Thank you, Veronica!!

      • Hello there! Thanks for the credits and so glad to see so many of us are still book blogging and hopping and chatting and sharing. Cheers to a better 2022 for everyone! (I hope!) I haven’t done this particular game in a while, but I am sharing my Big Book Survey again this year (it goes live tomorrow – Wednesday, Dec. 29.) I usually end the year with that massive review. 🙂

  2. I’d completely forgotten about this but I feel like some light activity after an exhausting session of gift wrapping and shopping today. So I shall have a go at a 2021 version.

    I chortled at your motto you live by!! I mean yes it’s true that life has an inbuilt impermanence but now I visualise you walking into a party and just seeing a sea of corpses 🙂

  3. Love the appropriate mood swings

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