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.
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.
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?