The Best of 2021 (according to me)

Merry December all!

As we near the end of the year I think it’s nice to reflect on 2021 and see what my favourites have been, a bit like how Spotify does a lovely little wrap up of your lyrical loves- for me, no surprises, Little Mix were my top artist. Again.

So let’s get cracking, and this being predominately a book lovers blog, there’s only one place to start:

TOP 3 BOOKS

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating- Christina Lauren. Loved the forwardness of the female lead and the blossoming of friends to lovers instead of enemies to lovers.

To Love and To Loathe – Martha Waters. This fed into my deep love of Bridgerton and kept the obsession going, if you loved that book/show then definitely read this book.

Faking Friends – Jane Fallon. Is anyone sensing a theme here? Romcom lover by any chance? I make myself sick. – This was another great Jane Fallon book, she can do no wrong in my eyes- more twists than a bag of Morrisons Salt and Vinegar Twists (crisps, for any wondering).

TOP 3 TV SERIES

‘You’ series 3. For me this series was a step up from 2, which isn’t always the case, it doesn’t regurgitate old plot lines, it stays fresh, it’s a great mix of funny lines and stare-in-shock moments.

‘The Morning Show’ series 2. Loved series 1 of this so was tickled to watch this season and thoroughly enjoyed it – Jennifer Anniston is a gem.

‘The Office’ USA. That’s what she said. (If you know, you know).

TOP 3 MOVIES

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. A very beautiful film and that’s only one reason that it’s made it on this list: it’s charming, involves shirtless men, it has love, it has complex feelings, it’s got cute little creatures- and big ones. And it’s beautiful, did I say?

Free Guy. Love the music, love the originality, love Ryan Reynolds.

Promising Young Woman. I had high hopes for this movie and it lived up to them, Carey Mulligan is a modern-day hero and I loved that it didn’t end how I thought it would, and I’m usually pretty good at guessing these things, so that was fun.

TOP 3 PODCASTS

Wolf and Owl – UK Podcasts

Wolf and Owl Podcast. It’s honestly,

Wolf and Owl Podcast. The only podcast,

Wolf and Owl Podcast. That I listen to.

And that’s because it’s so good- completely unscripted and has me laughing and feeling part of the Wolf and Owl family every time.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2021

Buying a house. A whole house! It’s a lot of housework, money and cleaning but there’s some fun mixed in there too- I don’t need to share the fridge with anyone, think of all that food.

Starting a new job. If any of you have ever felt ‘stuck’ in a job that makes you miserable then I’m sure you can appreciate just how happy I was to leave my stinky old job for a new one. It’s been a breath of fresh air – and if you’re still searching for that way out, keep going, keep applying, aim for your dreams, you’ve got this.

Finishing my Christmas shopping before the end of November. Yeah, you read that right, I’m an organised queen. No biggie.

TOP 3 BITS OF ADVICE I’VE BEEN GIVEN IN 2021

You could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there’d still be someone who doesn’t like peaches. (And I don’t like peaches as it happens).

Just do you. (Simple but so hard sometimes. Worth it though, BE YOU).

Don’t count the days, make the days count. I dare you.

TOP 3 GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR

Buy a pet fish. No furry pets allowed in my household due to allergies but the thought of getting some tropical fish and giving them some larger-than-life names, like Dave, is very exciting.

Paint my living room. At the moment I’ve painted one section-very badly- and I’m equal parts sick of looking at it and too lazy to do anything about it. But just you wait 2022, I’m coming for you paintbrush in hand. We’re going with a dark green, if you were curious.

Be healthier. How original is this ay? But seriously, I need more veg in my life.


So that’s been a round-up of my favourite things in 2021.

Thanks for reading! And I wish you all a very safe and happy new year. 

What are some of your favourites of the year?


