Monday, 10 January 2022

Top 5 books of 2021

 Books of the year 2021


Happy new year . For all sorts of reasons I read less in 2021 than I'd have liked. But I did read enough to cobble together a top 5 plus a handful of honorable mentions. Not all of these were released in 2021 by the way.



  1. No Time To Die : The making of the film by Mark Salisbury

Shocker. My book of the year isn't a Jack Reacher book. (Don't worry there's one on this list)


I never normally buy these behind the scenes books but since no time to die has been such a long time coming ( thanks covid) this was a must buy and it wasn't cheap. It

Is however one of the best produced books i've ever seen .Dont worry. Theres little in the way of spoilers but its probably best to watch the film before you get stuck into this. 

  1. Diddly Squat A Year On The Farm by Jeremy Clarkson


Clarkson's farm was probably the biggest hit of 2021, so this collection of newspaper columns from the Sunday times was a must have . Like all of clarksons writing it's hilarious. The column about the lamborghini tractor might be the funniest thing he's ever written. If you can get through the whole thing without laughing I will give you a fiver. 

  1. Better off dead by lee and andrew child


No list of mine would be complete without a reacher boook in there somewhere. Lee and Andrew's second novel together feels more like a classic reacher book than the sentinel, which very much felt like Andrew was getting his bearings. In fairness there's still some of that with Better Off Dead but taking on one of the most popular characters…….. in the world is bound to take some getting used to.

The first chapter is a bit of a shocker but as with all reacher books things are never as simple as they seem…… 

That's all I'll say for now since there's a full review coming soon


  1. The Drifter by Nick Petrie

The first book in the Peter Ash series by Nick Petrie . Think Jack Reacher but with a few more demons and you're about there. Ash is a hugely likeable character . Lots of characters get described as the next Reacher but Ash gets closer than most.


  1. Cradle To Grave by Rachel Amphlett


One of these lists wouldn't be complete without my old mate Kay Hunter. This is book 8 in the series and it's brilliant as you'd expect from these books. No spoilers , just go read it.

I've fallen behind with the series on purpose so I can binge them . 


Honorable mentions


Box 88 by Charles Cumming 

Not Dark Yet by Peter Robinson

The Holiday by T.M Logan

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Boring Car Trivia by Sniff Petrol

Man With  A Van by Drew Pritchard

How Not To Be A Professional Racing Driver by Jason Plato (fucking hilarious)

Lazy Bones by Mark Billingham

The Sanction By Mark Sennen


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