End of 2021 Review

As 2021 nears its end, lets celebrate another year of lots of reading. Sadly, I did not get much reading done as I hit a road block. That didn’t stop me from stealing picking up intriguing novels and doing other stuff that I normally put off.

Books I Read This Year

Since this is a book blog, I will be covering the novels I read this year. But this blog post is going to cover a bunch of things and whats to come here at Books of Brilliance.

Some standout novels from this year were a bunch of Brandon Sanderson novels such as the Mistborn series and the Skyward series. He is quickly becoming a go-to author for me. I will say that a lot of his fantasy novels have similar themes of a “godlike” character and its not as unique or surprising when done too many times. With that said, I will say the Mistborn series has been a recent favorite of mine.

Speaking of fantasy novels, I dove into a couple of well known novels and one was epic while the other was a drag. Not every popular novel will appeal to everyone and that was the case for me. Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law trilogy is a gritty and dark epic fantasy novel that left me wanting more. I couldn’t say the same for the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Honorable mentions that left me losing sleep finishing them were Lore by Alexandra Bracken, Forrest Gump by Winston Groom, and The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura.

What to Expect Next Year

This blog has existed for a year and a half and I am proud to have stuck with it. As any writer knows, writer’s block is always around the corner and motivation can be hard to find. But with things coming together and the blog accumulating almost 20,000 views, I can say with certainty that I will be posting a lot more.

Mostly, I have stuck with the book review format because it is easy to read and my thoughts aren’t everywhere. But I will be experimenting with new things and see what works and what doesn’t. I still have a bunch of book reviews coming so that won’t change and have some written up already that I will be churning out starting next year.


A new year means a new beginning. I want to create something special and I am lucky that I have an audience that is interested in books like me and what I have to say. I appreciate each and every person who reads my posts. I started it because I had read so many mainstream novels and wanted to add my two cents to the mix. If I have helped someone read a book along the way, then it was all worth it.

5 thoughts on “End of 2021 Review

  1. itsKoo says:

    I haven’t read anything by Sanderson but hear great things about his books. Maybe I’ll finally look into Mistborn. I look forward to more content from you next year!

    1. Ahaqir says:

      His writing is pretty good and he has a bunch of series out so a lot to choose from!

  2. Liz Dexter says:

    Well done for keeping going with the blog, and you’ve read some interesting stuff. I had 11,000 views in my first year of book blogging on WordPress (I started on LiveJournal but have no idea how to access those stats now).

    1. Ahaqir says:

      That’s pretty good. Wish you keep hitting higher numbers and thanks for the kind words!


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