Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2021 – #BookRecommendations #GreatReads

It is that time of year again. When we all reflect back and decide which books will make our favorites list…  I always find this task extremely difficult.  This year I read 131 books, many of them spectacular, making the choices harder than ever.

Here are my FOUR FAVOURITES of the year:Also, I thought I’d share my TOP TWENTY-FIVE titles that I enjoyed the most overall (in no particular order – with links to my reviews underneath the graphic).

These are a mixture of new releases and back-list titles.


The Secrets of Strangers” by Charity Norman

Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner

The Downstairs Neighbor” by Helen Cooper

The Daughters of Foxcote Manor” by Eve Chase

Exit” by Belinda Bauer

Life Sentences” by Billy O’Callaghan

Season of Second Chances” by Aimee Alexander

A Measured Thread” by Mary Behan

The Night She Disappeared” by Lisa Jewell

When I Was Ten” by Fiona Cummins

Looking For Leo” by J.A. Baker

How The Penguins Saved Veronica” by Hazel Prior

Look What You Made Me Do” by Nikki Smith

The Searcher” by Tana French

The Winter Sea” by Susanna Kearsley

Magpie Lane” by Lucy Atkins

Margreete’s Harbor” by Eleanor Morse

The Good Sister” by Sally Hepworth

Still Life” by Sarah Winman

The Last House on Needless Street” by Catriona Ward

Painting the Light” by Sally Cabot Gunning

Not A Happy Family” by Shari Lapena

Rock Paper Scissors” by Alice Feeney

The Leftovers” by Cassandra Parkin

Unsettled Ground” by Claire Fuller

The Second Woman” by Louise Mey

(translated from the French by Louise Rogers Lalaurie)

The Girl In The Maze” by Cathy Hayward (review to be posted on Jan. 1st)

The Downstairs Neighbor” by Helen Cooper

Under Violent Skies” by Judi Daykin

Please See Us” by Caitlin Mullen

Nine crime series that I started in 2021 and plan to pursue:
The Frankie Elkin series by Lisa Gardner (my review of “Before She Disappeared“)
The D.I. Kate Young series by Carol Wyer (my review of “An Eye For An Eye“)
The Sebastain Clifford series by Sally Rigby (my review of “Web Of Lies)
The P.I. Charlie Cameron series by Owen Mullen (my review of “Games People Play“)
The Batvia-On-Hudson series by Tina deBellegarde (my review of “Winter Witness“)
The D.S. Sara Hirst series by Judy Daykin (my review of “Under Violent Skies“)
The Boyle & Keneally series by S.A. Dunphy (my review of “Bring Her Home“)
The D.I. Henry Ford series by Andy Maslen (my review of “Shallow Ground“)
The Detective Shona Oliver series by Lynne McEwan (my review of “In Dark Water“)

Now, because you can’t love every book you read… I thought I’d share the three titles that I read in 2021 that I enjoyed the LEAST.  You might have loved these novels, but sadly they were just NOT FOR ME and I cannot in good faith recommend them to others.I’m looking forward to another year of excellent reading.

Hopefully I’ll be tempted by fewer new titles so that I can work on my backlog of review commitments. (Who am I kidding?)

Also, in 2022, I want to regain my NetGalley 80% badge and earn my 500 reviews badge.

I hope that everyone sees good health, happiness, and a return to normality in 2022.

Thank-you all for your continued support of my book blogging efforts. ♥


About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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14 Responses to Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2021 – #BookRecommendations #GreatReads

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  2. Carla says:

    I could never do a favourites post, so I applaud you. I have read a few of these and have some on my TBR, but I am going to check the rest to see what else I should add.


  3. Favorites posts are so hard for me to do. I’m so indecisive so I’m always questioning what I’ve chosen and whether I should have put something else on there etc. I read 133 books this year and enjoyed most of what I read. I hope you have a Happy New Year!!


  4. Thanks for this Lynne, I shall take my time checking against what I’ve already bought, but needless to say not read yet, and add the others to be considered for my reading list. Wishing you all the best fir the coming year, hope it’s a happy and healthy one. xx

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  5. Great to see The Secrets of Strangers as one of your top reads Lynne. 😀


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  8. Carol says:

    It’s always fun to look back over your reading year! But difficult to narrow it down to those special few! Great year Lynne!

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