My Favourite Books from 2021


2021 was a bit of a funny year for me. We moved to a new house in a new county which took up most of my time last year. Our new home was also built last year which wasn’t as big a job as it sounds but it was big enough. I had a lot of family stuff going on as well that I won’t go into here but it was a big distraction. It was an all-around hectic year that I am so grateful for but it did mean I read significantly less than usual. Out of the 40 or so books I read in 2021 I’ve picked my six favourites. Not all of these books received a 5-star rating but I enjoyed each one of them and will likely reread each at some point.

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Anissa Trisdianty

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My Favourite Books from 2021

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love a hate-to-love story especially when it has Beauty and the Beast vibes or Hades and Persephone which is exactly what this is. This series reimagines the Greek Gods as contemporary beings with celebrity status. I hate any type of celebrity in a book but it was fine here. They were celebrities because it would be impossible for them not to be if they existed now not because they wanted to be famous. The love story in this book is one that will stay with me forever. I just adore how they came together Pride and Prejudice style but with all the myth and magic of a Greek legend.

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Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Another hate-to-love story (I did say I love them). The Four Horsemen have begun their ride around the world trailing the apocalypse behind them. All four arrive first with a warning and then Pestilence returns alone infecting everyone he encounters with a deathly sickness. Sara, our leading lady, decides to take him out before he can get to her home not knowing that as a Horseman he can’t be killed. I’m sure you can imagine how annoyed he is at her attempted assassination. The stakes are much higher in this dystopian romance. There are solid reasons to want Sara to succeed in offing Pestilence but, my god, does he win you over! There’s a sweetness in him that he doesn’t quite understand and uses his anger and disappointment in humanity to protect himself. In her attempts to save the world, Sara introduces him to aspects of humanity he never dreamed of.

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Beach Read by Emily Henry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hate-to-love again. I’m beginning to think I should write a post all about this trope. Beach Read was a big hit last summer but it passed me by. I’m a bit funny about reading hyped books. I’m so glad I eventually picked this one up. The title and cover imply a book leaning towards romantic comedy but there’s a lot more going on here. It reminded me of Marian Keyes books where there is a yummy romance, humour, and some emotional heaviness. It felt like more of a realistic love story to me. When you meet the person that doesn’t blink or pity you over all the ugliness in your life and wants to be there for you. I loved reading about Gus and January helping each other to heal emotionally and professionally.

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Rating: 4 out of 5.

OK, I swear, I did not intentionally pick books with a hate-to-love romance plot for this list but here we are. This is young adult fiction which always feels a bit lacking to me hence the 4 stars instead of 5. I’m not sure what it is about YA but it almost always annoys me a bit. I love the setting for this book. Italy is one of my favourite places in the world and having it set in 19th century Italy just makes it more intriguing. Food is one of the first things to my mind when I think of Italy as well so I loved the restaurant and descriptions of food.

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How to Save an Undead Life by Hailey Edwards

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I would give this series as a whole 5 stars but the first book would be about 3.5 stars. It’s the first in a series with an over-arching story so it suffers a bit with world-building and character introductions. I still really enjoyed it and ended up binging the next five books in the series. This is urban fantasy at its finest.

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Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There’s something about romantic comedy movies that make me “ugh” but when it’s in book form I love it! I don’t want it is… Maybe it’s because the characters are always better developed in books and you get a better understanding of why they do the silly things they do… Either way, I adored this contemporary friends-to-lovers romance. Addison acts as Elijah’s getaway driver after he’s stood up at his own wedding to her cousin! The two become fast friends always trying to deny the feelings they have for each other. The sexual tension in this book is real.

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All Books Read in 2021

And just in case you were feeling a little bit nosey, here are all the books I read last year.

TitleAuthorSeriesPubPAgesDate ReadRating
Sparrow Hill RoadSeanan McGuireGhost Roads #1201431228-Jan3
Two StoriesSally Rooney20206619-Feb4
You and Me On VacationEmily Henry202136822-Feb5
Graceful BurdensRoxanne Gay20202123-Feb5
ArkVeronica RothForward Collection20193323-Feb3
This TellingCheryl Strayed20203226-Feb4
Shadowspell Academy: Year of the ChameleonShannon MayerShadowspell Academy #4202130028-Feb4
The Shortest DayColm Toibin2020315-Mar4
That Old Country MusicKevin Barry202020811-Mar4
Kissing the WitchEmma Donoghue201322816-Mar4
Kingdom of the WickedKerri ManiscalcoKingdom of the Wicked #1202037210-Apr4
Year of the Chameleon 2Shannon MayerShadowspell Academy #5202130012-Apr4
The Bone WitchIvy AsherThe Osseous Chronicles #1202030416-Apr5
The Blood WitchIvy AsherThe Osseous Chronicles #2202127819-Apr5
How to Save an Undead LifeHailey EdwardsThe Beginners Guide to Necromancy201724024-Apr4
How to Claim an Undead SoulHailey EdwardsThe Beginners Guide to Necromancy201728428-Apr4
How to Break an Undead HeartHailey EdwardsThe Beginners Guide to Necromancy20182781-May5
How to Dance an Undead WaltzHailey EdwardsThe Beginners Guide to Necromancy20183084-May5
How to Live an Undead LieHailey EdwardsThe Beginners Guide to Necromancy201831012-May5
WickedJennifer L. ArmentroutA Wicked Trilogy #1201437913-May4
CredencePenelope Douglas202048516-May4
The Price of PrideAbigail Reynolds202036417-May3
The Warlord Wants ForeverKresley ColeImmortals After Dark #1200616320-May5
Getaway GirlTessa BaileyGirl #1201828422-May5
A Touch of DarknessScarlett St. ClairHades & Persephone #1202035426-May5
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy RadioDramaDouglas AdamsHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy197921630-May4
Make You MineMolly O’Keefe20215631-May4
From Blood and AshJennifer L. ArmentroutBlood and Ash #1202062520-Jun4
The Bound WitchIvy AsherThe Osseous Chronicles #3202123522-Sep3
One Wilde NightJenn StarkImmortal Vegas #0.520158726-Sep5
Stillhouse LakeRachel CaineStillhouse Lake #1201728625-Sep4
PestilenceLaura ThalassaThe Four Horsemen #1201840629-Sep5
Flowers in the AtticV.C. AndrewsDollanganger #1197938914-Nov4
Petals on the WindV.C. AndrewsDollanganger #2198043917-Nov4
Beach ReadEmily Henry202036130-Dec5

Reading Stats for 2021

Here are my reading stats for 2021. I took this information from the Reading and Books Tracker Spreadsheet.

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