We made it through another year. We can’t believe that we are about to enter our third year of COVID. Not much changed in our reading from last year. For Tayne, her reading was still unfocused and she didn’t get to read many books she considered great, which in turn led to not meeting her reading goal number. Leggy leaned into romance novels and read a ton of those to get by. None the less, we stick to tradition and let you know what our best and worst books of the year were.
Sometime in summer, I put out a PSA on twitter asking people for the best books they’d read this year and this was one of the books mentioned. It fit the bill as I read a lot of black women authors this year and bonus for being a Nigerian author. So glad I did because it was the only book that got a 5 star from me this year. It was so good and had my attention from start to finish. You can find my review on it here.
- Not All Diamonds and Rose by David Quinn (See review here)
- Bamboozled By Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams by Yvonne Orji (See review here)
- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (See review here)
- The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (see review here)
“Marriages can float apart. Sometimes we don’t notice how far we’ve gone until all of a sudden, the water meets the horizon and it feels like we’ll never make it back.”
When I read this book in March, I told T;ayne that I think this would be my best book for the year. This year has been a very tough reading year for me especially with literary fiction. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and romance because it lets me escape from this Covid world so, it was just great to find this book and be completely immersed. You can find a full review for this book here.
- Hail Mary by Andy Weir (this book is so good! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never read any science fiction! Please read it!)
- Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Manson (I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads!)
- A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy (Best romance novel I read this year, it was so much fun! If you’re looking for something light, give this a shot! We have a mini review of this one here on the blog.)
- Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen Series) by John Gwynne (This was a fun fantasy to read!)
It didn’t help that I had high expectations but there really wasn’t much that I liked about this book. Not the story, not the writing style, not the characters. It took a while to get going and when it did get going, I did not care. Don’t get me started on the ending. A true wtf moment. See review here.
You either adore a Sally Rooney book or you detest a Sally Rooney book. There is no in between. I really enjoyed Normal People by Sally Rooney, I even reviewed it here for the blog but I really didn’t like this one. Beautiful World, Where Are You comes off so pretentious that I’m almost convinced everyone who loves it is pretending (just kidding! Art is subjective). I read worse books this year but I chose this one because I expected so much from this author plus this is one of those books that I hated enough to talk about it, so it earns its spot. You can find a full review of this book here.
We hope you have enjoyed talking books with us this year. We’d love to know what your best and worsts were so let us know in the comments. Have an amazing Christmas and we’ll see you in the New Year. Happy reading everybody!
Leggy & Taynement
5 thoughts on “Our Best and Worst Books of 2021”
Butter honey pig bread was my best book too! I wasn’t expecting much when I started and it very pleasantly surprised me.
My worst book this year was The silent patient by some white guy whose name I have done myself the favour of forgetting. Book had me wishing I could call customer service to submit a complain.
Leggy did a review on the silent patient in 2019 and liked it! – https://twonightstands.com/2019/04/22/review-the-silent-patient-byalex-michaelides/
My best book was also The Push which I read on Leggy’s rec, so thank you! My worst book was Shadow and Bone and I disliked it so much I didn’t even bother with the other books in the series.
I always stay away from Leigh Bardugo’s books. I remember reading one of her books and deciding that she’s not for me.