Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Stand Alone Books of Summer 2021 [Book Reviews]

September 21, 2021

Top 5 Stand-Alone Books of Summer 2021

Top 5 Stand Alone Reads of Summer 2021 (white text on a salmon color background on top of a field of wild flowers)

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I’m linking up today with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads for Top 5 Tuesday. This week I’m narrowing the prompt of Top 5 Stand-Alone Books to Top 5 Stand-Alone Books of Summer 2021.

Top 5 Books Read in June, July, and August


Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (cover) Image: two young women holding promotional materials and wearing hats stand next to a railing on an ocean liner

Best Historical Fiction; Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object

Best Science Fiction/Audio Book: Project Hail Mary (AUDIO) by Andy Weir


The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (cover) Image: the profiles of two native american young People (man and woman) in cultural dress

Best Diverse Read: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (YA/NA)


Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (cover) Image:

Best Literary Fiction: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson


the Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan (cover) Image: a young woman dressed in a red blouse and a white apron holds a recipe book close to her chest

Best Women’s Fiction/Histfic: The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan


Have you read any of my Top 5 of Summer?
What is one of your Top 5 Reads of Summer?

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  1. Great list, Carol! With so many good books it’s hard to pick favorites. I recently read Home by Marilynne Robinson, the second book in the series. She is an amazing author.

  2. Nice! I’m not much for sci-fi, but my husband loved PROJECT HAIL MARY. I really liked THE FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER and THREE WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE and THE KITCHEN FRONT are both on my I’m-going-to-read-sooner-rather-than-later list. Glad to know they’re great reads.


  3. Gilead – one of my favorite books ever. And enjoyed Kitchen Front– thanks to your recommendation Carol!! Just finished Our Woman From Moscow– spy novel set in the 40’s & 50’s. Not my usual –but a real page turner with likable characters!

    • Have you read the other 3 books in the collection? My hubs loved Gilead and is ready for a reread. He says it caused him to draw connections with Old Man and the Sea, another favorite! I need to check out Our Woman From Moscow. Thanks for the rec!

  4. Hi Carol! What a list!! I have Fire Keeper’s Daughter on my TBR, so I’m very pleased to see that on your top 5. Hope you had fun this week, and I look forward to you joining us more often!! 💕

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