It’s time for the best books of 2021, and who better to lead us through this year than MomAdvice Book Gang superstar Larry. Larry ranks 28th as a top reviewer for GoodReads and has read over 360 books (so far) this year. So we were each challenged to bring our top twenty best books of the year to the show today.
There is a wide range of stories for every reader today. We have discovered it isn’t always the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, award-winning authors, or those New York Times bestsellers that end up making our list. This list showcases the beauty of a good storyteller and our deep mutual affection for debuts. Whether you are looking for short story format, science fiction, historical fiction, love stories, family dramas, true stories, or just a diverse cast of characters…. we have you covered! Escape real-life with these fast page-turners and plan for your best reading year in 2022.
Book Gang Podcast Episode 16: The Best Books of 2021 (Part 1)
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Mentioned in this episode:
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
Sorry to Bother You
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
A History of Wild Places by Shea Emshaw
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
How Lucky by Will Leitch
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
We Are Watching Eliza Bright by A.E. Osworth
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant
The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood
An Unexpected Kind of Love by Hayden Stone
Finley Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano
The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer
The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
Dopesick on Hulu
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter
Hare Psychopathy Checklist
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
Teen Killers Club by Lily Sparks
Squid Game on Netflix
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
Larry’s Bookstagram Account
It’s Either Sadness or Bookphoria Blog
Larry’s GoodReads Profile
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Narrowing a list down to just 20 is impossible especially since this is the most that I’ve ever read. Although these books did not make the big “official list” I loved them just as much and think they deserve your attention too.
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