TTT | Best Books I Read In 2021

Posted December 28, 2021 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in top ten tuesday / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

The end of 2021 and we’re still in a pandemic. I’m exhausted from the past two years but books have kept me somewhat sane. Here are some of my favorites from this year.

I cannot recommend this book enough! The plot was great and the characters were so compelling. I absolutely loved the twist on The Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, especially with lesbians!

Every adult should read this book and it doesn’t get enough hype. A fascinating dual tale of seventeen-year-old Will Tillman and seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase. Rowan finds a skeleton on her family’s property. 100 years earlier, Will is a misguided teen in Tulsa during the 1920s.

Another book that doesn’t get enough hype. This book is the one where you actually see the main character change and realize their own biases. Mara wants to play football after getting kicked off the basketball team, and this one choice leads to a ripple effect that Mara doesn’t want to focus on or really care about. Highly, highly recommend. It’s a fun read that also delves into topics about sexuality and gender.

Ugh, I cannot get enough of Kyoshi and Rangi’s romance! They are so stickin’ cute! This one was such a great read just like the first one. I also think this series is great, as Yee does a good job of letting those who may not be fans of the two Avatar series still understand the storylines.

First off, Claudia Rankine is an amazing writer. In this poetry/essay collection, she truly brings up topics that need to be talked about and these will be uncomfortable for white people at times. Sit with the uncomfortableness and think about what Rankine is trying to get across.

This book is such a warm and lovely gay blanket and I cannot get enough of this! Arthur and Linus are completely adorable. And I would protect all those babies with my life!!

This collection of poetry by Seema Yasmin is beautiful and thought-provoking. I know I keep saying it, but I definitely recommend this to everyone. With lines like, “She is a Muslim woman in charge of the remote control & human evolution. Eight percent of your genome is viral-we are literal cousins of ancient pathogens wretched offspring of pandemics,” it’s hard not to get lost in the beauty of her words.

Nicole Murphy goes missing, but nobody cares because when you have brown skin, brown eyes, black braids or fades nobody cares in the good ole’ US of A. Jay Murphy, Nic’s younger brother, is determined to find out what happened and find his sister alive, no matter what. This was an amazing book and definitely time as we care more when white skin, blonde eye girls go missing.

Etaf Rum takes us inside the world of conservative Arab women living in America. We are taken through the lives of Deya, who lives with her grandparents in Brooklyn and is starting to meet suitors, and her mother, Isra, who didn’t have a choice to leave Palestine for America to marry Adam. A difficult, beautiful, and complex novel that will have you truly think about the lives of Arab American women.

Again, another book that everyone needs to read. Extremely accessible and well-written that takes us through African-American voting rights in this country and how we still have a lot of work to do to make sure everyone’s vote actually counts.

Happy Reading Darlings!

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12 responses to “TTT | Best Books I Read In 2021

  1. Lauren Becker

    First off, I got the Slytherin candle in the mail from you. Thank you SO MUCH!! I’ll be sharing on social media soon – I’ve been sick, and I haven’t been able to really take photos, etc.

    Great list! I really want to read Malice. I LOVED Dreamland Burning. I also own Just Us and need to read that ASAP!

    Lauren @

  2. I’m always down for a dual-timelines, century-old-mystery kind of story, but Dreamland Burning sounds like it’ll have a more serious slant than most, so I’m really interested in this. When You Look Like Us sounds compelling, too.
    –RS @ The Idealistic Daydream

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