Hey guys! I know it’s a little past halfway through 2021, but I thought it would still be a good time to show off the best books I’ve read so far this year. I believe I’ve done this post every year for a while now, and I’m always interested to see how this list holds up by the end of the year.
Unfortunately, I’ve had a slump reading year, so I haven’t read very much. Also, I don’t see it getting much better by the end of the year, to be honest. That said, I’ve read some fabulous books. Let’s get into my top 5, working up to my favorite of the year so far!
5) A SKY BEYOND THE STORM // SABAA TAHIR
It’s really no surprise to see A Sky Beyond the Storm on this list. The An Ember in the Ashes series is one of my all-time favorites, and this conclusion was one of my most anticipated releases ever. Having experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in the previous installments, I was expecting a pretty devastating finale, and that is exactly what I ended up getting. While this wasn’t the fastest paced read ever, I still was enthralled in the book the entire time. I will say that the first two books in the series were on a whole other level though.
4) CROOKED KINGDOM // LEIGH BARDUGO
I finally read the Six of Crows duology at the beginning of the year, and I ended up really enjoying it, as expected. While I don’t think I loved them as much as the hype led me to believe, I really had a great time reading both books pretty equally. While it was hard between which between the two I preferred, I would say Crooked Kingdom was easier to get invested in right away, likely because I cared more for the characters at that point. Overall, while I expected the pace of both books to be faster, the story was just so intricately crafted. On a side note, the TV show adaptation was released this year as well, and I found that to be absolutely fabulous.
3) DEATH ON THE NILE // AGATHA CHRISTIE
Agatha Christie is easily one of my all-time favorite authors; in fact, one of her novels once topped my favorites of the year list a while back. In anticipation of the film adaptation, I decided Death on the Nile would be my next read from her, and it certainly did not disappoint. The only true qualm I had with the book was that I pretty much solved the mystery relatively early on, but this really didn’t diminish my enjoyment while reading regardless. Agatha Christie has such a unique way of crafting such interesting characters and situations in an extremely short amount of time. All her books are extremely short, but I am always so invested in them from the get-go. That said, if you’re going to give Agatha Christie’s books a go, I will always recommend And Then There Were None first, as that novel is an absolute masterpiece in my opinion.
2) THE HUNTING PARTY // LUCY FOLEY
The Hunting Party is my most recent read, and I had a feeling it would be a contender for my favorites list early on. It was my second Lucy Foley read, and it certainly lived up to my expectations, which were very high to begin with. Like Agatha Christie, Lucy Foley has quite a knack for crafting a cast of very interesting characters. In this book in particular, Foley developed a cast of virtually only morally grey characters, which was definitely a refreshing twist. The buildup to the ending was incredibly well done, and while I wouldn’t say the ending was extremely shocking or jarring, I left the book very satisfied. I can not wait to read The Paris Apartment, coming out in February and looks to be another iteration of Foley’s typical books, which works for me!
1) THE GUEST LIST // LUCY FOLEY
Topping my list as my favorite of the year so far is the other Lucy Foley book I read this year, The Guest List. I read this book at lightning speed, and at the most abnormal hours too. I believe it may have been the most addicting book I’ve ever read, and my thoughts on it since reading have actually improved. There really wasn’t anything to complain about with this mystery, as it had interesting characters, HUGE twists, and a fast pace full of suspense. In comparison to The Hunting Party, I found this one had way more shocking twists and a way more jaw-dropping ending, although both were great in their own right either way.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books!