Last year wasn't a good reading year to me. I read only 42 books (full books list here); which is 22 books lesser as compared to 2020. Aside from the pandemic and that life happens, I suppose procrastination also played a part of my slow reading progress. Now that the new year is here and it's always good to make some new goals and new resolutions, I've decided that I'll try to read as many books as I can but without too much pressure (although I need to work on the procrastination issue, hehe). 

As I read many suspense thrillers than other genres, it isn't surprising to see that the titles of that genre take up most of the slots (perhaps I need to work on reading more of the other genres, too). Without further ado, here's my Top Ten Reads of 2021 (not in any order and the titles aren't necessarily published in 2021. They are linked to my reviews for easy reference). 

- The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

- Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams 

- He Started It by Samantha Downing 

- Thief of Souls by Brian Klingborg

- A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight 

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 

- Grave's End by William Shaw 

- The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood 

- The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor 

- Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert 

Honorable Mention

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

There you have it. What books are you looking forward to reading this year and do you have any new reading goals or resolutions? 

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12 Responses
  1. You read some good thriller in 2021. I read: Hairpin Bridge, A Good Marriage and The Wife Upstairs and thought they were pretty good. I read more in 2021 than 2020 but, watched very little television as well which helped. I also had 13 DNF and this year I want to try to be more selective.

  2. I think it's telling the types of books we gravitate toward at certain times in our lives. I know for me, I read more lighter books this year. I didn't read as much this past year either. I could probably count procrastination as one of those reasons too. :-) I really liked Mexican Gothic and The Wife Upstairs too. I hope to read The Girl with the Loading Voice this year.

  3. Lark Says:

    The Girl With the Louding Voice was an awesome read, wasn't it? I'm so glad we read that one together. And The Burning Girls, too! :D

  4. Melody Says:

    Diane - I think I should note down the no. of DNFs too. I'd had one recently and the blurb sounds promising. Sometimes it's hard to tell from blurbs so I suppose we've to read on to find out.

  5. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I hope you'll enjoy The Girl with the Louding Voice as much as I did when you get to it, Wendy.

  6. Melody Says:

    Lark - It was a good one, and I'm glad we read it together. Hopefully the book for our next buddy read will be as good too. :)

  7. cleemckenzie Says:

    Thanks for your list. I'm setting up my reading for 2022, and I see a few here that interest me. Happy New Year.

  8. Susan Says:

    Well, there is more to life than reading after all! Sometimes I forget that, to be honest.

    Happy New Year, Melody!

  9. Iliana Says:

    Melody sounds like you had a really great reading year. I do enjoy good thrillers but haven't read as many lately. I hope you and your family had a great holiday and wishing you all the best for the new year!

  10. Melody Says:

    Cleemckenzie - I hope you'll enjoy some of these books if you get to them. :)

  11. Melody Says:

    Susan - Yes, life happens and reading will remain as one of my escapism. ;)

  12. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I hope I'll read some good books this year in quality if not in quantities. :)

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