My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2021

I currently have a lot of noise and thinky-thoughts in my head all to do with reading, blogging and the year that was 2021. It will take me a few more days to get those thoughts in line though, so for now let’s just focus on the 10 books that I have chosen as my favourite books of last year.

I handed out 5 stars to around 40 books last year. These 10 stood out, for various reasons. They managed to hold my attention throughout, they made me think maybe my reading slump was finally coming to an end (wrong), but more importantly, from the moment I finished them I knew they’d be on this list.

In previous years, I divided my top books into a list of series additions and one of stand-alones. I’ve done things differently this year because if you haven’t yet noticed there is also a big blogging slump happening. As is evidenced by the fact I only ever reviewed four of the ten in the first place (bad blogger). But they deserve to be mentioned so enough talking (finally).

Here are my 10 favourite books of 2021.

Fiona Cummings – When I Was Ten
Bella Ellis – The Red Monarch (review)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson – Daughters of Night
Louise Beech – This Is How We Are Human (review)

Joseph Knox – True Crime Story
Janice Hallett – The Appeal (review)

Kristen Hannah – Four Winds
DV Bishop – City of Vengeance

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Why, yes, it’s a tie. I’ve been going back and forth on this for weeks but it’s been impossible to choose. I suspect because these are two such very different genres.

The Wolf Den …. I can’t even explain it. It’s just such incredibly well-written historical fiction and I loved every minute I got to spend with these women. I can’t wait for the sequel.

And then Project Hail Mary (review). I can explain that one even less. It’s not even a genre I tend to read but I completely fell in love with this story and the character(s). It had me hooked, it made me emotional and it made me laugh. I couldn’t possibly ask for more.


There you have it. My ten favourite books of the year. Thank you so much to the authors who wrote them and brought such pleasure to my life. Happy 2022 to all. xx

  18 comments for “My Top 10 Favourite Books of 2021

  1. January 4, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Happy New Year! I loved Daughters of Night as well, it was such a fantastic book! I’ve got The Wolf Den on my Scribd list, and hope to get to get to it sooner rather than later, but you know how that one goes! 😂

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  2. January 4, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Some great choices there, especially Daughters of Night.

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    • January 7, 2022 at 9:17 am

      Such a wonderful book. I’m very much looking forward to her next one. There’s a lot of great historical fiction out there.

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  3. January 4, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Several of these are in my TBR so I’m encouraged… 😉

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  4. January 4, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    I have read a few of these, but others will be going on my TBR. These top ten posts do damage to my TBR every year.

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    • January 7, 2022 at 9:15 am

      I know! They’re awful! And then people start posting their anticipated releases for the new year and I’m all in a panic 😉

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  5. January 4, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Project Hail Mary also made my list. Four Winds is on my TBR and I hope to get to it this year. I have seen it on so many top lists of the year and I think it

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    • January 7, 2022 at 9:14 am

      I do so hope you enjoy Four Winds. It looked set to be my favourite book of the year for a while until Project Hail Mary popped up and took me by surprise.

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  6. January 4, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    I completely agree that This Is How We Are Human deserves to be on the list! I hope 2022 will be a better year for you (and Millie)! 😘

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  7. January 11, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    The Wolf Den sounds very intriguing – onto the wishlist! Hope your slumpiness passes soon and that 2022 is the year when you get back to fully enjoying reading… and blogging! 😀

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    • January 14, 2022 at 9:29 am

      First of a trilogy too. The next one is due in a few months. You have more catching up to do! Watch that TBR go 😏

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