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MY 2021 FAVORITES || Yearly Wrap-Up

YOU GUYS!! Can you believe there’s only a few more days left of 2021 😳 this year felt like the longest ever, but at the same time flew by really quick.

There were a lot of firsts. I moved into an apartment, did my first in-person semester of college, and inevitably, made a lot of new experiences there, some good and some bad. Regardless of how this year turned out, I know it’ll be a memorable one for so many reasons.

All that being said, I’m ready to say bye to 2021.

This might be a bit of a longer post because I just have SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT! Because of this little thing we have going on called the ~pandemic~, I’ve been consuming a lot of media in all of it’s different formats. No regrets, because I’ve discovered some amazing pieces that have shaped my life and mindset. Safe to say, I am not the same person I was at the start of 2021 and I’m thankful for it!


I read some truly great works this year. Here are just a few of the works that made this year a little more bearable. I’ve included less than 10 because these are really meant to be the top of the bunch, all time faves. That’s not to say there weren’t so many more amazing books I read and enjoyed! Check out my December wrap-up, which will likely be posted after this, to see my end of year reading stats!


Gosh, how do I even put into words just how much Other Words for Home means to me?? I read this one all the way back in January, and I still think about it from time to time. The pure feelings of hope and optimism this book exudes is something so special and helped me appreciate my life and sense of self so much.

It’s books like these that remind why I love to read and why it’s so important to encourage young readers as well. I wish I had a book like this when I was in middle school, because I have no doubt it would have taught me so much. Clearly, I can’t recommend this enough!


In general, I find Maas’s books to be alright, but nothing special or what I’d consider to be my favorite. This one, however, really blew me away and I was shocked that I loved it so much.

For me, this book just had all the right elements in the perfect ways. I thought the character dynamics were great, but more than that, the characters were so strong on their own too, and their likability didn’t depend on their relationships with each other. The way the story developed and the plot unfolded was amazing as well, and I’m eagerly anticipating book 2 now!


Hot take, but I enjoyed this book so much more than Little Fires Everywhere. It is so poignant and very much a character-focused story.

I feel like this is one of those book where you either love it or you don’t, mainly because the writing style is very,,,different. I just appreciate all the subtle nuances that Ng incorporated into these pages.

I have a full review up here where I go more in depth with my thoughts and the parts of this book that got to me if you’re interested!


Ugh, it is no secret that Tiffany D. Jackson is one of my favorite authors. I will read anything she writes and eat it up, and Grown was no different.

This book felt different to the other ones by her I’ve read, although they all deal with very real, heart-breaking situations that are inspired by reality. I love hard-hitting contemporaries like this one, so it was no wonder I gave it such a high rating.

I don’t really have much to say about this one because it’s a very powerful story that’s best if you just read it for yourself!


If I had to pick one all time favorite for this year, it would be A Woman is no Man. I absolutely loved Etaf Rum’s writing style. It’s so beautiful and had a lot of lines that made me just pause and think about what I’d read.

There are so many important social commentaries in this novel, many of which hit very close to home for me. I think just being able to relate to a story (which, I feel most people could with this one), makes a book stand out more for me. Obviously it’s not the most important thing and I very much enjoy also reading from diverse perspectives I don’t necessarily know much about, but in this case the story was so emotional.


I cannot shut up about this one. Seriously. Here is my full review if you’re interested, it’s basically just me fangirling over Pepper and Jack 🀧

The fact that there’s a romance on this list is very surprising, because as much as I can appreciate the genre, I usually find it hard to rate those kinds of books anything more than 3 stars. It’s not something I really gravitate to, and my expectations in terms of what I’m looking for from these books are kind of higher than other genres.

ALL THAT BEING SAID, Tweet Cute is amazing and hit all the marks for me. Loved it!


No doubt, if you stay up to date with bookish news or spend any time on the “book side of the internet”, you have 100% heard this title being praised by a lot of people.

I think what makes this book stand out and appeal to so many is the fact that it’s brutally honest and raw in regards to how issues of race in America are handled. It brings up tokenism, performative activism, and more in depth discussions about the subtleties of racism.

I definitely understand why this won’t be for everyone, as it does not beat around the bush with these discussions and is written in a pretty straightforward way. But I still recommend at least giving it a try!


I read Furia during the last week of the year and WOW what a way to end it! In this story, we follow our main character who loves to play soccer and wants to follow her dreams in pursuing the sport as her full time career. However, her family and society disagree, and she has to fight against sexism to do this.

I loved the main character, Camila, so much and really was rooting for her from the start. She is so strong, and brave, and passionate, which makes her easy to love. There’s also a bit of a romance, but I’m glad it didn’t take away from the main storyline and acted as more of it’s own subplot.


Aw man, I discovered so many STUNNING bloggers this year! There is no way I’ll be able to fit all the amazing posts I read on here because everyone is just so talented, it’s actually incredible πŸ₯° Also doesn’t help that I have the memory of a fish. Please don’t take it personally if I forgot to include you on here! Honestly, I have so much appreciation for EVERYONE who writes about books. Bloggers spend so much time and energy and, in my opinion, are very underrated in the book-sphere.

