Team OwlCrate's Favorite Books of 2021!

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Goodbye 2021!

While we obviously love all of the books we selected for OwlCrate boxes this year, a few members of Team OwlCrate wanted to share some of the other awesome books they read this year that maybe aren't on your radar!

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I love this book! Not only is it a fast paced intergalactic space opera, it's also all about choosing the family you truly deserve. You will fall for this rag-tag group of characters as they perform a dangerous mission through space. I may have cried some tears of joy and sorrow in this one!




Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Thomas King is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Likely better known for writing The Inconvenient Indian (which is another absolute must read), Indians on Vacation charmed me in a similar way to Fredrik Backman. We follow long-married couple Mimi and Bird as they decipher postcards from Mimi's long lost Uncle Leroy in the city of Prague. It's charming and funny, but also explores class, privilege and identity in a meaningful way.



La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

I don't know why it took me four years to finally pick up La Belle Sauvage! I read His Dark Materials as a teen and it was so wonderful to be back in this world. La Belle Sauvage serves as a prequel to the trilogy following our scrappy main character Malcolm learning about this mysterious material called Dust - and getting caught up in plots along the way. And he must protect a baby girl who everyone seems to want to find. A baby girl named Lyra.



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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

A friend who knows my reading style very well recommended this to me and I legit read this entire book from start to finish in one Saturday.

I fell in love with Juliette (the main character) right away and loved watching her grow and thrive. I may or may not have cried a couple of times, throughout the day but it was worth it. 10/10




Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

If you're looking for a different and not-so-typical love story, Ugly Love is the read for you. This was my go-to before bed read (I read it in about 4 days) and every single night I looked forward to diving into this! There were some points throughout this read I felt my heart pounding out of my chest. Overall I loved it!!





The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I am a huge Sally Thorne fan, so of course, The Hating Game made it on my list. My sister and I actually both read this book at the same time a few months ago and still talk about it all the time. If you are a sucker for romance, this is the read for you.






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Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

This book was so incredibly well-written, I was hooked from beginning to end. It’s definitely difficult to read at times because it doesn’t shy away from the realities of war, but it’s also very hard to put down, with a main character you root for every step of the way. Such an impressive debut novel, which is set to release March 2022.


That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost

I picked this book up on a total whim and I’m so glad I did! It had everything I really love in books…deep characters who form an unlikely crew, a dangerous journey in search of a magical wish to be granted, and lots of dark atmosphere. I would recommend this to anyone who liked The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones.




The Fence Series by C.S. Pacat

This year I read so many comics and graphic novels, and one of my new favorites is definitely the Fence series. Even though I’m not into sports at all I found the story so compelling. I love how slow burn the romance is, and how nuanced the characters are. Can’t wait to see how the story grows!






What great books did you read in 2021?
Let us know in the comments!

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