Episode 32 Best of 2021

Ep 32: Best of 2021

Before we dive into 2022, I thought I’d take an episode to look back on 2021 and share some favorites from the Literary Escape Book Club.

I am going to share our top 3 authors of the 2021 book club season, and our top 3 books from the book club for last year. We read some amazing books and met some really awesome authors, so you’re in for a treat!

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Ep 32: Best of 2021 from the Literary Escape Book Club

You can listen to Episode 32 here and see what books and authors the Literary Escape Book Club chose as favorites.

2021 Favorites from the Literary Escape Book Club

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Favorite Authors from 2021

Third Place

We had a tie for our third place favorite author. So, I decided to share them both versus just choosing one.

Connie Mann

Connie joined us in the Literary Escape Book Club in July 2021. She is the author of romantic suspense books as well as being a boat captain.

I shared her book and a little about it in podcast episode 6, Books Set in Florida.

You can listen HERE

KC Dyer

KC was the very first author to join us in the Book Club. We read her book, Eighty Days to Elsewhere in January 2021 and traveled all around the globe with her.

You can listen to my interview with her on the podcast episode 30.

You can listen HERE

Second Place

Sonali Dev

Sonali joined the Book Club in February 2021 when we read both Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Sonali’s contemporary retelling, Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors.

Sonali takes on this classic and puts an Indian flair on it. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, you’ll want to check out this multicultural retelling of a classic.

First Place

Author Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen

We had Rhys Bowen join us in the Literary Escape Book Club in April 2021.

We read her historical fiction book Above the Bay of Angels. It was set in London and Nice, France.

Rhys did an amazing job of painting a picture of where we were. If you want an escape, this book will definitely take you there!

You can listen to my interview with her on the podcast episode 2.

You can listen HERE

Favorite Books from 2021

We read so many great books in the Book Club in 2021 it was really hard to narrow it down to three favorites. But, here’s what we came up with for you.

Third Place

The Chocolatier by Jan Moran

The Chocolatier by Jan Moran

We read The Chocolatier by Jan Moran in May 2021 when our destination was the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

San Francisco, 1953: Heartbroken over the mysterious death of her husband, Celina Savoia, a second-generation chocolatière, resolves to take their young son to Italy’s shimmering Amalfi coast to introduce him to his father’s family. Just as she embarks on a magical, romantic life of making chocolate by the sea surrounded by a loving family, she begins to suspect that her husband had a dark secret–forged in the final days of WWII–that could destroy the relationships she’s come to cherish.


Second Place

Eighty Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer

We read Eighty Days to Elsewhere in January 2021. It kicked off the Literary Escape Book Club.

Born and raised in New York City, Ramona Keene dreams of attending photography school and traveling to Paris, but her reality never quite catches up with her imagination. Instead, she works at her uncles’ quaint bookstore, where the tea is plentiful and all the adventures are between the covers of secondhand books. But when the new landlord arrives with his Evil Nephew in tow, Romy’s quiet life comes crashing down. He plans to triple the rent, something her uncles can’t afford.

In order to earn the money to help save the bookstore, Romy applies for a job at ExLibris Expeditions, a company that re-creates literary journeys. Romy snags the oddest internship ever: retrace Phileas Fogg’s journey from Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days and plan a suitable, contemporary adventure for a client. The task is close to impossible; sticking to the original route means no commercial aircraft permitted, and she’s got a lot less than eighty days to work with. Shaking off her fear of leaving home, Romy takes on the challenge, only to discover she’s got competition. Worse, Dominic Madison turns out to be the – unfortunately hot – nephew of her family’s worst enemy.


First Place

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

We read The Last Bookshop in London in June 2021. It was a fantastic book!

August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed—a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.


Other Resources You’ll Love

Ep 25: 4 Great Books Set in Italy

Ep 22: 5 Amazing Cozy Mystery series with Vicki Delany

Ep 19: Spooky books for a Halloween Vacation

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