2021 Book Roundup: Part 2

Yay part 2! As I said in part 1, I’m usually not one to meet my Goodreads Challenge reading goals, but 2021 actually saw me read 28 books. Which may not seem like a lot, but for me, that’s groundbreaking. So here is part 2 of my 2021 Book Roundup.

1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

We’re starting off a little less than strong on this one. I was, very unfortunately, not impressed by Daughter of the Pirate King. I probably set myself up for disappointment because I had such high expectations, but this book just didn’t do it for me.

2. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

I had never read the Series of Unfortunate Events books, so the opportunity to read them when family friends lent them to me, was irresistible. And I loved them! It made me really regret not reading more as a child.

3. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I think I’ve drooled enough over this series in part 1 of the roundup, but let me just say one more time: I’m in love.

4. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

After a short break to finish the Six of Crows duology, I dove right back into the Series of Unfortunate Events.

5. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Totally in love. This is probably my favorite.

6. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Again, totally into this series. Though this one was not my favorite of the ones I’ve read.

7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with Neil Gaiman. This is a fantastic children’s book that is easily enjoyed by adults. Beautiful!

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

So in love with this one. It made me cry (everything having to do with the Holocaust makes me cry) and I loved that Death was the narrator. Some people thought this was a bit on the nose, which is fine, but it was the correct perspective to use in my opinion. This is a classic that I hadn’t read before, and I regret all that lost time of not knowing this story.

9. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

I went into this one thinking that if I didn’t like it, no worries, I wouldn’t force my way through it. But I really liked it. I’ve never seen the movie, but the book lived up to the hype.

10. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

This was the last one that had been lent to me, so my journey with this story, for now, is at an end. I love the genius of Lemony Snicket, how he doesn’t treat children like children, uses big words, and approaches sad and scary topics and tragedy without mincing his words or being condescending.

11. Blackout by Candace Owens

Candace does not hold back. And it’s so refreshing to see someone take on a touchy topic and punch through all the beating around the bush to say what she’s going to say. She knows what she’s about, does her research, and is honest almost to a fault. I loved everything about this book

12. Night by Elie Wiesel

I cried. I read the introduction to this book and cried. Just stop reading this blog and go read this book.

13. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I read this book a long time ago, I’ve seen the play live on stage, and I’ve seen at least one of the movie adaptations. And this story still amazes me every single time! Also I got a really pretty copy of it for Christmas 🙂

14. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

Remember when I said I love Ian Rankin? Well, the love continues. I got a copy of this for Christmas and read it in less than four days (which is a big deal for me). If you like detective novels, this is your jam, my friend.


What was on your 2021 reading list? Let me know! Tag me (@austen.etc) in your Instagram stories!

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