Twelve Months of Five STAR Reviews


Every December, I make an attempt to update my Good Reads profile to include all of the books I've read over the course of the year. (Secret Tip: make sure you add a start or end date for each book that you read to make sure they show up on your year at a glance.)


After an hour or so, I had a nice list of all the books I've read in 2021 (I'm stll adding as I remember them!). Among this list, I pulled out my favorite five star reviews for your reading pleasure. You'll also notice a shift in my reading selections over the course of the year. Scroll down for why this happened.


You can read my mini-reviews for each of these titles by clicking on the titles below:



In Young Adult novels:


The Seventh Sun, by Lani Forbes

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins

Pudge and Prejudice, by A.K. Pittmann


In Magical Realism:


The Invisible Life of Adie Larue, by V. E. Schwab


In Women's Fiction/Romance novels:


Eleanor Oliphant, by Gail Honeyman

The One You're With, by Lauren K. Denton

Where the Crawdad's Sing, by Delia Owens


In Adult Fiction:


Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman

Peace like a River, Leif Enger

A little Hope, Ethan Joella

The Nature of Small Birds, Susie Finkbeiner

In Memoir:

Educated, by Tara Westover


Most of you will know me as the author of FADE TO WHITE, which is a contemporary YA novel with a touch of magical realism. I still love writing in this genre, and have a similar story in my files that I continue to work on from time to time, but I've noticed that my reading interests have matured alongside my writing. I have been experimenting with slightly older protagonists, more POV's and some tough themes. I can't wait to share these stories with you as well. News to come in 2022! Until then happy reading!


P.S. If you clicked on any of the links above, you'll notice that my reviews are usually only a couple of sentences. Encouraging, glowing sentences, but quick and brief. It only takes a few minutes to make an authors year. Might I suggest a New Year's resolution to go and leave reviews for a few of your favorite authors?