Happy December lovelies!
Can you believe we’re going to be in the new year in just a month?? 2021 was a blur. It isn’t over but I can confidently say 2021 has been my best reading ever in terms of number and favourites. I have discovered so many new authors, tropes, genres and i have finally figured out what my reading tastes are. Since I took a hiatus, I thought that a fun way of doing this Wrap-Up would be to do A “Monthly Awards” inspired by Books With Wings with my favourite characters, plots, etc! You can see her amazing posts where she explains the concept here!
- Best character: Pippa “Pip” Fitz-Amobi from A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Pip is a rock star. I love her to bits; I love how unapologetically herself she is; how she is proud of who she is and uses it to her advantage. She’s determined, obsessive, witty and methodical and I really enjoyed reading the book through her eyes.
- Funniest character: Vivienne Jones from The Ex Hex. Vivienne’s delirious and lovestruck thoughts were delectable and I found myself laughing out loud several times. I was kind of disappointed by the plot, because it was very different from what I expected but the humour really saved the book.
- Best plot: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, really made me understand why so many people like thrillers or mysteries.I was hooked from the same page and the thought was so clever that I was blown away. I honestly cannot recommend this book if mysteries aren’t your thing!
- Worst plot: A Deal with The Elf King was a huge disappointment. I thought it was a series so I didn’t expect it to end so abruptly. Technically the book can be read as a standalone because the second book follows other characters and as such, I thought the plot was underdeveloped and disappointing, the character development was unbelievable and the romance didn’t really have time to grow, so much so, that it felt forced. I think one has to enter this book with as little expectations as possible.
- Craziest plot twist: Good Girl, Bad Blood had me SCREAMING. The best plot in the trilogy just gets better and better and I have to say that I did not expect what happened towards the end. I can’t believe how brilliant the author is.
- Best worldbuilding: Even though I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I wanted to, I thought the world building in A Deal With The Elf King to be very interesting. The descriptions of the landscape were lush and original and I could picture it all perfectly. I could almost smell the aromas and I really enjoyed that.
- Best romance: The Soulmate Equation was excellent. The hero gave off strong “Mr. Darcy” vibes aka the broody, mysterious but passionate lover and I loved that. The characters had great chemistry and they felt like family.
- Most diverse book: You Has Me At Hola was a beautiful live letter to telenovelas and Latin culture and I loved the emphasis of language and how important it is to one’s culture.
- Best book overall: Does it come as a shock to you if I say A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder?? It is now one of my all-time favorites and is very much well worth the hype. It’s actually my favourite book out of the series but the other two are just as good.It really convinced me to give thrillers or mysteries a chance. I think I might reed Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson next!
- Best character: Piper. She won my heart. I couldn’t help but find her endearing. I loved her high maintenance persona and her kindness. She is spoiled yes, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have a heart or know the with of things and I really enjoyed reading about her character development. I also loved her relationship with her sister.
- Most interesting character: Zayneb was fascinating. I liked seeing the world through her eyes and how unapologetically muslim she was. I really loved the way she navigated her way around and through her anger. She had every right to be but she was also a kind, caring and supportive character. So interesting!!
- Funniest character: Tom Severin was what I called “accidentally funny”. He is a proper grump who was both infatuated and irritated by his sunshine and I enjoyed every minute.
- Best plot: HANDS DOWN: Kindred. I have never read a book with such a unique, original plot that mixes so many different genres seamlessly.
- Craziest plot twist: November 9. I got sucker punch from that plot twist. WOW.
- Best romance: Hook Shot was nothing short of magnificent, and a typical old-school romance, with deep, profound topics, incredible chemistry and an addictive great writing style.
- Most diverse book: Love from A to Z, was beautifully diverse with muslim characters and characters from all over the world, which was soo nice!
- Best book overall: My favourite was Hook Shot! I wish I could read it again for the first time. (Check the trigger warnings though because it deals with some heavy triggering topics).
I hope you enjoyed this slightly different Wrap-Up!! Have you read any of these? What did you think? 🥰 Let me know in the comments! 💕