So it’s been a while huh? Promise I’m still around, life just got a little in the way of blogging you know? But I’m back, and with one of my favourite kinds of posts to write: my favourite books of the year!
Looking back at all of the books I read this year gave me a funny feeling. On one hand, this year has flown by, but at the same time I can’t believe I read some of these books this year. It feels like I read them so long ago! A lot has changed for me this year and maybe that’s why, but it’s been so good to look back and revisit these books.
I’ve read more this year than any other, 117 this far, and romance definitely took centre stage in 2021. I’ve always loved romance books, and I’m so glad to see the genre getting the recognition it deserves! I do have some more fantasy novels on my TBR for the next year, so we’ll see.
Here are my best books of 2021!
This book is still living rent free in my mind, seriously. A thriller told almost like a contemporary, this was a totally unique read for me and I would highly encourage listening to the audiobook for an immersive experience. Featuring discussions of gentrification, racism, privilege, the exploitation of marginalised people, micro aggressions, and more, what makes this book terrifying, aside from the main antagonists, is that this has happened and IS happening, right now.
Ok who is even surprised that this book made it onto my fave reads of the year? I can’t remember a year where one of SJM’s books wasn’t on this list. Anyway, I absolutely devoured the latest release in the ACOTAR series. The romance, the smut, the plot and the character development were all so good but what made this such a standout read for me was the exploration of mental health and Nesta’s journey. There was just so much depth to this book and it really woke something in me, allowing me to see some things in myself I maybe hadn’t been brave enough to consider before. I screamed, cried, laughed, got a lil hot under the collar and had the best time reading this.
This audiobook had me hooked. Not only is the plot compelling but it opens up some important discussions such as racial inequality, exploitation, abuse in the music industry, privilege, classism and more. There is also a mystery thriller aspect to this story which went hand in hand with the short chapters and had me racing through the story.
While it’s nobody’s responsibility to teach us about the issues this book discusses, I did find this to be so insightful and thought provoking, and it definitely helped me to open my eyes even further to my own privilege as a white cis woman and understand how Black British history is missing from curriculums.
Ok so I just had to mention this entire series but I loved it. I’ve always enjoyed a good smutty sports romance but these books bumped Meghan Quinn up my list of favourite authors. Her books just fill me with such joy and her characters are always so well developed with top tier relationships, both platonic and romantic. The way she writes friendships is just so good, and let’s not even get into the smut… 🥵
I was a little behind the times with this one by oh my gosh, what a book! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did such a good job voicing all of the different characters and really brought it to life for me. Such a heartwarming and loveable story.
Ok THIS BOOK. Aahh it blew me away. It was the perfect spicy romance read and just what I was looking for! I read this during a weekend trip away and managed to devour it while travelling, and it takes a lot for me to be able to read on a train! I loved it so much and can’t wait to read more by this author.
This is a book I’d been meaning to read for a long time and was a gift from my pal Imi, and I decided to pick it up on a whim this week. Well, I read it cover to cover in less than 24 hours and I loved it. It had so many different aspects of a good romance that I love – enemies to lovers, grumpy love interest, forced proximity, pining, SO MUCH. I can’t wait to read even more by this author.
Special mention to: The Project by Courtney Summers, Sacrifice by Katee Robert, You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry, All the Feels by Olivia Dade, Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, Someone I Used to Know by Paige Toon, Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo, The Fine Print by Lauren Asher, A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moor, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey, Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Okay, so there are my favourite books of the year! Did you guess some of them? Are any of them your favourites?