Hello my fellow bookworms! Today, I am taking part in this week’s TTT topic, which is: Best Books I Read In 2021. After another difficult year, where we have continued to need the wonderful escape of books, here are the books I have enjoyed reading the most, in the order I read them:
⭐ The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick (2016) – A stunning historical-fiction by a new-to-me author, which was an emotional and exciting read, with a dash of the supernatural for good measure, too! When I was reading this I forgot the world, which was just what I needed! (review)
⭐ The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (2020) – The debut, cosy crime caper by TV presenter Richard Osman, which I thought I was wonderfully eccentric and quintessentially British murder mystery, with a cool group of septuagenarians! (review)
⭐ Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart (1955) – The first of one of my favourite author’s romantic suspense novels, a brilliantly gripping read, that transported me from dull, lockdown Britain to the warmth, freedom and adventure of 1950’s Southern France. (review)
⭐ A Room With a View by E.M. Forster (1908) – Another wonderful Edwardian classic from Forster, that transported my tired mind back to a time of lacy white gowns, societal niceties and grand tours of classical Italy. (review)
⭐ The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places by Neil Oliver (2018) – An absolutely fascinating non-fiction by my favourite long-haired Scotsman, that took me on an amazing journey through the kaleidoscopic history of a land with a story like no other. (review)
⭐ Justice Hall by Laurie R. King (2002) – The sixth wonderfully nostalgic Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery and by far my favourite of the series, as it has just the right amount of everything I love: big house, ominous clues, daring journeys, and clever disguises! (review)
⭐ The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis (1960) – A Christian non-fiction, by the celebrated scholar and theologian, and favourite author of mine, which was an insightful and comforting exploration of the nature of love from a Christian perspective. (review)
⭐ Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908) – A short children’s classic, that I have meant to read forever, which I found to be an utterly charming coming-of-age tale and a wonderful portrait of family, farming life, and the amazing transformative power of love. (review)
⭐ The Count of the Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1846) – A weighty tome which took me over three months to read, but it was well worth it! This was an epic, sweeping tale of love, loyalty, betrayal, patience, hope and revenge!
⭐ The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (2021) – The second cosy crime caper which is a brand new outing for our intrepid group of septuagenarian sleuths, which I loved just as much, if not a little more than the first!
Honorary mentions must also go to Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart (review) and The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (review); as well as my wonderful re-reads of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (review), Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (review), The Birds & Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier (review) and The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (review).
Have you read any of my choices? What have been your best books of 2021? Please let me know in the comments and also leave a link for your own TTT post if you have joined in, too.