A new year, a new list of my favorite books of the year. The past year is divided in two fases: first half of the year I read every now and then and then I fell in a huuuge reading slump. I still wanted to reach my goal of 26 books, but I definitely had to rush it in December. Lots of these books were rereads of books I already owned. Some have made it to my favorite books of 2021, while others made room for better ones in the future.
2021 will forever be the year I reread a ton of books. Last year we moved to our house and our old book shelf didn’t fit in the house anymore. I ended up with a MUCH smaller book shelf that would only fit my favorite books as from now on. I realised I owned a lot of books I didn’t know the plot anymore, so I decided to reread these.
The result? I noticed I’ve evolved in my taste in books, but also that I’ve made some good choices in the past.
Rereading some gems
Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty
The Liane Moriarty book that made me fall in love with her writing style. I already wrote about how I laid my hands on my very first book of her (this one), and also in my 2018 list she made an appearance. I’m definitely a fan now!
What I loved about this book is how everything comes together in the end. Even though I knew what was coming I still cried towards the end.
Eeny Meeny – M.J. Arlidge
When going over my book shelf I realised I’m really into mystery/thriller books. This one is definitely one of the reasons why. Like the first time I read it, this book got my attention from beginning to end.
Discovering some new favorites
The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
I’ve had this one on my to read list for so long. So when I saw it when browsing in a book shop I just took it with me. Haven’t regretted it a bit. I loved the story, loved the layers in it, and finished it in 3 days. How Bennett can portray that it’s important to stay true to your identity is amazing.
War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy
One Reddit group led to another and I ended up in r/oneyearofwarandpeace, where you read one chapter of Tolstoy’s War & Peace a day. I loved the concept and the daily discussions, which also helped me understand the book better. Without the group I might not have gotten that much out of this book. Definitely a great idea if you want to tackle a classic but don’t feel like reading it in one go. I did fall into my reading slump around second half of August so I had around 350 pages to catch up on by the end of December.
It is not an easy book: there are a LOT of characters involved in the story, with so many relations between them, … I really had to write everything out! It’s been a long time that I’ve been this involved in a story simply because it was a big book with that many characters in it.
I still have quite some rereads on my list, next to some new books and books I’ll be reading as part of a reading club. I’ve already finished one book this year, so I’m definitely on track to reach my goal this year as well.
What were your favorite books of 2021?