Book reviews, Bookish Witch, Listicles

Best Reads of 2021

It’s an open secret that I’m a booklover. Last year, for the first time in my reading life, I prepared a list of books; books that I enjoyed reading the most in 2020. To my utmost and pleasant surprise, this list became viral.

This year I upped my reading challenge on Goodreads. From 100 books for 2020, I increased my target to 150 books for 2021. I didn’t think I could make it, but thanks to the support of the reading community and my love for books, I ended up overachieving, once again. Instead of the original goal of 150 books, I completed the challenge at 155 books!

Screenshot from my Goodreads profile

So, continuing the tradition, here’s my list of recommended books from those that I read in 2021.

Note: The sequence of the list is random and not based on my ranking/rating or preference.

1. Silent Screams by Neenv Raju Akunuri

Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller/Murder Mystery/Suspense

Read my full review of this book here

2. Faaltugiri and Other Flashbacks by Janhavi Samant

Genre: Nonfiction/Humour

Read my full review of this book here

3. Twilight’s Temptation by Shilpa Suraj

Genre: Fiction/Romcom

Read my full review of this book here

4. Meet Me Under The Stars by Manasi Singh

Genre: Fiction/Romcom

Read my detailed review of this book here

5. A Mother’s Goodbye by Kasturi Patra

Genre: Fiction/Family Drama

Read my detailed review of this book here

6. Eye on You by Kanchana Banerjee

Genre: Suspense/Crime Thriller

Read my detailed review of this book here

7. Linger, When You’re Gone by Chitra Padmana

Genre: Suspense/Murder Mystery/Crime Thriller

Read my detailed review of this book here

8. Somewhere Beyond Hope by Deepali Adhikary

Genre: Fiction/Family Drama

Read my detailed review of this book here

9. The Ornate Clock by Vineeth Thunoli

Genre: Suspense/Murder Mystery/Crime Thriller

Read my detailed review of this book here

10. Five Petals by Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

11. The Ladies Compartment by Parminder Kaur Sharma

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

12. The Camphor of Night by Samir Satam

Genre: Fiction/Poetry

Read my detailed review of this book here

Genre: Fiction/ Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

14. A Story Between the Lines by Santhosh Sivaraj

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance

Read my detailed review of this book here

15. Saini Subramanyam vs. 2020 by Avinash Matta

Genre: Fiction/Humour

Read my detailed review of this book here

16. Shaadi ka Ladoo by Chaitali Hatiskar

Genre: Fiction/Romcom

Read my detailed review of this book here

17. From the Heart of a Homemaker by Soumya Bharathi

Genre: Fiction/Poetry

Read my detailed review of this book here

18. In the Name of Religion by Ankur Chaudhry

Genre: Historical Fiction

Read my detailed review of this book here

19. Chasing Nirvana by Rafaa Dalvi

Genre: Fiction/Flash Fiction Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

20. The Case of Known Unknown by Harsh Adani

Genre: Crime Thriller/Suspense/Murder Mystery

Read my detailed review of this book here

21. it happens: Stories of Human Relationships by Bhaswar Mukherjee

Genre: Fiction/ Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

22. Walks Through Life: Stories by Santhosh K. Komaraju

Genre: Fiction/ Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

23. In Search of Spring by Shreya Shively

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Read my detailed review of this book here

24. The Cinderella of Karnal by Reecha Agarwal Goyal

Genre: Fiction/Thriller

Read my detailed review of this book here

25. Shiva Origins: The Son of Ganga by Dinesh Veera

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Read my detailed review of this book here

26. Right to Marry by Siddharthan Karunanidhi

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir

Read my detailed review of this book here

27. Footprints: Live . Love . Lead by Santhosh Sivaraj

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance

Read my detailed review of this book here

28. Hate in the Time of Covid by Sharath C. George

Genre: Fiction/Short Story

Read my detailed review of this book here

29. A Dangerous Affair by Rubina Ramesh

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romantic Drama

Read my detailed review of this book here

30. One Morning by Anamika Mukharji

Genre: Fiction/Short Story

Read my detailed review of this book here

While those were my absolute favorites and highly recommended books, I felt guilty for leaving out a few books. So here’s another one with my special mentions.

Special Mentions:

@bookish_witch88
Note: The sequence of the list is random and not based on my ranking/rating or preference.

1. Beautiful Mess by Yuktha Asrani

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Read my detailed review of this book here

2. The Part I Left With You by Rahul Saini

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance

Read my detailed review of this book here

3. Life in Different Colors by Pratik P. Sharda

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

4. 23 Letters of Love by Suchita Agarwal

Genre: Fiction/Poetry

Read my detailed review of this book here

5. Pocket Staples by Pradipty Bhardwaj

Genre: Fiction/Poetry

Read my detailed review of this book here

6. As I Desire You by Anna C

Genre: Fiction/Romcom

Read my detailed review of this book here

7. A Slice of Life: Every Person Has a Story by Smita Das Jain

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

8. A Marriage, an affair and a friendship by Sabarna Roy

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Drama

Read my detailed review of this book here

9. The Lemonade by Kankane Rakhi Surendra

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories Anthology

Read my detailed review of this book here

Hope this list helps you find your next good read. Here’s me signing off with the hopes of yet another bookish year. See you all again in January 2023, with a similar list. Till then, keep reading (or writing, so I can read more)

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7 thoughts on “Best Reads of 2021”

  1. You inspire me with your consistent support and it’s an honor to have been able to know you . I am touched , humbled and grateful for this grand gesture ♥️. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Wishing you a fabulous New year and all the best for everything ♥️✨

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