Friday, December 31, 2021

My Favorite Books of 2021

Welp, the year is over. I am simultaneously relieved as this has been a difficult year for so many, myself included, but I am hesitant to start 2022. I desperately hope things get better.  The silver lining to this challenging year is the fact that I read so much. I read books to forget, I read to escape, I read to convalesce, I read to remember, I read to learn, and I read to relax. I read more this year than I have in the previous few years and I attribute it to stress. Reading is a great way to deal with stress and 2021 dealt me more than a few stressful moments. Who is with me? 

With that said, I am recapping some of my favorite books of 2021 and if you are interested, you can find my reviews of most of the books at my Review Archive, alphabetized by the author's last name.

Adult Fiction:

Oh William!
by Elizabeth Strout
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange


Beach Reads:


People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey 

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand 

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland


Audio Books:

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner 
Before the Crown by Flora Harding

Historical Fiction:

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck
The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles 


The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George

Middle Grade/Young Adult:

Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman


No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler 

Backlist Fiction:

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

Wonder by R.J. Palacio 
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Honorable Mention:

The War Widow by Tara Moss
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney


What were some of your favorite books of the year? Did some of my picks make your list?  Let me know in the comments below!


  1. We shared a lot of the same great books this year!

    1. I am so glad to hear it! It was a great year for books! Thanks for visiting, Michele!

  2. I loved a lot of these books, too! Malibu Rising made my best of 2021 list, and I really enjoyed The Heiress Gets a Duke and Our Woman in Moscow. I'm hoping to read Surviving Savannah soon. Wishing you a happy new year with lots of love and joyful moments!

    1. I'm glad we shared some of the same picks. I hope you have a great 2022 as well! Thanks for visiting, Angela!

  3. I need to bookmark this page because I haven't read or even heard of most of these books. I am adding The Rose Code to my list right now! Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks, Anne! I hope you get some good ideas. Thanks for visiting.


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