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My Top Ten Best Reads of 2021

My brain is seriously messed up. I typed the 2021 as 2032…I mean, typos can only go so far πŸ™„.

Hey Pals!! Today, I bring to you my list of favourite books from 2021!!

You need to appreciate me making this list because it was so hard to narrow it down to just 10 😭. Not to mention that I had to contact so many people asking them if The Silent Patient was better or One Of Us Is Lying, just because I could only keep one of the two in the list. In the end, I got so mad I wanted to not include either of them but that’s just a tragic little story that you can ignore πŸ™‚. Now without further ado, let’s get started!!

Honourable mentions:

Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

This almost made it to the list until I realized if I put it on the list, I’ll have to remove One Of Us…and I couldn’t do that to my Nate 🀧. This book was so good though! It focused not only on romance and friendship but also on self-improvement and figuring out your way in life alone. It was beautiful, sad, and sweet at the same time. I loved it so much!!

Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington

This is an enemies-to-lovers romance novel. It was so cute!! These characters were awesome, and I loved the execution of the story so much. Another thing I liked was how hopeful that ending was, instead of being very happy, it was just sweet and hopeful, which is something I always adore in books. I feel so bad for not including these in my favorites list. πŸ˜•

And now, moving on to my favourites list, I have (from worst to best)-

10: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This managed to barely squeeze its way into this list considering I finished it in the last few days of December.

This book surprised me! I did not expect to love it and I was very hesitant to pick it up but it had been on my TBR for a very long time and I just thought- let’s do this now! And it was great! It was an awesome experience! I need to warn you though that this book is not for everyone because it is not anything new and only uses old tropes in a more refreshing manner. Luckily, this book was perfect for me 😁. I felt myself instantly liking and growing attached to the characters. I loved the plot!! I loved that it was so much more than just a fairytale retelling, and had dark elements to it too, a whole different world! The ending left me a bit hesitant to pick up the second book but I’m can’t wait to finish this series!

9: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book was beautiful! That’s an easy word to describe it. This is World War 2 historical fiction, and all things considered, that’s one of my comfort things to read about (what does that say about me πŸ™‚?). It depicts one of the greatest tragedies in maritime history and is written from four viewpoints. The author did not try to overdo the details of the devastation that war can have on people. She left a bit of that for us readers to imagine and feel on our own. This book gave me this calm sort of feeling and at the same time, I just couldn’t stop anxiously turning the pages! It’s both sad and hopeful, and a lovely novel that’s worth a shot.

8: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I read this book because I wanted to read some really steamy romance. Do you get what I am trying to imply here? I hope so. Think of me what you will πŸ™‚. This book did not disappoint. The “steamy” scenes I’m talking about were way too good! It’s like they came right out of a Dramione fanfiction and I was all for it 🀩. There was so much tension, angst, and heat, oof πŸ”₯. It’s not just about these scenes, the story was also very good! The writing style wasn’t boring or too descriptive as I would’ve expected, it was just enough to make me visualize what was happening and feel chills while reading it at times. To be honest, the chapters from Mile’s POV were kinda boring but they still added up to make sense later in the story so I guess I can ignore that. I highly recommend this book if you like contemporary romance.

7: If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund Broka

This one is not surprising to me! The moment I read the synopsis of the book I knew I was gonna love this book, and I wasn’t wrong! I devoured this book because of the main character who was so awesome! She literally didn’t care what most people thought of her. She, as well as the love interest, had their conflicts that got me so invested in their stories. The writing style was fun and easy to read. The ending was a bit weird because the main character had all these life-changing revelations in the last few chapters, which was kinda unrealistic, but apart from that, I had a good time reading this book.

6: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Let’s not keep Nate waiting for too long, now shall we? 😁

This book! You know my opinions about it, you’ve probably read my review. If not, check it out here. Well, I obviously loved reading it. I suppose that the best thing was the writing style because it kept me wanting to finish it so badly that I just kept on reading. It has an engrossing plot, and a murder mystery with a twist (of course there’s a twist at the end, it’s Karen M. McManus!) But the love interest- Nate Freaking Macauley, is probably the biggest factor that makes me love this book so much because aah, he’s so perfect!! 😍

5: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeladis

Leave it to me to add every popular book in this list.

