The Best Books of 2021 Tag

It’s tag time again! This one looked simple, but it ended up making me think quite a bit, as I tried to sort through the “best” books of 2021 and how I define that. Thank you to Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant for tagging me! And to the rest of you — if you haven’t visited her blog before, do it now. It’s a lovely little corner of the blogosphere. 💚


  • Link back to the original creator, Hundreds and Thousands Of Books
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Share your favorite books of the year! And have a great new year 🙂


THE START (January-March)

THE START (January-March)

The answer for this can only be The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. I fell in love with the characters, the writing, the message, and it became an instant favorite. Joyce is my role model.

Honorable mention to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine.

THE MIDDLE (April-June)

When Toni Morrison is in the mix, it’s hard to choose anyone else, right? So, for April through June, Jazz is the winner. This book is short but complicated, the kind that you struggle with, even as it lulls you into its hypnotic rhythm. Read my full review HERE.


This was a really great stretch for reading, so it’s tough to choose just one (or even two). These were the months when I finally started reading T. Kingfisher’s books, when I wrapped up the Peter Wimsey mysteries with Busman’s Honeymoon, and when I read Arielle Zibrak’s fantastic Avidly Reads Guilty Pleasures, which shifted the way I think about romance novels, what they do, and what I like about them. But it’s also the period when I read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and I think that book will have to take the honors. It’s beautiful, it’s affecting, and it hits all my buttons. I’m weak for a family saga centered around unbreakable women!

THE END (October-December)

There are also some great contenders here, with Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi and Ingrid Rojas Contrera’s Fruit of the Drunken Tree, a book that’s really grown on me over time, as I’ve read and listened to author interviews and researched what was going on in Colombia at the time it’s set. But ultimately, I have to give it to The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for review, and I fell head over heels in love with everything about it. It’s one of my new go-to recommendations for new romance readers. Read my full review HERE.


This is tough. Putting aside questions of objective merit and place in the literary canon and all pretentious aspects, going purely by the books that gave me the most joy… I think I have to split it between The Thursday Murder Club, which I read at the beginning of the year, and The Siren of Sussex, which was one of my last books of 2021. Both meant and continue to mean a lot to me and are everything I love about their respective genres. So, yay for ties, and yay for great books!

I TAG… YOU! As I mentioned this was a great opportunity to reflect on a year of reading. I hope you’ll participate and have as much fun with it as I did.

Have you read any of the books I mentioned here, and if so, what did you think? What were your best books of 2021? Take up the tag or let me know in the comments!


4 thoughts on “The Best Books of 2021 Tag

  1. I love how this was divided based on the period of the year the books were read! I’ve only read Pachinko from your list and it was ages ago but I still remember how it blew me away. I wasn’t expecting it at all when I bought it on a whim but I loved it! 😍 I’m keen to read Piranesi and I’m intrigued by The Siren of Sussex now so will defo check out your review after this! I hope 2022 is also filled with amazing reads for you! 😊

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    1. The Bluest Eye is still on my TBR! I can only read a new Morrison every couple of years because her writing always leaves me an emotional mess… and also because I dread the day I’ll run out, so I want to make her last.

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