All Star Books – My 2021 Favorites

Yesterday I posted 35 kid book recommendations from my reading this year here.

Today, I’ll post my favorite recommendations from the rest of my reading.

233 non-kid books so far with 41 that I’d recommend the most. That’s counting the five of one series as one 🙂

Mystery/Thriller – 47

Lucy Valentine series by Heather Webber, 5 books in all

Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine, #1)
Deeply, Desperately (Lucy Valentine, #2)
Absolutely, Positively (Lucy Valentine, #3)
Perfectly Matched (Lucy Valentine, #4)
Undeniably Yours  (Lucy Valentine, #5)
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
Faithful Place by Tana French
Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III, #1)
Win by Harlan Coben
The Last Flight
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
The Last Thing He Told Me
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Ocean Prey (Lucas Davenport #31)
Ocean Prey by John Sandford
Girls Like Us
Girls Like Us by Christina Alger
Long Bright River
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Razorblade Tears
Razorblade Tears by S.A Cosby

Fiction- 39

The Midnight Library
Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
The Push
The Push by Ashley Audrain
The Little French Bistro
The Little French Bistro by Nina George
Our Souls at Night
Our Souls at Night by Ken Haruf
A Girl Returned
A Girl Returned by Donatella DiPietrantonio

Historical Fiction – 12

The Only Woman in the Room
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
Leaving Coy's Hill
Leaving Coy’s Hill by Katherine Sherbrooke

Romance – 20

The Falconer
The Falconer by Elaine Clark McCarthy
Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, #2)
Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
Just Last Night
Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror – 12

Good Morning, Midnight
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
Kindred
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Non-Fiction – 33

Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society
Good Citizens by Thich Nhat Hanh
On Juneteenth
On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed
Notre Dame: The Soul of France
Notre Dame-The Soul of France by Agnes Poirier
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
What Unites Us: Reflections of Patriotism by Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner
The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations
The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey

Memoir – 12

A New Kind of Country
A New Kind of Country by Dorothy Gilman
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
My Life in France
My Life in France by Julia Child

Graphic Novels – 20

The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood adapted by Renee Nault
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
Klaus
Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora

Graphic Bio/Memoir -17

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
The Complete Maus
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos
Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley
Monet: Itinerant of Light
Monet: Itinerant of Light by Salva Rubio

Poetry/Plays – 9

Fences (The Century Cycle #6)
Fences by August Wilson
A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Young Adult – 12

Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The Sun Is Also a Star
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

9 thoughts on “All Star Books – My 2021 Favorites

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    I didn’t love Win, even though I loved the Myron Bolitar series and have liked all of Coben’s books. But I really liked The Only Woman in the Room. Have you read her The Other Einstein? Very good. And have you read Renee Rosen? Her historical fiction is similar to Benedict. If you haven’t read her, start with Windy City Blues. Happy New Year.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Win wasn’t my favorite Coben book, but it was better than some and, well, it’s Win 😉 I’ve read a few Benedict and need to read more but am not familiar with Rosen. I’ll add Windy City Blues to my list!

  2. Mary says:

    I enjoyed the first Heather Webber book in that series but didn’t get back to the second one. Since you enjoyed them so much I’ll keep them in mind!

  3. Literary Feline says:

    I need to get back into Tana French’s books. I read The Midnight Library this year too and liked it. Kindred has been on my TBR pile forever. I really need to make time to read it! Oh, and The Handmaid Tale graphic novel! I have it, but haven’t read it yet. I love the original. I am in awe of all you were able to read this year, Stacy. I hope you have a great reading year in 2022!

  4. William C Rafalski says:

    Excellent book choices. I really liked Faithful Place by Tana French, Win by Harlan Coben and Ocean Prey by John Sandford. I received The Midnight Library as a Christmas gift. I look forward to reading it. What Unites Us by Dan Rather is a very strong book of hope in these troubled times. I also enjoyed the graphic novels that you selected. I would add Kent State by Derf Backderf. Thanks for sharing.

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