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Fangirl Friday: Best Books of 2010-2020 — and 2021!

This time last year, as I looked back on my 2020 reads, I started getting curious as to the rest of my reading history–what I was reading the year before that, and the year before that, and so on. Never one to do things halfway, I devoted a Fangirl Friday of every month in 2021 to blogging everything I read during every month of 2010-2020, and figuring out which ones came out on top: click for January’s, February’s, March’s, April’s, May’s, June’s, July’s, August’s, September’s, October’s, November’s, and December’s!

Of course, it’s 2022, and that blog series is over now–but I was curious to see how the results would’ve been impacted if my 2021 reads had been included.

Well, turns out I’m too indecisive to answer that question, but here’s to looking at the options anyway!

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January

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl was January’s Decades winner!

In January 2021, I read:

So how does my 2021 January stand up against what I read Januarys 2010-2020? Elfhame and Ninth House were among my favourite 2021 reads–they’d definitely have been in the running for best January read!

February

February’s Decades winner is up there with the YA GOATS: Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss!

In February 2021, I read:

I adore the Grishaverse, and To All the Boys certainly would’ve given Anna competition, but more on that in another month…

March

March’s Decades winner was the absolute powerhouse that is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid!

In March 2021, I read:

Crows is one of my all-time favourite books–so I would’ve disqualified it from winning a Decades post, as I did with all my favourites (Potter, Shadowhunters, etc), because it’s just not fair for them to compete. So Evelyn might still have reigned…

April

April’s Decades winner was the penultimate in a series I love: All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

In April 2021, I read:

Honestly, with how much I adored Simon, it would’ve been up there for the Decades favourite–two very different contenders!

May

May’s Decades winner was another behemoth (that I told you we’d revisit!), Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han.

In May 2021, I read:

I would’ve ruled out Chain of Iron because it’s Shadowhunters, too much a favourite to win a Decades month; so much as I enjoyed the other reads, Lara Jean might have held her crown!

June

June’s Decades winner was a book that shot straight into my heart: I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak.

In June 2021, I read:

And I am *so* glad I didn’t have to choose between those three for a June Decades favourite!

July

July’s Decades winner was an unexpected sequel to one of my all-time favourite series: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot.

In July 2021, I read:

I’m just now realising that the ensemble, diverse, fun cast of characters in Leah reminds me a lot of the ones in Princess Diaries, and I love both those series–it would’ve been a difficult choice!

August

August’s Decades winner was The Unhoneymooners, by the inimitable Christina Lauren!

In August 2021, I read:

Here’s something fun: the only CLo book I *think* I loved more than The Unhoneymooners was The Soulmate Equation, so they would’ve been each other’s competition! (Also, can we appreciate reading a beachy book two Augusts in a row? Love a seasonal read!)

September

September’s Decades read was another Stephanie Perkins: Isla and the Happily Ever After!

In September 2021, I read:

Oh my God, Mexican Gothic–a Stephanie Perkins has already won a Decades month, so I might have nudged Isla out for Gothic

October

October’s Decades winner was, of course, a Halloween book: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black!

In October 2021, I read:

Honestly, October 2021 was such a great reading month, I’m glad I didn’t have to decide between any of them for a Decades winner!

November

November’s Decades winner was a university-ordained favourite: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier!

In November 2021, I read:

One thing I remember from the Decades posts is that November is always a slim reading month, because it’s also National Novel Writing Month–I’m glad I didn’t have two more to have to debate over!

December

December’s Decade winner was the ultimate Christmas anthology, My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins!

In December 2021, I read:

Oh my God, Holidaze–I’m SO glad I didn’t have to debate between that and My True Love!

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Well, that was my way of avoiding new decisions! Did you read anything last year that became an all-time favourite?

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