There were sooooo many great books this year (I mean, when are there NOT great books out there?!) so it was hard to choose my top five, but again, I went with the method of, if you showed up at my house I would press these into your hands and say READ THESE NOW!
It Ends With Us: This was my 2nd Colleen Hoover book and it was all a buzz on bookstagram. I went in pretty blind- not knowing what the story was really about and that made the experience even better. The main character, Lily, has grown up, graduated college and started her own business- she is living the dream she worked hard for – putting aside the memory of her first love and the difficult life with her father. When she meets Ryle, a hot neurosurgeon, she feels as if her life is complete. But then her ex, Atlas, appears back in her life and her story is turned upside down. And the twist…wow! TW: physical/emotional abuse
One Last Stop: I typically don’t read a ton of YA, just because of “so many books, so little time” but I heard great things about this one and I loved the plotline! Twenty-something August Landry has moved to NYC to escape her mom and to find herself. She takes a job at a diner and begins to fall into the rhythm of the city. When a girl name Jane helps her out on the subway she is immediately taken with her and their connection is electric. Jane brings passion, romance and excitement to August’s world but Jane is not an ordinary girl and this love story seems nearly impossible. I adored the characters- the unique plotline and the twists. I was glued to those final chapters to see how (and if) it would resolve. Such a fun read!
People We Meet On Vacation: Emily Henry has quickly become one of my favorite authors. While her books are typically out during spring/summer, her characters are beautifully developed and the plotlines are far from fluffy. Poppy and Alex have been the very best of friends since college. Complete opposites in countless ways, they’ve always just vibed well together and made it a habit to take a weekly summer vacation together every year…until two years ago where everything was ruined. Poppy has now convinced Alex to take one more trip with her in the hopes of repairing her most important relationship – but in order for that to happen, one big truth must come out. This book just had all the right ingredients to keep me reading chapter after chapter way into the night. Loveable and relatable characters, steady friendship (possibly more?) and travel…with some drama mixed in as well. It was fun, fast and delightful.
The Midnight Library: People who read this book typically fall into two categories. They either love it or feel eh. I LOVED IT and it’s on my list to re-read again soon. The Midnight Library is the home to an infinite amount of books, all of which depict a different life you could have led if you chose a different path or made a different choice. Nora Seed finds herself in the library and gets a glimpse of her life should she have taken a different path. She ultimately must decide what is important to her and where she truly belongs. I love the idea of “what could have been” and how every other choice is not always the best choice in the end – even when you look back thinking the grass is greener. TW: Suicide
This in no way even touches upon all the incredible fiction books I read in 2021, but if you are looking for something to pick up these are a great place to start!