This is a run down of the books I have read through 2021, it’s been a mix of productive books, personal growth and fiction. Sharing this also helps me to keep track of the number of books I’ve read and help me improve and, hopefully, read more next year.
I’ve never set a goal for how many books to read in a year. I’m very aware that life happens and sometimes you just wanna binge-watch a Netflix series instead. But I do love getting into a good book, falling in love with characters and just not being able to put it down and then feeling sad and deflated when it’s all over… until you pick up the next book!
So here is a quick recap and my thoughts on each book for the start of 2021, until what I am currently reading during the Christmas holidays of 2021.
Don’t you forget about me by Mhairi McFarlane
Don’t you forget about me was a great book to start the year off, a lovely read that I couldn’t put down. Georgina re-encounters her old high school crush, who turns out to be her new boss. A well written, warm romantic comedy.
The Flatshare by Beth O’leary
Loved this book, The Flatshare, you’re pulled into the story and quickly fall in love with the characters, how they interact, and you can’t wait to read on and find out what between Tiffy and Leon who have never met, but share a bed.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Adele recommended Untamed on Instagram, and I was excited to get my hands on a copy. The book shared lots of inspirational insight, but I found it hard to relate to. You can see my full review here.
The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown
This is the second book by Brené Brown I have read, it shares beliefs on wholeheartedness, and wholehearted living. I found this book more of a reminder to live in the present and live true to myself and just allow myself to be me, to live happily and wholeheartedly. You can see my full review here.
The Switch by Beth O’leary
After reading The Flatshare earlier in the year, I was keen to dig into another book by Beth O’leary. This was based on a grandmother and granddaughter swapping lives for a few months, I enjoyed it was a light read but for me, it was missing something and seemed a bit predictable.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I saw All The Bright Places advertised as a film on Netflix, but instead of jumping to watch the film, I thought I’d read the book first. Jennifer Niven really brought to life the struggles teenagers go through, the impact of bullying, suicide, mental illness and losing a loved one.
I don’t often review fiction books I read, but this book deserved a quick blog post, which you can read here.
After Ever Happy by Anna Todd
Wow! This is the fourth book in the After series by Anna Todd. It took me a little while to get around to reading the final book, but it was as good, if not better, than the previous books in the series. I love how Anna Todd brings it all together in the end and finishes the final book with an unexpected twist in her writing at ending. I would highly recommend this series!
Vidas Enredadas by María Heredia
This is the only Spanish book I read this year. Great story of three girls in their mid-twenties trying to find their way in the modern day world, as life appears to pass them by. Each one looking to achieve different goals and not to settle with what they have. Watch out for more by María Heredia.
Daisy Jones and The Six (TikTok made me buy this) by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones and The Six was everywhere on TikTok over the past few months, so I purchased it without really knowing what it was about. It’s a biography/interview of a 70s rock band, it’s all fiction, but is written is such a believable way, like you are really living the moment.
Purchased but haven’t read yet
As always, there are many more books that I’d like to read! Here are just a few that are on my reading list for 2022!