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Looking in the Rearview at Books I Read in 2021

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At the beginning of every year, I set a reading challenge/goal. I have been setting it at 50 books. This includes audiobooks, manga, graphic novels, and juvenile chapter books. This year sadly, I only read 30 books.

So to make things easier, I’ll give my top 5 books of 2021. These choices will be based on memorability and my rating. So here we go!

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks– This was a fun adventure with a strong female character. I would highly recommend this novel for lovers of Laura Croft: Tomb Raider or the Indiana Jones franchise.

Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee– Sometimes I want to read a novel about traversing the seven seas with swashbuckling pirates. This is the tale for you. Grace O’Malley is a strong female character who has faced a lot of devastation as well as blessings in her lifetime.

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt– Now sadly, I wasn’t able to write a review on this amazing and fantastic novel. I was hit with a depressive episode and I lacked the energy to write this, but I did write down some notes in my journal. If anyone would still like my review I could redo the blog post now that I’m feeling better. Let me know on my social media if you’re interested!

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone– This is one of the most terrifying books I read this year. Even though I have arachnophobia, I dived into this adventure head first. Sadly, I also don’t have a review for this novel, and I didn’t make any notes on it. I just remember it being really good, and memorable. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a creature-feature type book.

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman– This novel was written beautifully. It’s atmospheric, suspenseful, and terrifying. I wouldn’t recommend this for the light of heart. There’s mentions of gore and torture, so that would make it rated R. Would recommend if you’re looking for a dark, atmospheric horror novel.

And that’s a wrap for 2021, a year full of ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, and even a trip to the mental hospital for me. So yeah, let’s close the door on 2021, and brace ourselves for what 2022 may bring. Happy New Years!



I am just a 20 something trying to figure out how to survive in this crazy world. I want to share my love of reading with everyone! I want to introduce people to some underrated or unknown authors. I also blog about other media I consume such as TV, Movies, Podcasts, and Video Games.

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