My Favorite Books of 2021

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season if you celebrate! Things were good around here, and my kiddo was very into the magic of Christmas this year (more about that tomorrow).

I had a very dark reading year this year! Not all of my favorites are on the spookier, scarier side, but..it appears many are. I also had a really rough reading year. I had so many books I didn’t finish, times I just couldn’t get into reading, it was very weird for me. I was just a little off my reading game. However, there are some books that I just loved.

Fire Keeper’s Daughter was my absolute favorite read this year. I learned from it, was entertained by it, and completely devoured it. I also love that it was written by a Michigan author!

Hmmmm…maybe I spoke too soon. Maybe World of Wonders is my favorite book this year. Ok. This is my favorite nonfiction read of the year. I ran around telling everyone to read it. I loved the connection to nature, the throwbacks to her childhood, which while on some level were relatable to me, also were very far from my own experience.

Small Favors – just so good. I never quite knew where this story would go and I had a few surprises. I read this obsessively and I love everything Erin A. Craig writes so far. Also, another Michigan author!

The Final Girl Support Group and Bunny – both such good books, such crazy. Bunny was a trip and a half. And The Final Girl Support Group spoke to the part of me that grew up watching horror movies, Freddy and Jason and Michael Myers.

The Family Plot – Another dark, crazy read. But I completely loved it and my mom and I could not stop talking about it. I mean, a book that involves true crime? I am there.

The Box in the Woods is another one that I really enjoyed. I really love the Truly Devious series and I thought it was a bit cheeky of Johnson to have a murder mystery set at a summer camp. Perfect, right?

And finally, A Solitude of Wolverines. A mystery about a wildlife biologist who gets mixed up in a bit of a situation, one that could prove to be deadly. I have been waiting so long to read the next book in this series – next month! I decided January would be a good month to read a book about polar bears…

I wonder what roads my reading will take me down next year? I can’t wait to find out!

A Few Quick Book Reviews

A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson: Wow, I loved this book! It was so exciting and full of tense moments right from the get-go and I was completely pulled in. Alex Carter is a wildlife biologist who jumps on the opportunity to study the elusive wolverine- even though it means being isolated in the wilderness in a ramshackle building for the winter. Carter is more at home in the wilderness than the city though, and is excited about the prospect, especially after surviving a narrow escape from a gunman. She was ready for a change of scenery and change of pace. She arrives to find that not everyone is as excited about her being there as she is though, and a slew of mysterious and dangerous events unfold, with a twist thrown in for fun. This book kept me guessing and after I finished it I pulled up Google and immediately searched to see if there were any more in this series. Unfortunately, not yet, but I am keeping my fingers crossed!

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler: So, another one that I loved! I was thoroughly entertained by this book, 100%! Graham and Zoe are nerdy adorable goofballs, who have great chemistry, and interesting characters. I loved that they were not always predictable, that this book was not totally formulaic and that it too, could surprise me. Graham and Zoe as well as most of the other characters, were endearing, although I did have a few raise the eyebrow moments over some of Graham’s behaviors. Mostly though, I liked him. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series, although I will wait until winter comes back around again. Overall, super cute.

Wintering: A Season with Geese by Stephen Rutt: This book was a quiet, cozy kind of read. A celebration of winter and of well, geese. Stephen explores his homeland and these birds, in a book that makes you love geese, if you didn’t before. I enjoyed this book, but I am a total bird nerd, and I love being on a hike in the winter, the quiet whisper of snow around me, crunching slightly under my boots, being in the moment.. and then the raucous call of a flock of geese soars overhead, breaking the stillness and silence, reminding me that I am still in this world. It was a good read, but I think you might have to be interested in birds to enjoy it.