Reading Other People’s Favorite Books of 2021 | TBR

Hi everyone! As you may know, I usually don’t make tbr because I’m a mood reader, but after the abysmal reading year I had in 2021, I decided that I needed to do something to try to find some amazing books in 2022. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to put together a tbr with books included in favorite books of 2021 lists of bloggers, booktubers, and people from book twitter. To pick the books for this tbr, I set some rules:

  1. It had to be on the list of favorite/best books of 2021 of more than 1 person
  2. It had to have good reviews from my goodread friends
  3. It had to sound interesting to me

After going through SO MANY lists of favorites/best books of 2021, I finally have a tbr of 6 books that I’m looking forward to reading in the first few months of 2022.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: This was already on my tbr because it sounded interesting and because I have been hearing great things about it all year. It feels like everyone loves this book, so many people that I follow on different platforms and that have completely different reading tastes have enjoyed this book, so I’m hoping I won’t be the exception.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: This sounds a little like The Starless Sea, which was one of my favorite books of 2020, so I’m hoping I’m going to love it. I enjoy clever, layered, confusing books, so this sounds right up my alley.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake: for what I gather this was a hit on booktok and it spread all through the bookish community, and most people seem to love it. I have heard people compare this to The Secret History, which is a book I loved, so I’m excited for some dark academia in a fantasy setting.

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher: I started to read more horror in 2021 and I’m excited to continue to explore that genre, so I’m happy that a horror book made it to this list. Still, I’m a little worried because from what I can tell this is a polarizing book, people either love it or hate it, so I’m hoping to fall in the camp that loves it.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano: this book has such a quirky premise and for I understand it’s almost like a cozy mystery, which sounds perfect for me. I have heard that the journey this book takes you on is really surprising, so I’m intrigued.

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Córdova: I think I’m going to love this, I started it a few months ago and made it 15% into the book but I had to return the audiobook to my library, so I’m waiting to get it back. But I’m so glad to see it on other people’s lists and I can’t wait to continue listening to it.

Have you read these books and did you enjoy them? What books have you seen a lot on people’s favorite books of 2021 lists?

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23 thoughts on “Reading Other People’s Favorite Books of 2021 | TBR

  1. I LOVED The Atlas Six. I’m so obsessed with it, so that’s probably the one I’m most excited for you to read!! However, I also want to read Project Hail Mary, just because I was a huge fan of the Martian.

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  2. Ooh this is such a fun idea! I hope you end up enjoying all of them!
    I really want to read Project Hail Mary (mainly because it was on everyone’s lsit!), The Atlas Six and The Hollow Places as well!

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  3. As your resident The Martian fan, Project Hail Mary was one of my most anticipated 2021 releases! It did disappoint me a little (which I honestly expected, nothing can match up to the love I have for The Martian) but it’s very fun and I really enjoyed seeing Weir get into more speculative sci-fi!

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  4. Finlay Donovan was a stand out of my year!!! I really got into funny crime books this year, and this was one of them that really made me laugh but also kept me at the edge of my seat.

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