What Did I Read in 2021?

2021 has been such a busy year for me reading-wise. Luckily (or un-luckily, depending on your angle), I lost my job at the end of 2020, which has meant the majority of this year has been freed up for me to read. And read I have.

There have been some outstanding books this year (I’ll be posting my favourites in the next day or so), some enjoyable books, some books that have fallen a bit flat, and even some I didn’t finish (I haven’t added the latter to this list).

Below is a (quite long – apologies) list of all the books I have read this year. Have you read any of them? Please comment or send me a message with your opinions.

JANUARY (10)

  • And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
  • Confessions of a Forty-Something F*** Up – Alexandra Potter
  • Holding – Graham Norton
  • Intensive Care – Gavin Francis
  • One To Watch – Kate Stayman London
  • The Courage to Care – Christie Watson
  • The Cows – Dawn O’Porter
  • The Doll Factory – Elizabeth MacNeal
  • The Push – Ashley Audrain
  • The Shape of Darkness – Laura Purcell

FEBRUARY (15)

  • Eudora Honeysett Is Quite Well, Thank You – Annie Lyons
  • Girl A – Abigail Dean
  • Ghosts – Dolly Alderton
  • Q – Christina Dalcher
  • Suicide Club – Rachel Heng
  • The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style – Bethan Holt
  • The Godmothers – Monica McInerney
  • The Ickabog – J.K Rowling
  • The Smallest Man – Frances Quinn
  • NICK – Michael Farris Smith
  • Luster – Raven Leilani
  • Heal Me – Julia Buckley
  • The Sanatorium – Sarah Pearse
  • Don’t Want To Miss a Thing – Jill Mansell
  • Bored and Brilliant – Manoush Zomorodi

MARCH (13)

  • The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot – Marianne Cronin
  • Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E Frankl
  • How to Make a Dress – Jenny Packham
  • The Library of the Dead – T.L Huchu
  • The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner
  • He Said, She Said – Erin Kelly
  • The Cracks That Let the Light In – Jessica Moxham
  • Saving Missy – Beth Morrey
  • Breaking and Mending – Joanna Cannon
  • Many Different Kinds of Love – Michael Rosen
  • My Kind of Happy – Cathy Bramley
  • The Last Goodbye – Fiona Lucas
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M Cain

APRIL (11)

  • Peter 2.0 – Peter Scott-Morgan
  • Hungry – Grace Dent
  • The Sleeping Beauties – Suzanne O’Sullivan
  • Girl in the Walls – AJ Gnuse
  • In The Time We Lost – Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • After You’d Gone – Maggie O’Farrell
  • Brain Storm – Suzanne O’Sullivan
  • Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Summer Job – Lizzy Dent
  • Our Fathers – Rebecca Wait
  • The Course of Love – Alain de Botton

MAY (12)

  • Worst Idea Ever – Jane Fallon
  • Small Pleasures – Clare Chambers
  • Consent – Annabel Lyon
  • The Dictionary of Lost Words – Pip Williams
  • The End of Men – Christina Sweeney-Baird
  • Life’s Too Short – Abby Jimenez
  • Sudden Onset – Tom and Chris Dardick
  • Last Night – Mhairi McFarlane
  • Circus of Wonders – Elizabeth MacNeal
  • The Cancer Ladies’ Running Club – Josie Lloyd
  • Fat Cow, Fat Chance – Jenni Murray
  • The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman – Julietta Henderson

JUNE (19)

  • An Extra Pair of Hands – Kate Mosse
  • Hold Still – Duchess of Cambridge
  • And The Little One Said – Elizabeth Coffey
  • Falling – TJ Newman
  • Lip Loch – Ann Malley
  • Song of the Robin – R.V Biggs
  • Sandwiched – Laurie James
  • The Master of Measham Hall – Abby Abney
  • Nobel Life – Stefano Sandrone
  • For the Love of Friends – Sara Goodman Confino
  • The Plot – Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Mrs England – Stacey Halls
  • The Way Back Almanac 2022 – Melinda Salisbury
  • Unearthing the Secret Garden – Marta McDowell
  • The Beat of Life – Reinhard Friedl
  • Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop – Jessica Redland
  • The Inkeeper’s Daughter – Bianca Schwarz
  • The Gentleman’s Daughter – Bianca Schwarz
  • How to Save a Life – Eva Carter

JULY (19)

  • Home – Maria Emmetti
  • Reunion – R.V Biggs
  • The Comfort Book – Matt Haig
  • A Midwinter Match – Jane Lovering
  • Dog Tales – Penelope Rich
  • Shakespeare’s Stories – Samantha Newman
  • Asking for a Friend – Helen Jacobs
  • Broken – R.V Biggs
  • Three Sisters – Heather Morris
  • The Marlow Murder Club – Robert Thorogood
  • Must Love Books – Shauna Robinson
  • The Madness of Grief – Rev. Richard Coles
  • Under the Whispering Door – TJ Klune
  • The Girl in the Striped Dress – Ellie Mitwood
  • Greece Actually – Sue Roberts
  • Studio of the South – Martin Bailey
  • Underbelly – Anna Whitehouse
  • The Appeal – Janice Hallett
  • I am the Sea – Matt Stanley

AUGUST (21)

