What I Read in 2021.

Hello, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve hopped on here to do some writing. Life has been SO busy lately. I thought it might be fun to compile a list of all the books that I’ve read this year! For some of them, I’ve already posted a review, and for those books, I’ll be sure to link it, but otherwise, I’ll share my thoughts here. Let’s hop into it! ❤

  1. Hope, Grace, & Faith // Leah Messer
  2. What I Saw and How I Lied // Judy Blundell
  3. Whiskey in a Teacup // Reese Witherspoon
  4. Big Little Lies // Liane Moriarty
  5. The Last Thing He Told Me // Laura Dave
  6. You Love Me // Caroline Kepnes
  7. Mrs Everything // Jennifer Weiner
  8. The Woman in the Window // A.J Finn
  9. The Paper Palace // Miranda Cowley Heller
  10. The Southern Side of Paradise // Kristy Woodson Harvey I picked up this book on a whim, looking for a light read. This book definitely fit the bill, HOWEVER, I hadn’t realized upon purchasing, but this book is actually part of a series! It’s titled The Peachtree Bluff series. I think it’s actually the last book in the lineup — so, oopsies on my part! I was able to read it without getting too confused. It follows the story of three sisters and their mother and all the drama that is happening in their lives. It’s a good choice if you’re wanting an easy beach read, but I don’t think it really stuck with me. Would I read the other books? Perhaps, if I’m looking for another beach read! It felt like the summer version of a Hallmark Christmas movie, which is a nice change of pace if you’re reading some other books that are a little bit darker!
  11. Little Disasters // Sarah Vaughan Most of the reviews that I’ve seen for this book claim that it is a thriller and while I do not agree that this book would be classified as a thriller, I did find it to be an especially powerful read. Jess is a stay at home mother and one day brings in her youngest for a visit to the ER. Suspicious circumstances arise and the reader is brought along to see what the truth actually is. I really enjoyed this book and found it to provide some important insight into the lives of mothers. I will say that it’s been awhile since I’ve read it, so the details aren’t 100% sharp, but I do remember being dissapointed with the last twenty or so pages of the book. I didn’t think that it quite fit with what I was wanting or expecting the ending to be.
  12. Lolita // Vladimir Nabakov I am still flabbergasted that there are people who read this book and think it is a compelling love story. It is one of the most horrific books that I have ever read. Nabakov is a beautiful writer and I think that’s what keeps people coming back to this story. I have read this book three or four times and the older I get, the more sick to my stomach it makes me.
  13. Ask Again, Yes // Mary Beth Keane This was one of the first books I read in the year and I never was able to get around to writing a book review about it. It follows two families and the interactions between two generations. It’s been awhile since I’ve read it, so the details are a little bit foggy, but I remember crying at the end of it — so I suppose be warned that it’s potentially a tearjerker!
  14. We Were Liars // E. Lockhart Forsome reason, when I read this book, I was under the impression that it had come out very recently, but it turns out that it was published back in 2014! It follows the seemingly perfect Sinclair family and throughout the story, their family secrets are revealed. Was a really interesting read and I definitely found it to be a quick one, as I was so invested in the story. It’s not exactly the same as The Paper Palace, but it was somewhat similar, and I definitely found We Were Liars to be the more enjoyable read!
  15. Educated // Tara Westover I read this book for my psychology class, but I would recomend it to anyone. It follows the story of Tara as she grows up with her survivalist family and all of the obstacles that she had to overcome. It is an incredibly powerful read. Difficult to read in some sections due to the subject matter, but was such a fantasatic and worthwile read.
  16. Maid // Stephanie Land I read this book for my sociology class recently. I generally stick to fiction, but these two memoirs were both fantastic reads. This book actually has been made into a Netflix series! I have not watched it, but I have heard that it is a very good depiction of the topics explored in the book. It follows Stephanie as she tries to make a living as a single mom and the adversity that she faces throughout her life. It’s a very compelling read and I would highly recomend it to anyone.

I’ve read some other books here and there, some coffee table books, but these are the main few that I’ve read this year! I’ve already managed to read three books in 2022, so here’s hoping this is a year of even more book reviews! What are some books that you’ve read? Would love to hear!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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