Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you my favourite books of 2021. I honestly thought I wouldn’t have that many to share as I didn’t rate that many books five stars in the first half of the year. However, I discovered so many incredible books in the latter half of 2021 and I am so excited to share them with you. So let’s get into it!
The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan: This was my first five star read and my first book by Phoebe Morgan too! I plan on reading more of her books because this was such a rollercoaster. It follows four friends who go on a luxury retreat to South Africa when they reunite for a birthday celebration. Alice, Grace and Hannah agree to meet their friend Felicity there, but once they arrive there’s no sign of Felicity or the party that was promised and they are alone in the wild. I was very impressed with how quickly Morgan managed to create such a menacing setting and it left me constantly on edge because I always had the sense that something bad was going to happen. There was never a dull moment as the book flipped between the past and present as it told the story of how these “Wild Girls” went from being the best of friends to complete strangers. This is a book you’ll start reading and end up devouring in one sitting. It’s a very well-crafted story that oozes tension right from the start and has a killer twist at the end.
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas: I was not expecting this to be five stars but I was so impressed with the artwork and how much of the story was retained despite it being a graphic novel. I normally find graphic novels hard to follow because I like to get all the background information and descriptions of what’s happening in each scene. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this and how easy it was to follow. I even preferred it to the full-length novel, which really surprised me!
ExtraOrdinary by V.E. Schwab: This was another surprising five star read. I read V.E. Schwab’s The Steel Prince series and wasn’t that impressed by the artwork. I found the story hard to follow and I didn’t even like the characters. So I was a bit hesitant going into this but I adore her Villains series so it was a must-read for me. Anyway, as you can already tell I ended up loving it. I loved the artwork so, so much! It was so pretty and I thought the plot was fantastic. I like how we’re introduced to a completely new character, but we also see more of Victor and Eli. I’ll definitely be reading the next one as I’m excited to see where this story goes next!
Believe Me by Tahereh Mafi: I absolutely adore the Shatter Me series. I find it makes a great feel-good series and a very nice comfort read. I was so sad when the series ended so imagine my excitement when I found out there was a novella from Warner’s point of view. If I had to sum this book up in one word I’d go with perfect. I was grinning like an idiot while reading this and it was so good seeing all the characters again. I do wish the book didn’t finish so abruptly and we got to see the scene at the end, but I was still really happy with this novella and it did feel like a nice goodbye to Warner and Juliette.
The Beast Hunters and The Dollmaker of Kalastra by Christer Lende: I loved these books so much and I’m really hoping we’ll see more of these characters. The Beast Hunters is a full-length novel that follows seventeen-year-old Ara whose life is turned upside down when her parents are murdered by a monster. She is rescued by two beast hunters, Khendric and Topper, who invite her to join them on their journey. Together, the trio hunt down a beast that is terrorising a village, but it isn’t the only monster they’re up against. The Dollmaker of Kalastra is a short story that takes place before The Beast Hunters and follows Topper and Khendric as they chase clues to hunt a beast down. Both books are incredibly fun, action-packed reads that you’ll feel compelled to read in one sitting. It’s not like your typical monsters; there are some fantastical beasts that make the story stand out from other fantasy and paranormal books. It’s quite a unique series that I’m sure readers of all ages will enjoy.
The Quiet People by Paul Cleave: I think this might be my favourite out of all these books. It had so many shocking twists that I didn’t see coming and I was blown away by how creative the story was. It follows Carmen and Lisa Murdoch, two successful crime writers who are accused of murder when they’re son goes missing. Cameron finds himself fighting for his innocence and desperately searching for his son, while also trying to repair the damage done to his marriage. I honestly did not predict a single twist in this book and it’s so deserving of five stars.
The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain: Probably the most heartbreaking book I read this year. It has dual timelines: one in 2010 following Kayla who’s recently widowed and moving into the house she built with her husband. But someone doesn’t want her there and tries to frighten her away. The other timeline is set in 1964 and follows Ellie, a young white student who becomes involved in the fight for civil rights. Something tragic happens in Ellie’s life that affects the present day for Kayla and the story gradually builds up to that moment, where these two women’s lives are set to collide. I think we can learn a lot from this story as there was a lot about the civil rights movement that I was unaware of. I preferred Ellie’s timeline because it was so interesting learning about the civil rights movement and watching Ellie fall in love with the people she works with as she realises this is where she wants to be. She struggles to get her family to understand how important the movement is and this unfortunately plays into the tragic events that take place. The whole book is a powerful and deeply moving story and it’s definitely going to stick with me. I don’t normally enjoy historical books but this one captured my full attention and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
So these are my favourite books of 2021. If you’ve not read them I recommend checking them out, especially The Last House on the Street. What were your favourite books this year? I’d love to know! Feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!