Year in review: Top 4 books of 2021

We’ve finally come to an end to 2021, a year full of great books, book-to-movie adaptations, and a sudden surge of reading habits thanks to booktok. I’ve seen many books circulating that channel, and although most of the books are not on my list, I am glad that many are enjoying their newfound hobby.

As the other aspects are less than satisfying to discuss, let’s wrap up the year with a short reflection: What are the top 4 books that you have read this year?

Since my (self-proclaimed) big rebrand in July, I’ve spent more time reading and writing reviews. In the past 6 months, I’ve managed to bump my goal of 24 books to 40 books, found a few favourites and am juggling…5 books? Oops! That’s not a habit I can curb anytime soon, but I’ll find a way to manage. In the meantime, I’ll reflect on my favourite reads of this year.

Top 4 books of 2021

Malice by Keigo Higashino

Mystery, Thriller, Asian [Full Review]

I finished this book in less than 24 hours back in May, and it’s the best book I’ve read this year. If you like mysteries, prepare to be whisked away to Japan and join both Kyoichiro Kaga and Osamu Nonoguchi in their investigation into bestselling author Kunihiko Hidaka’s death. Expect unexpected twists, buried secrets, blackmail and being a part of the investigation.

Solo by Palle Schmidt

Self-Help, Business, Non-fiction [Full Review]

This is a book I will hold dearly. I’ve always been interested in the idea of going freelance but lived in fear. This book came my way years ago, and I could never finish it though I’ve tried 3 times. It made me wish I was doing more with my life, taking Schmidt’s advice, writing notes…and then in the middle of the year, just after I finished reading this book, everything else fell into place. All aspects of my life lined up, and I went into freelancing.

For those who are considering it, this book gives solid advice, mostly from Schmidt’s decades of freelance experience.

In by Will McPhail

Graphic Novel, General Fiction, Humour [Full Review]

If you ever thought that graphic novels are only for children, Will McPhail urges you to consider that again.

I greatly admire McPhail’s art style and humour. The colours in this book were strategically used and never failed to take my breath away. This book was such a big hug, yet a big wake up call to introspect.

Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card

Juvenile Fiction, Mystery, Magic Realism [Full Review]

This book is entirely wholesome. Found-family, underdogs saving the day, a mystery featuring two unexpected acquaintances-to-potential-lovers, this puts a big smile on my face.

Although the topic at hand was rather…dark, I did enjoy it and believe that it’s an important topic to not shy away from, and what better way than to begin awareness in a story aimed at a younger audience.

And that’s a wrap!

What are some of your favourites that you’ve enjoyed last year? Let me know, I’d love to hear it!

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