Podcast Episode 99: Best Books of 2021 and Bookish Superlatives with Susie from @NovelVisits

Best Books 2021 Podcast

In Episode 99, Susie Boutry (@NovelVisits) and I share our favorite books from 2021, overall and by genre, along with a ton of bookish superlatives. We also talk about whether our reading has recovered from COVID and I reflect on the past year of the podcast.

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  • Upcoming “Ask Me Anything” podcast, airing December 8, to celebrate the 100th episode of Sarah’s Bookshelves Live!
  • Sarah’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
  • 2022 Rock Your Reading Tracker is coming soon! You’ll be able to purchase it for $14.99 on my website OR Superstars Patrons will get it for FREE!


  • My 2021 Podcast Overview — including top episodes based on download stats and polled favorites. 
  • Overview of our reading this year including key stats (including the ongoing impact of COVID-19).
  • Our favorite books of 2021: overall and by genre.
  • 2021 Bookish Superlative Awards.

Our Favorite Books of 2021 (Overall and by Genre) [17:09]



2021 Bookish Superlative Awards [38:55]



Other Books Mentioned

About Susie

Susie Boutry of Novel VisitsBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Susie has loved reading for as long as she can remember. Some of her fondest childhood memories involve long afternoons at the library and then reading late into the night. More than ten years ago, she began journaling about the books she read and turned that passion into writing about books. Her first forays were as a guest reviewer on a friend’s blog, but she soon realized she wanted to be reviewing and talking about books on a blog of her own. From there, Novel Visits was born. That was in 2016 and, though the learning curve was steep, she loves being a part of the book community. Novel Visits focuses on new novel reviews (print and audio), previews of upcoming releases, and musings on all things bookish.

Next Episode

In two weeks (December 8), Catherine (@gilmoreguide) and I will be celebrating the 100th episode of Sarah’s Bookshelves Live with the “Ask Me Anything” episode. 

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