My Top 14 Reads of 2021

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I have read a lot this year. Most were good. Some I wanted to throw into a hole. Then throw the hole into the sun. Then throw the sun into a black hole. But there were quite a few that stood out as fantastic, amazing, wonderful, and I will never stop telling people to read. That’s what this list is about.

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At the time of writing this, I have read one hundred and thirteen books. I’m also in the middle of two. And DNF’d so so so many. But these are the ones I loved and will probably read again in 2022. Some I have forced on friends to read. I loved them that much. The books and the friends.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

by Caitlin Doughty

If you haven’t checked out Caitlin’s YouTube channel, you are missing out. Her channel and books have helped me become more death positive specifically in these crazy global panorama times.

The Savior’s Sister (The Savior’s Series Book 2)

by Jenna Moreci

I love Jenna so much. Another YouTube channel you have to check out. Especially if you’re a writer. Her Savior’s Series is perfection. Blood, action, adventure, betrayal, politics, and romance. Throw some magic in there and Damn!!!

Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction

by Lisa Kröger

Newsflash. Jules Verne and HG Wells did not invent the sci fi genre. Frankenstein was written fifty years before they walked the earth. And then there’s Mad Madge. I never even know about her. I do now. And everyone should. This book and the books in it should be required reading in high schools and college.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue 

by V. E. Schwab

Sobbed. At. My. Desk. Ripped my heart out and showed it to me. So beautifully written. I absolutely had to destroy someone else with this so I wouldn’t suffer alone. Three day book hangover. It was amazing.

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

I have never wanted to run away with a circus so bad. I loved this so much I pray it doesn’t become a movie because I don’t want it to be ruined. But to see it. Can this exist? And chocolate popcorn. My Gods. It is every ounce as good as you think it would be.

Magic Lessons: Book #1 of the Practical Magic Series

by Alice Hoffman

Again. Sobbed. At. My. Desk. Maria’s story is so intricately woven into the Owens’ women’s history. And I want those boots!

We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

Sobbed. On. My. Couch. For an hour. Couldn’t pick up another book for a week. And I absolutely forced people to read this to share my pain. I never saw it coming.


by Colleen Hoover

This book made me say WTF did I just read in all the best ways? It ain’t for the faint of heart. It’s graphic. And has more twists and turns than a Missouri backroad.

Uninvited Others: Book 1 in the Haven Manor trilogy

by S. Feaker

Such a phenomenal take on the gothic horror genre. Flipped the family curses. Gods, I loved this book and I totally need to read the series. Probably in 2022.

The Good House: A Novel

by Tananarive Due

Heartbreaking. Mesmerizing. Non stop. Loved it so much. Again, flipping the script on those family curses.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another one. Sobbed. On. My. Couch. New it was coming. Still hit me like a ton of bricks. Went to work, threw it on the desk of my work bestie and told her to read it. You should read it.

The Final Girl Support Group

by Grady Hendrix

Did Grady Hendrix write it? Then you should read it. That’s it. That’s the review.

FantasticLand: A Novel

by Mike Bockoven

It’s not Disney World. OK. Sure. We’ll go with Lord of the Rings with adults at a place that’s not Disney but totally set up like Disney. And I loved it and would love to see this as a movie.

Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology

by a collaboration of authors

Listen. Here’s the thing. I know a lot of people say the zombie genre is dead. Wait. What? Never mind. But I love zombies and I will always love Night Of the Living Dead. And this book did not leave me wanting. The best for me was a character named Frank who kills and eats a news reporter who has been particularly rude to him. The character shares a name with a guy I work with. I laughed. Loudly. At my desk. It was great.

So, there you have them. the books I read in 2021 that I would share with everyone. Have you read any of these? What did you think? Have I convinced you to try one? Which one? What books have you read this year that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments.

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