The Best Books I Read in 2021

My goal for 2021 was to read 40 books. My early December I had reached it (yay!). To be honest, about 1/4 of those I listened to on CD or audible but everybody tells me that counts, so I am going with it.

55 will be my goal for 2022.

I’m not very good at writing reviews but I leave them anyway because I read reviews and I know they are important to authors. I’ve tried to be more present on Goodreads this year. My Goodreads reviews are here. Most of the books I read, I read on my Kindle because of it’s ease of use so those reviews always show up on Amazon here. I also read “real” books from time to time and I always carry one with me, to read while waiting.

The titles I have highlighted in bold are my five star reviews, while the lighter ones are my four star reviews and I recommend each and everyone of them. I hope you find something you like on this list or if you have read one of these and either agree or disagree with my rating drop me a comment.

My list for 2021 in no particular order:
Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake
Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate
A Splendid Ruin by Megan Chance
After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Truth Worth Telling by Scott Pelley
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
The Perils of Heavy Thinking by Russell Gayer
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelley
The Family by Louise Jensen
Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Everything You Are by Kerry Anne King
The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Final Out by Sheldon Siegel
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And I listened to some great audio books. These are my four and five star picks, again five stars are in bold.
Fall of Giants by Ken Follet Narrated by John Lee
Chesapeake by James Michener, narrated by Larry McKeever.
The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty. Narrated by Caroline Lee
Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich Narrated by Lorelei King
The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Narrated by Kate Rudd
Finger Licken Fifteen by Janet Evanovich, Narrated by Lorelei King
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, Narrated by Tom Wopat
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy
Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger Narrated by Merritt Wever
The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell  Narrated by Kate Reading
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks narrated by Sean Pratt
Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline , Narrated by Ron Livingston
Bad Business by Robert B. Parker. Narrated by Joe Mantegna
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich, Narrated by Lorelei King

2 thoughts on “The Best Books I Read in 2021

  1. Wow! Lots of reading! Thank you for your recommendations. Although several of yours are on my “want to read” list, I haven’t actually read any of these, except for What Alice Forgot! I definitely will look for the Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty books.

    I also did the Goodreads Reading Challenge, as I do every year, and I upped it to 40. In total, I read 43 so I think I’ll stay with 40 for the 2022 challenge, or maybe bump it up to 45. I seldom write reviews, unless I’m inspired to do so. You have a lot of 5-star ratings! I am conservative about the number of stars I give (mostly I give 4), but I really wish we could use half stars!


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