It's bittersweet to read my top reads post of last year and then to see how little has changed since 2020. We are still here - still dealing with the pandemic - but when I wrote that post I still had hope that the end was in sight and that things would be getting back to "normal" soon (not sure really what normal is anymore). Alas, we are still dealing with the pandemic and numbers are skyrocketing again. Boo! Happily, books were still there for me as they always are. My number of books read has continued to drop - I finished 55 books in total in 2021. This is the lowest number of books read since I started tracking so many years ago, but I continued to really enjoy the majority of what I read. I'll take quality over quantity always. My blogging continues to be sporadic at best. I'm not sure that I'll ever post as consistently as I used to when book blogging was at the height of popularity. And that's okay. But I'm also not sure that I'll ever give it up either. I just love sharing my thoughts on the books that I read in written form here. If you don't already, I'm much more of a consistent poster on Instagram so would love if you followed me there too. But for now let's move on to the top ten books that I read in 2021:
Shiver by Allie Reynolds - This book was exactly what I look for in a winter thriller! I loved the isolated, suspenseful atmosphere that the author created. I read this one with snow on the ground in the middle of winter and just lost myself within its' pages. The author did an amazing job of creating a suspenseful read that kept me guessing until the very end. I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next!
Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner - Mystery lovers, you are seriously missing out if you haven't tried out Gardner's books yet! This was originally supposed to be a standalone but is now being turned into a series - and for good reason! This book was just SO good! I loved Frankie's character - there is just something about flawed main characters in my mysteries that I can't seem to get enough of. I'm so excited for the next book in this series and highly recommend this one if you haven't had the chance to check it out!
Gone For Good by Joanna Schaffhausen - Schaffhausen is another author that has become a favorite of mine over the past couple of years for good reason. I'm sure you can imagine my delight when I absolutely LOVED this first book in her new series! She just has a way with writing mysteries that I cannot set down and that keep me guessing the entire time. The best part of this book though is the way that I thought I had this book figured out....when really I didn't at all. Yet another series that I'm super hyped to continue on with in 2022!
The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon - This book reminded me exactly why I consider McMahon to be one of my favorite authors. It's actually been a few years since I read one of her books - and this book made me wonder why I haven't picked anything up by her recently because her books are just SO GOOD! This book had this sense of dread and foreboding that just built up page by page. And then that ending. Ugh - this book was perfection and was the slap in the face I needed to want to pick up everything that McMahon has ever written. I should have done this already but at least I have more to look forward to in 2022 by her!
Broken Places by Tracy Clark - Out of all of the books on my top reads list, this book deserves WAY more hype than I've seen it getting. It's SO good! I am always here for a good mystery and this one was a standout beginning to this new to me mystery series. The characters were perfection and I loved that this author also used this book to look at both unjustified police shootings and police corruption. I am repeating myself throughout this post but this is yet another series that I plan on reading more from in 2022!