Favorite Reads of the Year

Since I often read books long after they have been published, I’m NOT calling this my Favorite BOOKS of 2021. Since not all of them are new this year.

Instead, here are the books I’ve read this year that I enjoyed the most. It was an EXCEPTIONALLY good year and you’ll see it’s a bit of an eclectic mix.

I gave FIVE stars to every book listed below. Each link takes you to my full review, with NO spoilers.

Hope you find something to your liking.

Beginning in January 2021:

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

by V.E. Schwab

A strange take on the Doctor Faustus legend with lots of surprising twists.

Rules of Estrangement: Why Adult Children Cut Ties & How to Heal the Conflict

by Joshua Coleman

A PhD therapist explains Millennials to their parents. Very helpful.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell

Yes, the well-known children’s book. But wonderful to discover as an adult. A true testament to resiliency.

The Four Winds

by Kristin Hannah

A captivating chronicle of the U.S. in the 1930s, making the Great Depression and Dust Bowl vivid.

Dominic

by William Steig

Another children’s book with a surprising Buddhist theme.

Hamnet

by Maggie O’Farrell

William Shakespeare may be a peripheral character but the novel about his family more than lives up to all the hype.

Magic Lessons

by Alice Hoffman

Prequel to her three novel series that explores the links between strong, independent women and witchcraft in 1600s Massachusetts.

The Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

One of the three novel series about a family of strong women.

The Book of Magic

by Alice Hoffman

Another of the three novel series.

Violeta

by Isabel Allende

A woman’s life and the lessons she learns over 100 years. Simply beautiful. Publication Date: 1/25/22.

World’s End

by Upton Sinclair

The first novel in Sinclair’s Pulitzer Prize winning series spanning much of 20th century history. Brilliant!

Nice Racism

by Robin Diangelo

A respected expert on racism thoughtfully explains how well-meaning liberals sometimes make the problem worse.

Love and Fury

by Samantha Silva

Historical fiction about the exceptional and tragic life of Mary Wollstonecraft, an intellectual and the mother of Mary Shelley.

The Lincoln Highway

by Amor Towles

As good as A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, this Midwest coming-of-age story simply can’t be missed.

Hey, is anyone surprised that 10 of the 14 are from the historical fiction genre? There were also many four-star books read this year. Explore my website if you’re interested in finding them.

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