I hadn’t even heard of this thriller novel until my friend gifted this to me on my birthday! And so I had zero expectations going in and wow, was I surprised! This book hooked me and I couldn’t put it down! Those sessions between Theo and Alicia were so scary. There was a way this author had of writing stuff that made me feel chills at times because it was so creepy. And that plot twist- the first time I read it I was so freaking shocked that I almost lost it. But over time, I realized the twist was a little lazy way for the author to end things because there wasn’t enough foreshadowing about it…but I still loved reading the book so I can overlook some stuff. I do only recommend this to people who are new to thrillers because there’s a chance that people who read thrillers all the time won’t like this one. But since I was new loved it!

4: The Six Of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

This one I’m still a little skeptical about, but I think it deserves to be here. I mean, I don’t want its fans to kill me so…πŸ™‚

I’ve read the first book twice, mainly because the politics flew over the top of my head the first time I read it. So I read the Grisha Trilogy and then read Six Of Crows again, and gosh, it was an amazing experience! The book made so much more sense and I ended up enjoying each perspective, while the first time I was kinda bored by all perspectives for some reason. The book’s ending was incredible too! And then the second book- that one was a solid sequel! The author delved so much deeper into the relationships between the characters. That fight scene between Kaz and Jesper was the best, I swear! πŸ˜‚πŸ€©

And now, we have the top three!

3: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Whose surprised? Me!

Yes, that’s right! I’m surprised this book made it to this list because the moment I finished it, I was a bit disappointed because I did not love it to the moon and back like I had hoped I would. But looking back, I realize this was a very gripping story and had one of my favourite quotes of all time- If you want something, do whatever it takes to get it. This quote just kind of ended up being a little close to my heart, it’s very basic but it still motivates me, you know? And the story in itself was very addicting and had an impact on me even though I did not realize it at that time.

2: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

See, another World War 2 novel on this list! I’m telling you, such books are my comfort and joy (something is wrong with me, I wonder if COVID messed my brain 🀨).

Wernerrrr!! 😍

I’ll never stop raving about him! He has such an interesting and relatable character arc. When you read about him, you’ll be like- boy, I get you! This book does not have that much of a plot. It follows two storylines gradually ending up meeting. So, I think you’ll enjoy this book if you love some good long books with devastating endings and amazing writing! Like boy, this writing style hits different. It is so comfortable to read once you get used to it. It made me feel like every sentence, every word was significant!

1: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This has to be my number 1 favourite book of 2021, and one I’ll keep recommending till my throat dries out, because this book has it all! Literally! Action? Yes. Friendship? Yes. Family? Hell yeah. Complex main character with character development? You got it, babe! Romance? I guess, yeah…to some extent. Most people cried reading this book. I didn’t. But this book touched me in a way that no book has. I do only recommend this to people who are 14+. But you need to read this at least once in your life! Go check out the synopsis, but it is kinda mysterious so it won’t do anything except get you intrigued 😈.

Done!! 🀩

Boy, this post was so draining πŸ₯΄. I need sleep or I’ll die and my ghost will come and cause a ruckus. I’m gonna head away before that happens and do unproductive stuff now because being productive is so exhausting πŸ‘€.

That was it for me! Now, tell me about you! Have you read any of these books? What is your favourite book of 2021? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.


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71 thoughts on “My Top Ten Best Reads of 2021

    1. Yes, I still don’t “love” Evelyn Hugo because in the end it was kind of disappointing but it was still a good read.
      I loved the silent Patient too! That plot twist really just came outta nowhere I was shocked too πŸ˜‚.


  1. I read ‘The Kite Runner’ way back in school and cried SO much while reading it. That ending though “for you a thousand times over”. πŸ₯²
    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo got me out of my reading slump – so loved the book but I did think the ending was a lil eh. The rest of the book was WOW.

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  2. Seven husbands of evelyn hugo, don’t get me started, honestly. I loved the ending. But [spoiler] evelyn dying wasn’t what I would’ve wanted.
    I’m reading One of us is lying, right now! Cool books, given me so many book recs!

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    1. But I mean, it was kinda obvious in the beginning that Evelyn was gonna die, because otherwise she wouldn’t have called the MC to write her biography…. or maybe that was just my thought process idk

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    2. I think the seventh wedding was kinda eh for me. I mean by that point she was old, her kid was grown up and they were moving to a totally other country – so the need for the seventh wedding didn’t make sense to me.

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  3. Aaaah, so many of my faves are on this list! By the way, I am getting the kite runner in paperback soon, although of course, I am not going to read it until november…. but still, i am getting it hehe
    Also, since you’ve been gone is by morgan matson lah, not by marissa meyer.

    And I have seen Ugly Love everywhere, but I didn’t like Colleen Hoover’s writing style in another book I read by her so idk.

    Awesome postt!

