2021 Book List

Last year was the first year I really kept track of my reading, as I shared each book I read in real-time on my Instagram Stories and kept a list updated here on Pocketful of Joules. I ended up reading 113 books in 2020 and you can find the full list of them here: 2020 Book List.

I decided to keep it up for 2021, but wanted to improve my list by incorporating my mini-reviews. Feel free to bookmark this page, as I will keep it updated as I finish each book. I’ll also stick a link to this post over on the right sidebar for easy access.

Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2021:

Book #, Information & LinkMini Book Review
Book #1 of 2021:
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Oh my gosh, this one was AMAZING! A plus-sized fashion blogger is the new star of Main Squeeze, a Bachelorette-type reality show. This book was so, so, so, so good! Add it to your MUST READ list now!
Book #2 of 2021:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I haven’t seen the movie and wanted to give the book a try. All in all, I didn’t enjoy it and thought it was a boring name-dropping slog. Money, money, rich people, money. Just repetitive and rather boring.
Book #3 of 2021:
I Hate Your Face (and other things I wish I could tell my coworkers) by Connie O’Reyes
I wanted to love this book of short stories about office-life…but it just sounded like stories I’ve heard 1,000 times before and to me the book fell flat.
Book #4 of 2021:
Hadley & Grace by Suzanne Redfearn
A ‘Thelma & Louise’ type caper story about two moms who find themselves on the run with their kids. Overall pretty entertaining and a fun ride!
Book #5 of 2021: Widowish by Melissa GouldI thought this book would focus on her journey after her husband passed… but it was brutal to read about them falling in love, him in the hospital, and her having to make the difficult decision to let him go.
Book #6 of 2021:
Please Like Me (But Keep Away) by Mindy Kaling
I thought this was a whole book, but it was just 2 short stories. Super relatable and funny. I wish it were longer! (It looks like Amazon broke “Nothing Like I Imagined” into a bunch of shorter stories.)
Book #7 of 2021:…Coming Soon…

Many of my books are borrowed using Kindle Unlimited (you can read my full review from 2015 here). If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited yet, it’s like an all-you-can-read for books and I’ve been using it for the last few years: Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans.

I’ve also recently started using the free OverDrive Library, through my local library website. If you have a library card, be sure to check your library’s website to see if they work with an online partner. I mean, FREE BOOKS!

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Unplugging

Okay friends, this is my last post of 2020. I took off of work from Christmas – New Years, so I’m stepping away from the blog until next Monday (1/4). And to be honest, I wrote today’s post before the holiday… so I’m actually already on my break!

I’m planning to read, watch movies, bang out a couple doctor’s appointments, do some home projects that I’ve been sitting on, and maybe do a little after-Christmas online shopping. I’m also planning to keep up with my Peloton workouts and will be giving you all a one-month update in a couple more weeks.

The biggest part of my holiday break plans, is that I’m planning to NOT juggle working from home and Jack’s online school. Which in itself sounds incredibly relaxing after 10 months of keeping all these balls in the air.

You can still find me over on my Instagram account during my little break though, since I love seeing all those Christmas pajama photos that pop up.

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Reviewing Woolzies Laundry Dryer Balls

Source: Amazon.com

Have you guys heard of dryer balls? They are an all-natural fabric softener alternative to the dryer sheets I would typically buy at the grocery store. Rather than using a scented dryer sheet, you use and reuse wool dryer balls and add some essential oils if you want a subtle scent.

I heard about them in a Facebook Group and decided to give them a try. Also, I like to make my husband giggle when I bring dryer balls up in a conversation…

Some benefits to using wool dryer balls:

  • They are chemical free
  • They last for 1000+ loads
  • They reduce drying time
  • They get rid of wrinkles and static

I ordered this pack off of Amazon: Woolzies 6 pack XL Dryer Balls. I decided on this particular set because they were $16.95 and had 4.5/5 stars with over 3,500 reviews! I like a subtle scent to our laundry (my previous favorite was lavender scented dryer sheets), so I also bought Woolzies 100% Pure Happy Essential Oil Blend Set.

I’ve been using these dryer balls for every load of laundry I’ve done since August… so that is 4 full months of laundry. Or a billion loads. At least, that’s what it feels like.

Before a load, I’ll add 2-3 drops of an essential oil to one of the balls before adding our clothes. If I’m doing a load with a bunch of towels or sheets, I might add a little extra oil. I haven’t had any issues with static, but I heard that if things get staticky, you can add a safety pin to a couple of your wool dryer balls to get rid of the shocks.

Out of the three scents, my absolute favorite is the Blissful Magic. It’s described as: an exotic floral aroma that can balance emotions and soothe the body and mind. It contains jasmine, neroli, rose, white lotus and vetiver essential oils. I don’t know about balancing emotions… but I love the way our towels smell when I get out of the shower. It also adds a subtle scent to our entire laundry area, which is nice since it is on the first floor of our home.

I love our switch to dryer balls so far. They do a great job with drying our clothes without wrinkles, they smell fantastic and I don’t have to keep adding dryer sheets to our grocery lists! These would also make a really cute Christmas gift… you could include a small basket (for the balls when not in use), a pack of dryer balls and an assortment pack of oils.

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