The 2021 book tag

Hello, and happy Friday! We are a whole week into 2022, and so far it hasn’t been an amazing start to the year. I am very excited for today’s post, though. Riddhi @ Whispering Stories tagged me for this a few days ago, and I decided to do all the prompts with books that I read in 2021 because I thought it would be a fun way to start wrapping up my reading from the past year.

It’s been a while since I last did a book tag like this, and I think I forgot how much fun they are to write and to put together. I had a lot of fun with the prompts, and I hope you like reading my answers to them!

The rules:

Disclaimer from the creator: As I, Phoenix, live in the United States of America, the events that these tags reflect are mainly based off of my own experience of things happening directly around me. Therefore, I won’t be including significant events that have happened elsewhere in the world in this tag. HOWEVER, if you are from another country and think of an event that was impactful around you, feel free to add another question to this tag that you think goes with that event!


  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer all the questions
  • Tag at least 3 people
  • While the events covered in this tag are mainly centered around the going-ons in the United States of America, if you live in another country feel free to add another question or two to this tag that you think goes with an important event that happened elsewhere!
  • PLEASE NOTE: While this tag discusses events that happened in 2021, it does not at all need to be completed in 2021. This is NOT a time-restricted tag and you may do it whenever you want. (you also do not need to talk about books that you read in 2021! It can be books you read whenever!)
  • Some of these questions are rather vague; these are totally up for interpretation!

The prompts:

A sequel that did not live up to expectations (general 2021)

While many sequels can end up being disappointing, I don’t actually think there were any I read this year that didn’t live up to my expectations. This is pretty great, considering how many sequels I read (and loved) this year.

A book where everything immediately went badly (Attack on the USA capital)

I love the These Violent Delights duology, and Our Violent Ends was amazing, but couldn’t those poor characters just get a little bit of a break? It felt like every possible world problem was constantly being thrown at the characters, which was entertaining but also quite stressful to read about.

A book where things seemed to change for the better (President Joe Biden’s inauguration)

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is a very positive & inspiring book, and I really loved reading it. It’s amazing to watch the main character Charlie Vega grow as a person throughout the book.

A book where science/some kind of sci fi thing plays a major role (Vaccines)

Winter, by Marissa Meyer is the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series, a YA dystopian sci-fi series. There are many science fiction elements of the series, especially in Winter, the last one. Queen Levana is an especially interesting character, and I loved reading about her throughout the series.

A book where the characters get a reprieve (general, middle of the year)

Aru Shah and the City of Gold, by Roshani Chokshi is the fourth book in the Aru Shah series, and I think it fits this prompt perfectly. It’s a really good book, but is definitely less exciting, and has fewer big battles like the previous books in the series do. It definitely felt like it was building up tension for the fifth and final book, which comes out in just a couple of months!

A book about sports/centered around competition (Summer Olympics 2021 2020)

Ana on the Edge is about a 12 year old non-binary figure skater. It’s centered around Ana’s self discovery as well as Ana’s figure skating journey, and the competitions that Ana participates in.

A book with a terrifying plot twist (Delta Variant)

Rule of Wolves, by Leigh Bardugo is full of thrilling and terrifying plot twists. The characters are all amazing and have so much depth. This just drives the plot even further, and makes each plot twist even more shocking.

A book with awesome behind-the-scenes characters (e.g. side characters) (THANK YOU ESSENTIAL WORKERS)

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This, by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a romance, but I love the relationship the main character has with her best friend, Julia, so much!! It’s central to the plot, and is so well written and explored in the novel. Julia is a really fantastic side character, and is among many who make the book all the more interesting and fun to read.

A book where there are HUGE consequences to an event/action/etc. (supply chain backups due to covid)

I’m choosing Ace of Spades, by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé for this prompt not because there are huge consequences to one event or action in particular, but more because of the main characters of the book are under constant scrutiny for everything, and each little action can lead to enormous consequences.

I tag…

May @ Forever and Everly | Ruby @ Ruby Reads and Reviews | Sophie @ Me and Ink | And… whoever else wants to do the tag!

How was your 2021? Have you read any of these books? What would you put for these prompts? Chat with me in the comments below!

9 thoughts on “The 2021 book tag

  1. I really need to read Our Violent Ends but I am kind of scared for it 😅 the character already had a lot of stress in the first book!! I am happy to read you enjoyed Fat Chance Charlie Vega, it is a book I hope to read at some point 😍 I loved reading all your answers and thank you so much for tagging me 💕 all the best for 2022!!

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    1. Our Violent Ends is really really good!! the characters really went through so much in the first book, but i promise that the sequel is worth reading!! i definitely recommend Fat Chance Charlie Vega; it’s a fantastic book. I’m glad you enjoyed reading the answers 🥰 i hope that you have a lovely 2022 as well 💕✨

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  2. I loved reading your answers, thanks for doing my tag! Oh my gosh, the plot twist in the middle of Rule of Wolves…I mean I don’t even know if it’s a plot twist, but just…the death that happens.
    And the characters in Our Violent Ends DEFINITELY don’t get a break, do they haha.

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    1. I had so much fun with the tag; all the prompts are so creative and fun!! I know exactly what you’re talking about in Rule of Wolves, and it was definitely shocking. Ahh and I wish so much that Chloe Gong would give those poor characters a little bit a break for once haha

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  3. Thanks for doing this tag!
    Winter’s a great choice for that prompt, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is on my TBR- I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Also, you accidentally misspelled my name- it’s R-I-D-D-H-I not Rhiddi, could you please correct it?

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    1. the sci-fi elements in winter are really amazing!! i definitely recommend we can’t keep meeting like this; it’s a great book! sorry about the misspelling, it’s fixed now 🙂
      thanks again for the tag; all the prompts were so fun to answer 💖

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