A Year In Books 2021

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I enjoyed writing my list of books I read in 2020, so I’m doing it again for 2021. I will be ranking them 1-5 cups of tea, with 5 being the best. This year, I’m going to list them in the order I finished reading them, instead of alphabetical order. It will be a little easier that way. Some of them are book series and the books will not be listed next to each other. This is mostly because I have 6-7 books I’m reading at a given time and I finish them at different rates depending on length of book, time I have to read, etc.

Without further Ado, here is my list of 39 books that I read in 2021.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (5 cups of tea)

This is the first book in the series, where teenagers from the 12 districts in Panem are forced to compete in a game to the death. Yes the same book where the movie comes from. And yes it is better than the movie. 🙂

  1. Poetry And Mayhem by Lizzie Lewis (5 cups of tea)

This is the second book in the Abi Button cozy mystery romance series. I am really enjoying this series. The mystery here isn’t who killed someone, but the cryptic clues left in the will for the neices/nephews of the deceased to figure out where the treasure is. It was quite interesting. I’m ready for the next one.

  1. Thy Word Is Truth by Edward J Young (4 cups of tea)

This is an older book (1957) about the infallibility of the Bible and the theories that people had come up with to say that the Bible isn’t the Word of God. I believe that this book teaches truth, but I found it a little difficult to read, which is the only reason it didn’t get 5 cups of tea.

  1. The Will of God by Leslie D Weatherhead (5 cups of tea)

This is another older book (1944). It is a collection of 5 sermons on the will of God. It is quite insightful. I feel like it sorted some things out for me.

  1. Cake And Calamity by Lizzie Lewis (5 cups of tea)

This is the third book in the Abi Button cozy mystery romance series. Another good book. This mystery involved fraud. Also, will the wedding happen?

  1. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss (5 cups of tea)

This is a fictional story written in journal fashion. It takes place between 1831-1858. The book starts off when the main character, Katherine, is 16. It is her story of how she came to Christ and how she lived her life. The lessons she learned along the way. I got so much out of the book. Learning lessons with her. Sometimes the section I read that day would be a great illustration of a devotion I had read earlier. ❤

  1. I Do Boundaries by Havilah Cunnington (5 cups of tea)

An amazing book about how to set and keep boundaries/priorities. I learned what I was and wasn’t responsible for. I highly recommend this book, if you are looking for help with boundaries.

  1. Ghouls and Jewels by Lizzie Lewis (5 cups of tea)

The fourth book in the Abi Button cozy mystery romance series. Many things are happening in the lives of the characters. Are there valuable jewels hidden inside the house? Is the house haunted?

  1. Mother Teresa: No Greater Love Forward by Thomas Moore (4 cups of tea)

Quotes of Mother Teresa (1910-1997) divided by topic. When I found it, I probably thought it was more biographical. The last chapter is a short biographical sketch, but the rest are her thoughts/beliefs on different topics.

  1. Speechless: Living in Awe of God’s Disruptive Grace by Steven Curtis Chapman & Scotty Smith (5 cups of tea)

A great book about the Grace of God. So much good stuff here. It is a mixture of Song Lyrics from Steven Curtis Chapman’s Speechless album & stories from both of the authors, as well as thier insights into different aspects of grace. I also listened to the songs as I was reading through the book.

  1. Donuts And Disaster by Lizzie Lewis (5 cups of tea)

The fifth book in the Abi Button cozy mystery romance series. Two more marriages and a strange person shows up in the neighborhood. What will happen next?

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (5 cups of tea)

The second book in the Hunger Games series. Better than the first one. Loved it.

  1. Jesus Life Coach by Laurie Beth Jones (5 cups of tea)

This book is written in devotional form. Each devotion discusses what it will be like with Jesus as your life coach. I enjoy seeing Jesus in this way.

  1. Apple Pie And Follies by Lizzie Lewis (5 cups of tea)

This is the sixth and final book in the Abi Button cozy mystery romance series. Stolen art & found artifacts. Quite a good read.

  1. Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Girl by Adeline Yen Mah (5 cups of tea)

This book was sad & I spent most of the book mad at the dad and stepmom. It also gives a little history of China throughout her life and that of her ancestors.

  1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (5 cups of tea)

The third book in the Hunger Games series. So hard to put down.

  1. Clocks Locks and Danger by Lizzie Lewis (5 cups of tea)

A Button Up Detective Agency Cozy Mystery #1. I like this series even better than her other series. The characters in this book do interact with with some of the characters in her last series, but there is an entirely new main character & the mysteries are a little more serious. I like the new main character, as well as the progression of the story.

  1. Jeanne Unbottled: Adventures in High Style by Jeanne Beker (5 cups of tea)

An autobiography of Jenne Beker (1952-), a fashion reporter & her adventures around the world of fashion. She did start off as a reporter in the world of pop & rock music in the 1970’s and then moved over to fashion in the 1980’s.

