We may only be in July, but I wanted to do a quick recap of my 3 favourite books of 2021 (so far).
1. The Last Migration
by Charlotte McConaghy
If you’ve spoken to me at all in the last 7 months, it’s likely you’ve heard me RAVE about this one.
This book (called Migrations in the US), is the haunting, deep and utterly stunning story of a woman on a personal mission to follow a group of Arctic Tern birds on what could possibly be their last ever migration before they die out.
Hear me out. That may sound like the strangest write up for what I am calling one of the best books I’ve EVER read, but you need to trust me on this.
The story behind the woman. Her reasons for needing to follow the birds. Her history. Her journey.
The book is stunningly written, and so captivating I read it in 24 hours, and the points where I had to put it down to get on with real life were painful!
2. The All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches)
by Deborah Harkness
You know those series’ of books where you start the first one and then you have a definite ‘uh-oh’ moment, because you realise no one is getting anything useful out of you until you’ve finished every book in the series?!
It is one of those types of series!
When I first started reading A Discovery of Witches, I felt a little intimidated by the sheer size of it. This was soon forgotten as I disappeared into the magical and mystical world of Diana and Matthew, their family and friends and the continual dangers and adventures the entire way through all 3 books!
I was never bored. Never counting the pages. Simply put, I dropped into this world, and LIVED in it for the duration of the trilogy. I read them so quickly, and then had the worst case of post book world melancholy that I’ve had in quite a few years… maybe even decades.
This world deserves to be delved into and explored by all! Get your drinks and snacks ready, and I’ll see you again when you have lived this magic!
3. Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
This is another of those books that creates a world so vivid you can see and smell it.
The descriptions of the North Carolina marshland and town that Kya Clark, a neglected child, grows up in and around, will instantly transport you there.
It’s through the magic of this natural world that Kya herself learns about life, as she is abandoned by her parents and left to fend for herself.
Nature becomes her teacher, her parent, her nurturer.
This is the story of Kya’s life as she learns to survive and thrive on her own.
For me, the last last part was one of those things that takes a good book to a ‘WOW!’ book… SO make sure you finish it!
There you have them! My favourites so far.
I suggest snuggling down with plenty of supplies before you start any of them. I didn’t want to do life while I was reading them! Haha!
The sign of a truly great book.
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