Best of the Best: 2015 to 2021 [Book Reviews]

January 14, 2022

Best of the Best: 2015-2021

2015-2021 Best of the Best (a young holds a huge stack of books in her arms and balances them under her chin

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Welcome to January and all the “Best Of” lists!

Inspired by Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, I’m putting together my own “Best of the Best” list.

Each year that I’ve been blogging, I’ve put together a most memorable reads of the year list. This year I thought it would be fun to follow Davida’s lead and list my top SEVEN reads of the last SEVEN years and rank them in order. I’ve only been blogging for five years, but I started keeping records seven years ago, so I’m including all seven years. I’m also linking to my blog posts so that you can see the runners up if you’re curious.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

2015:

The Intention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (cover) (white lettering over a goldish redish sky background) featuring a few small flying birds)

(Preblogging) The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
(reviewed the first year I started blogging)

2016:

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi cover (yellow background with red and blue and black designs)

(Preblogging) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (not reviewed on the blog)

2017:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

(I didn’t choose a favorite this year because I chose to use categories.) Looking back at the list now, I will have to choose Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman as my favorite of the year (not reviewed on blog).  See my complete list for the year here: 2017 Really Recommendable Reads

2018:

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
See my complete list for the year here: Most Memorable Reads of 2018

2019:

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (cover)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
See my complete list for the year here: Most Memorable Reads of 2019

2020:

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (cover)

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
See my complete list for the year here: Most Memorable Reads of 2020

2021:

a woman dressed in a rose dress stands with her back to the camera overlooking a balcony and a gold wall

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn 
See my complete list for the year here: Most Memorable Reads of 2021

Ranked in Order:

Ok….this isn’t my favorite thing to do but Davida has set the bar high, so I’ll give it a try! All of these are on my lifetime favorites list. They could all be #1. Tomorrow I might arrange them differently.

#7

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

#6

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

#5

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

#4

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

#3

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

#2

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

#1

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza



QOTD:

If you ranked your books over the past few years, which would be your #1 read?
Do you keep a list of favorites from year to year?



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

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27 thoughts on “Best of the Best: 2015 to 2021 [Book Reviews]

    • Right?! I make my choice and then force myself not to revisit it!!! My biggest concern is what if I loved last year’s #2 book more than this year’s #1 book. My choices fall victim to the year it was read. #bookproblems 😂😂😂

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  1. HI Carol — I’ve read most of these books upon your recommendation! And have The Rose Code from the library waiting for me. So hard to pick one favorite per year!! I’m currently almost through The Postmistress. So affecting — WWII from the perspective of an American woman broadcaster in London and a Postmistress in small town Mass. I’m wishing it would continue on for the end of their stories! Love you blog!

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  2. You’re killing me with all the lines to your annual favorite reads. I’ll be spending time delving into them. A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is on my 2022 TBR list. It sounds like my sort of book.

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    • I’d love to reread A Place For Us soon! Especially the heartfelt, emotional, poignant father/son section at the end! So many themes resonated with me in that book. I hope you enjoy it Adrienne!

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  3. I love this idea! Without actually sitting down with my favorites lists, Under the Whispering Door would have to be my number 1. But like you, my top favorites could all be in the number 1 spot on any given day.

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  4. That is a great list of books! I would have a hard time choosing just one favorite for each year and would never be able to pick an absolute favorite 🙂. I’m impressed that you were able to do that!

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