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As June comes to an end, life is finally beginning to look a little more normal for us all. Despite that, the first six months have felt very long to me. You’d think that might mean that I’d read more books than usual, but that’s not the case. I’ve had a lot going on that has taken up some of my reading time. As of this post, I’ve read 53 books, versus 60 at the same time last year. (See, there were some benefits to full on quarantine!)
Putting together this list of 2021’s favorite books so far was a bit of a struggle. Five were easy choices, but narrowing down the other four took some work! Last year 7 books from this list made my Best Books of 2020, so we’ll see how well these hold up by the end of the year.
– Uncomfortable vibe throughout.
– Audrain never let her readers feel truly sure.
– The ending was spectacular!
– This is a different take on the immigrant experience.
– Lots of irreverent humor.
– Stellar writing with lots of really great characters.
– Susan Conley GETS being a boy mom.
– Not your typical setting of set up.
– Connection with the main character on such a personal level.
– Bannister takes an powerful look at postpartum depression.
– An intense character-driven novel, with heart & humor.
– Gigi is a character that is hard to let go of.
– Slow layering in of characters, then suddenly takes off!
– So many pieces that shouldn’t fit and yet they do…beautifully.
– Local, Puget Sound, setting made it extra special to me.
– Appreciate that McClain took on a very literary suspense story.
– I loved the slow reveal of the many layers making up Anna.
– A story full of traumas, but each makes perfect sense.
– Rebecca Lowman narrated one of my top audiobooks of 2021
– A domestic thriller that required NO eye rolling.
– Both fun and engaging making for great summer reading!
– Strong writing from start to finish.
– Haunting story of a Vietnamese Woman set on building a new life.
– Told from multiple perspectives, especially loved the younger son’s.
– This book has a completely original, unforgettable set up.
– It was such a rich, odd, uncomfortable, character-driven story.
– Reminded me of her debut, Our Endless Numbered Days.
What have been your favorite books of 2021 (so far)?
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