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    1. Ohh, good to know that!
      I hope you love the kite runner no matter whenever you read it 😍.
      And oops, did I put Marissa Meyer? πŸ˜‚ Thanks for telling, I’ll change it.
      Ugly love is the only one by her that I read and I loved the writing, I think you might like it…or not?

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  4. Wow!! There’s so many books on here that I need to read this year!

    I read One of us is lying in 2021, and it was one of my favorites too! I completely agree about the writing style, whenever I had free time I had to find out what happened next. Have you watched the show adaptation that came out? πŸ˜€

    I recommend reading the sequel “one of us is next”, it has the same writing style and its a new captivating mystery. (One of the main characters is Maeve, Bronwyn’s sister.)

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    1. I hope you get to these sometime, they’re really good!
      And yes, I felt the same reading one of us is lying! But no, i haven’t watched the show adaptation yet, but I’ve heard it is good…I tend to watch TV/movie adaptations of books less. Have you watched it?
      And yeah, I’m kinda hesitant about the sequel, but since you recommended it, I’ll give it a shot sometime πŸ˜‰.

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      1. I haven’t tried watching the TV adaptation yet since it’s not on Netflix, but I’m hoping to try it soon πŸ˜„
        Let me know how you like it! I always look forward to sequels but a lot of the time the first one is best. This one had a pretty good sequel 😊

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  5. Ooooh, I love your list! I have read The Kite Runner, All the Light We Cannot See, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, Salt to the Sea, Cinder, and Since You’ve Been Gone, so I feel like I am in a position to judge your reading tastes as impeccable!!! 😁 Hopefully, 2022 will be at least as good of a reading year! (And who knows – maybe Sanderson will eventually make it onto one of your lists after all? 😏)

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    1. Wow, you’ve read a LOT of these books πŸ˜‚. I kinda had a feeling you would’ve read most of these. And hehe, good to know thou appreciates my reading taste πŸ˜‡.
      Oh yes, Sanderson will definitely make it to the next list, or so I hope 🀩.

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  6. nate macauley, why can i not get over that guy?😭😭😭
    i kinda gave up on werner coz he ____ even in the book😒
    trust me nothing’s wrong with ur head, i am gorging on WW2 books since foreverrrr

    also i completed the kite runner like yesterday and i can’t get over it. i mean how can someone be soo pure as hassan 😭

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    1. I know right, same!!! 😒
      Well, I like Werner more as a character anyways so 😌.
      Oh good to know we relate πŸ˜‚.
      Oh man, you read it!!!!! It’s so good, isn’t it?!!! 🀩
      I like Amir’s character more, it’s so complex…but that book in itself is just 😭.

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      1. Me too, werner’s superior, but my heart aches as much as it does knowing thag they aren’t real, to think he’s dead *shudders*

        It isss. Also have u read a thousand splendid suns??
        Amir is definitely more complex and he just feels so….real.

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      2. No, I meant I like Werner more as a character rather than a love interest πŸ˜‚. I wasn’t comparing him to Nate.
        No, I haven’t! I think there are a lot of triggers in it, I’m not sure. Maybe we can buddy read it, if you want, someday?
        And yesss, that’s exactly what I meant!


  7. I neeeddd to pick up Salt to the Sea ahhhh 😭😭 I spy a lot of my favourites on your list πŸ˜€ The lunar Chronicles was indeed amazing!! Have you read Renegades by Marissa Meyer? I highly recommend it if you haven’t checked it out already!
    Great post!! :)))

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  8. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed all of these Nehal!! I see so many of my faves on this listβ€”Salt to the Sea, All the Light We Cannot See, Six of Crows, Cinder, AND The Kite Runner?? 🀩 With Cinder, I can’t wait to hear what you think about the rest of the books, the series just gets better and better as you progress through them!

    Also now I’m kind of intrigued about The Silent Patient πŸ˜Άβ€πŸŒ«οΈ

    Great post Nehal!! Hope 2022 is going well for you so far 😊

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    1. Yes, these were all such awesome books! And I can’t wait to finish the lunar chronicles! πŸ˜ƒ
      Try The Silent Patient then, I hope you enjoy it!
      Thanks a lot, Abby! And yes, it is. I hope your year is good too! 😁

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  9. ahhh nehal i’m crying rn because i am a comment stalker and read all the evelyn hugo spoilers ahhhhh 😭😭😭
    ANYWAY. YESSS NATE IS THE BEST. PERFECTION. I’ve read since you’ve been gone AND YES ITS SO GOOD! the ending kind of ended up disappointing and the beginning was VERY meh for me, but some parts of it were amazing! i haven’t read any of the others from this list yet (except cinder, but i hate it with a burning passion, so let’s not talk about it) BUT I’M SAVING THIS POST TO GET TO ALL OF THEM LATER!!

