2021 was an interesting year in reading. I read 51 books (beat my goal by 1, ha!). But as I was going through trying to pick my top books, I struggled a bit. Sure, there were some easy standouts, but once I got to 6-8, it was a bit tough. Not that there wasn’t god books, but it was more of finding enough that was like, woah this is good. I actually had 4 books rated 2 or less, which feels high.
My top books of 2021
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine: I loved this book so much. Space! Politics! Aliens! Plus fantastic characters and wonderful writing. Read this duology.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: Science-y space this time around. Weir never disappoints and this is a great book.
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan: This is a heavy book that tackles a lot of different issues. But it is a really fantastic read, just be ready for some darkness.
The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett: This is an enjoyable extension of Brett’s Demon Cycle series. The worldbuilding is obviously top notch and the character progression is great to follow.
The Liar’s Knot by M.A. Carrick: The characters are what drives this one. So many good ones. Plus magic and lots of scheming.
Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst: While I love big series, standalones are always nice too. Especially when it as good as this one. If you want quality fantasy without the commitment, go with this one.
Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson: It is Brandon Sanderson, so duh. Spensa is such a fun character and the supporting cast is top notch.
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: This is a solid series, even if it takes some getting used to.