A Year In Review: Books Of 2021

It’s been a very theme-heavy year of reading. A lot of my books this year deal with nature and the countryside – I guess it’s only natural (heh), given the year we’ve had, to want to escape to some cottagecore fantasy. I also read more mystery and horror too (more escapism). Here’s an overview:

Best book you read in 2021:

– Crime/Mystery: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

– Horror/Thriller: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

– Sci-fi/Fantasy: A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark

– Romance/History/Other: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

– Non-fiction: Merry Hall trilogy by Beverley Nichols

– YA: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. I actually read more than one YA book this year, but this still won by default.

Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2021: Numbers and the World by Do Minh Triet

Book that you read in 2021 that you recommended most to others: Wilding by Isabella Tree, Extraordinary Insects by Anne Sverdup-Thygeson, Beyond Words by Carl Safina, The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Best series you discovered in 2021: Merry Hall trilogy

Favorite new author you discovered in 2021: Beverley Nichols, Lillian Beckwith, Mary Oliver

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn’t: Fashion Victims by Allison Matthew David, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer, All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre to you: Numbers and the World

Book you read in 2021 that you’re most likely to read again: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration/Regency Britain by Ian Mortimer

Favorite book you read in 2021 from an author you’ve read previously: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration/Regency Britain

Favorite cover of a book in 2021:

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2021: Wilding

Book you can’t BELIEVE you waited until 2021 to read: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I’ve read Agatha Christie before but not the Miss Marple books.

Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss etc.): The Elementals by Michael McDowell

Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2021 (be it romantic, friendship, etc.): Vic and Maggie in NOS4A2, Nana and Satoru in The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Most memorable character in a book you read in 2021: Miss Marple? I may be biased because of the TV series, but honestly, she is more memorable than anyone else.

Genre you read the most from 2021: Non-fiction (about nature, specifically)

Book that was the most fun to read in 2021: The Truth about Animals by Lucy Cooke

Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2021: The Travelling Cat Chronicles, East of Croydon by Sue Perkins

Total Number of books read in 2021: 65 (including 2 Miss Marple books and 5 volumes of Dream of the Red Chamber that are not included in the monthly reviews, since they were more of a re-read).

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