Best Books I Read in 2021 | Top 10 Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, which mean’s it’s also Top 10 Tuesdays, which is hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, make sure to check her blog out!

Anyways, here’s the list

Hey everyone! I’m back! I’m so glad that I’m back on the blog and can greet you all again! I have missed this blog and the time I spend on it, writing about my favorite reads. I hope you enjoy this list. It’s so fun to look back at what I’ve read this past year (has it already been a whole year!?) and the many books I’ve enjoyed. I hope you enjoy reading this list and please do comment with your own favorite books you’ve read this year, or a link to your answers for this Top Ten!

Anyways, here’s the list

1. The Quantum Weirdness of an Almost Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks

This was my first 5-star review of the year. It’s such a swoon-worthy book, with lots of punchy, humorous dialogue that really stuck in my mind and stayed with me long after I’d finished it. I am a sucker for unrequited love, but this book has so much more than that. The side characters are fantastic and the plot of the story is also really strong. This is definitely a stand-out from your typical YA romance. I’ll be re-reading it for sure and that’s one of many reasons I’ve put it on this list.

2. Heartstopper (Series) by Alice Oseman

This year, I finally picked up this book (and this series, I read every single one) and it did not disappoint! I was so happy to fall in love with these books (I was truly worried they wouldn’t live up to all the hype). I adore the story and the characters are just so interesting. I know nothing about rugby, but this book made me interested if only because the main characters like and play it! The graphics are amazing and I just can’t get over how cute this series is! It’s also probably one of the most diverse books I’ve read. Lots of LGBTQIA+ rep. There is also a good deal of talk about mental health, which I really appreciate. I can’t wait to read subsequent books in this series. It definitely had to make my list.

3. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

This book definitely surprised me. I am not one who falls easily for literary works. I was really excited by the premise and when I read the book, I really connected with it and the characters. I enjoyed seeing the lives of the many women depicted in this book and seeing how the author interwove them to created this really beautiful story about loving yourself despite the societal pressures to be “beautiful.” The writing is excellent and I will recommend this book every chance I get. I had to put it on this list because it really did stick with me and I’m glad that I own a copy (it was so worth the buy!).

4. Ancestor Approved ed. Cynthia Leitich Smith

I listened to the audiobook of this one, and it is fantastic! I love how all the stories interconnect in order to give the reader a complete view of what it’s like to go to a powwow. Books like this in children’s literature are so important, especially since this offers such a wide view, giving the reader just a taste of the vast and beautiful native culture this country has. I have recommended this book to students, but I’d recommend it to adults too, because it’s just a really beautiful book and you learn a lot from reading it! So yes, it definitely makes the list.

5. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

I listened to the audiobook for this one and it is excellent. The story itself is so beautiful and heartwarming. I honestly think it should be a school reading requirement, as it does such an amazing job of showing the perspective of being an immigrant, of having to hear or see negative things about your culture that are coming from a place of ignorance. This book is lyrical and wholesome. I read through it quickly because I didn’t want to stop. I definitely recommend this, as it’s such an important story and of course it’s gotta make this list.

6. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

I so, so love this book. It is nearly my favorite book in Hoang’s whole series. It is a romance novel, but it is also so much more than that. It is a story of finding yourself, of being different and learning something about yourself that you didn’t know and coming to terms with that. It’s about mental health. I could not put this book down and it made me feel so many emotions. It’s a real rollercoaster of a story. It’s one of those books that you wish you could read again for the first time, because I loved getting to know the characters, of following their journey, and getting that beautiful ending. Highly, highly recommend – it makes this list 100%.

7. XOXO by Axie Oh

Ahhh! Another sweet, sweet romance, but this time YA. I love K-Dramas and this book is like a super cute, contemporary K-Drama about a girl who falls in love with a K-Pop idol. I also am a big fan of reading books set in or about Korea and this one really hits that sweet spot. It’s a very cheesy, funny story, and it made for some excellent easy reading. It just made me happy while reading it and I love books that I can turn to for that. I love the drama, and this book has some, but it’s also just a simple romance story, so I added it to this list.

8. The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

YA, but this time historical mystery set in Korea. Yes, this ticked several boxes for me. I love the setting, Joseon period, and I love that the main character is a female detective following in her father’s footsteps, trying to solve a case involving missing girls and what happened to her father who began this investigation. It’s set on a remote island, and there is just so much female power in this story. I was riveted by the story and I did not guess the ending. It has a lot of twists and turns. There are also some very beautiful, quiet moments in this book, as well. I wanted to keep this on my list because it is such a solidly good book.

9. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Do you know, I got to the end of this book and had to face the fact that it’s the first book in a series and I wanted to scream because I didn’t want to wait to see what happens! This story, which is a loose re-telling of the Grimm story, “The Six Swans,” is gorgeous, bittersweet, and full of action and nail-biting moments. I love the main character, the magic and world-building. This book has so many elements that make it stand out from the other YA fantasy books I’ve read in recent memory, so it makes the list!

10. Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix

Last, but not least, another YA fantasy, and one that was much anticipated by me because it’s another Old Kingdom novel! I love Nix and I love his Old Kingdom series. This book is a prequel and it hit all the notes for me. It brings together a new story but it’s filled with familiar characters, places, and elements of magic. The world is just so interesting and I’m always excited to return to it. This book is a short, sweet addition to the series and I am so thrilled I got to read an ARC of it. I had to put it on this list because it was one of my most anticipated books of 2021.

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What books made your Top 10 for 2021? Comment below, I’d love to hear! Thank you so much for reading this post. And happy reading!

4 thoughts on “Best Books I Read in 2021 | Top 10 Tuesday

    1. Aw, thank you! And I agree! I was so sad to come to the end of the book, knowing that I couldn’t just pick up the next one. I am waiting impatiently for the sequel!

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