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Jessica’s Top 10 of 2021


Well guys, it is December 31st and WE MADE IT!  We have just hours until 2021 is over!!!  Let’s hope 2022 will be much better than the last two years…   Today we are ending the year with Jessica’s Top 10 of 2021. And four of my top 10 were Diverseathon reads (though more of my top 10 would match those prompts)! Needless to say that Diverseathon was successful for me! Looking at this list, it is definitely a mix of genres that I read in 2021!  

**I even had a book make an honorable mention as it deserves a place all by itself! 

10.  A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen
This one was a read for Diverseathon and a birthday gift from my friend Yami.  This is another novel that greatly affected me and it is one that everyone should read when they are losing hope.  My review is here.

9.  That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
This is one that I did a double review with Kim.  Taking place three years after a school shooting, what actually happened? This powerful YA novel is written via letters from the survivors.  My review is here.

8. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Whoa, whoa whoa!  This is my favorite by Sager and solidified him as a ‘must read’ author for me!  This novel went in a direction that I would have never guessed! You can’t say too much without giving things away, but it does leave you thinking! My review is here.

7.  Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
This one was another read for Diverseathon and I never would have thought that it would affect me like it did.  I  love the characters and need more of Aven’s story! My review is here.

6. The Hiding Girl by Dorian Box
Box is a ‘new to me’ author this year with his Emily Calby series. The third novel was just released this month, so I need to read it!  This one was unintentionally a Diverseathon read as it fit the monthly prompt when I was reading it.  This one won’t be for everyone with it’s violent content, but you grow to love these characters in so many ways!  This one means a lot to me! My review is here.

5. The Chain by Adrian McKinty
This is another novel that will leave you thinking! If you are a parent then it is every parent’s worst nightmare.  If you enjoy thrillers at all pick this one up and read it NOW!!!  My review is here.

4. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Full so so much emotion and it ends up going in a direction you don’t think it will.  It will make you want to pick up your phone and give a certain someone a call.  Tears may ensue with reading this novel!  My review is here. 

3.  Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
With this year being the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this was a book I had to read.  It still evoked those emotions from that day  and through the character of Brandon the reader actually experiences that day from before the towers were hit to the falling of the towers.  This is one that everyone must read.  My review is here.

2.  The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
For a while I thought this one was going to be my top read, but it got beat out because my number one actually made me cry, but Addie came very close to doing that.  Just read this one, it is one you will not forget!   It made both Kim and I’s top 10 list for this year and we actually did a double review.  Our double review is here.

And my Top Read for 2021 is…………

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

100 Days is a novel I had been meaning to pick up and it fit a prompt for Diverseathon, so I knew 2021 would be the year I read it.  I had no idea how much I would grow to love it and Tessa and Weston, and it made me cry!!   Then in November, Emmons surprised us with the sequel!!!   This is a sweet YA romance that had me face so many emotions!  And I love the cover!!   My review is here.

***This year I have to give an honorable mention to a middle grades novel that is a banned book. I actually found out about it during banned books week and had to read it for myself.  That novel is George now being published as Melissa by Alex Gino. This is a novel of differences, acceptance, and coming together.  This is a novel that shows how being different can make one person feel among other ‘normal’ people. My review is here.



Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think? Have you added any of these to your TBR?  Let us know! 

Kim’s Top 10 of 2021

We’ve taken the holiday to have a small break over here at Jessica’s Reading Room, but we are back with our Top 10 Reads of 2021! Kim’s list is featured today and Jessica’s will be featured tomorrow!  We do have one book in common, but to see which it is you will have to see Jessica’s list tomorrow!

**As always, Kim’s Top 10 is not ranked as she refuses to rank them other than her Top 10 Reads of 2021. There are a couple where she did not write reviews for, so those can not be linked.

Naomi’s Room by Jonathon Aycliffe: Gave me nightmares … success! My review is here.

Haunted Nights by Blumhouse: Inspired my Halloween costume! My review is here.

The Culling by Sian B. Claven: Amazing journey, amazing twist, amazing cover!  My review is here.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Possibly better insight than Orwell! My review is here.

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix: Both terrifying and amusing! My review is here.

The Seance in Apartment 10 by Ambrose Ibsen: and I thought my house creaked creepily! My review is here.

4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace by Johan Twiss: Stimulated my brain and my heart!

Hell Night in Hopewell by Wofford Lee Jones: Still processing the trauma …

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievitch: Personal histories at Chernobyl. Boom. My review is here.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: “Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness.”  My review is here.


Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?  Are any of these on your TBR? -Kim (KSF)


Jessica’s Top 10 of 2020


Well guys, it is December 31st and WE MADE IT!  We have just hours until 2020 is over!!!   Today we are ending the year with Jessica’s Top 10 of 2020:


10. The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea
This is my first read by Donlea and the second in a series that can be read as standalone books.  I REALLY enjoyed this one and I had issues with thrillers this year.  My review is here.

9.  The Companion by Katie Alender
This is one to read if you enjoy YA and Horror! Like The Suicide House, this one pulls you in from the very first line!  My double review with my friend Yami from A Bookworm’s Thoughts is here.


8. Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
I absolutely adore Simon and the gang in this book series. Albertalli did not have to write this book-end of the series, but she did for the fans. And we fans say THANK YOU!  My review is here.

7. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
This is one that should not have worked for me with my issues with unreliable narrators but I absolutely LOVED it! I read it in 5 days, which for me is great with working full time and running this site (which is like an unpaid part time job that I love!) My review is here.

6. Remember by Shervin Jamali
This is a romance that transcends time/religion and takes you down a path you would never expect to go down! Bravo!  My review is here.

5. When by Victoria Laurie
A YA with a teen who has a very unique gift!  What would you do if you had the gift that Maddie does?  What is her gift? You can see my review here to find out.

4. Inside Voices by Sarah Davis
This is one that I was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. It has a bit of everything and is my first book that takes place in Alaska. My review is here.

3.  My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
This one was THE THRILLER from me for 2020 and  also a debut novel! I cannot wait to see what else Downing comes up with! A couple who has been married for 15 years decides to spice up their marriage… with…. Murder?!?!?!?! Bring it on!  My review is here.

2.  I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali
2020 introduced me to Shervin Jamali and he made my Top 10 twice this year! I honestly thought nothing would beat this one out for my number one read.  This is one that just needs to be read and had a lot of personal meaning for me since I lost my father at the age of 19, so it brought out lots of emotions for me. My review is here.


And my Top Read for 2020 is…………

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

In a year of chaos and race issues, for me this one is fitting that it is my top read of the year.  This is exactly what I needed for my 2020.  Long Way Down is a very powerful novel that I listened to the audiobook and it MUST be read it that way! I could say more, but just check out my review here. I will definitely be reading more from Jason Reynolds in the future.

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think? Have you added any of these to your TBR?  Let us know!