At long last, 2021 has come to an end. Was it a good reading year? Did we challenge ourselves? Explore new corners or Romancelandia? Well, this week we discuss all that plus our favourites of 2021 and what we’re most excited for in 2022! Get your TBRs ready, they're about to get a lot fuller! Also, it wouldn't be a Romancing the Monsters episode without technical difficulties, a chatty lawn mower, an anatomy lesson or two and a whole lot of banter! Join us! Trigger warning: mentions of abuse, trauma, usage of chemicals, potential attempt at suicide. Books mentioned by Seff: House of Night series by P.C. Cast Hitting the Wall by Cate. C. Wells Mates of the Kaluma series by Ella Maven House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas Bonds That Tie series by J. Bree House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas The Inadequate Heir by Danielle L. Jensen The next Hoard Kings of Dakkar by Zoey Draven Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma Run Riot by Colette Rhodes Terms and Conditions by Lauren Asher Called to the Deep by Désirée M. Niccoli Munro by Kresley Cole Books mentioned by M: Bound by Stone by Stefani Simpson The Bridge Kingdom/ The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen The Song of David by Amy Harmon To Have and to Hold by Patricia Gaffney The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood Wild Signs by Patricia Briggs Morning Glory by Lavryle Spencer This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi Under One Roof, Below Zero, Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews The Dragon’s Bride by Katee Robert The Muse by Emma Scott Lisa Kleypas’ untitled novel, hopefully coming in 2022 Books mentioned by S: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Run Posy Run by Cate C. Wells Bitter Heat by Mia Knight Pack Darling: Part 1 and Pack Darling: Part 2 by Lola Rock Forced Bonds by J. Bree Wild Game #3 by Colette Rhodes Bitter Secrets #2 by Mia Knight The Long Game by Rachel Reid Hidden Heat by M.J. Marstens Lightlark by Alex Aster Media mentioned: Bridgerton, season 2, created by Chris Van Dusen, 2020-present Yellowstone, created by Taylor Sheridan, 2018-present Destan, directed by Emir Khalilzadeh, 2021-present A Discovery of Witches, directed by Juan Carlos Medina, Alice Troughton, Sarah Walker, 2018-present Find us: E-mail—[email protected] Twitter—@theRTMpod Instagram—@romancingthemonsterspodcast TikTok—@Romancingthemonsterspod Find M: Instagram & Twitter—@foesandlovers Find S: Instagram & Twitter—@butthisbook Find Seff: Instagram & Twitter—@prosewithwoes Romancing the Monsters is a podcast that looks at the monster within: the shadow keeping the characters away from true and absolute happiness. This monster can be a prejudice, fear, insecurity, trauma and so on. We believe that romance novels are as much about one's personal journey as they are about finding love. After all, love makes us vulnerable and forces us to bare our monsters to another.