I say this every year, but I can’t believe this year is already over!
Thanks to graduating from grad school and staying inside because of the pandemic, I read a total of 82 books this year, an all-time record for me.
In no particular order, here are my top 10 reads of 2021.
✨ Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker ✨ Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco ✨ The Wolf and The Woodsman by Ava Reid ✨ Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer ✨ The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart ✨ The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart ✨ Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune ✨ For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten ✨ Legendborn by Tracy Deonn ✨ The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I have some really great books lined up for 2022. There are so many new books coming out that look amazing, but I have some older series on my tbr list, too.
Before Coronavirus and JK Rowling’s (yet another) transphobic comment, I planned on re-reading the Harry Potter series this summer. My goal was to browse used bookstores to finish my own collection of the series. But now, I’m going to be reading my family’s copies, as well as my own copies of the 5th and 7th books.
I finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and it was so much fun! I haven’t read the entire series in such a long time; it’s definitely been over 10 years.
The first book is chock-full of subtext and foreshadowing. Harry learns at the end of the first book, from Quirrell, no less, that the reason Snapes hates him is because he and James went to school together, and James saved his life. There’s even a paragraph at the end where Harry muses that it seems like Dumbledore wanted him to face Voldemort. I enjoyed re-experiencing all of the plot points and the side characters that the movie missed. But that being said, it was also nice to be reminded that the first movie took so many direct quotes from the book.
Even characters that come into play later, like Sirius and Lavender Brown, are mentioned in this book.
I loved immersing myself in the Wizarding World again, and I’m looking forward to re-reading the rest of the series!
A bookstore where everything is $3 or under? Yes, please! I picked up four books, the max I should probably put in my suitcase, from Lucky Dog Books in Dallas, Texas. My boyfriend, who reads nonfiction/business books, found 5 books!