Bec’s Best Reads of 2021

January 17, 2022 by Bec | Books

Yes, I know it is no longer 2021 and this post is about a month overdue; however, I’m always paranoid that I’m going to find a new favourite in the last week of the year after I post my yearly wrap up so didn’t want to post it too soon… Which is exactly what happened so I’m glad I postponed making this post.

Now, let’s go through my reads of 2021!

2021 reading overview

I read 302 books in 2021. Like in 2020, quite a few of the books I read were romance. I did not make anywhere near as much progress through my physical TBR as I wanted to, but did enjoy a few rereads.

My average rating was 3.6 out of 5, which is actually pretty decent. I either read a lot of books or was easy to please, haha!

You can see my full list of the books I read in 2021 on my Goodreads here. But let’s go through my 4 and 5 star reads!

My top reads

Bold = a particular favourite (likely 4.5 or 5 stars).


  • Meet Me In Another Life by Catriona Silvey
  • The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Warcross and Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte


  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner (reread)
  • Threadneedle by Cari Thomas
  • The Eyes of Tamburah (reread) and The City of Zirdai by Maria V Snyder
  • Caraval (reread), Legendary, and Finale by Stephanie Garber
  • A Fate of Wrath and Flame by K.A. Tucker
  • The Burning Sky, The Perilous Seaand The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
  • Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
  • Ruined (reread), Avenged, and Allied by Amy Tintera
  • ACOTAR, ACOMAF, ACOWAR, ACOFAS (all rereads) and ACOSF by Sarah J Maas.

Historical fantasy

  • Hold Back the Tide by Malinda Salisbury
  • The Harp of Kings (reread) and A Dance with Fate by Juliet Marllier
  • The Falconer (reread), The Vanishing Throne, and The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
  • The Infernal Devices trilogy (reread) by Cassandra Clare
  • Firelight, Moonglow, Winterblaze, Shadowdance, Evernight, Soulbound and Forevermore by Kirsten Callihan
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Paranormal romance/ urban fantasy

  • Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross
  • Death by Laura Thalassa
  • Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, and Industrial Magic (all rereads) by Kelley Armstrong
  • Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, At Grave’s End, Destined for an Early Grave, This Side of the Grave, and Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

  • First Drop of Crimson and Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
  • Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
  • Shades of Wicked, Wicked Bite, and Wicked all Night by Jeaniene Frost.

Historical romance

  • Lady of Skye by Patricia Cabot (aka Meg Cabot)
  • The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander
  • Highland Treasure by Lynsay Sands

  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Minerva Cheever by Julia Quinn (reread)
  • The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn (reread)
  • The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, and It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn (all rereads)
  • Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare (reread)
  • A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman (reread)
  • This Earl of Mine, To Catch an Earl, and The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman
  • What Happens in Scotland, Summer is for Lovers, and Moonlight on my Mind by Jennifer McQuiston
  • Diary of an Accidental Wallflower, The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behaviour, and The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston

Historical fiction and/or mystery

  • Shadows in Time by Julie McElwain
  • Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
  • The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke
  • A Stitch in Time (reread) and A Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Anatomist’s Wife, Mortal Arts, and A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper (reread), Hunting Prince Dracula (reread), Escaping From Houdini, and Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Sports romance

  • Kulti by Mariana Zapata
  • Puck Me Secretly and Home Game by Odette Stone
  • The Locker Room, The Lineup, and The Perfect Catch by Meghan Quinn
  • Kiss and Don’t Tell by Meghan Quinn
  • Bombshells by Sarina Bowen
  • Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen
  • Not My Match by Ilsa Madden Mills
  • Puck Shy by Teagan Hunter
  • The Lie by Karla Sorensen
  • Rocket Science by Emily Mayer
  • Outmatched by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young
  • Until it Fades (reread) by K.A. Tucker.
  • Homecoming King by Penny Reid
  • The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams

Other romance/ contemporary/ general fiction

  • Wasted Words by Staci Hart
  • All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata
  • Repeat by Kylie Scott
  • The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
  • Love Next Door by Helena Hunting
  • Waylaid by Sarina Bowen
  • Falling From the Sky (reread) by Sarina Bowen
  • Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
  • Taming Him by Kennedy Fox
  • Love at First by Kate Clayborn
  • It Sounded Better in my Head by Nina Kenwood
  • Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
  • The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy
  • The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
  • The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
  • That Second Chance, That Forever Girl, That Secret Crush, and That Swoony Feeling by Meghan Quinn
  • The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn
  • The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn
  • Boss Man Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn
  • A Not So Meet Cute by Meghan Quinn

  • The One Night by Meghan Quinn
  • Playing with Fire by L.J. Shen
  • Bad Cruz by L.J. Shen
  • The Simple Wild, Wild at Heart, and Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker
  • Baking Me Crazy, and Batter of Wits by Karla Sorensen
  • The Bluff and The Brazen by Willa Nash
  • Only When It’s Us, Always Only You, and Ever After Always by Chloe Liese
  • The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese
  • Dear Enemy and Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan
  • Managed, Fall, and Exposed by Kristen Callihan

How was your reading year in 2021?

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Bec is an Aussie blogger and reader who loves all types of novels. Fantasy, sci fi, and historical are my usual go-to genres. If I’m not binge reading, I’m usually gaming, trying to take decent photos for bookstagram, or freaking out about silly things.

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2 responses to “Bec’s Best Reads of 2021

  1. The set up of this is SOOOO cute! I’m so glad to see you enjoyed so many books last year, Bec! I love ACOTAR! That is one of my allllll time favorite book series <3

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