Friday 31 December 2021

Top reads and new authors to me from 2021

Happy New Year's Eve & Happy new year when it comes, here is to 2022 being kinder to us all!

What a year this has turned out to be, the last four months have been really difficult for our family and my reading mojo went right out the window. If you know us personally or on our socials you will have been following our updates with Alex (my wee da). I cannot thank people enough for the kind messages sent to/for Alex, he loves it when I read them out and even posed with some books (and bought me some, wee scone). I am reading a book just now that I would normally have done before the bells however I doubt it will so can safely round up my 5 star reviews of 2021.

1st was actually my 1st read of 2021 Cold Shoulder by Lynda La Plante, read over 4 days, review HERE if you want to read.

2nd was Every Note Played by Lisa Genova, such an emotive read, read in under 1 day & I have only just noticed I haven't shared it on my blog so will fix this. Review on Goodreads, click HERE.

3rd was The Devil's Advocate by Steve Cavanagh. I LOVE Eddie Flynn and this one had echos of A Time To Kill, shockingly fab. My review HERE.

I had so many 4.5 and 4 star reads that are fantastic but I thought I would just add the 5 star reads. I am surprised I had any, not because of the books of which many were brilliant. More my concentration is off and have been struggling to read and get into books at all. It has absolutely been a case of it isn't them it is me. I don't often do lists and had I been a bit more prepared I could have done a top ten, instead it is a tiny wee my 5 star reads of 2021.

My Goodreads challenge is always +1 more than whatever we read the year before & we do the book jar challenge that I will empty tonight and sitting at £152, this money is usually used to support small businesses (often bookish), buy books from indie authors and maybe get something that I would nromally balk at spending so much on (one year it was the wizarding box another year it wass a £60 book box that went to charity).

I was introduced to a fair few new authors (new to me anyway). Abigail Deane - Girl A

Peter Benson - Isobel's Skin

David Nott - War Doctor Surgery on the front line

Marga Minco - Bitter Herbs

Stuart Johnstone - Out in the Cold

R G Adams - Allegations

Sarah A Denzil - You Are Invited

Ruth Druart - While Paris Slept

Michelle Medhat - The Trusted

Dan Farnworth - 999 My Life on the Frontline of the Ambulance Service

Catherine Bennetto - Make or Break

Victoria Cilliers - I Survived A True Story

Aoife Abbey - Seven Signs of Life Stories from ICU Doctor

Kia Abdullah - Take It Back

Sarah Leipciger - Coming Up For Air

Tim Wagonner - Your Turn To Suffer

Jennifer Saint - Ariadne

Louise Curtis - A Nurse's Story

That is most of the new authors up to March, I will need to add the rest when I get a chance however here is the link to my READ books on Goodreads so you can have a nosey if you so wish.


  1. Thanks for sharing your list.
    Wishing you a happy, healthy & safe new year

  2. I feel like my reading mojo always leaves about July and then doesn't come back until like October. Every year. That's why I have to lower my reading goals lol.
    I haven't heard of any of these books, but I'll definitely be looking them up.
    I hope you have a good new year!

    Ash @ Essentially Ash

  3. Great to see what your top reads where. I have reserved the Lisa Genova book from the Library. Looking forward to reading it soon! xx

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