Hope you are well in the new year.
I wanted to do a look back of 2021 and give an honorary love to the books that I enjoyed last year. It’s always fun to look back at memories and reminise the emotions that you went through with a book, so here are some of the books that I loved readin in the year 2021.
Finishing Fullmetal Alchemist
This has been a series that I adored reading and would read the entire series again in a heartbeat. I loved the story about the Elric brothers, their goal to find a way to fix the mess they created when their mother passed away. I cried in the last couple of volumes and refused to finish it so quickly because I didn’t want it to end. If you are starting to get yourself into Manga then Fullmetal Alchemist is a big suggestion to read.
Evelina by Frances Burney
This was probably the only classic book I really liked in the year 2021 and I couldn’t believe how much of a journey it was. This books had so much vibes to Pride and Prejudice, yet this book was published before Pride and Prejudice. It’s as if it was the older sister, trying to get approval but the middle sister gets more noticed and loved by everyone else in the family. This was such a fun book to read and if you want a rare classic recommendation, then pick this up. I did do a full review of the book, if you wanted to see more of my thoughts. (Review seen here)
Starting Jujutsu Kaisen
This was the new hip anime of 2021 and the manga series is still being written and translated. I love the anime too much and reading the manga is so much fun but what is mot fun is trying to scour the books on the internet. I have still yet to find Vol 0 but I still have the book on my kindle. This manga is filled with action, demons and comedy, I always look forward to a new volume and have to stop everything to read it.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I finally pick up The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. It was so much fun reading/listening the books. I mostly listened to the audiobooks and thoroughly enjoyed it because it was narrated by the amazing talented Andy Serkis, who can’t seem to run away from the franchise. I could not stop fangirling when he did the voice of Gollum/Smeagal, after watching the movies, they do bring me joy.
Finishing Fruits Basket
So much emotions with this series, I was not expecting to be crying over every single character. This manga hits you in the feels like a knife to the gut, every single character goes through a pain and while it is such a big ensemble of characters you are able to fall in love with each of them individually. I loved Rin the most, she had a large deeper problem and often showed her tough side than her softer side. It’s worth reading and also there is an Animal Crossing Island that you can visit that has a Fruits Basket theme, it is so cool.
Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
If you need some light fantasy/magical realisim then you need to pick up this book. This book may have the most easiest premise but it has such a deeper meaning to speaking to someone you loved dearly. It can be your life partner or family member, each meaningful and heartfelt if the oppertunity arised. I know there is a movie based off the book and there is a sequel to the first, but I have to prepare myself when picking it up.
There were many other series that I started in 2021, hopefully I will get to most of them in 2022. At the moment, I am trying to sort myself into a position to feel comfortable financially and that means spending time doing things I love and resisting the urge to buy more books. I have been trying to sort myself in a reading schedule but with my hours being re-organised, I feel restless when I come home and I just sit on my phone watching TikToks.
Have a great week, xx