Anna’s Top 10 Books of 2021

I read the books so you don’t have to! Here are the top books that I read in 2021, ranked from least to most favorite.

 

  1. Title: People We Meet on Vacation 

   Author: Emily Henry

   Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary: Two polar opposites, Poppy and Alex, make it their yearly tradition to travel the world and visit the most bizarre locations on a broke college student’s budget. Ten years worth of memories and trips were made, until everything was ruined. Now Poppy has to salvage their confusing relationship and learn to fall back in love with life.

 

  1. Title: Love is a Dog from Hell

    Author: Charles Bukowski

    Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Summary: The world-renowned poet Charles Bukowski retells his stories through decades of relationships with women and how they shaped him into a writer.

 

  1. Title: Normal People

    Author: Sally Rooney

    Rating: 4.0/5 stars

Summary: Connell and Marianne are polar opposites in every aspect of their lives. The book goes through the journey of their complicated relationship from elementary school into late adulthood.

  

 

  1. Title: A Spark of Light

     Author: Jodi Picoult

     Rating: 4.0/5 stars

Summary:  A shooting at an abortion clinic that quickly escalates into a hostage situation leaves a group of individuals re-evaluating their decisions.

    

 

  1. Title: Piranesi

    Author: Susanna Clarke

    Rating: 4.75/5 stars

Summary: A man living in a labyrinth spends his days gathering information on the tides that flow through the hallways to report back to the mysterious Other. Reliving his life in an evolving loop, the world that he thought he knew is ripped from beneath him as he learns the hard truth of the labyrinth’s intentions.

  

 

  1. Title: It Ends With Us

    Colleen Hoover

    Rating: 5.0/5 stars

Summary:  Lily swore she would never be like her mother, but after meeting Ryle and Atlas she realizes the world isn’t as black and white as she thought. This is a heart wrenching and cruel story about a toxic relationship and how hard it is to leave a hurtful situation.

  

 

  1. Title: Love is a Mixtape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time

    Author: Rob Sheffield

    Rating: 5.0/5 stars

Summary: Life and loss told through the story of music and two individuals falling in and out of love. Rob Sheffield details his perspective of falling in love with his spunky and outgoing wife, Renee, in his autobiography.

   

 

  1. Title: On Drinking

    Author: Charles Bukowski

    Rating: 5.0/5 stars

Summary: Charles Bukowski shares his story of addiction and recovery and shows the hard truth of what it’s like to spiral down the rabbit hole of alcoholism through verse and poems.

   

 

  1. Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Author: Stephen Chbosky

    Rating: 5.0/5 stars

Summary: Charlie, a socially awkward teenager with a dark past, is a wallflower. He meets Sam and her stepbrother, Patrick. Together, they teach each other what it means to be independent, have fun, and learn to heal.

     

 

  1. Title: The Love Hypothesis

     Author: Ali Hazelwood

     Rating: 5.0/5 stars

Summary: One kiss. That’s all it took for S.T.E.M majors Olive and Adam to be thrown into a whirlwind of drama. Forced into a fake relationship in front of all of their colleagues and friends, they are faced with the difficult problem of not falling for each other.