Today’s Topic: Best Books I Read In 2021
Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl
I plan on covering this topic within my end of the year book review, but until then, here is a little bit about my favorite books of 2021.
The Songbook of Benny Lament -Set in 1970’s NYC, Harmon’s inter-racial romance between a son of the mafia and a sassy chanteuse is creatively told in flashback through a radio interview.
American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt – A fictionalize tale of President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter makes her seem more human, but also very much the wild, somewhat rebellious woman she was famed to be.
A Peculiar Combination – Though I’m a bit burned out on WWII settings, I’m a fan of the author’s cozy mysteries and was delighted by her choice of pairing a taciturn government officer with a lady thief to solve crimes.
The Ice Swan – This historical novel combined some of my favorite things, WWI Paris, Russian aristocracy and a cross-cultural romance. Not to mention, it is extremely well written.
Come Back to Me – I’m always up for a good time-travel story, particularly if it includes the Middle Ages. This one has it all, adventure, romance, suspense and action.
Dearest Josephine – I appreciated how this book focused on the benefits and drawbacks of allowing fictional stories to feel like real life. It really gave me a lot to consider.
The Bromance Book Club – The first in a series (and also the best), I was charmed by the premise of a group of male friends reading romance novels to help improve their relationships.
Battle Royal – I’ve been waiting a while for a new release (and series) from Lucy Parker and she didn’t disappoint with this one about two rival cake makers who end up falling for each other.
Remembering Jamie – The final book in a series, this one brought it all full circle with a very emotional finale which included a husband trying to woo back his amnesiac wife. It was utterly heart wrenching and romantic.
Nothing Short of Wonderous – I can’t remember the last time I was so utterly transported to a place through a book. I loved exploring the earliest years of Yellowstone National Park along with the characters.
Luck of the Draw – Of all the contemporary romances I read this year, this one really stuck out. I fell hard for the characters and loved the summer camp setting.
All That Really Matters – I wasn’t expecting to be so impacted by a story about an Instagram influencer who is changed by her experiences working with at risk young adults, but it explored some deep and thoughtful issues.
The Mozart Code – I was privileged to read an ARC of this fabulously written early Cold War romance set in Vienna and Prague and was left practically speechless by it. It’s a love story between emotionally mature adults, within a plot including suspense and adventure. My words won’t do it justice, but it’s one you need to read.
In a Far Off Land – I wouldn’t have said this updated telling of the Prodigal Son was a favorite of mine, but I haven’t been able to quit thinking about it since I finished it. Being a classic film fan, I did love the 1930’s Hollywood setting and also how it included the story of Mexican immigrants during that time.