From Pemberley to Milton’s 2021 Favorite Books

Welcome to my favorite post of the year!

After having published my end of the year stats two days ago, I will now share with you which of the 57 books I read in 2021 were the ones I loved the most.

I am always very eager to build this post and it is with great anticipation that I look back at my reading year to see which books stood out. Some years are harder than others, for example, last year with a bigger number of books read, I found it harder to narrow down my favorites, but this year I have to confess it wasn’t that hard 😊

I’m only considering for this list the books I read in 2021, regardless of their publication date, which means some were published in previous years but only read this year.

Just like last year, I decided to add another category: From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Novellas. Novellas are becoming a favorite of mine, and I don’t think it is fair for them to compete with lengthier books, so I have added them in a category of its own.

But now, without further ado, my favorite books of 2021 are:

From Pemberley to Miltons 2021 Favorite Books

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The Price of Pride 2021 Favorite Book

The Price of Pride – Abigail Reynolds

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 354

Sub genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Everything! The angst, the raw emotion, the intensity of each scene, Darcy’s jealousy, the family dynamics, the dialogues and the incredible writing style. This one has moved into my All Time favorites list!

My Review  Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


Dangerous Magic

Dangerous Magic – Monica Fairview

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 290

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Fantasy

What I loved about it – The ability the author had to transport me into a different reality, Darcy and Elizabeth’s characters and compatibility, and the incredible vivid and engrossing writing style.

My Review  Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


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John Eyre – Mimi Matthews

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 362

Sub Genre – Gothic / Jane Eyre Role Swap

What I loved about it – The strong female character, the steadiness of the male character, the mystery, and the captivating and engrossing writing style.

My Review  Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Yes


nameless

Nameless – Julie Cooper

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 391

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The addictive writing style, older and more mature versions of Darcy and Elizabeth, and the dark tone created by the mystery in the story.

My review (coming up this month)      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


tempted

Tempted – Nicole Clarkston

Publication year – 2020

Number of Pages – 560

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Different Era

What I loved about it – The execution of a beautiful story, the early years of the pioners in america, Billy Collins and the always consistent writing style.

My review (coming up this month)      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


a captain for caroline gray

A Captain for Caroline Gray – Julie Wright

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 324

Sub Genre – Regency Romance

What I loved about it – The intensity of the romance, the adventure and the main characters. Both Caroline and Captain Scott are carved in my heart.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Yes


back to the bonnet

Back to the Bonnet- Jennifer Duke

Publication year – 2020

Number of Pages – 314

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Time Travel / Secondary Character

What I loved about it – The originality, the unexpected factor at every turn of the page, and the execution of the story.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


so material a change

So Material a Change – Amy D’Orazio

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 387

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The liveliness in the writing style, the main characters and their bulding relantionship.

My Review  Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


twists of fate

Twists of Fate – Joana Starnes

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages –  410

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The gossip, Darcy, and the quality of the writing.

My Review  Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


fallen

Fallen – Jessie Lewis

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 382

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Seeing Elizabeth falling in love with Mr. Darcy, their walks and conversations and the dialogues of the secondary characters.

My Review    Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


From Pemberley to Miltons 2021 Favorite Novellas

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reckless headstrong girl

Reckless, Headstrong Girl – Grace Gibson

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 134

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation / Secondary Character

What I loved about it – Lydia Bennet, the humour and the light yet captivating writing style.

My Review   Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


Longbourn Entanglement

A Longbourn Entanglement – Monica Fairview

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 151

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The romance, the humor, the male characters and the dynamics at Longbourn.

My Review   Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


Do you share any favourites with me? Have you read all the books that are on my list? Is there any book that is missing on this list you would recommend?

Looking at my list I find it curious to see that despite having a bigger diversity in the sub genres read, that was not reflected in my favorites list. In fact, I believe that in previous years my favorites lists were more diverse, with books that fitted in sub genres like North & South, Austen’s other novels, Secondary Characters, Sequels, Modernizations, Different Eras, Different POV’s, etc, while this year most of the books on the list are P&P variations. This is certainly my favorite sub-genre, but I wonder why books in other sub genres didn’t stood as much as in previous years.

If you’d like to compare my favorites from previous years, and see what I am talking about, you can find them on the links below:

2015 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite books

2016 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2017 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2018 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2019 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2020 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

Wishing you all a lovely 2022, full of books and reading hours 🙂


21 Comments

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21 responses to “From Pemberley to Milton’s 2021 Favorite Books

  1. Sophia Rose

    I guess we’re pretty similar in tastes because several of these made my best reading for this year, too. Now, I need to grab the others on your list. 🙂

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  2. mihaelahercaud

    Lovely list, Rita!!
    I confess to find a lot of my own favourites of the year in it (Abigail’s Price of Pride, Fallen, So Material a Change, Joana’s Twists of fate came to mind immediately)!
    John Eyre I have yet to read – but now I am determined to do so. And at least to check on some of the others!!!
    From my very top favourite there are some absences – but I can see where you couldn’t have had place for all (random examples: Faults of Understanding, Old Boots, Nine Ladies, A Gentleman’s Honour…)😘

    I hope it will a good year for you, so full of good reads that by this time next year you’ll must extend your list! 💜

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    • Thank you for sharing your favorites with us Mihaela, I haven’t read a few of the books you mentioned such as Faults of Understanding or a Gentleman’s Honour. I guess I have to add them to my TBR 🙂
      I wish you a wonderful year too!

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  3. gracegibson4970

    Wow! Thank you so much for recognizing my novella, Reckless, Headstrong Girl! It is such a privilege to share any favorites list with these amazing authors.

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  4. Janet Taylor

    Great list, Rita! It’s fun to read your list and what you liked!

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  5. Wonderful choices! An excellent start to the New Year.

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  6. Thanks so much Rita! I surely appreciate the call out, especially next to so many great ones. I’m also impressed that you read 57 books! Whoa! Fast reader!!

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    • 57 was indeed a good number, but I was only able to reach it because of audiobooks as I am in fact a very slow reader. I don’t think I will be able to read as much this year, but we shall see 🙂 Nameless was read in a couple of days, so we never know 🙂

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  7. Congratulations to the winners! Wonderful books.

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  8. I’m so honored that you included my book in this fabulous company! Thank you!

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  9. We share many of the same books on Austenprose.com’s “Best of 2021” list, Rita. Happy to see some of the books I recommended such as A Captain for Caroline Gray & John Eyre. It is good to stretch our Janeite wings! Happy reading in 2022. Best, LA

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  10. Kirsten

    What a great list, I’ve read and enjoyed Back to the Bonnet. Another favorite of mine is Mr Darcy’s Persuasion. Twists of Faith and So Material a Change are on my list aswell 🙂

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  11. I’m over the moon! So please to see Dangerous Magic and Longbourn Entanglement made your list!! Many thanks, Rita!!!

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  12. Glynis

    I’ve read six of those and have others on my TBR. I’m afraid I’m still dedicated to stories about Darcy and Elizabeth, I can’t get enough of those two. As well as some of the above I loved An Unexpected Harvest by Cat Andrews and Agony and Hope by Leslie Diamond plus many others.
    Many thanks to the authors who cater to my obsession, I’m sorry I can’t mention them all, but I’m eternally grateful.
    Happy Blogging Rita and thank you 🙂

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  13. Thrilled to see Tempted on your list, Rita! What a list, too. There are some books on here that I really need to read! Happy New Year, everyone. ❤

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  14. ❤❤ Huge thanks, Rita, for including Twists of Fate! I’m so happy you liked it!! ❤❤
    Happy New Year! Hope this is the one when we get to meet again.

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