The best books I’ve read up until now | 2021 reads

We’re 4 months into 2021 and I’ve already finished 18 books. 🙊 I’m already more than halfway through my reading goal and we’re not even halfway through the year. This year I’ve not only been focusing on working my way through my tbr list, but also to diversify the genres that I read. I want to read more non-fiction and try different fiction genres. But as you can see from my favorite books I do prefer a certain fiction genre. The last four months, I’ve read some great and not so great books, and today I’m sharing the 5 best ones. Looking for your next book to read? Here are my recommendations:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Non Fiction Book Recommendation - Becoming by Michelle Obama - Books read in 2021

Non Fiction – Autobiography/Memoir

A book that’s been on my to-be-read list for a while, but finally picked up last month. And I don’t know why I waited so long. This book is really good! It gives a great insight into Michelle Obama’s life from child to first lady and after that. I feel like, by reading this book you get the know Michelle Obama as a person with struggles, happy moments and all.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Fiction – Fantasy/Science Fiction

I finished the Divergent Series last year and this made me curious about Veronica Roth’s other books. Chosen Ones immediately intrigued me and I like it even better than the Divergent books. It’s very different from other fantasy novels I’ve read. The story focuses on what happens after the heroes save the world. How the main character, Sloane, deals with the aftermath of that. I couldn’t tear myself away from the story and if I could have I would have finished the book in one sitting.

Fiction Book Recommendation - Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth - Best Books read in 2021

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Non Fiction Book Recommendation - Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes - Books read in 2021

Non Fiction – Travel/Memoir

In the mood for a book that makes you want to pack your bags, move to Italy and renovate an old villa? Then, this book is the one for you! It transports you to a small village in Italy, where you’ll read all about Frances experience living in there and her struggles renovating and old villa.

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone (MinaLima Edition) by J.K. Rowling

Fiction – Young Adult/Fantasy

I got this Minalima edition for my birthday and it’s so beautiful! I reread the Harry Potter series every few years, so I know the story pretty well. But reading this edition felt like reading it for the first time again. Every page there is a new illustration or interactive feature to discover. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend picking up this edition. It makes the story even more magical.

Fiction Book Recommendation - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (MinaLima Edition) by J.K. Rowling - Best Books read in 2021

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Non Fiction Book Recommendation - Atomic Habits by James Clear - Books read in 2021

Non Fiction – Self Help/Psychology

If you’ve read my blog post “4 Interesting Things I learned from Atomic Habits” you already know why I like this book. It’s very hands-on and practical, while also providing clear explanations on why these methods work. I’m a big fan of routines, habits and productivity. I already knew a few things that James Clear mentioned in his book, but I also learned some new things. Even if it was just to remind me of what I already knew. This book is definitely one everyone should read.

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