My Top 5 Reads of 2021 & A Brief Reading Recap

Happy New Year, Readers! This post is all about the best books I read in 2021. I’ll have another post checking in with all of the goals I set later, but first I wanted to focus on the highlights!

Goodreads Year In Books

Unfortunately, the way Goodreads has formatted Year in Books for 2021 makes it impossible to embed in my blog. So if you want to see the fun graphics and all of the stats they include, check out the link above. Otherwise, here’s the summary:

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jana has completed her goal of reading 65 books in 2021!

How many books did I read in 2021?


How many pages did I read in 2021?


Top 10 Children’s Books of 2021

Since I spent a large part of the year focusing on children’s literature, I want to include some of my favorites here! And I couldn’t pick just 5 after all. The image is not linked, but you can click on the titles below to see their full information. Please note that these are not all books published in 2021, just books that I read in 2021.

Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac – Middle Grade / Upper Elementary Historical Fiction

Life According to Og the Frog by Betty G. Birney – Juvenile Fiction

A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb – Juvenile / early Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction

Linked by Gordan Korman – Middle Grade / Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Luciana by Erin Teagan – Juvenile Contemporary Fiction

Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature by Nathan Pyle – Picture Book

Because by Mo Willems – Picture Book

Stay by Bobbie Pyron – Juvenile / Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable – Juvenile / Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina – Juvenile / Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction

Top 5 Nonfiction Books of 2021

Again, because of school I read a lot of nonfiction books this year. This list includes texts I read for class, some I read in the time I set aside for theology (almost) every day, and others that I read just because.

Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancey

A New Day Dawns by Terry Lister My Review

Text, Lies, and Cataloging by Jana Brubaker

The Sea-Ringed World

I’ll be Home for Christmas Movies by Brandon Gray

Top 5 Fiction Books of 2021

The section you’ve all been waiting for! Or, at least the one that I expect to get the most attention. I usually spend most of my reading time in fiction, and I came across some really good reads this year despite not having as much time for personal reading as I am used to. It was hard to pick this list!

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke My Review

Discernment (The Legacy Chronicles #3) by Lauren H. Salisbury My Review

Fanny’s Hope Chest by Sarah Holman My Review

Tune it Out by Jamie Sumner

Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

I also want to give a shout out to a few new authors I came across in 2021: Patti Callahan, Gordan Korman, Susanna Clarke, Jamie Summer, and Joy Harjo are all new-to-me authors who I am very thankful to have discovered this year.

What were the best books you read in 2021? Share in the comments so we can build our 2022 to-read lists!

There are a lot more bookish posts planned for RFtS in the coming weeks! I hope you will stick around to talk about the books we wanted to read in 2021 but didn’t get to, goals for 2022, and much more.

Until the next chapter,


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    1. Thank you, Audra! More than half of what I read this year was for class, which is a strong motivator. I’m actually lowering my overall reading goal for 2022 a bit, and looking forward to reading more “for fun” books.

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