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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
How are we the end of 2021 already? Seriously, how? It feels like the year just started and I just can’t wrap my head around it being December already. But we are, as evidenced by the amount of books I consumed throughout the year. So it’s time for the official list of my favorite books of 2021!
Now, last year, I got carried away and added 25 books to the list instead of 10. This year, I tried to be way more selective and I managed to get the list down to 12. Still not 10, but progress, right?
Anyway, here we go!
I debated adding this book to my favorites list, simply because it’s not one I’ll be re-reading soon. It was a slow and moody, introspective read that definitely impacted my mental state a bit while reading it, but there’s no denying how absolutely beautiful this was written and how exquisitely crafted the characters were. Read my full review.
Sarah J. Maas is one of those authors that people seem to either love or hate, but I’m firmly in the love category. A Court of Silver Flames was a beautifully written journey through the effects of trauma and PTSD and had the best character development of any book read this year. Also, the romance *chef’s kiss*. Read my full review.
Will I ever read a Christina Lauren romance book I do not adore? Maybe, but I doubt it. The Soulmate Equation was a a nice mix of fake dating and enemies-to-lovers, and it’s all sticking together with a good dose of sciencey goodness. Read my full review.
This is the second year that an Emily Henry book made my favorites list, and I doubt it’ll be the last. People We Meet On Vacation had a truly amazing, slow-burn friends to lovers romance, intense chemistry and great banter, intriguing dual timeline and all the travel goodness to stoke your wanderlust. Read my full review.
Mariana Zapata is the slow-burn queen and that’s a fact. All Rhodes Lead Here was an amazing read featuring the sunshine/grumpy trope, the single dad trope, small towns and found families and a dash of music love. Read my full review.
Casey McQuiston is another author that has achieved auto-buy status for me this year. Her books have this amazing ability to make you feel good, understood and ready to take on the world. One Last Stop was a heartwarming f/f romance featuring a girl lost in time, a sweet and steamy romance and a merry band of roommates that form the loveliest found family. Read my full review.
The Love Hypothesis was just an ADORABLE read. It had fake dating in a STEM environment, the grumpy/sunshine trope, amazing banter, great friend groups and demisexual representation. It felt like a warm hug and definitely a comfort read. Highly recommend.
I could cry because I love this book so much (just like last year and my never-ending adoration for Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea). Under The Whispering Door is a profound, touching and heartwarming story about love and loss. The story flows beautifully and is filled with both laugh-out-loud moments and emotional, teary ones. It’s heartwarming and poignant and will stay inside your heart long after reading it. Read my full review.
I had a small existential crisis while trying to pick just one (JUST ONE!) favorite Annette Marie book this year, but in the end I had to go with Rogue Ghosts & Other Miscreants because it featured not one but TWO of my favorite characters in the Guild Codex world and the start of the best bromance ever. Read my full review.
An amazing reality tv show setting à la The Bachelor, amazing mental health and sexuality rep and great characters and friendships make The Charm Offensive an all-time fave for me. This book just felt like giddy joy, warm hugs and the happiness that comes with feeling understood. The story was so heartwarming and real and the mental health rep and sexuality rep was so well done and I just loved it so much. Read my full review.
I was nervous that I was gonna miss Poppy and Cas too much and I would not love this prequel series to the From Blood and Ash world because of it. But I LOVED this story so much. I’m so invested in Sera and Nyktos (maybe even more than Poppy and Cas right now? Don’t shoot me) and I also tore through this book so fast it was like my reading slump didn’t exist for a little while.
The latest addition to this list is a book I just finished this week but I’m happy I did, because it needed to be featured on this list. This queer boy band romance may have cured my 3-month long reading slump. But it’s so much more than just a boy band romance and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves supportive friendships and found family vibes, adorable friends-to-lovers romances and a thoughtful exploration of some of the harmful practices found in the music industry. Read my full review.