I first found this book tag on the blog Between The Shelves, and decided it would be a fun way to close out the year for me!

A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From

I have read the most John Sandford novels, that feature a Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport in books that always have the word Prey in the title. I also have read all the books for his spin-off character Virgil Flowers, so I have read 40+ books by this author and look forward to his almost yearly new books

B: Best Sequel Ever

The Locke & Key series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez- all six volumes were strong

C: Currently Reading

A Time For Mercy by John Grisham

D: Drink of Choice While Reading

White wine

E: E-Reader or Physical Book

Physical book- 100%

F: Fiction Character You Would Have Dated in High School

Park Sheridan from the YA novel Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, for he was so kind and decent

G: Glad You Gave This Book a Chance

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- it was the first book of hers that I read that led me to Malibu Rising and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I loved them all

H: Hidden Gem Book

The podcast LeVar Burton Reads is filled with short story gems!

I: Important Moment in Your Reading Life

My mom took me to the library regularly as a child and let me check out as many books as I wanted. I saw her prioritizing reading, so I did too

J: Just Finished

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards- a thriller that wasn’t very thrilling

K: Kind of Books You Won’t Read

I rarely read romances. While I enjoy romances in stories I read, I don’t want it to be the only focus

L: Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

I can’t remember, but Goodreads says The Toll at 625 pages by Neil Shusterman was my longest this year

M: Minor Book Hangover Because of

The Invincible series. I had read volume one back in 2016 but didn’t pick up the rest of the series until this year. Then I read volumes 2-12 over the course of this summer and fall, immersing myself in the subversive superhero world

N: Number of Bookcases You Own

One, but additional books piled everywhere!

O: One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times

The Wedding by Dorothy West

P: Preferred Place to Read

In bed or in the armchair in my family room

Q: Quote that Inspires You/Gave You All the Feels

“We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

R: Reading Regret

I rarely give up on books, and end up slogging through them even when I should give up and not waste my time on them

S: Series You’ve Started and Need to Finish

Manifest Destiny, a graphic novel series by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts that reimagines the Lewis & Clark expedition, is coming to a close and I want to finish the last volume when it comes out in March

T: Three of Your All Time Favorite Books

A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House, My Old True Love by Sheila Kay Adams and A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

U: Unapologetic Fangirl For

Graphic Novels!

V: Very Excited for This Release

Volume Ten of Saga. Fans have been waiting for years for this graphic novel series to resume

W: Worst Bookish Habits

Having three to five books going at once

X: X Marks the Spot! 27th Book on Your Bookshelf

A Journey Through DeKalb County by Stephen J. Bigolin (local IL history book)

Y: Your Latest Book Purchase

I’m a teen librarian, and I just placed an order yesterday for January releases of YA books for my library!

Z: ZZZ Snatched Book: The Last Book that Kept You Up Too Late

In The Wild Light by Jeff Zentner- a great coming of age novel that felt very authentic and honored the past and their families of the two Appalachian teens who were trying to better themselves

2021 was another challenging year, but I hope you had some great reads to help get you through it. May 2022 be your best year yet!