Here’s My Selection For Top 10 Books in 2021 – Out Of 103 I’ve Read So Far This Year!
It’s that time of the year when I sift through a list of all the books I’ve read this year and pick my Top 10 Books of 2021
I’m currently on my 103rd book of the year, so choosing just 10 was pretty difficult.
Still, here’s the list… a countdown to my BEST BOOK IN 2021 winner!
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #10
BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman
A touching novel about a small town where ice-hockey is an obsession… and the intensely emotional interactions between its passionate inhabitants.
In Backman’s quirky style – that readers either love or hate – he weaves a story that will haunt you for long after you’ve finished reading the book.
Yes, Beartown is memorable.
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #9
THE HISTORY OF THE STANDARD OIL COMPANY by Ida Tarbel
I read this memoir of the rapacious rise of one of America’s biggest corporations and its megalomaniac founder with an irresistible fascination.
A stunning expose that draws upon extensive research and excellent analysis, this is a narrative that will leave you open-mouthed in amazement – and horror!
And there are stark parallels to be drawn across decades… because at their core, all monopolies are nearly the same.
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #8
RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A.Cosby
It’s a tale of two fathers who have suffered a lot – and then forced to suffer the worst loss of all.
It’s the story of how they react. Fight back. And make amends.
‘Razorblade Tears‘ is a tale of delicious revenge – and heartwarming redemption.
Read My Book Review – RAZORBLADE TEARS
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #7
ARSENE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN THIEF by Maurice Leblanc
Step aside, Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Here comes a charming rogue in the form of a French criminal (who later turns detective).
Arsene Lupin is magical, cocksure, and oh-so-devious. He can wriggle out of any trap. Escape from any prison. And worm his way into any secret clique, even the police department trying to hunt him down!
I was so captivated by this character, I read 5 more Lupin novels. But of them all, this collection of short stories ‘Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief‘ was my first – and still remains my favorite.
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #6
RANGE by David Epstein
I read this book. Then recommended it to friends.
And had my daughter read it. Then discuss each chapter with me, in great detail – just to make sure she got its essence right.
That’s how important a book ‘Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World‘ is, in my opinion.
You should read it. And make sure your favorite youngsters do, as well.
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #5
TURN RIGHT AT MACHU PICCHU by Mark Adams
If you’re a history buff, like me… and if you’re fascinated by the Inca civilization in South America, like me… and if you enjoy reading beautifully written travelogues, like me…
Then you’ll be absolutely delighted by this account of a hike along the Inca Trail, juxtaposed with a historical narration of Hiram Bingham‘s original trek to discover the mystical Machu Picchu.
Every year, I only buy a handful of print books to keep handy in my library. Mostly, after reading the ebook and loving it. ‘Turn Right at Machu Picchu‘ is one of just two paperbacks I bought this year!
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #4
DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Sutanto
Rarely do I call a book “laugh out loud funny“, but this one is.
It’s a hilarious situational comedy which goes from being funny, to outrageously funny, to eventually ‘roll on the floor’ ridiculously funny in a really short time.
See what happens when a drunken girl accidentally kills a man – and calls her aunties for help. It’s just one darn thing after another… and each one complicates the situation even further.
Next time you’re in a mess, you just might be tempted to ‘Dial A for Aunties‘ too!
Read My Book Review : DIAL A FOR AUNTIES
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #3
THE DRY by Jane Harper
I read this novel early in 2021. And until a couple of months back, this would have been my top pick for ‘Book of the Year‘.
As any passionate fan of crime fiction, I’m an avid and eager student of human psychology. And if you’re similarly inclined, ‘The Dry‘ offers a virtual treasure trove of reading pleasure.
Read My Book Review – THE DRY
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #2
THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn
A gripping story of three ladies who work as code breakers at Bletchley Park during World War 2.
Mab, Beth and Osla are all fantastic, memorable story-people. The kind who live with you for the duration of your engagement with ‘The Rose Code‘ – and for a while after, as well.
I was amazed at how completely fleshed out the characters were, until learning from the Author’s Note that they were based on real women.
But the novel is fiction. And what a story this was. Had me hooked from the start – and held me captivated right to the very end.
TOP 10 BOOKS IN 2020 : #1
THE RIDE OF HER LIFE by Elizabeth Letts
Tracing the daring adventure of an elderly woman – who hated being called ‘Jackass Annie‘ as a child – along with her four-legged pals Depeche Toi and Tarzan across continental United States…
‘The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America’ quickly turns legendary.
It’s a narrative of changing times and fierce independence. Of true freedom and delightful humanity. An inspirational and heart warming read.
You’ll enjoy it, I’m sure. And fall in love with the gritty, gutsy and gracious Maine farmer Annie Wilkins too.
Top 10 Books I’ve Read In 2021
So these are my picks for ‘10 best books in 2021‘.
There were some more that should easily have made the list – if I could fit more than 10 top books in 2021.
They are all very interesting reads. So I’ll mention them here…
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
If you don’t burst out laughing – and break into tears – at least once while reading this book… check your pulse. You might be dead!
A stand up comedian, who was once a doctor (even a trained specialist) in Britain’s NHS, wrote this delightfully funny, insightful and mission-oriented book called ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor‘
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers
It’s a ‘killer thriller’ – with a difference. ‘Murder Must Advertise‘ is a novel (and yes, there’s a reason I’m calling it a novel instead of a ‘murder mystery’ or ‘whodunit’) set in pre-War London and is a lovely exposition of life in those times.
Double Crosser by Emme Gordon
Krish Thomas builds a billion-dollar business empire in alliance with a corrupt political fixer. Now he plans to steal a fortune from his own company! But then a Double Crosser queers the pitch… and Krish must choose between his childhood promise to a friend – or the girl he loves.
Hope you pick up at least a few of these titles.
Let me know if you enjoy them.
And if you’d like some more reading recommendations, check out my list of top books in 2020 too.
And I look forward to getting some great reading recommendations from you in return.
So tell me…
What were YOUR favorite reads in 2021?