Hello again honeybees and hello 2022! I sincerely meant to get all of my end of year posts up, you know, at the end of the year, but I was especially low on spoons and ended up in and out of sleep instead. So here we are!
I thought my reading year was a lot better than it was? I think mainly because during the summer I started reading adult romances and absolutely adored them, but everything else was so meh.
Ranked in order of how much I enjoyed them, here’s my best books of 2021:
Best Book of 2021
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
I didn’t see a single review for this prior to buying it. I had visited the bookstore a few months before and seen it, really wanted it, but couldn’t buy it at the time. I went back to get it and read it weeks later. I can’t speak on how accurate the fat representation is, but it was refreshing to see in a novel and the discussions around fatphobia seemed to be handled with a lot of delicacy. The MC was one of those characters that you can’t decide if you want to BE them or be with them. A confident and bold, nerdy woman in STEM that writes fanfic and does cosplay? Sign me up. The LI was hot and all, but it was the dyslexia rep that made me tear up a few times because it was some of the most accurate and honest representation I’ve seen in a novel. I loved the Hollywood setting. The characters were perfectly imperfect and I adored their interactions. As someone who used to write fanfiction, it will always hold a special place in my heart. This book just did it for me. I didn’t want it to end and I miss it so much.
Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong
Let me start by saying that this essay collection is amazing and I’ve recommending it countless times. I’m so happy when people told me they’ve read it based on my recommendation because this is one of those books I truly think everyone should read. However, as someone who is chronically ill and getting progressively disabled, it was triggering to read. This collection will make you angry, it’ll make you cry, and it might make you hopeful too. I learned about other disabilities and conditions while reading this and it opened my mind up to the large range of disability and the laws/ways in which we are treated and perceived by society. I tabbed almost every page. Please read this. It’s only my second best book in terms of pleasure I had while reading, because as I said, it was hard to read at times due to my own experiences being chronically ill and disabled. Check it out here, and please be sure to check all of the trigger warnings before reading.
Everything else in order of best to great
(All of these are 4 stars and above)
You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
The Pretty One by Keah Brown
Neon Gods by Katee Robert
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
In A Holiday by Christina Lauren
Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed edited by Saraciea J. Fennell
Quiet by Susan Cain
That’s that for my 2021 favorites! There’s definitely a lot more nonfiction on here than ever before, and I’m so proud of myself for accomplishing my goal of reading more nonfiction because there are so many gems in that genre!
Do we share any favorites? Or are there any you had the complete opposite reaction to? What were some of your 2021 faves? If you posted a wrap up already, link it below or let me know so I can check it out!
Thanks for sticking with me through another crazy year. Sending so much love into this new year.