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Best Books of 2021

Posted by LaShawn Wiltz on

Every year I set a reading goal, make reading lists, scan to be released articles and read a lot of books. I always have a favorites list with some years being easier to decide who makes the cut than others. I usually chat about my favorite books with a few friends but this year, I am sharing my picks for best books of  2021 my Pouring Over Books Community because it’s been a great book year. Also, one of my top books was featured in a  Pouring Over Books box this year. 

Best Books of 2021 

The Heart Principle

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Coming in at number 6, The Heart Principle was featured in our September box and for good reason. September is for many of us a time to get back to routines. What I loved about the Heart Principle is how relatable the struggles of life were. 

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Seven Days In June

Seven Days In June by Tia Williams

The wait was long but definitely worth it for Tia Williams’ latest novel. It came out just as summer was working its way to us. This book felt good, relatable and fun. I’m always here for a story that brings back a love between two people. That’s the most I’m sharing. Guy yourself a copy! 

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Just As I Am

Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson’s memoir blew me away. I admired her so much. Her resilience and strength and the iconic roles she portrayed. Her grace and dignity and absolutely her beautiful skin! I didn’t know the many layers of life and how she lived through it so I am glad her book felt like being wrapped in Grandma’s arms while reading. 

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The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

I must admit I didn’t have high hopes for The Last Thing He Told Me but boy was I wrong. The thought of it somehow being similar to very popular movie plot being great was unheard of for me. But the cast and crew of this amazing movie did it right. Yes a scenario we have seen time and time again can be fresh and exhibiting to watch 20+ years later. 

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Will

Will by Will Smith

Run, don't walk to get your copy of Will. He is an excellent storyteller and that is all I’m saying about that (the book). Knowing how life is growing up in a major city with lots going on, Will tells his story with great precision. It’s like I was walking in West Philadelphia  to the set of his latest holiday blockbuster. Will continues to be his authentic self and I love the personal reflections and work he did to get ahead of those same feelings now. He narrates the audiobook and I’m pretty it’s the best audiobook I’ve ever read. 

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In Every Mirror She's Black

In Every Mirror She's Black by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

My number one book of the year came as a complete surprise to me. I plucked In Every Mirror She’s Black from my to be read pile just because. Little did I know this book would fully wrap me into the pages. Every single page. I couldn’t put it down. The book is told in the voices of the three black women from different backgrounds as they navigate life in Sweden being tied to a powerful white man. It is deep. It is nuanced. It is hold your breath good and is one I will absolutely read again. The writing felt very much like many of my favorite classics in a more current way. Get this book. 

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What's on your best books of the year list?

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