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My Top 10 Reads of 2021

The end of the year is here, so it’s time to reflect on my favourite reads of the year! I must say 2021 was quite an interesting and good reading year, and I think it was definitely one that brought a few all-time favourite books—I need to let the idea marinate for a while, because yes, I overthink the simplest things.

I’ve decided to do a top 10, starting with books 4-10, and then going for the final top 3. This two subsections will be written in order of when I read them, because I can’t rank them for the most part. I’m also not counting re-reads or comics, because that’d have to be a different top 10.

Books 4-10

Dracula by Bram Stoker

This classic had been on my TBR and on my shelves for the longest time, but this year I finally got around to reading it. Turns out I absolutely adored it. This gripped me and reading it turned into some kind of ritual before bed where, many nights, I’d fight sleep to be able to read more.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

After reading both Chloe and Dani Brown last year, my expectations for this book were through the roof, but it ended up surpassing them. This is probably my favourite book in the Brown Sisters trilogy and it’s one I was thoroughly pleased with.

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

This was one of the first books I picked up because I was it being talked about so much in the blogsphere. I expected it to be a cute contemporary YA story, which it was, but it also was so much more. I really adored following Darcy on her journey to self-discovery and self-acceptance, it truly moved me more than I was anticipating.

▸ Check out my review HERE!

The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

So, there’s no other way to put this: I was 100% obsessed with this book. I was unable to stop thinking and talking about it for a looong time. It absolutely terrified me and for over a month I couldn’t go to sleep without thinking about all the horrifying things I read about here.

▸ Check out my book tour post HERE!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Despite how much I was looking forward to reading this book, I wasn’t expecting to love it quite as much as I did. I vividly remember finishing it as I was washing my bathtub and crying—the glamour! I was truly invested in these characters’ lives and I felt for them.

Essential Pre-Raphaelites by Lucinda Hawksley

This is the only book on this list that is obviously not a novel. But the thing is that I had such an amazing time reading it that it was one of my favourite reads of the year. This was equal parts fun, gorgeous, and educational, and the reading experience was one of my favourites I’ve ever had!

Being Lolita by Alisson Wood

This book was truly something else. Despite the absolutely dark reality that it deals with, I managed to enjoy—for lack of a better word—it thoroughly. I picked it up on a whim and read over 30% at night, completely gripped from the very first page. I knew I’d most likely like this, but it, once again, surpassed my expectations.

Top 3

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

This was my number one most anticipated book of 2021, which I don’t think is necessarily a good title to put on a book, as it can often lead to disappointment. However, this did not let me down at all. Everything I had in my imagination was far exceeded by how fantastic this book was.

Maurice by E.M. Forster

I read this book over a month ago and I still think about it on the daily. This is, hands down, a new all-time favourite. This is one of those rare cases when you love a book so much it is hard to find words to describe it. It is definitely a novel that I will revisit.

▸ Check out my post on it HERE!

Boy Parts by Eliza Clark

The last book from this list that I read this year. I actually loved it so much that I read it twice in less than a week which is unprecedented for me. Another one I was fairly certain I would like and that I simply cannot stop thinking about.

▸ Check out my review HERE!

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What were your favourite reads of the year?

18 thoughts on “My Top 10 Reads of 2021

  1. So glad to see you had a good reading year and found some new favourites (even if they don’t turn out to be all-time favourites)!
    The only one on your list that I’ve read is Eve Brown, and you know I adored that!
    I really need to read Perfect on Paper and The Girls Are Never Gone. I’m in the queue for A Dowry of Blood from my library at the moment, so I’m hoping I’ll pick that one up soon too! How amazing that your most anticipated book ended up being in your top three 😀

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    1. Oooh, I hope you get to read them all soon, they’re truly fantastic books (and all three are super different vibes, which is always extra exciting, at least for me).
      I was nervous about how high my expectations for it were and I’m super relieved it didn’t disappoint, because the pressure was ON.

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  2. I’m so stoked – Get it? 😃 (I’m so sorry, I just love bad puns 😂🙈) – to see you loved Dracula this much! I haven’t read it yet, but really want to, so seeing it here has made it even more of a priority!

    I’m also happy to hear you liked Malibu Rising – I’ve heard mixed things, but since I adored Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six, I do want to pick it up eventually.

    And of course, Maurice! 😍 I am very indebted to you for bringing it to my attention!

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    1. Dracula was just such an atmospheric read that I was immediately pulled into its story (also, gotta love that pun 😂)

      I was a bit hesitant going into Malibu Rising because despite Evelyn Hugo being one of my all-time favourite books, I didn’t like Daisy Jones all that much. But it ended up being the perfect read for me!

      That makes me so incredibly happy seeing as I made this blog to spread love for my faves! ♥

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