The time has come to wrap up 2021! And what better way to think of the past year than sharing the favourite books I read? 📚 With 41 books read in 2021, I am happy to say that it was quite difficult to choose my top 10!

As I already wrote reviews for all books in the list (except one), I decided to go with a super short explanation of each story. For more information, please check the reviews linked 🙂 Without further ado, let’s go!

§ A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A definite favourite. 4 friends. Physical and psychological trauma. Pain. Friendship. Fight. Survival.

Consuming. Heartrending. Recommended for the brave. My review.

§ MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Trilogy. Dystopia. Genetic engineering. Pandemic times. Self-sustaining community.

Must-read. Cautionary tale. My reviews: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam.

§ Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Labyrinth. Manipulation. Solitude. The Other. Deception.

Absorbing. Moving. Review will follow.

§ The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Vietnamese family. Vietnam’s history. War. Survival. Women power.

Super captivating. Cultural journey. My review.

§ Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Discrimination. Black. Nigeria. Education. Adaptability. Race. Hair.

Modern Classic. Educative. Must-read. My review.

§ The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Dystopia. Totalitarian regime. Memory. Forgetting. Friendship.

Daunting. Dark. Action-driven. My review

§ Before the Coffee Gets Cold series by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Time-travelling. Lots of coffee. Family. Emotions.

Heart-warming. Captivating. My review.

§ The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Nigeria. Hardships. Domestic slavery. Support. Education.

Touching. Eye-opening. Hope. My review

§ The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E Schwab

Fantasy. Tricky deal. Time. Dark lord. Loneliness and belonging.

Unputdownable. Mesmerizing. My review.

§  The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

Ethiopia. War. Mussolini’s invasion. Women soldiers. Lyrical.

Intriguing. Different perspective. My review.

These are my favourite 10 books of 2021! You might have noticed that I bent the rule a little bit, including a whole trilogy in the list 🙂

What are your favourite books of 2021? Please let me know, I am in need of awesome books to read!

‘Till next time … happy reading, a very Happy New Year, and stay safe!


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13 thoughts on “Best Books I Read In 2021

    1. Same here! It would be awesome to read sequels of the books!
      Before the Coffee Gets Cold is usually my go-to book(s) to offer as present for my friends. And quite recently the first book was translated in Romania, so I had the chance to offer it to my mom for Christmas 😀

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    1. MaddAddam trilogy is amazing! I started reading it by chance, after I signed up for a webinar with Margaret Atwood where the focus was on the first book of the series … so I read it as preparation for the webinar, and I was hooked!

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