What I read in 2021

Reading is my absolute favourite thing to do. Whenever I have any spare time, I read. I’d much rather read than watch TV or spend time on the internet.

Unfortunately, life gets in the way and I don’t spend as much time reading as I would like, but I certainly read every day, even if it is only for a few minutes some days.

A book usually takes me seven to 10 days to read, but I’ve had books I’ve read in three days (all the Lisa Jewells) and books which have taken me over two weeks to read (the C J Sansoms).

I read a variety of genres in 2021 and discovered a new love of historical fiction.

I was really surprised to discover that I’d read 48 books in 2021, which is 10 more than I read in 2020.

As ever, it was pretty difficult to choose my favourite reads of the year. The books I read in the first three months of the year are always at a disadvantage when it comes to me choosing my favourites, but somehow American Dirt really stayed with me.

So after careful consideration, my favourite reads of the year are:

  • American Dirt
  • Miss Benson’s Beetle
  • Shuggie Bain
  • The Appeal
  • The Night She Disappeared
  • Exit

What were your favourite reads of the year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I’ve read only two books from your list, but bought quite a few, and they are on my TBR list. I wrote a post about my top reads of the last year, and if I had to choose just one book, Advent by Jane Fraser would be my top choice.

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    • I haven’t heard of that one! I need to take a look at your post for more recommendations.

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  2. Quite a collection there! I’ve not read your favourites list so will have a look at some them. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy more books again this year!

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    • Thanks very much! I hope you will enjoy some of my favourites. I’m also hoping to read lots more good books this year.

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  3. Some great books there. I loved Richard Osman’s sequel more than his first book, but it would have been harder to enjoy without reading the first book and getting to know the characters. I do hope he writes more. I’ve also found a new love of historical novels like Stacey Halls. I have Hamnet and Shuggies Bairn on my TBR list this year.

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    • I know Richard Osman has committed to another book for autumn 2022 and I suspect the series will run longer than that. I’m sure you will enjoy Hamnet. It’s not the tough literary read I imagined it to be.
      Shuggie Bain is amazing, but quite disturbing and some of the dialect is quite tricky too. Thank you for recommending Stacey Halls to me!

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