2021 Book Reviews by Genre, including Best Books of 2021

2021 was my first year as a Book Blogger, and so much happened in that time. Now, with the luxury of a week off I finally have time to go through everything that I wrote about, spoke about and posted about. Here, in one page, was my 2021

Fiction Books

Book Review: The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley

Book Review: A Surprise Christmas Wedding, by Phillipa Ashley

Book Review: The Little Tea Shop Of Lost And Found, by Trisha Ashley

Book Review: Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues by Trisha Ashley

Book Review: All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriott

Book Review: The End Of Men, by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Book Review: Worst Idea Ever by Jane Fallon

Book Review: How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

Book Review: A Country Escape by Katie Fforde

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Book Review: Trust Me I’m A Vet, by Cathy Woodman

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

Paris For One, by JoJo Moyes

Best Book – End Of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Fiction was the biggest genre that I read this year, and The End Of Men stands out from that massive pile of books for evoking such a strong emotional response in myself and friends that I recommended it to afterwards.

Thriller/ Mystery

Book Review: The Ladykiller by Martina Cole

Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Book Review: The Guest List, by Lucy Foley

Book Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Book Review: Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh

Best Book – The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley

The winner for this catagory was a toss up between this and Lucy Foleys other book that I read this year, which says a lot about the author. This one had a slight edge over the other one, though it’s minute enough that I am struggling to put my finger on it. I may have to re-read them both to make sure that I’ve made the right decision…. 😀

Historical Fiction

Book Review: The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory

Book Review: The Queen’s Fool, by Phillipa Gregory

Book Review: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Book Review: Katherine, Tudor Duchess by Tony Riches

Book Review: The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brian

Book Review: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Book Review: ‘Nobody’s Princess’ and ‘Nobody’s Prize’ by Esther Friesner

Book Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

The Familiars, by Stacey Halls; Book Review

Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn

Book Review: The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Book Review: The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

Book Review: Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Book Review: She Who Became The Sun, by Shelley Parker-Chan

Book Review: The Governess, Wendy Holden

Book Review: Mrs England, by Stacey Halls

Best Book – Ariadne, Jennifer Saint

Ariadne was absolutely transportative and dominated my waking thoughts while I was reading it. The time I spent between starting and finishing Ariadne were some of the best days I’ve had this year, lazing in the sunshine and dreaming about Ancient Greece. I’ll definitely be bringing it out again next summer.

Books About Medicine/ Health

Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Book Review: This Is Going To Hurt, by Adam Kay

Book Review: The Pull Of The Stars by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: Working Stiff by Judy Melinek MD and TJ Mitchell

Best Book – When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanathi

This book was absolutely incredible, and touches you in ways that few books have ever done (and I’ve read quite a few!).

Fantasy Books

Book Review: The Magicians Guild, by Trudi Canavan

Comfort Book: The Belgariad by David Eddings

Best Book – The Belgariad, by David Eddings

This is a tough one, because I adore both of these series, but the Belgariad wins with the tiniest of edges over The Magicians Guild.

Posts About My Blog

My Shiny New Blog

The Book A Week Challenge

The Book A Week Challenge – Progress Check

The Book A Week Challenge – Progress Check November

NaNoWriMo 2021

NaNoWriMo21 Progress Check

Favourite Post – NanoWriMo21

I had a great time with NaNoWriMo and fully plan to do it again next year!

Posts About Books

The Night Shift Problem

The Talk

BBC Top 100 Reads, and the ‘obligated’ read.

How To Set Up A Book Club

Ask The Reader: Alexei

Ask The Reader: Jo

Ask The Reader: Katie

Ask The Reader: Laura

Ask The Reader: Lucy

Ask The Reader: Matt

Ask The Reader

The Reading Trip

The October List

A Book In The Bath

What Should I Read? November 2021

What Should I Read? December 2021

The Library Haul

November Library Haul Update

Beat The Backlog

Favourite Post – The Talk

This was so much fun to write, and so much fun to read back. This is the post my friends talk to me about the most when my blog comes up in conversation. Followed closely by the BBC Top Reads, which was just as controversial….

Posts About Poetry

Writing about Poetry

Differences of Opinion, by Wendy Cope

To Sum Up……

2021 was really quite a busy year! It’s interesting to look back and see exactly how my writing was split between the different genre’s and topics. It’s been fun to revisit old posts and highlight the ones that I had a good time with. I feel it’s really helped to give me a clear view of how I want my blog to move forwards in 2022.

So here’s to a 2022 that’s full of great books and lots of book-ish people to enjoy them with X

Published by BeckyBookBlog

My name is Becky and I run a blog about Books

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