Books

My Top Reads of 2021

I throughly enjoyed writing about my favourite reads last year so – before this year draws to a close – I thought I’d do the same for 2021.

If you fancy seeing what books I read this year, check out this post (which features links to more in depth reviews, and ramblings, of most of the books).

This point of the year is supposed to be full of joy but, at least for the moment, it’s very uncertain. That’s why I’m hoping this post will not only inspire you to give some books a go but will bring you a bit of joy, because I personally think there’s nothing more joyous than getting lost in a book.

Anyway, here’s my top reads for 2021:

I love a rom-com so I was overjoyed when I received an E-Arc of Laura Kay’s The Split earlier this year.

This story was lovely. It was the kind of story I’d love to see made into a film or TV show as the characters (apart from Emily) are pretty brilliant.

It’s funny, it’s lighthearted and it definitely deserves the hype.

(Check out my full review of this book here)

Like many people this year or so, I’ve experienced grief and two books which deal with this topic are Hannah Tovey’s Is This It? and The Education of Ivy Edwards.

Both books are hilarious, as the reader joins Ivy as she navigates the ups and downs of adulthood. Whilst also delivering on the humour, the books really made me confront my own grief and these were the first books to make me cry. Ever.

(Check out my full review of these books here and here).

In terms of non-fiction, two books stood out to me this year: Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

Lunn’s series of interviews provided an informative insight into love in all its forms whilst Zauner’s extension of her essay was emotional and beautifully written.

(Check out my full review of these books here and here).

Let me know what your favourite reads were this year (as I’m always looking for inspiration on what to read next).

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