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3 January 2022

2021 in Books

 I have had a love and hate relationship with reading in the last year, sometimes reading up to three books in one month and then other times not being able to read for over two months, my final total for 2021 being fifteen books. Just like my last post where I looked back over my year in theatre, this post is all about my year in books.

As you can see from the picture above I definitely had a type of book last year as with most years and that is the good old fashioned romantic comedy (chick-lit) genre and there's a few authors that I really embraced last year.

Julia Quinn, author of the Bridgerton series of books was a new edition to my world last year thanks to the smash-hit Netflix show of the same name. I read the first in the series The Duke and I after watching season one on the telly before returning to the second book The Viscount Who Loved Me a few months later so I am one thousand per cent ready for the second season to air on Netflix later this year.

Another new author for 2021 was Anna Bell. I discovered her through a instagram live she took part with another author in my fifteen books and I really enjoyed Anna's personality decided to try one of her books, It Started with a Tweet, which I loved and then later in the year I read We Just Clicked which was just as good. I love Anna's writing style, it reads easily and her characters are so lifelike that you can easy imagine them as you read.

Victoria Walters is an author that made my 2021. I actually discovered Victoria through YouTube as she has her own channel, where she posts content on her books but also about other lifestyle topics including clothing and make up hauls. I love her personality and that personally definitely comes through in her writing. After discovering her Glendale series in 2020, I read the most recent instalment Always and Forever at Glendale Hall on top of her stand alone books The Second Love of my Life, The Summer I Met You and Summer at the Kindness Cafe. I can't wait to see what Victoria writes in 2022.

Some of my favourite authors released new books in 2021. Beth O'Leary, author of The Flatshare and The Switch, published The Road Trip in April and I finished it shortly after it. I literally couldn't put it down just like everything else she has written previously. Laura Jane Williams, who previously wrote Our Stop and The Love Square released The Lucky Escape in 2021 and again once I'd started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I would 100% recommend both authors if you want a great read.

Saying this there isn't a book on my read list from 2021 I wouldn't recommend whether it be a truly new author like Lana Grace Riva and her book The Existence of Amy which I had the pleasure to review last year or James Bailey's book The Flip Side or even a bit of non-fiction with A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins , it was a good year for reading and I can't wait to see what I get to read this year.

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