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At the beginning of 2021, I set myself a goal to read 50 books. I almost slid just in there, although I didn’t quite finish book number 50 before the end of the 31st! So whether I completed the challenge or not is up to intepretation, but I think it’s close enough to count.

It will come as no surprise when I say that 2021 was an unusual year. In pre-pandemic times I would read a lot of difficult books, memoirs non-fiction, and literary fiction. But I’ve noticed over the past two years, since the world got a little more complicated, most of my books have been beach reads, romance, and escapism. It’s been a nice shift, and I’ve enjoyed stepping outside of my usual genres and getting lost in some light and fluffy love stories.

Highlights from 2021: Piranesi (favourite fiction), Molecules of Emotion (favourite non fiction), One Last Stop (favourite romance), and Eat Pray Love (favourite re-read)

  1. Molecules of Emotion by Candace B. Pert
  2. The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton
  3. The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
  4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  5. Until Next Weekend by Rachel Marks
  6. Saturdays at Noon by Rachel
  7. The Spark by Jules Wake
  8. The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
  9. Sunrise by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
  10. Beach Read by Emily Henry
  11. While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
  12. SEX/LIFE by B.B. Easton
  13. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
  14. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  15. Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella
  16. The Regulars by Georgia Clark
  17. Fiber Fueled by Will Bulsiewicz
  18. The Bucket List by Georgia Clark
  19. It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark
  20. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
  21. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
  22. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
  23. Life’s A Beach by Portia MacIntosh
  24. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  25. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
  26. My Great Ex-Scape by Portia MacIntosh
  27. The Time of Our Lives by Portia MacIntosh
  28. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  29. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  30. Stuck On You by Portia MacIntosh
  31. Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
  32. Paris is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay
  33. Dreaming of Verona by T.A. Williams
  34. Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
  35. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  36. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
  37. The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson
  38. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  39. Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
  40. The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
  41. How to Make a French Family by Samantha Verant
  42. Angels by Marian Keyes
  43. The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
  44. Watermelon by Marian Keyes
  45. Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married by Marian Keyes
  46. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
  47. Gone Viking by Helen Russell
  48. Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
  49. You and Me on Vacation
    by Emily Henry
  50. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl


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