As my first post on the blog comes close to the New Year, I wanted to reflect on the past year and what made it special. One of them being the amount of books that I was able to get my hands on to read in more expansive dramas. These books opened my eyes to literature and made me more aware of the world around me. Below, you can my entire reading list from this year including my top-three of this year. I hope you enjoy and get yourself just as interested in reading as I am!
#1: Normal People - Sally Rooney
When I first got myself into this book, it was solely because it was trending on TikTok. Shortly after, I understood why. The story revolves around the mundane life of two Dubliners living their lives while cycling through relationships. The European flare comes out through Rooney’s writing and references. The book deals with serious topics like domestic abuse and mental health, while still making you fall deeply in love with the story and its characters. This book had me thinking even after I was finished, giving it my number-one spot on the 2021 booklist.
You can find the book on Amazon for $9.33
#2: Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
Delia Owens’ debut novel takes second place on my list. The book, based in the marshes of North Carolina, gave me not only an appreciation for life, but gratitude for the people you meet from all walks of life. The scientific writing style of Owens paired with the amazing characters hit me hard. Most of all, the events taking place in the novel are described perfectly, while still keeping the character and her emotions on top of your mind. The writing style is simple and peaceful, giving it the number-two spot on my list.
You can find the book on Amazon for $12.40.
#3: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was my most exciting read of the year! One that I knew would be the most riveting from the moment I read the first page. This flashback novel is based on the fictional life of the 1950s actress, Evelyn Hugo. This book was notable for me not only because of the characters, but because it gives readers an alternate view on the lives of the rich and famous. Jenkins Reid’s writing and layout made it fast and very easy to read, something I am always looking for. This combined with the twists and turns gives it my number-three spot.
You can find the book on Amazon for $9.42.
Here is my entire list of favorites from this year:
Normal People - Sally Rooney
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover
American Royals - Katharine McGee
Lock Every Door - Riley Sagar
Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell
In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
Check them out!
Do check out these books and let me know how you like them! I do hope that you find some of your favorite characters and stories amongst these pages. DM me @eviespaceblog on Instagram or send me a message on the site with your thoughts!