Looking back at the year 2021, it has been a very hard year especially with the pandemic. Reading a good book is what helps me get through the most difficult times. While I did not read as much this year as I usually do, I still found some gems that a worth a re-read. These books drew me into the past and for a while whisked me away from the realities of 2021. This is the list of my favorite books of the year.
Boudica has always been one of my favorite historical figures of the year. I even wrote a history article which you can find here. I can say without a doubt that Melanie Karsak did justice to Boudica's early life. It was a gripping historical read with raw emotions! I look forward to the next books in the series to see how Queen Boudica is portrayed!
Queen Esther's story has always been one of my favorite book in the Bible. When my favorite Christian author writes one of my favorite stories, it becomes a sweet treat! I loved everything about The Star of Persia! The message of the novel was that God uses ordinary people to change history. This is an excellent message for the new year!
I never heard of Mary Emmons until I have read this book! Susan Holloway Scott gives justice to one of history's most forgotten women! The story was so moving that I can't count how many times I have cried over Mary's predicaments!
This biography is an oldie but still a goodie! Many Historians have solely focused on Catherine the Great and not on her predecessor Empress Elizabeth. However, Tamara Talbot Rice has given Empress Elizabeth the spotlight by focusing only on her. Indeed, this biography gives justice to an extraordinary ruler! This biography shows that without Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great would never have brought Russia to a Golden Age because it was Elizabeth who laid the foundations! I hope that in the future, there will more biographies written about this overlooked ruler!