As is the mantra of each year’s end, here we are and I cannot believe we’re at yet another end of year look back. Or as we like to refer to such things in this world, a peek at our favorite books of 2021. This list is pretty pathetic because of the way my 2021 reading life went. In fact, I nearly married this with my favorite films of the year list, but the organized part of me just couldn’t quite do that (even though I even wrote them together). This year making a big deal like normal just isn’t my thin and to be honest, my heart just isn’t in in plus I’ve had a massive love-hate relationship with entertainment this past year, including books. One of these days I will pick up a book, become engrossed and never look back. I know it will happen, all that needs to happen is picking up one of the books with the ability to do this.A RARE FEW NOVELS I ACTUALLY READ: BEST IN YEAR 2021 #BESTINYEAR #FAVORITESOF2021 #FAVORITEBOOKS #BESTOFYEAR #BESTOF2021 #READER #READING #READERS Click To Tweet
Despite the slim list, let’s still look at the book because, no matter the number, good books deserve a shout-out! At least in my space they do. With those words out of the way and opinions plentiful (why can I never keep things short?), we present our favorite books of 2021 list, so… let’s go..!
FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021
As I said already, this is SLIM pickings.
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1: JO & LAURIE, MELISSA de la CRUZ & MARGARET STOHL
It’s been something I’ve said many times and ways, but Jo & Laurie is THE book I didn’t know I needed. Historical YA that reimagines Little Women and I’m here for it. Amazon | Bookshop.org | Goodreads
2: ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN, JENNY HAN
I mean I couldn’t not include the final chapter that is Lara Jean’s saga. Her stories are just all nostalgic cheer and fun – also, does anyone else know if Jenny Han is going to write something else? Amazon | Bookshop.org | Goodreads
3: IN A FAR OFF LAND, STEPHANIE LANDSEM
To be honest, this really isn’t my typical kind of read. I’m kind of waffling on whether or not I liked it well enough to include here, but honestly… I did. It was a good reading experience at the time and I read it before reading was totally gone so there’s that. Plus, while I don’t love all the stylings of the book, I do admire that it’s different than the normal adult historical I read. The plot follows a farm girl who, to get ahead, loses her innocence in pursuit of becoming a Hollywood star. Amazon | Bookshop.org | Goodreads
4: AFTER SHE FALLS, CARMEN SCHOBER
Full transparency, I haven’t quite finished this novel. I read it faithfully for several days in a row, before I read something and I had things going on that conspired together, and eventually I set the book aside. Needless to say, this is me taking turtle reading to a level I haven’t before. That said, while I don’t know this novel’s ultimate conclusion (yet!), I do admire the heck out of it. Its market genre unique and I respect the author for pushing boundaries (in good ways) and fighting back on the norm. I also appreciate Bethany House for not just publishing this book, but also for the brilliant and genre unique cover design. Have I mentioned how much I love the cover? The plot follows a woman who is being abused and her journey to separate herself and her daughter from that life all while rediscovering God. Amazon | Goodreads
5: LET IT BE ME, BECKY WADE
6: SUNKISSED, KASIE WEST
More Kasie West on my favorites menu is always a must. This one features a girl who, while on vacation with her family, learns she and her uber popular social media sister don’t have any – gasp! – Wi-Fi! Amazon | Bookshop.org | Goodreads
Your turn! What new favorite books of 2021 did you discover? Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? Did you like or hate them? What did you like about the ones you read? Which books made YOUR favorites list of the year? Do you have favorite’s lists? (Let me know if so… you know I want to see them, too!) Comment all the comments down below – let’s get our book fan conversations on!
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