2021: A Year in Review

2021 was a very strange year for me. While we were coming off of the isolation that the pandemic forced us into, I had a change of location for my job, and then got a job finally teaching. Sadly, I also had to deal with the death of my grandmother and one of my dogs. 

Because of this, all of my normal habits were greatly affected. For example, there was a time when I couldn’t listen to new music like I used to, so most of the songs I have in this list come from early in the year. This is the same with the books that I read as well. 

Favorite Books I Read in 2021

Honorable Mentions

  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
  • Little Moments of Love by Catana

5. Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Picture Book)

I love the different poems throughout, and all of the different messages they represent. There were many times where I couldn’t stop smiling because of the writing and art.

*Full Review*


4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Fantasy)

While it was a slow start for me, once the two main characters, Addie and Henry meet, and more information is revealed, it really picks up. The relationships seen throughout the story was also enjoyable to read, as it was more multi-dimensional than many that I typically read. I love the concept of the story, and I enjoy seeing how Addie’s morality changes over time due to her deal.


3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Young Adult Fantasy)

This was a very enjoyable book! I love fairytales, and the dark ones covered in this story are creepy and suspenseful. The main character is interesting, especially in regard to how the fairytales influence her life. I’m really eager to read the sequel and the full version of the fairytales that come from the Hinterland.

*Full Review*


2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (Mystery/Thriller)

This was an amazing book made even better by the narrators who read the audiobook. I can definitely see why this was so popular when this came out. From the plot to the characters to the ending, everything had me hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while listening to this book.


1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Contemporary Fiction)

After reading this, I completely understand why it made so many best of lists. I really enjoyed reading/listening to this. Eleanor’s dry wit and commentary on life genuinely made me laugh. I especially love the emotional journey that she goes on throughout the novel. Overall, this was just very enjoyable read, and the main character was one of my favorites.


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