Sunday, December 26, 2021

Books I Read in 2021

Here's my annual "Books I Read This Year" post.

Some of these are Advance Reading Copies I was lucky enough to receive, so may not be available just yet - but worth the wait!  

Mixed in with the books is some "book art" I like. Some I've used in previous posts, some are new to me. I enjoy finding new (to me) artists as much as I enjoy finding new authors and poets.

I think I've read more books during this year than usual, including some "comfort" re-reads.

As usual, I read quite a few books about Paris.

Those books, besides being listed here, have also been included in my Paris Reading List - Meanderings and Muses: My Paris Reading List - Updated 12/14/2021 - with much more to come
I'm in the process of updating this list with links to the authors and the book covers. It's a project that won't be finished any time soon, but 'tis fun.

So. Here we go -

Books I Read in 2021.

They are all books I enjoyed. I'm not one to continue reading a book if it's not appealing to me. You'll see by the little asterisks that some of these appealed maybe a little more than others. Some get one asterisk, some two and very few get three. But even those with no asterisk at all is still a book I feel very comfortable recommending.

Enjoy! I hope you find some new books and authors to add to your own list.

". . . And Ladies of the Club" (re-read) by Helen Hooven Santmyer *
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness **

A Garden in Paris by Stephanie Grace Whitson
A Magical New York Christmas by Anita Hughes *
A New York Secret by Ella Carey *

A Night at the Sweet Gum Head by Martin Padgetta
A Paris Affair by Mary Oldham
A Summer to Remember by Erika Montgomery (ARC)
A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers **

A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe (ARC)*
An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott (ARC)
An American in Paris by Siobhan Curham **

Barefoot in the Sand by Holly Chamberlin (ARC)
Birds of a Feather by Lise McClendon
Bloodless by Preston & Child (ARC) *

Blush by Jamie Brenner (ARC)
Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)
Can't Look Away by Carola Lovering (ARC)

Carolina Mist by Mariah Stewart
Castle Shade by Laurie R. King (ARC)
Christmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan *

Coming to Age: Growing Older with Poetry by Carolyn Hopley (Editor), Mary Ann Hoberman (Editor) *
Crazy as a Loon by Lise McClendon
Dark Night by Paige Shelton (ARC)

Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari (ARC) **
Darling Girl: A Novel of Peter Pan by Liz Michalski (ARC) **
Death at the Chateau Bremont by M. L. Longworth
Desolation Canyon by P. J. Tracy (ARC)

Die Around Sundown by Mark Pryor (ARC)
Dream Girl by Laura Lippman (ARC) *
Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis
Embassy Wife by Katie Crouch (ARC)

Faithless in Death by J. D. Robb **
Falling for a French Dream by Jennifer Bohnet (ARC)
False Witness by Karin Slaughter (ARC)
Family Reunion by Nancy Thayer (ARC)

Fatal Scores by Mark de Castrique
Flight Risk by Joy Castro (ARC) **
Fly the Nest by Lise McClendon

Forgotten in Death by J. D. Robb ***
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand *
Gone by Morning by Michele Weinstat Miller (ARC)
Haven Point by Virginia Hume (ARC) *
Hemingway's Daughter by Christine M. Whitehead (ARC) *

Her Family Secret by Melissa Wiesner (ARC) **
Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan (ARC)
Hilltowns by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)
Homeplace by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)

How They Met by Irene Vartanoff (ARC)
Hummingbird Lane by Carolyn Brown (ARC) *
Hungry Hill by Eileen Patricia Curran (ARC) *
I Have Something to Tell You by Susan Lewis (ARC) *

In Polite Company by Gervais Hagerty
Islands by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)
Jackie and Maria by Gill Paul

Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger (ARC)
Legacy by Nora Roberts (ARC)
Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger **

Lizzie and Dante by Mary Bly **
Lost and Found In Paris by Lian Dolan (ARC) *
Love Among the Recipes by Carol M. Cram *
Low Country by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)

Magical Midlife Dating by K.F. Breene
Magical Midlife Invasion by K. F. Breene
Magical Midlife Love by K. F. Breene
Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene
Magical Midlife Meeting by K. F. Breene

Murder in the Rue Dumas by M. L. Longworth
Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson (ARC)
Nora, Nora by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)
Not Dark Yet by Peter Robinson

  • Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)
  • Off the Wild Coast of Brittany by Juliet Blackwell
  • One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot *
One Lucky Summer by Jenny Oliver (ARC)
Our Little World by Karen Winn (ARC)

