Welcome to my top ten books of 2021!
I’ll keep saying it until I’m blue in the face, but where did 2021 go? I keep thinking how it was another wasted year, but at least I read a lot of GREAT books along the way. So much so, that compiling this list was fairly difficult. The novels on this list are only ones that I read for the first time. I reread ACOMAF twice this year and it definitely would have made my list.
Instead of making a separate post for my reading stats, I’m including the most relevant ones here.
# of pages read: 46,768
# of books read: 108
# of eBooks: 61
# of physical books: 47
# of ARCs: 23
Please note, this list is in no particular order.
Obviously A Court of Silver Flames made my top books of 2021. If I had to pick a number 1 book, it would be this one.
A Court of Silver Flames is a beautiful character study that features mental health and coping as a central themes. Watching Nesta build a support system then proceed to fail over and over again is frustrating yet rewarding simultaneously. This isn’t a quick redemption story. Instead, it’s an intimate look at how trauma can wreck someone so thoroughly and how difficult it is to claw your way back.
Cassandra Clare is probably the only YA author I still read, so it’s not surprising Chain of Iron made my list. I’ll never get enough of this world.
Chain of Iron delivers a story full of action, angst, and mystery. Clare’s delivery of the false relationship is practically flawless as she plays with readers’ hearts in the best ways possible.
I picked up Zodiac Academy on a whim and, boy, am I glad I did.
Zodiac Academy: The Awakening is my new obsession. It features strong and independent main characters who are able to hold their own. Every aspect of this novel works together to create a cohesive world, interesting magic system, and delicious tension.
The fantasy/romance genre really took off in 2021, so I was thrilled to learn Tucker threw her hat in the ring.
A Fate of Wrath & Flame is an excellent re-entry to the fantasy genre for Tucker. A Fate of Wrath & Flame will keep you on edge of your seat with its twists and turns you won’t see coming and a sizzling hot romance.
I was hesitant reading Weir’s latest because I disliked like Artemis so much, but I’m glad I gave it a chance.
Project Hail Mary is a mix of The Martian and Arrival: wholesome characters, an exciting world ending problem, and enough science to keep readers engaged.
Empire of the Vampire is another novel I was hesitant to read because of the author’s previous work. That might be a theme for this list.
Empire of the Vampire is easily one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read all year. Kristoff blended fantasy and horror beautifully to create a terrifying world rife with deep lore and complex characters.
It astounds me how few people have read this series considering how damn good it.
Jade Legacy is a truly satisfying ending to an epic character driven urban fantasy story. From expansive world building to intimate and detailed character work, Jade Legacy will leave readers in awe of everything Lee accomplishes with this trilogy.
The Silent Patient truly surprised me. Michaelides is now an auto-buy author.
The Silent Patient is a thriller not to be missed. It’s full of twists and turns that will leave readers shocked and in awe of this incredible story Michaelides weaved together.
Tessa Bailey surprised me by quietly becoming another auto-buy author. I thought It Happened One Summer would be too much of a rip-off of Schitt’s Creek, but Bailey made it her own.
It Happened One Summer is a spicy yet heart filled romance about discovering different aspects of yourself all while falling in love. It Happened One Summer was my first Tessa Bailey novel and it will not be my last!
Scarlett St. Clair is another author I was hesitant to try again because of her previous work, but, once again, I’m glad I did.
King of Battle and Blood beautifully balances the heavy fantasy and romance elements while blending them in a way that feels true the world St. Clair is building. It also features incredible sexual tension and bloodlust filled vampires which are sure to have readers reaching for a cold glasses of water.
Did any of my favourite books of the year make your list? If not, what are you top books of 2021?