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My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2021

If you've followed my blog for a while now, you probably know that I just LOVE making a list of my top 10 favorite reads every year. These books were NOT all published this year -- they were published in any year of days gone by. But 2020 is when I personally got to read them. And these 10 books in particular put an extra sparkle in my eye (and made my heart pitter-patter a little faster) as I read them...

Tarissa's bookshelf: 2021-top-favorite

Stalking Jack the Ripper
it was amazing
What a riveting read! Absolutely fascinating. I love the feel of the Holmes/Watson type of duo we have between Audrey and Thomas. Their relationship is fun to sit back and watch; there are so many fine nuances to pick up on. The mystery ...
A Name Unknown
it was amazing
This book is so adorable, I can't stop myself from just loving every inch of the story! The idea of it thrills me: A double-crossing street thief by the name of Rosemary lands a job in a God-fearing man's library. She has everything at h...
Death Below Stairs
really liked it
Mrs. Kat Holloway, almost 30 and already a widow of an abusive marriage, has found a new placement as cook at a well-to-do house in Mount Street, Mayfair. The kitchen and job requirements are quite to her liking and she believes that she...
The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale
it was amazing
Wow! Such a simple, short story... and yet it packs a powerful punch! No wonder it was turned into one of the most beloved films of all time, It's a Wonderful Life. George Bailey is contemplating suicide, when his wish is granted, that ...
A Christmas Visitor
it was amazing
What an intriguing Christmas mystery -- all because alleged forgeries and false documents -- and a little matter of a mysterious death, of course. It all comes together in a rather intriguing way. As every chapter unfolded, I was remind...
Hope Between the Pages
it was amazing
Well, this one's just about perfect. It's sweet. It's about books. What more can a girl ask for? A fairytale romance! So sweet and amazing, but even better, it's a romance built on a mutual love for books! This book is a balm to the so...
The House at the End of the Moor
it was amazing
Our heroine is a woman of 25 years, who lives upon the treacherous and lonely moor, with her wonderful and scruffy dog Malcolm as a faithful companion. ( "I am Malcolm's sheep -- the only one he herds and cossets.... He would not let a s...
The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition
really liked it
Well, well, well. I can definitely see why The Great Gatsby is such a classic now. It made me feel ALL the emotions. I just wasn't expecting how those last three chapters would tragically twist the story. But there we have it. Now I kn...
The Second Mrs. Astor
it was amazing
My first book by Shana Abe, and I'm positively mesmerized. The way she writes, her choice of wording, often leaves me in wonder. This is the kind of literature that makes me love books all the more. Any history buff, or person who has r...
A Christmas Guest
it was amazing
It is a seasonal delight for me to dip into Anne Perry's Christmas stories each Yuletide season! Each of these holiday stories I read from her always grants me a memorable, iconic plot to remember for years to come. In 'The Christmas Gu...

Previous years of top favorite books:

2020 // 2019 // 2018 // 2017 // 2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012 // 2011 // 2010

So, dear reader, what are your favorite books that you got to read in 2020?

If you've posted your 2020 favorites list, drop your link in the comments so we can all see it!


  1. I love that book by Roseanna M. White. I love that whole series of hers. I got Hope Between the Pages for Christmas and look forward to getting into it.

  2. I really enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper. Haven't read the others, but I'm glad you loved them!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction