For the past few years I have been intentionally compiling my best books of the year. So I thought I would share my top 10 books of 2021. Counting down…
#10 | The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
A practical guide to comfort you in difficult times, including playlists, food, and practical advice. I have enjoyed everything that I have read by Matt Haig, and have this one on my nightstand to pick up when I am feeling a bit low.
#9 | You Got Anything Stronger: Stories by Gabrielle Union
Though not as funny as her first book, We’re Going to Need More Wine, this one stood out because of Gabrielle’s openness and honesty in discussing difficult topics including infertility, motherhood, and racial justice. For example, she talks about how everyone else was so happy when her surrogate became pregnant but she was mad! This book was so very painful at some moments but it has stayed with me and I cannot stop thinking about it so, on the list it goes.
#8 | The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Delila Harris
This one was unlike anything I have ever read. Some have said it was a book written by a black woman for everyone, but that included often unexplained references to a black woman’s life (IE. Putting on a silk scarf at night). I loved that about it.
#7 | The Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers
I read all 4 of these books starting with A Long Way to Small Angry Planet. And thus began my love of Becky Chambers. I will read anything she writes.
#6 | Writers & Lovers by Lily King
This book has the second best ending of a book I read all year so, on the list it goes.
#5 | The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this one but such a lovely, hopeful story. Anyone who is struggling to feel accepted and loved by others should take a peek at the magical story.
#4 | Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
In March, the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club read this one; I hadn’t read it since I studied it in college. It held up. I love it as much then if not more now. And it was very interesting to read it as an older woman and how my perspective have changed since then.
#3 | Address Unknown by Katherine Kressman Taylor
Everyone should read this! And at about 70 pages, it won’t take much of your time. Originally published in the early 30’s before the start of WWII, it is a fascinating story told in letters about two friends, one German and the other a Jew and what happens when the German moves home at the rise of Hitler. Fascinating! Short – only 72 pages.
#2 | Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
This book is epic! The longest I have read in a long time. But very much worth my time.
#1 | A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
I heart this book so much! I read it for the third time last week and hugged it to my chest when I was done.
What was the best thing that you read last year?
Per usual, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy and her Quick Lit post.