It’s that time of the year where I take a moment to look back on the best stuff I’ve consumed in 2021 and share it all with you guys. I can’t say it was the best year of… consumption with all the things that required my attention and needed priority but I’m still quite happy that I made sure to make time for the things I love doing!
I usually never really pay attention to my Goodreads challenge by putting it at 50 books, knowing that I was going to blow by it because of all the comics and manga I consume but my girlfriend told me to adapt it to MY normal, all “buts” considered, and so I did. Luckily, despite a lower number than last year, I beat my challenge at the very end of the year!
Among all the books I read this year, the only one that actually got five stars for me is A Game of Thrones. Then again, it was a tough reading year with not enough time dedicated to it. I’m still really glad to have been through these though!
With everything I’ve consumed in my past years, I feel like my standards for quality story-telling have risen but some creators sure know how to get it right!
Similar to last year, I’m still mighty impressed by the ongoing Kaiju No. 8 manga series. Once it hits the English-speaking market and gets its own anime, watch it catch everyone and their mother’s attention!
One thing that I did far more than last year was watching movies and I am again very happy to have eliminated most of my TV series watching habit to prioritize movies. This year, I got around to watching 180 movies (pretty much one every other day). Here’s a gallery of all the movies I saw and their respective ratings (see my profile on Letterboxd for more information).
You can flip through the slideshow to see the rest of the movies!
TOP 5 MOVIES
Of all the movies I saw, these were masterpieces for me. If you haven’t seen any of these, you simply must!
It was also a fantastic year of gaming, especially with my PS5. I got around to playing and completing maybe 2 games a month and these stood out of the bunch. A review of each can be found on my blog. 😉
What a year it has been! You’d think that the 2020 pandemic would be behind us as we entered 2021 looking all hopeful that vaccination campaigns and social awareness would help us find a new normal that we would all come to love again but these last few weeks and days has us now wondering if we’re not in an endless loop. Nevertheless, I did feel like I’d been able to embrace much more freedom in 2021.
One of the biggest achievements of 2021 remains my completion of my Ph.D. comprehensive exam. It has been lingering over my shoulders for far too long and when I got around to passing it, I was beyond relieved. It took some time for me to recuperate from it all but I feel like I’ve taken enough of a break from it all to start 2022 powered up again and now work my way towards completing my Ph.D.
Speaking of work, it was also a fantastic year at work, being fully invested in the ongoing police bodycam project. It has allowed me to showcase my skills and competencies to my superiors. It has also allowed me to better understand myself in my field of study and contribute to society in my own analytical way.
I ended the year with another huge achievement by finally finding a new home that I and my girlfriend can call our own. It was a wild adventure to hunt down a property that we adored within a market that was insane due to the pandemic but we did it! January 2022 will probably be a bit hectic on my end until the latter half of it but I look forward to everything that this new chapter in our life will bring for us.
I also want to end this post by thanking all of my friends here who have stuck around to all my ramblings on books, comics, shows, movies, and video games. I am, once again, so grateful to have discovered such like-minded individuals who enjoy reading through my stuff and for sticking around for so long. I for one believe that blogging is an essential part of self-therapy for myself and couldn’t imagine not doing it in the future.
I hope this coming year will allow each and every one of you to achieve your goals and your dreams, to remain safe and healthy, and to live happy by doing the things you love and by being with those you love.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Stay safe and read another book! 😉