2021 ~ My Year in Books

I fell back in love with reading in 2021, I derived so much comfort and pleasure from books, and it was the first year I’ve ever managed to reach my goal of reading 52 books. My final tally was actually 66 books and I reviewed 47 of those on the blog.

I began 2021 with a mystery, a new genre to me, and where better to start than with the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, and Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie ended up being my most read author, as I read five of her Poirot mysteries last year, though Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab and Maggie Stiefvater were close behind with four books each. I started and finished reading whole series last year, binge-reading trilogies and quartets like Shadow and Bone, The Folk of the Air and The Raven Cycle.

Of the 66 books I read, three were actually re-reads. I re-read Maya Angelou’s Letter to my Daughter, as well as two of my all-time favourite novels Jamaica Inn, Daphne du Maurier’s thrilling and chilling tale of smugglers in Cornwall, and Emily Bronte’s gripping story of obsession and revenge, Wuthering Heights.

I read a real mix of fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, magical realism, children’s fiction with a few autobiographies, classics and even a parenting guide thrown in. More than any other genre I found myself drawn to and devouring Young Adult stories, and I found so many new favourite writers and books among them.

My Top 10 favourite books were comprised of stories that captured my imagination, left me wanting more and that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. Among my favourites were fantasy stories inspired by the legends of King Arthur (Legendborn) and Owain Glyndwr (The Raven Boys), West-African folklore (Raybearer) and Arabian mythology (The Empire of Gold) as well as enemies-to-lovers romances (The Wicked King and Dance of Thieves), paranormal mysteries (Ninth House) and even a classic (Pride and Prejudice). I couldn’t put them all in order, but I tracked down hardback copies of Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education to survive rereads and because I couldn’t possibly wait for the sequels to come out in paperback, these two were absolute highlights of my reading year.

I’m setting my goal to 52 books for 2022 as well, though this year I’m really hoping to make a bigger dent in my TBR pile (which seems to permanently hover around 40 books) though my most aniticipated books coming out this year are the concluding parts of Naomi Novik’s The Scholomance trilogy and The Inheritance Games trilogy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and the sequel to Legendborn by Tracy Deonn.

What were your favourite books of 2021? Have a lovely week. X

9 thoughts on “2021 ~ My Year in Books

  1. Congratulations on reading over 50 books! I didnโ€™t read much last year outside of schoolwork, but I absolutely loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. You have a great list of books. I love a few genres you mentioned. I am hoping to read Agatha Christie and Withering Heights this year. Iโ€™ve heard theyโ€™re really good.

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    1. I loved Eleanor Oliphant when I read it a few years ago. I’d recommend Murder on the Orient Express and the Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, I’m still working my way through her back list. It’s the most I’ve ever read in a year but there were a few I should have DNF’d, enjoyment is way more important than numbers. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. That’s an amazing total of books! I still need to do my round up of October, November and December. I didn’t read that many then though. I think my favourite book I read in 2021 was probably The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

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  3. Great set of books. My favourite Daphne du Maurier is Rebecca. Never tire if that. Wuthering Heights is a great book too, don’t tire if that either. My favourite book last year was Penguin Lessons. Very funny.

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