Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Every year I do a recommendations post of the new releases I read from the previous year and really want to recommend and for 2021 I actually have a lot more than I assumed I would. I haven’t written a blurb for all of them, just my absolute favourites. But, I have included the covers of all of the books I enjoyed that came out in 2021!
I’ve also included my 2020, 2019 and 2018 recs at the end of this post if anyone’s curious!
ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN
This is the exact type of slow-burn romance that I love! There’s self-realisation and love on both sides as well as a wonderful and adorable romance. The two characters get off to a seriously rocky start with Eve literally running Jacob over with her car and then they’re forced into close proximity when she has to then help take care of his Inn and work as the chef while his arm gets better (it broke). So, we’ve got cottage-core, Autism rep and a wonderful hate to love slow burn romance. Honestly, if this book had been 500 pages longer I would’ve loved it just as much!
THE SOULMATE EQUATION
I really wasn’t sure if I was going to love this or not because I’ve found that most people seem to only love every second boo that Christina & Lauren write but I’ve had a really great track record with their books over the last couple of years. But, I was really pleasantly surprised with this book because I loved it! I loved the singe mum rep and this fun twist on the soulmate trope. I also just straight up enjoyed the romance and Jess’s relationship with her daughter and parents, it was lovely to read.
ONE LAST STOP
I can’t explain it to you because I barely understand it myself, But, I came away from this book with such an unexpected love for trains, to the point where it actually made me feel quite a bit more comfortable when I had to go on some quite long train trips to get to uni a few months later (I’m talking 5-hour trips all in one day) so this was a bit of a godsend, in a way. That aside, this was a super cute and the found family aspect was perfect. The romance was great and I loved the NY atmosphere!
PROJECT HAIL MARY
Only Andy Weir could keep me completely engaged in a book to the point where I didn’t realised it was past 3 in the morning until I finished the book and looked at the time on my phone. This book is wonderful and includes one of the best friendships of 2021! Despite its size it goes by really quickly and I will for sure, be re-reading it in the future!
SPY X FAMILY
This series is fantastic and now a new favourite of mine! I’m a few volumes in now and there’s not been a bad or average volume so far! I don’t usually love spy stories but I love the secret life trope and every single person in this family has a big secret (including the dog who we meet a bit later on!) which makes all the close calls so entertaining to read about, and I’m sure will be just as fun to watch when the anime comes out! This series is brilliant and so creative and has such a heartwarming found family vibe, I highly recommend it!
THE HEART PRINCIPLE
I think it’s well known on my blog that The Kiss Quotient is one of my favourite romances of all time, if not my actual favourite. So, I was quite nervous to read this one, especially after the longer wait. But, Rebecca and I decided to pick it for our first Hoemance Book Blub pick and we all loved it! This actually came quite close to surpassing TKQ as my favourite in the series, it’s that good! The romance is a bit more subtle as there’s definitely a lot of focus on Anna and Quan’s individual struggles but, this book is done amazingly well and I loved it!
There are a lot of triggers though so I do recommend checking out a TW list if you need to. 💕
I find that I usually enjoy all of TJR’s books but that I either feel average about them or LOVE THEM and luckily with Malibu Risin I fell on the side of loving it! As usual, I didn’t read the synopsis so I had no idea what this was about and honestly if I had known I might not have picked it up. I really don’t enjoy books about fame and honestly, I couldn’t give a toss about famous people if you paid me so it’s a genuine shock to me that I almost always love how TJR write these stories with quite well-known characters (in the books). I really enjoyed reading about the Riva family and I can’t wait to read whatever TJR writes next!
MRS DEATH MISSES DEATH
I love a book that can make me think just as much as one that only takes a few hours to read so Mrs Death Misses Death is absolutely perfect for me. It’s a brilliant retrospective on death and what it might be like to be ‘Death’. MDMD is an experience! It can be quite hard to read at times because death is hard to talk about most of the time but I do think it’s absolutely worth the read and I highly recommend the audiobook as it’s fantastic!
SWEAT AND SOAP SERIES
Yeah, I think if you go back and look at my 2021 Goodreads challenge it’s pretty clear to see when I started reading this series because it’s all I read for a few days and I was LOVING it! The entire premise is completely bizarre so I was a bit cautious when Rebecca suggested it for our book club because honestly being attracted to the way someone’s sweat smells is honestly just weird. But, this series is absolutely adorable and I am now in the process of buying all of the volumes physically which is very rare for me. but I know I’ll read this series again many times in the future so I wanted to have my own physical copies! It’s cute and so goddamn fluffy and I love the main couple!
This was my last 2021 favourite for the year and I’m so glad I took a chance on it and picked it up! I honestly just thought this was adorable and such a cute idea! I’ve never been to a renaissance fair (and probably never will tbh) so this was liking walking into another world, almost. I love the main characters and I loved that in the end, the main argument wasn’t the age gap, that was just a small part of it because Mitch is a bit younger than April (who has a daughter going off to college). This felt so chaotic and ridiculous and cute and I absolutely loved it. It immediately got me out of a slump and into a reading mood!
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