I’m a little late with my January reads – whoops! Only fitting, since I’ve been in a reading slump and haven’t really been reading much in February. BUT – I had a great reading month in January and read so many great books! Highlights included Under One Roof & Love on the Brain from Ali Hazelwood!
2021 reading was a wild ride! I didn’t read quite as many books as I have in previous years, but I’m okay with that. Life was hectic, busy, chaotic and full of ups and downs this past year. The books I did read were pretty amazing for the most part.
The books listed below are my favorite 10 books that I read this year. Narrowing down the choices was so hard! There is a mix of books that were published from previous years, this year and even a few ARCs that are releasing in 2022. These were all five star reads for me and I highly recommend each and every single one!
I can’t believe that the year is almost over – where did it go?? I feel like at times this year was moving at a snails pace and then bam – it’s already December! I need to start thinking about my top list of books in 2021 already! I’ve read so many amazing books this year. While I didn’t read a lot this month, the books that I did read were spectacular. Standouts include The Wedding Ringer, Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships and Duke, Actually!
October came and went in the blink of an eye, it feels! I started off the month strong, but didn’t end up reading a lot this month. Work, Halloween, activities with my kiddos during the day kept me pretty busy! I did a lot of re-reads this month because that’s what I felt most like reading. Favorites books included The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan and a re-read of The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan (moved my rating up from 4🌟 to 5🌟).
I have had this duet sitting on my bookshelf for so long and I am totally beating myself over not picking it up sooner! Do you do that too? Well, if you have this duet – The Kingmaker & The Rebel King – sitting on your kindle, bookshelf or book cart – I highly recommend them!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this duet. And to be honest – the synopsis tells you enough about what the book is about, but at the same time nothing about what the book is about (I know that makes NO SENSE ha!). I will highlight what parts about this series that I loved –
A second chance romance told over the span of years
Two very head strong characters who will not settle for anything less, but want only the best for each other
Political intrigue and issues being discussed that are still affecting us including: how indigenous people are being treated, clean energy, race, gender
The sweetest, swooniest and 🔥🔥🔥 romance…sigh
I honestly LOVED these books so much and couldn’t stop reading once I started. Maxim and Lennix had that pull, that amazing chemistry whenever they were on the same page together. And I adored them together, but also came to love the people around them. Everyone from Lennix’s business partner Kimba to Maxim’s parents. Once you start reading The Kingmaker (book 1), be sure that The Rebel King (book 2) is ready!!
Have you read this duet or other books by Kennedy Ryan? I can’t wait to pick up more books from her backlist.
You can read my GoodReads review for The Kingmakerhere and The Rebel Kinghere!
CW: kidnapping, PTSD, death of a loved one (on page)
September was such a busy busy month. While I read the most books in quite some time in August, it seems like I slowed way down and read maybe my fewest books in a month in September. My month started strong, but then I fell into a book slump. And I just felt like re-reading a lot – so that’s exactly what I did ☺ Favorites of this month include TheKingmaker by Kennedy Ryan (why did I wait so long to pick up this book?!) and Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore (ARC)
Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan (re-read via audiobook)
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (re-read via audiobook – ALC)
The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy (ARC)
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (re-read)
TheRoughestDraft by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka (ARC)
Have you discovered any new to you authors this year? I have discovered a few of them including – Karina Halle, Lucy Parker and Kristen Callihan. In February so many friends were posting about Make it Sweet by Kristen Callihan and I had to buy the book and check it out for myself.
To say that I loved Make it Sweet would be an understatement. I loved the broody, pastry making, ex hockey player Lucian as well as sweet and sunshine-y movie star Emma. Their fun banter, slow burn and vulnerabilities got to me and I LOVED this book so much. I realized soon after reading Make it Sweet that there was a second book in the same universe – Dear Enemy. I immediately started reading it and maybe loved it even more than Make it Sweet.
I love an angsty, second chance romance, enemies-to-lovers slow burn romance and Macon and Delilah were a couple I was rooting for from the first page! Dear Enemy had me crying not soon after starting it and I loved everything about this book.
If you haven’t read either of these books yet, I highly recommend them! I have the audiobook, e-book and physical books of both of these books – that only happens if I really LOVE a book 😍
You can read my full review of Make it Sweethere and Dear Enemyhere!
August was a really good reading month! Somehow I managed to read 11 books – which is the most I have read in a month this year. I think it was a combination of reading really good books, audiobooks and my kids being back in school that allowed me to read so much. Standouts from this month included Hook, Line, and Sinker from Tessa Bailey (which doesn’t release until next spring), Electric Idol by Katee Robert, Lease on Love by Falon Ballard (another spring release) and The Lady Gets Lucky by Joanna Shupe which releases next month!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey (ARC)
The Lady Gets Lucky by Joanna Shupe (ARC)
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (reread via audiobook)
Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (reread via audiobook)
July was a great ARC heavy reading month for me. I ended up reading 9 books – which is a lot, considering it was a busy busy month! Favorites of the month included Isn’t it Bromantic? and Bombshell! I’m excited to see what great books August has in store!
I can’t believe it’s already July – the best month (okay maybe only because it’s my Birthday month 😂). How is half of the year already over?! I wrapped up my favorite books of the year so far and you can read my blog post here if you’d like. There have been some amazing books that have released this year and I am looking forward to what’s in store for the rest of the year. I ended up reading more than my usual in June. The Royals Next Door was easily my favorite book of the month!
Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle
Pucked Off by Helena Hunting (re-read)
Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton