100 Books in 2021

I limited myself to 100, but went up to 115. Oops! Got to work on more writing of my own. I've taken off the extra 15 from this list so it's a neat 100. So these are my favourites, I suppose...


I’ve written about some of these in my blogs from 2020 and 2021, but particularly enjoyed the memoirs by Grace Dent and Pete Paphides, which I didn’t quite catch on their release in 2020 but loved reading this year. I love this pic below (from Wix) because it looks like me and my bookshelves, but grey rather than dark blue. I'm crazy about our re-done bookshelves, built by my Dad a few years ago and painted by our wonderful local handyman George for our little starter home...

  1. The Road Trip - Beth O’Leary

  2. Early Morning Riser - Katherine Heiny

  3. Single, Carefree, Mellow - Katherine Heiny

  4. The Wife who Got a Life - Tracy Bloom

  5. Coming Out Stories - ed. Emma Goswell

  6. Sorrow and Bliss - Meg Mason

  7. Lullaby Beach - Stella Duffy

  8. The Hungover Games - Sophie Heawood

  9. Bright Burning Things - Lisa Harding

  10. Diary of a Film - Niven Govinden

  11. Let’s Do It - (the biography of Victoria Wood) - Jasper Rees

  12. The Secret Bridesmaid - Katy Birchall

  13. Last Night - Mhairi McFarlane

  14. People like Her - Ellery Lloyd

  15. Hungry - Grace Dent

  16. In the End it was All about Love - Musa Okwonga

  17. The Wedding Party - Tammy Cohen

  18. Until Next Weekend - Rachel Marks

  19. Queen Bee - Jane Fallon

  20. The Engagements - J Courtney Sullivan

  21. No Such Thing as Perfect - Emma Hughes

  22. All Adults Here - Emma Straub

  23. The Answer to Everything - Luke Kennard

  24. Lessons in Love and other Crimes - Elizabeth Chakrabarty

  25. Last one at the Party - Bethany Clift

  26. Unbreak my Heart- Katie Marsh

  27. Uncoupling - Lorraine Brown

  28. Nothing I Wouldn’t Do - Sara-Ella Ozbek

  29. Delicacy - Katy Wix

  30. Magpie - Elizabeth Day

  31. The Madness of Grief - Revd. Richard Coles

  32. Gay Bar - Why we went out- Jeremy Atherton Lin

  33. Handmade - Anna Ploszajski

  34. That Summer - Jennifer Weiner

  35. Just Haven’t Met You Yet - Sophie Cousens

  36. The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle - Matt Cain

  37. The Startup Wife - Tahmima Anam

  38. We are Not like Them - Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

  39. The Other Black Girl - Zakiya Dalila Harris

  40. The End of Men - Christine Sweeney-Baird

  41. Variations- Juliet Jacques

  42. All the Things She Said - Daisy Jones

  43. Sunrise on the Sea - Jenny Colgan

  44. Would I Lie to You? - Aliya Ali-Afzal

  45. Pizza Girl - Jean Kyoung Frazier

  46. The Way it Breaks - Polis Loizou

  47. The Night she Disappeared - Lisa Jewell

  48. That Jewish Thing - Amber Crewe

  49. Patience - Victoria Scott

  50. The House Swap - Olivia Beirne

  51. Underbelly - Anna Whitehouse

  52. How We Met - Huma Qureshi

  53. The Turnout - Megan Abbott

  54. That Green Eyed Girl - Julie Moylan

  55. Should We Stay or Should we Go - Lionel Shriver

  56. He’s Cancelled - Sophie Ranald

  57. Is This It? - Hannah Tovey

  58. Writers and Lovers - Lily King

  59. Broken Greek - Pete Paphides

  60. Afraid of the Light - Douglas Kennedy

  61. On a Night like This - Lindsey Kelk

  62. The Stranding - Kate Sawyer

  63. The Editor’s Wife - Clare Chambers

  64. Memphis - Tara M Stringfellow

  65. Are We Having Fun Yet? - Lucy Mangan

  66. Stepping Up - Sarah Turner

  67. Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

  68. Impossible - Sarah Lotz

  69. Boyfriend Material - Alexis Hall

  70. Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake - Alexis Hall

  71. Reclaiming Asia Wevill - Julie Goodman-Chadwick

  72. M is for Mummy - Katy Cox

  73. Aisling and the City - Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

  74. Yinka, Where is your Huzband? - Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

  75. What Might Have Been - Holly Miller

  76. The Herd - Emily Edwards

  77. The Silent Stars Go By - Sally Nicholls

  78. Welcome to Your Life - Bethany Rutter

  79. Other Parents - Sarah Stovell

  80. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies - Deesha Philyaw

  81. Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

  82. Square One - Nell Frizzell

  83. The Multi Hyphen Method - Emma Gannon

  84. The Poet - Louisa Reid

  85. Surge - Jay Bernard

  86. The Christmas Bookshop - Jenny Colgan

  87. Several People are Typing - Calvin Kasulke

  88. The School for Good Mothers - Jessamine Chan

  89. Idol - Louise O’Neill

  90. Single Bald Female - Laura Price

  91. Worst Idea Ever - Jane Fallon

  92. The Matzah Ball - Jean Meltzer

  93. The Heights - Louise Candlish

  94. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting - Sophie Irwin

  95. At the Table - Claire Powell

  96. A Narrow Door - Joanne Harris

  97. I’m Sorry You Feel That Way - Rebecca Wait

  98. Loved and Missed - Susie Boyt

  99. A Still Life - Josie George

  100. These Precious Days - Ann Patchett

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