Top Books of 2021

I’m always amazed when someone says that they only read 10 or 15 books in a year. Really? How do you do that? Granted, the last two years I’ve read an indescent number. This year I read 237 books including children’s titles, books for the adult reader, and graphic novels.

How do I remember all those books? The reality is that I don’t. Many of them are amusing enough while I’m reading them but once I close the cover — POOF.

Still I thought that I would page through my reading list and share the books that I liked the most. Please keep in mind, this is a little bit random. I read many wonderful books but these are the 13 that today strike me as the best. Last week it probably would have been a very different list.

Books for Young Readers

Picture Books:

The Night Walk by Marie Dorleans. Sue here: This is a different take on the family walk. I wanted to give this for Christmas but it wasn’t available at that time.

Busy Babies by Amy Schwartz. Sue here: I read a whole stack of Amy’s books and this was my favorite. So many babies keeping their adults entertained and out of trouble.

Early Readers:

Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book by Cynthia Rylant. Sue here: An oldie but a goodie.

Chapter Book:

Yasmin by Saadia Faruki. Sue here: I heard Saadia talk about writing this.

Graphic Novel:

Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter by Rich Moyer. Sue here: A perfect choice for my wharped sense of humor.

Young Adult Novel:

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forma. Sue here: Really looking forward to book #2.

Books for Adult Readers

Graphic Novel:

The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono. Sue here: This is another one that is perfect for my sense of humor. The main character is former yakuza and applying all his talents to being the perfect house husband. Too funny.


Becoming by Michelle Obama. Sue here: This is one of the books that I listened to and it was read by Michelle herself. Wow. Powerful book.


Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. Sue here: A host of neurotic but believable characters pulled me in and made me want to read not only this book but more of his work.

The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield. Sue here: Excellent combination of science and suspence.

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris. Sue here: This is an alternate history with magic. Excellent series! My husband is now hooked on these.

Hems and Homicide by Elizabeth Penney. Sue here: One of my favorite cozy mystery series.

The Martian by Andy Weir. Sue here: The novel that the movie was based on. Love the character’s voice.

Treat yourself to some of these books in the New Year. You’ll be glad that you did.