The Year 2021 Divided Into My Bookish Phases

Everybody, say happy birthday to my laptop! *chorus of Happy Birthday, Laptop!* That’s right, this lovely device and my partner in crime came into being (aka was gifted to me by my parents) somewhere a little before Christmas last year. It seems like yesterday (for the record, it does not.) when I first cradled it in my arms, and it’s nearly one already. Look at it grow!

Now onto today’s main deal. I don’t know about you, but I find myself suddenly wanting to read a murder mystery one moment and a fluffy contemporary the next, an underrated book one moment and an overrated one the other. Sometimes these “moments” are actually literal moments, sometimes they can be hours, days or even months. Being the mood reader I am, I often give in to these urges.

In this post I bring you all those bookish phases which together made my reading year a big chaotic jumble of books of all shapes and sizes (not literally though, most of them are e-books). Ready? Here we go!

(also, the formatting is terrible in the Reader so please read it here)

The “ooh I wanna read what everybody else is reading” phase in which I read hyped books (February-March and October-November)
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)
These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)
Skyward (Skyward, #1)

I am literally the co-founder of the “Hype-o-meter” series so yeah, I have a thing for popular books haha and sometimes I just get carried away by the hype. Specifically, it was in February, March, October and November when I read a lot of hyped books. Some of them were totally worth the hype, and others just… weren’t. (if you’re curious – SoC, WHTF, and TVD were the ones worth the hype)

The “yay, childhood” phase in which I read middle grade (May – July)
Small Spaces (Small Spaces, #1)
Malamander (The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea, #1)
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Believe

Yeah so I’ve pretty much given up on middle grade now, but there was a time when I was super into mg books. And then in June, I also took part in this read-a-thon called Whatever-a-thon, and joined the team “Middle Grade Monarchs” so middle grade was pretty much what I read that month. And then I binged the entire heroes of olympus series.

The “i wanna play detective” phase in which I read mystery-thrillers (September – October)
The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1)
How We Fall Apart (How We Fall Apart, #1)
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1)
Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)

This phase started with me buddy reading The Inheritance Games with April. After that I was suddenly into solving murders in elite prep schools and small towns and the like. I think I’m over this phase now (thank you, Truly Devious, for being so truly terrible)

The “science geek” phase in which I read sci-fi (April and August)
The Supernaturalist
Down to Earth
The Ones We're Meant to Find
The Infinity Courts (The Infinity Courts, #1)

Nowadays I feel like I’ve lost my interest in the science fiction genre, but there certainly was, and probably will be a time when I was fascinated by all books that had to do with technology and space and aliens. In August especially, sci-fi made up most of my reading.

The “I’ll review you! And you! And you!” phase in which I read arcs and review copies (September and November)
A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix
The Wolf's Curse
This Last Adventure
The Helheim Princess (The Helheim Prophecy, #1)

Yeah I have those occasional phases where all upcoming releases suddenly sound just my type and I cannot wait for them to be published so I go ahead and request and arc, or sign up for a blog tour. The story ends with me buried under a pile of arcs. And then under a pile of pending reviews.

the “i desperately need more happiness in my life” phase in which I started reading contemporaries (November-December)
Perfect on Paper
Not My Problem
Only Mostly Devastated

This is a fairly recent development in my reading life. I felt like I couldn’t handle any more pain and death that usually comes in a package with fantasy books, so I finally started reading YA contemporaries. And my, I’d no idea what I was missing out on all this time.

So that was my year in bookish phases, tell me about yours! Do you also have these sudden urges to read certain genres? Chat with me in the comments!

~Rachel

25 thoughts on “The Year 2021 Divided Into My Bookish Phases

  1. i love this post so much!! i definitely had a happy contemporary phase a few points in this year, and had a middle grade phase over the summer. you read so many great books this year!!

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  2. this was such a cool post omg,, i can relate to the the “i desperately need more happiness in my life” phase but the only difference is that i had that during may and not november😭😭 either way, this was so fun to read !!!!

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    1. thank you asic, glad you enjoyed it!!
      yes may is actually contemporary season i don’t know why the urge strikes me in winter instead of summer 😭 haha anyway thank you for reading! :))

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  3. Lololol, I definitely have these sudden urges to read certain genres – or even certain books! 🤣 That’s why I never make TBR plans; I know for a fact I won’t stick to them 😁 However, my reading is so chaotic that it doesn’t even come in phases – at least, not that I’ve noticed. It’s just very all over the place, I think 🤔 I mean, why am I telling you this, you’ve seen my wrap-ups… 😄

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  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR LAPTOP!!!
    YES! Can relate SO MUCH to the “sudden urges to read certain genres”! But, like, I’ve been on the “i desperately need more happiness in my life” phase since the past four months?? 😭😭
    This post idea is seriously so unique Rachel!! I loved reading it so much (and all the phase names? LOVE IT!) Also, *AHEM* but might I have the honor of suggesting another book (as in, Geekerella) to add to that “i desperately need more happiness in my life” phase?

    (ps. Send me some leftover cake from the birthday party, please!)

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    1. Thank you thank you (on behalf of my laptop of course)
      Yupp i feel like that’s going to be a long lasting phase even for me. Yess i’m always open for recs, and ooh I have heard about Geekerella i think, it’s a cinderalla retelling, yes? I’ll definitely be checking it out!!
      Cake. Obviously.

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    1. yep I can totally relate! like during mystery/thriller phase, after while it became monotonous and I began spotting common elements in the books, and that’s when I knew I had to switch to another genre!
      thank you for reading the post jayati :))

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  5. ✨happy birthday laptop✨
    i love this post! it’s very creative ❤ and i totally relate with you on mood-reading!
    btw, did you enjoy Helium Princess? it's on my tbr ah.
    yess, you've read Perfect on Paper!! it's one of my favs!! 100% agree with you on romcoms- no idea what i was missing out on.

    great post!

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    1. why, thank you (on behalf of the laptop)
      yess helheim princess was pretty decent, especially if you’re looking for a straightforward adventure.
      yay perfect on paper supremacy!!
      yep yep I cannot for the life of me believe that some lucky people have been reading romcoms for YEARS, it’s unfair hmph.

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