The Best Books I Read in 2021!

Hi all! This year, or rather last year, I read almost 50 books, which is probably the most I’ll ever read in a year. πŸ˜† Today I’ll be sharing my top 5 novels of 2021! However, I’ll be sharing some honourable mentions as well because I read so many amazing books this year. Also, if you’ve recapped your 2021 in any way on your blog, do share the link in the comments. I’d love to see all the lovely books you’ve read in 2021 too. Alrighty, let’s get into it!

(PS: Click on the book covers to add them to Goodreads.)

5. Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

I loved loved loved Instructions for Dancing…until the ending. Unfortunately, it was too anti-climatic. However, the journey this book puts you through is incredible. The main characters are so lovable, and the writing was humorous yet heart-wrenching. Instructions for Dancing was the perfect mix of emotional yet funny, which in hindsight is an odd combination, but definitely a good one.

4. Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

Made in Korea | Book by Sarah Suk | Official Publisher Page | Simon &  Schuster Canada

Made in Korea was my first physical ARC, so it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I also interviewed the author, you can find that post here! The banter in this book was phenomenally done, to the point where I even want to re-read it, and I never re-read! The entrepreneurial aspect was awesome too.

3. Rumaysa: A Fairytale by Radiya Hafiza

This book surprised me so much! It’s a middle-grade novel that features beautiful illustrations inspired by South Asia. (It’s not a graphic novel though, in case you were wondering. πŸ™‚) Nevertheless, Rumaysa was amazing! The heroine was spunky, and the story was absolutely hilarious! However, it’s the important lessons of following one’s heart and helping others that really stuck with me…and also the delicious descriptions of desi food. *sigh* I’d really love a hot cup of chai and a samosa right now.

2. Once Upon an Eid by A Collection of Authors (Edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed)

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices : Ali, S. K.,  Saeed, Aisha, Alfageeh, Sara: Books

Once Upon an Eid made my heart feel so full! It tells a variety of stories, all of which show diverse perspectives and traditions that happen during the month of Ramadan, and on Eid. I felt like I learnt so much about the world through this book. Overall, it was incredibly wholesome and very joyful. I highly recommend it!

1. A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

A Castle in the Clouds: Gier, Kerstin, Fursland, Romy: 9781250300195: Books  -

And now, in first place I give you πŸ₯*drumroll please*πŸ₯ A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier! This was one of my first reads of the year, and it was amazingly cozy. It’s essentially a mystery set in the mountains, and I loved it! From the hilarious dialogue, to the warm writing, A Castle in the Clouds is the winter read you’ve been endlessly searching GoodReads for! You can read my full review here.

Honorable Mentions

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Both of these books are adventure based, and are very easy reads. In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens was a sweet book with lovely writing. I definitely recommend! Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne was such a fun and enticing book that I recommend to anyone wanting to get into classical novels.

Feel free to read my interview with the author of In Deeper Waters here! I wish I could also interview Jules Verne, but sadly time travelling back to the 1800s will be a difficult feat. You can however, read my full review of Journey to the Center of the Earth here!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite books of 2021. I’m grateful to have read such amazing books, and hope to expand my reading to new genres like fantasy and historical novels. What genres do you hope to read more of in 2022? Have a lovely day!

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  1. I also read Once Upon An Eid this year and it was so sweet! It was just so wholesome, I was beaming the whole way through! I hope you have a wonderful year Saniya πŸ’™

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    1. Aww so glad you loved it too! ❀ Thank you, have a wonderful 2022 too

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  2. how have i not read any of these?? the covers are so beautiful! and congrats on reading 50 books!! it’s definitely a lot.

    (anyway, i need to go add all these books to my tbr…)

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    1. Thank you so much Chelsea! Ahh i hope you love them, do update me if you read any of these ❀

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  3. An says:

    I am looking forward to read instructions for dancing this year.

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    1. Great, I hope you love it!


  4. I haven’t read any of these, but Instructions for Dancing and Made for Korea are both on my TBR! Great postπŸ’œ

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    1. Oo I hope you love them!! And thank you Kaya ❀

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  5. Rumaysa seems so cute, lovely list

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    1. Thank you jeeya! And yes, it’s super cute!!


  6. omg instructions for dancing has been on my tbr for so long and despite the ending i think i’ll enjoy it !!! the cover is also so pretty !!

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    1. I hope you love it regardless! and yes, the cover is so pretty πŸ˜€


  7. thea says:

    i will read ALL OF THESE πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ great post!

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    1. ahh yyayyy, hope you love em! And thank you! <33

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  8. ahh.. congrats on reading close to 50 books, that’s so cool πŸ₯° I’m glad you enjoyed Instructions For Dancing, I loved The Sun Is Also A Star so it is great to see Yoon’s latest book is a good one too. Rumaysa looks like such a delightful read and you’ve made me want to read it now, haha! Hope you find lots of great reads in 2022 πŸ₯°

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    1. Aww thank you Sophie!! I hope you read more of Nicola Yoon’s books in the future too. Rumaysa was amazing, I hope you decide to pick it up one day ❀

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  9. Rumaysa sounds so cute, I’ve never heard of it before but I’m immediately adding it to my tbr (especially since it was one of your fave reads of 2021!)

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    1. Aww yay!! I hope you love it, it was so good! ❀

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  10. Sumedha says:

    These sound great! A Castle in the Clouds was recommended by another friend recently because it looks just like the comfort read for me, so I want to read it this year. Hope you have a good reading year in 2022!

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    1. That’s great! I hope you love it. You too, have a lovely new year πŸ˜€


  11. Your blog aesthetic is adorable! I love the colours and your graphics 😍 Instructions for Dancing took me on one heckuva emotional journey but I loved it! Totally unexpected! Your #1 cosy mystery sounds great, will definitely have to check it out!

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    1. Aw that means so much, thank you!! ❀ ❀ Right?? Nicola Yoon knows how to pack a punch. Yay, I hope you enjoy A Castle in the Clouds! Thank you for reading πŸ˜€


  12. Anoushka says:

    Aah I’ve heard so many amazing things about instructions for dancing, and its on my TBR! So glad to hear you loved it!! AND OMG, DESI FOOD???? I NEED. Adding Rumaysa to TBR right away! Hope 2022 is an amazing year for you and you find a lot of new favorites!!

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    1. Yayyy, so glad Instructions for Dancing and Rumaysa are on your tbr. I highly recommend Rumaysa, it was so good. Lol yes gotta love desi food!! You too! Have an amazing year ❀

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  13. Karla says:

    What a wonderful list!! I have been gifted Instructions for Dancing at Christmas and it makes me even more excited to read it! πŸ₯°

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    1. oo yayy!! I hope you love it! ❀ thank you karla!


  14. I liked seeing your favorites of 2021! 😊 Once Upon an Eid sounds like such a great anthology, I’ll have to check it out! In Deeper Waters is still on my TBR & I’m excited for it πŸ₯°

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    1. thank you caro!! once upon an eid is amazing, i hope you love it if you pick it up. Ahh yesss in deeper waters is such a sweet story. I hope you adore it ❀

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