Fourth Quarter 2021 and 2021 Quarter-and-Year-in-Review

Our long national nightmare is over.  2021 has passed and 2022 begins.  Only, on one hand, the word “over” doesn’t really fit when we are facing another wave of COVID, and, on the other hand, I actually had a really good year.  Work is going well, my daughter continues to be the light of my life in the interstitial spaces between tantrums, we are getting settled into our new house, I am home in the mountains, and—for the really big news—we have a son on the way in the very near future.

I stay busy and certainly got out of the house more in 2021 than in 2020, but I still managed to read a quasi-respectable 59 book this past year.  This is off my Goodreads-era high of 96 in 2015 but above my total of 54 in 2020.  The longest book was Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart (which I think I mostly read in 2020 but finished in 2021) and the shortest book was Stories of Ghosts, Witches, and Demons, edited by Freya Littledale.

I am very pleased that I was able to fight Mount TBR to a draw in 2021 (the second year in a row I have done so).  Maybe 2022 will be the year that I finally chip away at it a bit.

My blogging this past quarter has been dominated by The Wheel of Time posts, as I finished up my The Great Hunt reread posts in anticipation of the show then wrote weekly show recap and reaction posts.  My posting otherwise (only one review in Q4!?) was way off, including and especially at Hillbilly Highways.  Hopefully 2022 will the restoration of some balance.

I have made a point of ignoring my blog stats for a while now.  I was a tad surprised, then, to learn that my views are way up at Every Day Should Be Tuesday despite only writing two more posts in 2021 than in 2020.  This was due mostly to a show-related bump in The Six Main Characters in The Wheel of Time post, which accounted for over a third of all blog views in 2021.  Views of Hillbilly Highways were down only slightly, despite only writing about 2/3 as many posts in 2021 as in 2020.

Earlier in the year, I had settled into a pattern of posting once a week at one of my blogs (and doing a decent job of switching back and forth), but that broke down late in the year.  Partly because I wanted to blog weekly on The Wheel of Time, partly due to my work schedule, and partly due to the time demands of raising a three-year-old (who, as it turns out, has had much more of an effect on my blogging recently than she ever did as a baby).  I would like to get back to once a week, but it is impossible to say how a second baby will affect my schedule.  And the day job only takes up more and more time.

I made little progress this past quarter on my Foundations reading project, so I need to get back to that.  Listening to Gibbon (126 hours plus) and reading all of The Federalist Papers are the big things slowing me down right now.  I need to redouble my efforts there and pick up something else to listen to/read too.

Wheel of Time

October, November, and December Reviews

Books acquired

  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, narrated by Charlton Griffin (audiobook)
  • Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
  • Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlile, narrated by Brandi Carlile (audiobook)
  • Free Market Fairness by John Tomasi
  • Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  • I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read
  • The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America’s Dilemma by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
  • The Voyage of the Iron Dragon by Rob Kroese, narrated by J.D. Ledford (audiobook)
  • The Generation Myth: Why When You’re Born Matters Less Than You Think by Bobby Duffy
  • Absolute Evil & A Goth From Boston by Julian Hawthorne
  • Doris Dances & Fires Rekindled by Julian Hawthorne
  • Sara Was Judith by Julian Hawthorne

Books started

  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, narrated by Charlton Griffin (audiobook)
  • Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlile, narrated by Brandi Carlile (audiobook)
  • Stories of Ghosts, Witches, and Demons, edited by Freya Littledale
  • Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam by Vivek Ramaswamy
  • Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
  • Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
  • The Voyage of the Iron Dragon by Rob Kroese, narrated by J.D. Ledford (audiobook)
  • Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser
  • Poachers by Tom Franklin
  • The Generation Myth: Why When You’re Born Matters Less Than You Think by Bobby Duffy
  • Conan the Valorous by John Maddox Roberts
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (reread)
  • 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law by Jeffrey S. Sutton
  • A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Books finished

  • New Spring by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero by Peter S. Canellos
  • Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius, translated by Gregory Hays
  • Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa
  • Stories of Ghosts, Witches, and Demons, edited by Freya Littledale
  • Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlile, narrated by Brandi Carlile (audiobook)
  • Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
  • Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser
  • The Voyage of the Iron Dragon by Rob Kroese, narrated by J.D. Ledford (audiobook)
  • Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman et al.
  • Conan the Valorous by John Maddox Roberts
  • The Morality of Law by Lon L. Fuller
  • The Generation Myth: Why When You’re Born Matters Less Than You Think by Bobby Duffy

Mount TBR Counter

  • Fourth Quarter: +0
  • Year-to-date: +0

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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2 Responses to Fourth Quarter 2021 and 2021 Quarter-and-Year-in-Review

  1. jeboyle2 says:

    Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

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