  • How to Kill Your Family – Bella Mackie
  • The Windsor Knot – S.J Bennett
  • Snowflakes Over the Starfish Cafe – Jessica Redland
  • A Narrow Door – Joanne Harris
  • A Home in the Sun – Sue Moorcroft
  • Emily Noble’s Disgrace – Mary Paulson-Ellis
  • The Man Who Died Twice – Richard Osman
  • Make Do and Mend in Applewell – Lilac Mills
  • The Spirit Engineer – AJ West
  • Flowers of War – Llyr Gwyn Lewis
  • The Maid – Nita Prose
  • This Much Huxley Knows – Gail Aldwin
  • Christmas at Fox Farm – Helen Pollard
  • The Reading List – Sara Nisha Adams
  • Generations – Bobby Duffy
  • A Country Village Christmas – Suzanne Snow
  • Corinth 2642AD – Bindiya Schaefer
  • Green Rising – Lauren James
  • Charm City Killers – Josh Petroksi
  • The Dressmakers of Auschwitz – Lucy Adlington
  • Oil and Dust – Jami Fairleigh

SEPTEMBER (27)

  • If Wine Could Talk – Kara Joseph
  • On Christmas Avenue – Ginny Baird
  • The Bookbinder’s Daughter – Jessica Thorne
  • Reunion of the Good Weather Suicide Cult – Kyle McCord
  • Christmas at Hope Hall – Pam Rhodes
  • Help I’m Drowning – Sally Clarkson
  • A Short History of Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce – Massimo Montanari
  • The Storyteller of Casablanca – Fiona Valpy
  • The Village Inn of Secret Dreams – Alison Sherlock
  • Eight – Fantastical Tales from Here, There and Everywhere – Poormina Manco
  • The Kitchen Cabinet – Annie Gray
  • A Hundred Years to Arras – Jason Cobley
  • Per My Last Email – Stephanie K Wright
  • In Another Light – AJ Banner
  • Sunrise Over Pebble Bay – Delia Galton
  • The Survivors – Alex Schulman
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding – Tilly Tennant
  • The Beautiful Fall – Hugh Breakey
  • The Christmas Murder Game – Alexandra Benedict
  • This Much is True – Miriam Margolyes
  • Christmas in the Scottish Highlands – Donna Ashcroft
  • The Truth About Elves – Ekta R. Garg
  • The Key in the Lock – Beth Underdown
  • Midnight in the Snow – Karen Swan
  • The Post Box at the North Pole – Jaimie Admans
  • The Night of Many Endings – Melissa Payne
  • Twelve Days to Save Christmas – Elizabeth Neep

OCTOBER (20)

  • Christmas at the Village Sewing Shop – Helen Rolfe
  • Orwell’s Roses – Rebecca Solnit
  • Starting Over at Sunset Cottage – Lisa Hobman
  • Sergeant Salinger – Jerome Charyn
  • The Little Christmas House – Tracy Rees
  • Christmas Surprises at Mermaid’s Point – Sarah Bennett
  • Celebrations at the Chateau – Jo Thomas
  • The Country Village Winter Wedding – Cathy Lake
  • Gilded – Marissa Meyer
  • Taste – Stanley Tucci
  • Autobibliography – Rob Doyle
  • The Illustrated Etymological – Mark Forsyth
  • Magpie – Elizabeth Day
  • A Funny Life – Michael McIntyre
  • One More Christmas at the Castle – Trisha Ashley
  • A Special Cornish Christmas – Phillipa Ashley
  • From Shetland, With Love at Christmas – Erin Green
  • Kingscastle – Sophia Holloway
  • The Adult Side of Dyslexia – Kelli Sandman-Hurley
  • 1922 – Nick Rennison

NOVEMBER (20)

  • Underneath the Christmas Tree – Heidi Swain
  • A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig
  • Charles Dickens: Places and Objects of Interest – Paul Kendall
  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas – Matt Haig
  • Father Christmas and Me – Matt Haig
  • The Arctic Curry Club – Dani Redd
  • Walking on Sunshine – Giovanna Fletcher
  • The Twyford Code – Janice Hallett
  • Write it all Down – Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • FilmQuake – Ian Haydn Smith
  • A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow – Jessica Redland
  • Explorers of Deep Time – Roy Plotnick
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Wishing Under a Starlit Skye – Lisa Hobman
  • Where the Shadow Beckons – Gillian Grant
  • How High We Go In The Dark – Sequoia Nagamatsu
  • Send Nudes – Saba Sams
  • The Christie Affair – Nina de Gramont
  • Five Tuesdays in Winter – Lily King
  • Toby and the Silver Blood Witches – Sally Doherty

DECEMBER (13)

  • Violeta – Isabel Allende
  • The Clockwork Girl – Anna Mazzola
  • The Evening’s Amythyst – Marni Graff
  • New Animal – Ella Baxter
  • Theatre of Marvels – Lianne Dillsworth
  • Love, If That’s What It Is – Marijke Schermer
  • The Violin Conspiracy – Brendan Slocumb
  • Yinka, Where is Your Huzband – Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
  • Dying to Live – Barbara MacPherson Reyelts
  • Wish You Were Here – Jodi Picoult
  • The Christmas Pig by JK Rowling
  • Glittering a Turd by Kris Hallenga
  • Midnight in Everwood by M.A Kuzniar

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