27 thoughts on “The Best of 2021 (according to me)

  1. Congrats on your house and new job! How exciting 😀 I also love the “larger than life names like Dave”. I LOL’d XD I also really enjoyed Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating when I read it. It was super cuteeeee. Glad to see someone else enjoying it too ❤

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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    1. Thank you so much 😊
      Tehe glad you enjoyed my wild name choices 😂
      And high five on the cute book ditto! 😊
      Thanks for reading Amber! 💜

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  2. I loved seeing your Best of 2021 wrapup and that you included so many different things! 🥰 I read Christina Lauren’s festive romance In a Holidaze this year and really liked it – though I haven’t read anything else by them yet 😊

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  3. Aah, I really hope you do get that fish! And ahahahah, a few months back i went into this mood where I wanted my room to have a fantasy-ish vibe to it, and tried painting my walls. Turns out, I seriously over-estimated both my willpower as well as my drawing skills.
    Congrats on your new job!!! I really hope 2022 is an amazing year for you! ❤❤

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    1. I think we will 😊🐠
      Tehe relating to that a lot – love the idea of creating a fantasy vibe for the bedroom!!
      Thank you so much – I hope 2022 is the best for you 😊💜

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  4. Such a lovely end of year post!! I absolutely adored all the movies you mentioned and you definitely reminded me that I still have to watch seaosn 2 of the Morning Show! I hope all your dreams and goals for 2022 come to fruition ❤

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  5. Great post! Your top 3 books all sound like seriously fun and cute reads! I absolutely LOVED Shang-Chi too!! It was so good! Congrats on all your achievements! Great post, I hope 2022 brings you lots of great reads and you achieve all your goals! 💜

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Yes Shang Chi was the best!! Glad you enjoyed it too 😊🌟
      Aw thank you – I hope you have the best 2022 😊💜

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  6. AH congratulations on the house and the new job, that’s fantastic!! I’m also so happy to see the morning show and the office here, love both, I need to watch season 2 of the morning show as soon as possible 🙂
    I wish you all the best for your 2022 goals!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! 💜
      Yes they’re fab aren’t they- hope you enjoy S2 when you get to it!
      Thank you- you too, hope you have the best 2022 😊💜

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  7. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas & New Year. I also hope that 2022 is wonderful for you. Congratulations on the new house & job!! And good luck getting the living room painted. I’m always terrified of painting incase I mess it up. I do help with the nightmare of preparation though. Sanding down woodwork is a pain 😓

    I don’t really read rom coms – I can only think of one that I’ve read although I did enjoy it – and should really check them out more as I love them as movies. I’ve got a few Jane Fallon books on my TBR though. I also majorly need to watch Shang-Chi sometime too!! I did watch You though and adored it. I’m so excited but nervous for the next season now as I can’t see how it can possibly compare!!
    My favourite reads were All Of Us Villains, Chain Of Iron & Addie LaRue…plus probably a dozen others. Movie wise I loved Dune, No Time To Die, The Last Duel & a lot that I’m forgetting. I really did not like Spencer or House Of Gucci though 😕
    I hope you’re well and have a wonderful 2022.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2022!
      Thank you – and yes painting and all its prep is a nightmare! I’ll be happy when it’s done 😂

      I hope you enjoy the Jane Fallon and also Shang Chi when you get to them ☺️
      Yes, You has a lot to live up to, it will be exciting to see where they take it!
      Love your fave reads- heard great things about Chain of Iron!
      And snap on your top movies – loved all of those too!!
      Didn’t see Spencer or House of Gucci – sounds like I didn’t miss much!
      Thank you ☺️ Wishing you all the best 🌟🌟

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      1. Thank you. It was lovely (: just seemed to pass so quickly.
        Aww it’ll be worth it in the end though, to have everything exactly how you want it.

        Thank you.
        Yeah I can honestly say I don’t know what direction it’ll go in.
        I think its my favourite series by Cassandra Clare so far although hard to say, I always fall for her romances.
        Ooh yay!!
        You definitely didn’t 🙈
        Thank you 💗💗

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        1. I know! Hate that it goes so quickly!
          Yeah you’re right ☺️
          It will be exciting to see what happens next!
          She is an amazing writer – love her characters ☺️
          Aha 😆
          💗💗💗

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