Book Gang Podcast Episode 16: The Best Books of 2021 (Part 1)


Book Gang Podcast Episode 16: The Best Books of 2021 (Part 1)

It’s time for the best books of 2021, and who better to lead us through this year than MomAdvice Book Gang superstar Larry. Larry ranks 28th as a top reviewer for GoodReads and has read over 360 books (so far) this year. So we were each challenged to bring our top twenty best books of the year to the show today.

There is a wide range of stories for every reader today. We have discovered it isn’t always the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, award-winning authors, or those New York Times bestsellers that end up making our list. This list showcases the beauty of a good storyteller and our deep mutual affection for debuts. Whether you are looking for short story format, science fiction, historical fiction, love stories, family dramas, true stories, or just a diverse cast of characters…. we have you covered! Escape real-life with these fast page-turners and plan for your best reading year in 2022.

Book Gang Podcast Episode 16: The Best Books of 2021 (Part 1)

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Mentioned in this episode:

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

Sorry to Bother You

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

A History of Wild Places by Shea Emshaw

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

How Lucky by Will Leitch

Rear Window

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

We Are Watching Eliza Bright by A.E. Osworth

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes


Tin Man by Sarah Winman

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood

An Unexpected Kind of Love by Hayden Stone

Notting Hill

Finley Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe

Dopesick on Hulu

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter

Hare Psychopathy Checklist

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Teen Killers Club by Lily Sparks

Squid Game on Netflix

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci

Big Night

Larry’s Bookstagram Account

It’s Either Sadness or Bookphoria Blog

Larry’s GoodReads Profile

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Narrowing a list down to just 20 is impossible especially since this is the most that I’ve ever read. Although these books did not make the big “official list” I loved them just as much and think they deserve your attention too.

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Book Gang Podcast Episode 16: The Best Books of 2021 (Part 1)


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