Sunday, January 23, 2022

Top Ten Books of 2021


I rated 3 books a 5 star this past year... and many many books with 4 stars. I picked my favorites from those and have come up with this list of  my top ten books from this past year, listed here with a blurb from my review.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I really loved the rich detail and beautifully story telling. I really needed romance though... I really thought I was going to get romance! AHHH!!! So other than that, everything else was fabulous! 

96 Miles by J.L. Esplin

Wow, but I haven't read a book that gripped me like this one for quite
awhile. It's a survival story that really had me on the edge of my reading seat the whole time, and I devoured it. (Ha devoured... because yet again, this book will make you HUNGRY and THIRSTY both, like... literally!)

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

It's all quite fascinating. And sad. Also inspirational for celebrating the human spirit. I really ended up enjoying it and it was quite eye opening to learn about. 

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

It's a beautifully written fantasy with a fabulous world that's been created to show us how great diversity is. I really quite enjoyed it and plan to continue the series. 

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I don't even know how to describe this little book. It's fascinating and trippy and weird. And I totally enjoyed it!

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Anyway, it's all cute and fun and crazy and I loved it. Not that I'm famous online or anything, but I related to so much in this book. Her desire to go to the big book convention (BEA anyone?) and be on a panel of bloggers... the lingo she uses to describe this life. The stress of coming up with posts and waiting for replies and responses. Just simply the love of books and the love of being creative and sharing that with the world. It's awesome. 

My Life as  Potato by Arianne Costner

I fell in love with this character from the very first page and I love it when that happens. Rooting for him all the way! He's an adorable kid, I know this! LOL. A truly funny story with lots of heart. Awesome.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

What a great premise for a story that really looks deep into stuff we all have to deal with in life. It was great. This author's writing is fantastic, as most of you know.

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

SO MUCH FOOD in this book! I need all the recipes!

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

I've watched a kdrama with a similar premise so I was interested to see how this book would handle this funny situation! And it was just as delightful as expected. It's very fun and full of lots of British-isms which I loved. We flipped between the POVs of both of these characters and it was fun to see the differences between and yet how they worked so well together. 

This is the TWENTIETH year I've kept track of my top ten favorite books of the year! Interested in seeing those lists? Click here and scroll to the bottom....


  1. Yay! I'm so glad Anxious People and The Flatshare made your list! I've heard really good things about Piranesi. I need to look into it. I still need to read Spinning Silver. I'm sure I'll love it.

  2. I like that a lot of book club books made your list.

  3. Twenty years! Wow that's a long time to track it. Here I am going on fifteen. . . I've been wanting to read Trevor Noah's book- we enjoy watching him on tv. Also Anxious People and Flatshare are up there on my list. Hope I get to them soon!



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