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Meghan’s Top Books of 2021

Hello friends, and happy Thursday! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m going to be talking about the best books I read in the year 2021.

I think for the most part, I read a decent about of 5 star reads. There were some that came close, but for the sake of this post, I’m only going to be showcasing my 5 star reads. What I like about this year is that my first and last reads of 2021 were both 5 star reads. I feel like I bookended the year really well.

Star Daughter by: Shveta Thakrar was the first read of the year for me and it was such a fun, cozy read. I loved the world and I thought for a standalone was really rich with world-building and character development. Read my review.

My next 5 star read was Born a Crime by: Trevor Noah. I love Trevor Noah’s stand-up and his book really held some of that humour while also taking on heavier topics. I could listen to him talk about anything really. Read my review.

I rated this on a 5 star on Goodreads but a 4.75 on Story Graph but I’m still counting it. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by: Kathleen Collins was a short, yet inviting read on interracial love and the writing was just really powerful. Read my review.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by: Talia Hibbert, this and Act Your Age, Eve Brown are at a tie because I loved both books and they were both 5 star reads for different reasons. Take a Hint I loved because of Dani. I truly related to her and I can’t forget about Zaf, uh what a sweet guy. Read my review.

Cemetery Boys by: Aiden Thomas was such a sweet, sweet read. I fell in love with the characters immediately. Julian was the best, I truly loved his character. And even though the ending was cheesy and a reason I’ve read people didn’t really care for, I loved it. Read my review.

Concrete Rose by: Angie Thomas; I think I liked the prequel more than The Hate U Give, this had so much heart and so many lessons to learn. Read my review.

Punching the Air by: Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam, again this was a 5 star read on Goodreads but I rated it 4.75 on Story Graph. I really loved the artwork that that was added to this to really enhance the story; plus this was written in verse, which just hit differently. Read my review.

A Stranger in Town by: Kelley Armstrong, another 5 star Goodreads rating, 4.75 on Story Graph. This series has me under its spell. Armstrong writes such compelling characters that I’m in awe. This also takes place in a remote town in the Yukon so the setting is completely different to the ones I’m used to. Read my review.

I’m Judging You by: Luvvie Ajayi Jones. THIS BOOK. I’ve never had a book make me laugh and cry so much. Wow, this was such a fun, yet hard hitting novel and I encourage everyone to read it because we could all do a little better. Read my review.

The Mask Falling by: Samantha Shannon. I started this series last year and the previous books were all 4/5 star reads so it’s no surprise that this has ended up on this list this year. The world building just keeps getting better and better and I love being in this world. Read my review.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by: Talia Hibbert. Now the reason I loved this one was for the nero-diversity rep. I love how Hibbert explored autism and the spectrum; it was really eye-opening for me and I just loved that so much. Plus the romance was cute. Read my review.

Pumpkin by: Julie Murphy, the last 5 star on Goodreads and 4.5 on Story Graph. I loved the first two books in this trilogy, but this one was so sweet and loving and I devoured it in a few days, which I don’t normally do. Read my review.

Wendy, Master of Art by: Walter Scott. I don’t normally read graphic novels, but I completely fell in love with Wendy. I wasn’t prepared for how much I was going to love her and her stories. I felt so many emotions when reading this, such a fun graphic novel. Read my review.

The Inexplainable Logic of my Life by: Benjamin Sรกenz. This book was so well written and full of love I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I don’t have a review up on my blog yet, but it will be coming soon.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by: Roselle Lim. This was my last book of the year and I read it super fast and I was just amazing and brought in by the writing and the descriptions of food. Everything from the plots to the characters I just loved and I’m really glad that I could read it as fast as I did for it to be the last read of the year. I don’t have a review up yet for this one, but it will be coming soon.


And that’s a wrap for me! What was you best book(s) of 2021? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know!

11 thoughts on “Meghan’s Top Books of 2021

  1. Wonderful post Meghan!! ๐Ÿ’• I see so many favourites on here! I’m so happy to see The brown sisters on here! There are some that I don’t know about but definitely adding them to my TBR because you loved them! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  2. I always know I can build up a TBR through visiting your blog Meghan! Thanks for the ideas on what to read, I’m hoping Kindle will offer samples so I can give some a lil go to see what they’re like โœจ Great post and I hope your reads of 2022 are just as/if not more enjoyable! ๐Ÿ’–

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