Best Books of 2021

2021 was a slow year for reading and an even slower year for blog posting. Life started returning to some sort of new normal in late spring. The kids went back to school part time and I resumed working fulltime, not just coming off of reduced hours due to the pandemic but actually going back to a 40-hour a week job. (And boy, do I miss my day off each week!)

Last year, I also leaned toward spending more time on crafts – mostly knitting and scrapbooking (trying to catch up on the many years of albums I haven’t done!) rather than reading or being at a computer to blog. (If you’re interested in my crafting, you can follow #booksncookscrafts on Instagram.) Anyway, as 2021 came to a close, I realized I read a few great books but had never actually posted the reviews. Those – here and here – went up earlier this month, so now you have my favorite books read (not necessarily published) in 2021. 

2021 by the numbers: 

  • 22 books finished (fell short of my goal of 30)
  • 7 were audiobooks
  • 15 were printed (either paperback or digital)
  • 4 of which stood out as favorites (below)

The year started strong with me zipping through the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, a young adult series that is by no means amazing literature, but nice light reading while the family watched tv in the evenings. 

All of my favorites this year, except one, were historical fiction novels. That trend seems to be my jam for the past couple of years. So without further ado, my favorite books read in 2021: 

Best Books of 2021

And if you haven’t already, check out my most popular recipes of 2021.

What would you like to see more of in 2022? 

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