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Top 21 Books of 2021

Hi guys! Just a heads up, I’m not going to do a post next week or the week after that, because it will be Christmas day and New Year’s Day, so this is my last post of the year!

Today I’m going to be talking about my top 21 favorite books of 2021. Some of them were published this year, some of them are classics. Let’s get into it.

January

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

I enjoyed the poetic writing of the book, and the fact that it was so simple but managed to touch on some really deep themes.

Review

February

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Yes, I do like the second book slightly better than the first and third books. Archenemies is where all of the drama in the Renegades trilogy happens and it’s my favorite even though I enjoyed the whole series. It deals with their identities the most, which is its main draw for me. I loved the trilogy so much that I read it twice this year (once in the spring and once in the fall).

March

I don’t have any from March.

April

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying was one of the best modern ya mysteries that I’ve read in a while.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent was my favorite dystopian from this year. I liked the dynamics of the factions and Tris and Four were amazing characters.

Review


1968 – edited by Marc Aaronson

1968 was one of the only nonfiction books I read for fun this year. I thoroughly enjoy nonfiction, but sometimes I forget about the genre. It was an anthology, and I loved how it showed some of the main pivotal things that happened that year in a unique way. I never realized how many things from that time period still have implications in our world today.

May

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I really grew to like this one. I didn’t think it’d be that interesting, but I liked the melancholy atmosphere and the subtle drama of it. I originally read it for school, but I really enjoyed it.

Review


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I don’t know why, but I found the dynamics of this book really interesting. The fact that everything was not as it may have seemed was intriguing as well.

Review


Warcross by Marie Lu

I liked the feel of Warcross, and it was the first Marie Lu book that I read, and caused me to fall in love with her books. Emika was so cold, and I really enjoyed her relationship with Hideo as well as the other players.

Review


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The characters were the main draw for me in this book. I also loved how the book twisted and turned so much that I couldn’t even figure out who was involved and who Legend really was.


Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince

This was the second nonfiction book on this list. It is an amazing autobiography that opened my world to innumerous struggles – both in dancing and in her childhood.

June

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I loved the whole Truly Devious series (with the exception of The Box in the Woods, that one wasn’t as good). Stevie was a really interesting main character, and the first teenage character that I’ve read a book with that liked Agatha Christie and some other books that I like. The mysteries were seemingly obvious, but they were more complicated than they seemed.


The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I loved The Inheritance Games. It was filled with wit and the bothers were crafted perfectly.

Review


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Arabian Nights was one of my favorite childhood stories, and I loved the original ya retelling of it.

July

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

I’m sure this one won’t surprise many of you. I’ve talked about it obsessively since I read it this summer, but it was a truly amazing book.

Review


The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

This book was adorable!

August

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

I loved the space age feel of this book, and it definitely surprised me, I didn’t expect to enjoy a book told from the povs of a space soldier and an android.

Review


The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

Despite the amount of time it took me to actually be in the mood for this book (three months), I really enjoyed the style once I got into it. Though it was short, it was touching and I liked the philosophical and experimental aspect of it.

Review

September

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

The writing of this book made me feel like nothing was happening, yet so many things were happening. It was interesting. I usually don’t even touch books with anything remotely close to aliens, but I enjoyed this book.


The Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Although I didn’t discover this book this year, I read it multiple times and it is one of my favorite go to rereads.

October

I don’t have any from October.

November

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

I loved how Jack was forced to relive those few months over and over again. It was heartbreaking to see him go through that, but his devotion to trying to keep Kate alive was unending.

December

Letting go of Gravity by Meg Leder

The sibling relationship in this book was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I truly enjoyed it.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I’ll see you in the new year!

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