If I’ve interacted AT ALL with your post(s) this past year, just know it stood out to me and is among my favorites as well ⭐️

Ahaana | My Top 12 Favourite Young Adult Books, and What They Mean to Me
Cherelle | If You Liked That Marvel Movie, Read This Book
Bertie | 10 Sci-Fi Books For Beginners
Emily | I Programmed a Twitter Bot to Shout out Book Bloggers | Reflections on Joining Book Twitter
Saima | 6 thing I learnt after 6 months of blogging
Morgan | Recommending books by Asian authors
Asic | scam of the century || what i actually want for christmas
Lotus | Let’s Talk Bookish: Top Dos and Don’ts For New Bloggers
Caro | 8 Books About Mental Health
Anoushka | An Olive’s Guide to Celebrating Christmas
Maddie | Diversifying you reading // Why its important, tips, and recommendations
Karla | my favourite audiobooks
Ashmita | poetry recommendations for people who don’t read poetry
Sam | not the sequel I wanted | the hawthorne legacy – arc review
Sanah | Books to Read on Campus // autumn + start of the school year recommendations
Jessica | Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner | book review
Cherry | I read the Grishaverse books and now I want an emotional support goat
Rachel | Books As Road Trips // a random post that emerged out of the void
Kaya | The Best Books I’ve Read Every Summer For The Past Four Years!
Amy | Merlin Read-a-thon TBR – 2021
Nadia | The SOUR Book Tag
Gauri | Review: SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan
Rania | Recommending Books Based on Their Levels of Sass // where all I do is gush
Ariel | Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading Slumps
Sofi | Top 10 | 5-Stars Worthy High-Fantasy Books


To conclude this post, it would mean so much to me if you could fill out this feedback form below! I am always trying to improve my content and as I plan for next year, any input from you would be greatly appreciated πŸ’– Here is a LINK to the same form as well.

I hope you all had a fabulous 2021, or at least, as good as it can get in a crazy year like this one. I hope your 2022 is happy and filled with lots of warm moments and great books.

What were your favorite books from the year? What do you want to read in 2022?


Author: Aarushi @ aarushireads

Hi friends! My name is Aarushi (she/her) and welcome to my blog πŸ’– I’m a 19 year old reader and decided to start this so I’d have a place where I could write down all my bookish rambles and thoughts! In addition to reading, I love to write in my free time and am currently working on my YA Fantasy WIP. Found family, rivals to lovers, and a historical backdrop are just a few tropes I've added in. I love interacting with other readers and writers so be sure to leave your comments so we can chat! Thanks for being here <33 All my socials are aarushireads :) *profile pic created by prequel

29 thoughts on “MY 2021 FAVORITES || Yearly Wrap-Up”

  1. hi aarushi! all those books look so stunning! Other words for home and tweet cute have seriously been on my tbr since forever, i really really need to get to them asap!! ahh thank you so much for the shout-out, i’m so happy my post was among your favourites this year ilyπŸ’–
    filling the feedback form now :))

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    1. aw thank you so much, rachel!! i hope you can read other words for home and tweet cute soon in 2022. they’re both really heartwarming books that i’m sure you’ll love πŸ’– & of course, i love you and your blog!!
      ahh thank you for filling out the form <33 have a lovely new year!


  2. thanks for linking my post!! πŸ’– I loved Everything I Never Told You but omg it made me cry so much, for that reason I liked Little Fires Everywhere more. I’m dying for a new book from Celeste Ng. Tweet Cute also seems like a good book, great post!

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    1. of course! ahh yes, everything i never told you made me more emotional than little fires everywhere, but that made me like it more so i guess we had similar feelings in a way πŸ˜‚ tweet cute was amazing, i hope you can read it eventually! happy new year ❀️

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  3. Aarushi! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that 2022 is tomorrow? 2021 was such a year, I’m so happy to hear it was one of milestones for you! Thanks so much for sharing your favourite books, Other Words For Home sounds like such a heartfelt read, I was already smiling when reading your little review of it! You described Everything I Never Told You so well, it was definitely poignant the entire way through but had such impressive characterisation, I’ll be checking out Ng’s other books, let’s see if I agree with you haha! Really appreciate the shoutout, I’m off to fill in the form, wishing you a lovely end of the year! 😚

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    1. I KNOW!! this year was crazy. other words for home truly is a unique book that stood out to me, so i’m happy to hear you enjoyed my mini review 😊 ah, i need celeste ng to release something new soon, her writing style and stories are all so impactful and discuss themes i don’t really see in other books. & of course! i’m obsessed with everything about your blog. tysm for filling out the form and happy new year ✨🀍

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  4. Aaah this is such an amazing wrap up! All of these books look so good, and the way you described them – I NEED TO RUN AND READ THEM. A woman is no man has been on my TBR for months now, i need to pick it up soon. and also grown and furia sound so good too!! And ahhh, thanks so, so, so much for mentioning my post! It makes me so glad to hear you liked it! ❀❀
    Hope 2022 has been amazing for you so far!!

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    1. thank you!! it makes me so happy to hear these sound interesting to you, especially a woman is no man,,that one is truly a unique reading experience and a stunning book. ahh furia YES, one of my new all time favorites, i’m sure you’ll enjoy it as well!! you are so welcome, i love how much your personality shines through in your posts, they’re so fun to read! happy reading ❀️

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