January 02, 2022

Books I Read in 2021

Ever since I got my Kindle Paperwhite a few years ago, I've been reading more and more. (I've mentioned God-only-knows how many times I love it!) The version that I have is now insanely expensive--it's the 10th generation--but the newer one can be found here on Amazon (affiliate link). I don't want to be redundant, so I won't list the reasons I love it, but you can find a review of it here.

Anyway, I wanted to make a list of all the books I read in 2021. I listened to some audiobooks while I was walking daily during the beginning of the year, but I'm not going to include them here. These are just the books I actually read. Here they are, in the order that I read them: (Amazon links are affiliate links; none of my blog reviews have spoilers)

'The Selection' (Book #1) by Kiera Cass - 5 Stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'In An Instant' by Suzanne Redfearn - 3 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'It Could Be Worse: A Girlfriend's Guide for Girls Who Detest Running' by Beth Probst - 3 stars (Here is a link to a guest post with the author)

'West With Giraffes' by Lynda Rutledge - 5 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'The Caging at Deadwood Manor' by Sandie Will - 1 star

'The Elite' (The Selection book #2) by Kiera Cass - 3 stars

'The One' (The Selection book #3) by Kiera Cass - 3 stars

'The Evening and the Morning' (Kingsbridge series #0) by Ken Follett - 4 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'Looking for Alaska' by John Green - 3 stars

'The Guest List' by Lucy Foley - 2 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'One of Us Is Lying' by Karen McManus - 5 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'There's Something in the Water' by Catherine Steadman - 2 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'One of Us Is Next' (One of Us Is Lying book #2) by Karen McManus - 3 stars

'The Last Flight' by Julie Clark - 5 stars

'The Boy From the Woods' by Harlan Coben - 4 stars

'Don't Let Go' by Harlan Coben - 3 stars

'The Best of Friends' by Lucinda Berry - 4 stars

'The Girl Who Lived' by Christopher Greyson - 3 stars

'Then She Was Gone' by Lisa Jewell - 3 stars

'One For The Money' (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich - 3 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'Invisible Girl' by Lisa Jewell - 4 stars

'The Running Dream' by Wendelin VanDraanen - 4 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'She's Come Undone' by Wally Lamb - 4 stars (Here is a link to my blog review)

'Educated' by Tara Westover - 3 stars

And there you have it--I actually read 24 books this year! Before I got my Kindle Paperwhite, I would read maybe 1-2 books a year.

Out of these books, my very very very favorite was definitely 'West With Giraffes' by Lynda Rutledge. I was completely fascinated with it and I even bought a copy for my dad to read because I knew he'd like it, too.

It's really interesting that I even read it, because it was a "First Reads" book from Amazon, which are usually not-so-great books (I rarely read them.) As a Prime member, you get to choose one per month for free (usually they have about 6-8 to choose from). The ONLY reason I read it is because I was doing the Friends-themed read-athon and I had to read a book about animals. It's now in my Top 10 Favorite Books of All Time.

(My sister was concerned about reading a book about animals because she didn't want to read about animal abuse or anything like that. I don't want to post spoilers, but if you're concerned about it, you can check out my review on Goodreads and I will answer it there without any real spoilers.)

Other books I recommend:

For a fun young adult book, 'The Selection' by Kiera Cass was great.

For a mind-blowing book that will really stick with you and is great for discussing at a book club, 'One of Us Is Lying' is perfect for that.

For a oh-my-gosh-I-can't-put-this-down book, 'The Last Flight' fit that description for me.

For a drama/mystery that really makes you stop and think about what you'd do in that situation, I recommend 'The Best of Friends' by Lucinda Berry.

For a very heart-warming book with all the feelings, definitely check out 'The Running Dream' by Wendelin VanDraanen.


  1. I put off getting a Kindle paperwhite. It's beyond time. Thanks for all the book recs. I'm tired of reading on my phone!!!

  2. I pick up books at the Dollar Tree. At $1, they're cheaper than a magazine. I have read quite a few. I get through at least 1 a month. Some of then have been pretty good too.

  3. Thanks for your suggestion of “The Last Flight”—I too couldn’t put it down. I think you might like “The Plot”!

    1. Ooooh, that sounds really interesting! I'm going to request it at the library now :) Thanks!


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