  1. The Merciful God of Prophecy: His Loving Plan for You in the End Times by Tim LaHaye (5 cups of tea)

An amazing book about Bible prophecy. It is a different viewpoint, it is usually a lot of fire and brimstone when reading books and hearing messages about Bible prophecy. However, this book is from the viewpoint of how God shows His love through prophecy. It is a refreshing take on the subject.

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (5 cups of tea)

The 4th book in the Hunger Games series. It is a prequel to the others. It starts off with President Snow as a teenager and his experiences that shaped him into the person he becomes. A great look into this character. I can’t wait for the movie to come out.

  1. A Villa in Sicily: Olive Oil and Murder by Fiona Grace (5 cups of tea)

The main character is a veterinarian that ends up moving to Italy. A murder occurs. She ends up as a suspect and the rest goes from there. This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries I’ve read. I think I’m going to have to look into getting the rest of the series.

  1. Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst (5 cups of tea)

The subtitle reads “Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food.” This really explains what the book is about. This was an idea I had learned in general, but this took it in the direction of my specific issue, food. Good book to learn from. The author has more resources, such as workbooks, Bible studies, etc at madetocrave.org, if you need/want help in this area. I am definately keeping this book as a resource to refer to as I continue my weight loss journey.

  1. Living on the Ragged Edge: Finding Joy in a World Gone Mad by Charles R. Swindoll (5 cups of tea)

A great book covering Ecclesiates. It talks about not living in the land of “what if” or “if only.” Joy isn’t found in all the things/accomplishments we could get in this world. God is where it is found. Living our life for Him.

  1. The Manzoni Family by Natalia Ginzburg (5 cups of tea)

This biography takes place in Italy from 1762 to 1907. It covers the life of the family of Alessandro Manzoni, who was a writer. He also become a politician for a while. It is written mostly in letters that the family members wrote each other with some narration between. I did enjoy it.

  1. The Rising: Antichrist is Born by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins (5 cups of tea)

Before They Were Left Behind book #1. Loved it. I do plan on reading The whole series both prequel and the regular series. These have been out for a number of years, but I have never sat down to read them, but I’ve always wanted to.

  1. A Killer Cupcake by Fiona Grace (5 cups of tea)

The first book in the Beachfront Bakery series. The main character starts a bakery in a new town and is soon suspected of murder. It was a pretty typical cozy mystery with a typical story line, but was still an enjoyable cozy mystery.

  1. Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman (5 cups of tea)

Based on Luke 9:23, this book goes in depth about taking up our cross and following Jesus with everything we have, all that we are, & at all times. It stepped on my toes a lot, but it was a good book and I needed to hear it.

  1. Aged For Murder by Fiona Grace (5 cups of tea)

The first book in A Tuscan Vineyard Cozy Mystery series. A fun read about a woman who quits her job in advertising after breaking up with her boyfriend and joins her friend in Italy at a villa she rented for the summer. A lot happens, including a murder. You’ll have to read it to find out the rest, but a very enjoyable read.

  1. The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox (5 cups of tea)

This book was so hard to put down. I so enjoyed every page. It is a mystery told from the point of view of the murderer set in Victorian England. One of my favorite books of the year.

  1. Norma by Norma Zimmer (5 cups of tea)

An autobiography of Norma Zimmer (1923-2011). She was known best for being on the Lawrence Welk show as a vocalist for at least 22 years starting in the 1960’s. She also sang at many of the Billy Graham Crusades in the 1970’s.

  1. The Regime: Evil Advances by Tim Lahaye & Jerry B Jenkins (5 cups of tea)

Before They Were Left Behind book #2. I find this to be a great addition to the series. A little more in depth look at the characters and where they come from.

  1. Death Down Under by Samantha Silver (5 cups of tea)

Ruby Bay Mystery #1. A great cozy mystery that takes place in Australia. I think it was a little slow at times, but that could just be me, I was reading it a chapter or two at a time, when I was able to.

  1. David: 90 Days with A Heart Like His by Beth Moore (5 cups of tea)

Amazing devotional book that takes a journey through the life of David.

  1. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox (5 cups of tea)

This is the sequel to The Meaning of Night. Enjoyed this book so much. So many mysteries in one book. And an amazing follow up to the 1st one. ❤

  1. His Passion: Christ’s Journey to the Resurrection by David R. Veerman (5 cups of tea)

A 365-day devotional taking the reader through Jesus’ last days on earth.

  1. Aged for Death by Fiona Grace (5 cups of tea)

A Tuscan Vineyard Cozy Mystery; book #2.

  1. Windows On Christmas by Bill Crowder (5 cups of tea)

Each chapter is written from the point of view of a different person in the Christmas story, such as the Shephards, Mary, Joseph, etc.

  1. Christmas Comes: Your Guide to a Great Christmas by Jackie Allen (5 cups of tea)

A great read. If the holidays make you anxious like they do me, it is a very helpful book. It brings into focus the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus!

39. Stepping Out of Denial into God’s Grace Participant’s Guide 1: A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes by John Baker (5 cups of tea)

This is the first book for the step study I’m going through as part of my Celebrate Recovery Journey.

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I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas & is having a wonderful New Year. Many blessings to all of you.

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