Top 5 Books I Read In 2021

I’m back with one more book-related post for this year, and this time I am discussing the Top 5 Books I Read In 2021!

I enjoyed writing a similar list so much, last year, that I decided I wanted to bring it back this year. Compared to last year, I felt that I read far fewer books that I could easily rate 4 out of 5 stars to 5 out of 5 stars. However, there were enough standout books for me that I did rate in those categories to warrant a Top 5, or else this post would not exist this year.

The Top 5 Books I Read In 2021 are the following:

5. “September Love” by Lang Leav (5 out of 5 stars)

Cover of "September Love" by Lang Leav.
Cover of “September Love” by Lang Leav.

In my opinion, this collection is one of Lang Leav’s best works to date. She mainly focused on the topics of love and writing in this collection. The poems themselves were not organized in any specific way in terms of reading them in order, but I felt like each poem transitioned well from one poem to the next. I also just admire her writing style, and I think it’s grown stronger since her early collections.

3. “Restaurant To Another World, Volume 3” by Junpei Inuzuka (5 out of 5 stars)

Cover of "Restaurant to Another World (Light Novel) Vol. 3" by Junpei Inuzuka.
Cover of “Restaurant to Another World (Light Novel) Vol. 3” by Junpei Inuzuka.

If you’ve read my book reviews for the previous two books before this one, you’re well aware that I really enjoy reading this series. From all the tasty food descriptions to fun characters and background side plots going on, it’s an overall heartwarming light novel series to read. This third volume continued that sweet slice-of-life feeling.

3. “Restaurant To Another World, Volume 5” by Junpei Inuzuka

Cover of "Restaurant To Another World, Volume 5" by Junpei Inuzuka
Cover of “Restaurant To Another World, Volume 5” by Junpei Inuzuka.

The main reason I ranked this one above Volume 3 in the series was that I enjoyed the expanded side plots and character development a bit more. There was also a lot more worldbuilding, which I also enjoyed reading on top of the new dishes. The side stories at the end of the book also added some more insight into the main set of characters, which added more depth thanks to them being in first-person rather than the usual limited third-person point of view that the books usually have.

2. “My Room Is A Dungeon Rest-Stop, Volume 3” by Tougoku Hudou and Takoya Kiyoshi (5 out of 5 stars)

Cover of "My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop (Manga) Vol. 3" by Tougoku Hudou
Cover of “My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop (Manga) Vol. 3” by Tougoku Hudou

I know it’s technically the third book in the series, but it’s still one of the better ‘sequels’ that I’ve read this year so far. By this point in the series, it gives more information on Aria’s backstory, as well as introducing a few new characters and more worldbuilding on the world where Aria and Deet come from. I can’t write much else about how much I liked it for the sake of preventing spoilers, but it’s a good third part of the series so far.

1. “The House In The Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune (5 out of 5 stars)

Cover of "The House in the Cerulean Sea" by TJ Klune
Cover of “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

This was one of the most fun books I read this year. From an amazing slow-burn romance to fantastic worldbuilding and characters, this was definitely a fun one to read. I, unfortunately, cannot write much else about why I loved this book, or else I would give away major spoilers, but I highly recommend this book for all of you to read.


Those were all of the Top 5 Books I Read In 2021! Have you read any of the books on this list? Did you enjoy them? What books are in your own Top 5 this year? Let me know in the comments below!

As a friendly reminder, I won’t be posting again until the new year (2022!) to celebrate the winter holidays, but posts will resume in January. I hope all of you reading also have a wonderful Christmas or winter holidays as well!

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