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The Best Books You Read in 2021

A few days ago I started reading The Midnight Library which has gotten amazing reviews and a lot of you were saying it was your favorite book from 2021! So I ended up asking you all over stories (thanks to one of your ideas) what your favorite books have been over the past year! Here is a list of the recommendations you all sent if you’re looking for a new book to read – no particular order and all sorts of genres. Also, Goodreads is a great place to see a quick summary and review of any book. Ps. The ones with * came up more than once.

Atomic Habits*
Metabolical
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone*
Crying in H Mart*
The Chestnut Man
We Begin at the End
Beneath the Scarlett Sky
Beneath the Silent Heavens
The Sabbatical
Lincoln Highway
The Lost Girls of Paris
Crossroads*
Great Circle*
Anything (by Kristin Hannah)
Four Winds*
The Nightingale*
No Greater Love (by Danielle Steele)
Essentialism
Triggers
10% Entrepreneur
Such a Fun Age
Cloud Cuckoo Land
The Silent Patient*
Razor Blade Tears
The Last Thing He Told Me*
Where the Crawdads Sing*
Prep (by Curtis Sittenfeld)
The Firekeepers Daughter
This Tender Land
The Paper Palace*
The Paris Library
The Great Alone*
Atlas of the Heart
The House in the Cerulean Sea*
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo*
The Court of Thorns and Roses (a 5 book series)*
Sex and Vanity
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue*
Lilac Girls*
Ask Again, Yes
The Last Train to Key West
The Alice Network
The Huntress
The Vanishing Half
Little Secrets
Mistborn series (1, 2 and 3)
It Ends With Us*
Thursday Murder Club
Verity*
The Push*
The Girl with the Louding Voice
Then She Was Gone*
Finlay Donovan is Killing It
ACOTAR
Malibu Rising*
The Safest Lies
Local Woman Missing
Daisy Jones & The Six*
The Last Flight
Project Hail Mary*
The Good Girl
Behind Her Eyes*
What Alice Forgot
What’s Left of Me
Say Yes
The Glass Castle
Throne of Glass Series*
Small Great Things
Rock Paper Scissors*
The Song of Achilles
Beartown
The Rose Code*
Cassandra Speaks
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine*
An Unwanted Guest
The Maidens
Pretty Girls*
The Grace Year*
Lost Apothecary
Code Name Helene
Crush It (by Gary Vee)
Homegoing
Heart Bones
The Shining
The Likeness
Atlee Pine (a series)
Traces of Guilt
A Little Life
The Sound of Gravel
The Memoirs of Cleopatra
American Dirt*
Somebody’s Daughter
Before We Were Yours
Big Little Lies*
The Guest List
A Gentleman In Moscow
The Woman in the Window
The Glass Hotel
Wish You Were Here
Queenie
Inferno
Tattoos on the Heart
Bring Me Back
The Beauty in Breaking
28 Summers
Sun Down Motel
The People We Keep
The Book of Lost Names
The Redemption of Bobby
Once We Were Brothers
Winning the War in Your Mind

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  1. Kiara Ruth says:

    Claire,

    I love that you are reader, so inspiring. I started reading a meditation book and it is really good. I don’t read much but I am huge podcast person. Thanks for sharing your list.

    • Claire Guentz says:

      I love podcasts too! I feel like I picked up reading again when the pandemic started – it’s been a silver lining! lol

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