Top 10 Tuesday/Show Us Your Books: Favorite Books of 2021

Posted December 28, 2021 by shooting in Discussion / 26 Comments

Today is Top Ten Tuesday with That Artsy Reader Girl and Thursday, it’s a special edition of Show Us Your Books with Jana and Steph. Both of these are focusing on the top favorite books of 2021, so I thought I’d share the books I especially loved this year (not that I’m finished reading!)

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My Top Favorite Books of 2021 

Most of these are 5 star reads from the year, but I also included some 4 star books that I especially recommend!

The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

Middle Grade, Contemporary

5 Stars

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

YA, LGBT+, Contemporary

5 Stars

Chase Darkness With Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen

Nonfiction, True Crime

5 Stars

Docile by K.M. Szpara

Science Fiction, Dystopia, LGBT+

5 Stars

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction

5 Stars

The Deep by Alma Katsu

Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal

4 Stars









Wonderstruck by Allie Therin

(book 3 in the series, but all are amazing)

Historical Fiction, Fantasy, LGBT+

5 Stars 

The Perfect Father: The True Story of Chris Watts, His All-American Family, and a Shocking Murder by John Glatt

Nonfiction, True Crime

5 Stars

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

YA, Novel-in-Verse, Contemporary

5 Stars

Killer Content by Olivia Blacke

Cozy Mystery, First in a Series

4 Stars

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

YA Paranormal/Fantasy

5 Stars

Lies We Bury by Elle Marr

Adult Fiction, Mystery

5 Stars

The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Adult Fiction, Romance

4 Stars

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

YA (but older YA), Mystery, Thriller

5 Stars

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian 

Adult Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller

4 Stars

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

Adult Fiction, Romance/Contemporary, LGBT+

5 Stars

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots 

Adult Fiction, Science Fiction/Superheroes

4 Stars

26 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday/Show Us Your Books: Favorite Books of 2021

  1. I love the cover of Autoboyography. It sounds good too! Yay for The Charm Offensive! That made my list too. I laughed and cried and had so much fun reading that one. I really liked The Deep when I read it. I want to read more by her. This is a great list. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  2. Mar

    I’d never heard of Alma Katsu and today this is the third books by her I seen recommended. Must be a sign! 🙂 Happy New Year Lauren!

  3. I loved Long Way Down and Daisy Jones when I read them, and I can’t wait fr the TV series of Daisy Jones! I’ve had Autoboyography on my shelf for a few years now- definitely need to read it this year!

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  4. The Charm Offensive is one I’ve seen on so many blogs. I seriously need to get reading it as it does sound so fun. I also feel like the only blogger who hasn’t read Daisy Jones yet, I’m a little intimidated by it.

  5. I still need to read Daisy Jones and the Six. I’ve heard such good things, but I think at this point I’m just putting it off because I’m scared of the hype. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    And I really want to read This Poison Heart too. I loved Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron, so I’ve been meaning to read her next book.

  6. SMD

    I loved Daisy Jones so much. It’s one of those books I wish I could experience reading again for the first time.

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