What I Read in 2021
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What I Read in 2021

What I Read in 2021

We’re approaching the last day of 2021 and I doubt I’m going to read many (if any) more books before the end of the year. As such, it’s to look back at what I read in 2021.

I broke it down by genre, with some sub-genre selections. I’ll go into more depth about what I read in my reading analysis next week. And if you want to find out about my favourite reads of 2021, you can read my recent Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2021 post.

Here are the 98 books I read in 2021.

Myth Retellings

  • The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
  • Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • The House of Names by Colm Toibin
  • Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Contemporary & Literary Fiction

  • Riders by Jilly Cooper
  • Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan
  • Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud
  • Writers and Lovers by Lily King
  • Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
  • Another Life by Jodie Chapman
  • Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • One For Sorrow by Helen Fields
  • Stay Another Day by Juno Dawson
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Madam by Phoebe Wynne
  • Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters
  • The Guilty Couple by C.L. Taylor
  • Weird Fucks by Lynne Tillman


Including books on careers, personal development, and history.

  • Think Like a White Man by Nels Abbey
  • Dead Famous by Greg Jenner
  • Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminist by Celia Brayfield
  • No Modernism Without Lesbians by Diana Souhami
  • The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis
  • Shy by Annie Ridout
  • Forgotten Women: The Leaders by Zing Tsjeng
  • The Book Lovers Guide to London by Sarah Milne
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  • Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne
  • The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
  • Last Christmas edited by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise
  • Side Hustle in Progress by Elizabeth Ogabi

Autobiography & Memoir

  • A Bite of the Apple by Lennie Goodings
  • Ahead of Her Time by Judy Piatkus
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • The Rebecca Notebooks by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Along the Way, the Journey of Father and Son by Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen
  • The Accidental Influencer by Bella Younger
  • Omelette by Jessie Ware
  • The Gender Games by Juno Dawson


  • Circe and the Cyclops by Homer
  • A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M Barrie
  • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
  • Elizabeth and Her German Garden
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Daphnis and Chloe by Longus
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Children’s Fiction

Including children’s classic fiction and young adult fiction.

  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  • Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
  • The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo
  • Glubbslyme by Jacqueline Wilson
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Sleeping Beauty by Marty Ross
  • Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians by Terry Deary

Historical Fiction

Including historical romance and historical fiction.

  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  • Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  • An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  • When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
  • It’s in His Kiss by Julia Quinn
  • On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
  • The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
  • Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  • The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  • Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
  • First Come Scandal by Julia Quinn
  • A Night Like This by Julia Quinn
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Kindred by Octavia. E Butler


Miscellaneous reads include short stories, novellas, poetry collections, and scripts.

  • Little Woman: The Screenplay by Greta Gerwig
  • Graceful Burdens by Roxane Gay
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  • The Sad Feminist by Megan Beech
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Those are the books I read in 2021. What did you read in 2021? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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