My Top Reads of 2021

This post is definitely coming in late which is why I thought that it is perfect as a fun Sunday read. I read 22 books in 2021 out of which some became favourites, some were amazing and some just plain disappointing. This post is to recap and recommend the books that absolutely won me over in 2021. Here is my list –

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This book has made it to my top 5 reads of all time. This book broke my heart and made me want to fall in love at the same time. The book is a retelling of the Trojan War from Patroclus’ perspective and keeping his and Achilles’ relationship at the center of it all. I have done an entire post on this book so I’m not going to go into details. But I definitely recommend this book to people who like mythological fiction and to people who enjoy reading a good love story.

Check the book out here.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Another book that is bound to make you tear up. This book is written from the perspective of Nana, a street cat, who has been adopted by the kind and loving Satoru. After 5 years together, Nana and Satoru embark on a road journey in the hopes of finding Nana a new home. As their journey proceeds, we catch glimpses into Satoru’s past and learn about his journey before he met Nana. It is a beautiful book that absolutely won my heart and has made it to my top reads of all times.

Check the book out here.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz

A beautiful coming-of-age book that revolves around the unlikely friendship between two misfits, Aristotle and Dante. They come from very different worlds and yet are able to help each other navigate difficult situations together. The book is so simply written but is still so profoundly beautiful that it is bound to warm your heart. Definitely give this one a read. (Read my entire review here.)

Check out the book here.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

I was reading a thriller novel after a while and this book got me wanting to read even more thrillers. A very intriguing premise with colourful characters made this a very gripping read. I kept turning pages wanting to know what was going to happen next. The story of The Guest List revolves around a perfectly planned wedding being held on an Irish island away from the mainland. The island and the guests all have their own secrets which are slowly revealed as the wedding weekend progresses eventually leading to the death of a member of the wedding party. Definitely pick it up if you love a good thriller!

Check out the book here.

A Thousand Ships By Natalie Hayes

Another book around the Trojan war but this time from the perspective of all the women impacted in the war. A wife awaiting 2 decades for her manโ€™s return home, queens of slain kings turned to concubines and even more painful stories. This book is bound to move you and give you something to think of especially as you realize that these women were treated as mere accessories in the war stories and their futures after the war not given a second thought. If you’ve enjoyed reading Chitra Banerjee’s books revolving around Indian mythologies from the leading ladies’ perspective, you’ll love this book too.

Check out the book here.

Those were my top 5 reads of 2021. Recommend yours in the comments below!

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Nehal Jain says:

    I can’t believe that the only two books I’ve read on this list are the ones i ended up dnfing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ- the song of Achilles and Aristotle and Dante.
    It’s kinda weird but both of them were boring me.
    Also that’s what u meant by ttcc!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Zainab says:

    Omgg I love thrillers so I need to add the guest list to my TBR!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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  3. Gosh your reviews make me want to read all of these! Iโ€™m leaning towards the cat chronicles but I donโ€™t want to read anything too terribly sad. Iโ€™ll think it over and let you know. Thank you for this list!!

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  4. I read about 22 books too last year. I gave my Mum The Song of Achilles a year ago!

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  5. Busy girl Ru and amazing reviews!๐Ÿ‘

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  6. Nisha says:

    Thanks for sharing, this list gives me the urge and inspiration to start reading books again. I have been so busy lately and could not even finish some of the ones I even started .Great reviews and hope to check them out.

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yay! I totally understand – I’ve only read 1.5 books yet in 2022. But if you do read them, I’m sure you’ll love these books! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Juliette says:

    Amazing post! I have heard so many people saying that The Song of Achilles is an amazing book but somehow I’m not too drawn to it (or maybe it is because I still have an extremely long tbr pile)… I’m sure that everyone will have read it before I actually read it, but I do plan on reading it at one point, you convinced me! ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I so get it! After reading all the book recommendations on here – I keep adding books to my never ending TBR pile. But if you do, I’m sure Madeline Miller’s words will win your heart. I finished the book at 4AM and cried for the next 30 mins – so used to reading about modern day relationships that this sort of a pure love story had my heart melting SO much. :’)

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  8. bosssybabe says:

    Guestlist is still on my TBR list โ€“ need to get on that! Thanks for sharing, Moksha! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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