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    1. Oh man! That sucksss!! We should’ve put spoiler alerts in all of the comments instead of just one, sorrrry ☹️.
      Nate rocks indeed!! And yes, I know right! I felt the same thing reading since you’ve been gone. In the middle it got good but the start and end was a bit weird.
      Why do you hate cinderr?? Ooh, now I want a full-on rant review, I love those 😼.

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      1. OKAY I THANK YOU FOR THAT! (also so sorry it took me so long to reply πŸ˜…πŸ˜…)
        1. I hate how no one thinks about wearing masks and such? Like there’s this really deadly disease that you are 100% sure to die from if you contract it and THEY BASICALLY STILL ROAM THE STREETS JUST LIKE THAT??!
        2. Cinder’s character seemed only like okay to me? She was nice but not exactly memorable? ALSO I HAVE AN ETERNAL HATRED OF INNOCENT PRINCES LIKE KAI
        3. And it was supposed to be set in China and called β€˜diverse’ but basically the only things that suggested its diverse setting was all the place mentions and SOME of the character names, but more insight into the culture and stuff would have been so nice! I mean it might as well have been set PRACTICALLY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, there was nothing unique to set it apart. It felt like it was set in Beijing merely for the sake of being called diverse,, so NO??
        4. I DO NOT GET THE HYPE. MY EXPECTATIONS WERE INSANELY HIGH so that might have been the problem too though I like to think it isn’t because of that
        5. I also figured out the plot twist in the first 10% of the book so it got kind of boring
        6. ALSO ALL THE HATRED OF CYBORGS MAKES NO SENSE TO ME? Like if they’re way superior to humans in so many ways WHY ARE THEY HATED SO MUCH
        7. AND THE ENTIRE LUNAR THING IS SO COOL but we hardly get ANY info on it (and this pretty much continues for the next book too AND AH I DESPERATELY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR ORIGIN AND HISTORY 😭😭
        8. I! HATE! THE! ROMANCE! cinder and Kai hardly even KNOW each other
        9. I haven’t read that many sci fi novels so I may not be the best person to talk about this, but I feel like the world building and stuff could have been done much better? LIKE THE TECHNOLOGY SEEMED SO BASIC and the only power/ magic type of thing was the lunars that we didn’t even get to know much about. AND I LIVE FOR COOL ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SO THAT WAS A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT

        But I also really liked some parts of the book. IKO WAS AMAZING AND I LOVE HER SM! Also Adri and pearl made my blood boil SO THAT WAS NICE

        Have you read the other books in the series too?? IF YES, THOUGHTS WANTED PLS!

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      2. Okay, that was indeed a rant! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜‚. Though I might not be able to reply to each of your points specifically but i do agree with a lot of those. Cinder was definitely not the best thing out there, i just had a lot of fun reading it because the writing style was very much like a comfort to me. And the lunar thing was indeed the best! As for the culture, you’re right there too hehe.
        Well, to each their own.
        Also no, i havent read the rest of the books but I’ll let you know if i do!

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      3. ahhh THANK YOU for agreeing, I was 100% certain we would have a huge argument, AND THOUGH i was kind of looking forward to it, I AM GLAD YOU AGREE! Also, YES, I completely understand how it was a comfort!!
        AHH OK! (I actually kind of recommend them because they get a lot better! I’ve only read Scarlet WHICH WAS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT in so many ways and I also loved the protagonist way more! ALSO FAIREST IS A MASTERPIECE just saying)

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      4. Yes actually, I mean sorry to disappoint that we couldn’t have an argument πŸ˜‚. It’s just screen time and typing too much give me headaches right now. Maybe some day when I’m fully well we can have that long debate πŸ˜‰.
        And yes, I’m kinda reading scarlet rn, it’s on hold but I’ll be finishing it sometime soon! And oh, I’ve heard people HATE fairest so now I’m kinda intrigued because you said it’s good. Let’s see how i like it 😁.


    1. Evelyn Hugo was pretty nice.
      Oh, I never watched any adaptation of the kite runner, it must be good!
      Also, sorry for the late response, I somehow missed the comment πŸ˜₯.


      1. It is πŸ˜…
        I used to read books a lot
        And comics too
        But now I’m more into anime.
        I presume your hobbies/likings are book reading, there are many blogs by you that are based on books πŸ™‚
        I want to read all of your work, so much to learn from your work πŸ™ŒπŸ»

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