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams *
Out of Anywhere by Andrea Nourse(ARC) *
Outer Banks by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter *
Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan **
Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby (ARC)* *
Reunion Beach, Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank edited by Carrie Feron

Riviera House by Natasha Lester
Runner by Tracy Clark (ARC) *
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness *
Silverview by John LeCarre

Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells (ARC)
Songs by Honeybird by Peter McDade (ARC) **
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny *

Still Lives by Maria Hummel
Strapless by Deborah Davis
Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin

Sweetwater Creek by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)
That Summer by Jennifer Weiner (ARC)
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn *
The Beach House by Rachel Hanna
The Becoming by Nora Roberts (ARC) ***
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness *

The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman *
The Bookbinder's Daughter by Jessica Thorne (ARC)
The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser *

The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan *
The Christmas Unicorn by Elf Ahearn
The Cover Wife by Dan Fesperman (ARC)
The Dressmaker of Paris by Georgia Kaufmann (ARC) *
The Dressmaker's Secret by Lorna Cook (ARC)

The Fashion Orphans by Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose (ARC)
The French Gift by Kirsty Manning (ARC) *
The French Paradox by Ellen Crosby
The Garden House by Linda Mahkovec (ARC)

The Girl From Paris by Ella Carey (ARC) *
The Girl I Used to Be by Heidi Hostetter (ARC) *
The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)
The Herd by Andrea Bartz

The House Uptown by Melissa Ginsburg
The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross (ARC)
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova*

The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis
The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt (ARC)
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin (ARC) *

The Last Dance of the Debutante by Julia Kelly (ARC) *
The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain (ARC) **
The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer (ARC)
The Last Night in London by Karen White *
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave *

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber (ARC)
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (ARC) *
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
The Lost Carousel of Province by Juliet Blackwell (Re-Read) *

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (ARC) **
The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson (ARC) *
The Magnificent Lives of Majorie Post by Allison Pataki (ARC)
The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

The Match by Harlan Coben (ARC)
The Moon Over Kilmore Quay by Carmel Harrington
The Moon, The Stars, and Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan (ARC)

The Mother Next Door by Tara Laskowski (ARC) *
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell (ARC)*

The Other Couple by Cathryn Grant (ARC)
The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub (ARC)
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf (ARC)

The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen **
The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron (ARC)
The Paris Network by Siobhan Curham
The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella (ARC) *
The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert (ARC) *

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
The Pot Thief Who Studied the Woman At Otowi Crossing by J. Michael Orenduff
The Purple Shadow by Christopher Bowden
The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick

The Riviera House by Natasha Lester
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn *
The Second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abe (ARC) *
The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman (ARC)

The Secret of the Chateau by Kathleen McGurl
The Secret Stealers by Jane Healey *
The Secrets We Share by Edwin Hill (ARC) *
The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice (ARC) *

The Sixth Wedding by Elin Hilderbrand
The Social Graces by Renee Rosen
The Steal by M.J. Rose and C.W. Gortner (ARC)
The Stolen Lady by Laura Morelli (ARC)

The Storyteller of Casablanca by Fiona Valpy (ARC) **
The Stranger Behind You by Carol Goodman
The Summer I Found Myself by Colleen French (ARC)
The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe (ARC)
The Summer Seekers by Sara Morgan **

The Turnout by Megan Abbott (ARC)
The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr*
The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey (ARC) *
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill (ARC) **
The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray *
These Tangled Vines by Julianne MacLean
These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall (ARC) *
Up Island by Anne Rivers Siddons (re-read)

What Doesn't Kill Us by David Housewright (ARC) *
When All Light Fails by Randall Silvis (ARC)
When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash (ARC) **
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah *

Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews
Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece (ARC) *
Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr (ARC)

Happy Reading!


Peg Brantley said...

Beautiful pictures, and I see we both have enjoyed Anne Rivers Siddon. You read an impressive amount of books, my friend. Well done! I wish you joy in 2022. xoxo

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Oh, Peg. She was the best, wasn't she? Happy New Year, my friend. xoxo

CreateSoulLife said...

So impressed by the reading list and the images shared. I want to know how you manage to do all that reading! Your blog is impressive. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy New Year!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Oh, Thank You! Being retired allows me the time to do all this reading. I "should" spend some of this reading time dusting, but . . . life is short! 😊