My Favourite Books of 2021

These were my absolute favourite books I read this year! Definitely didn’t read as many books as I would usually but it was a hard year and I’m proud of what I accomplished and have read some new all time favourites which is fantastic!

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

Stormcaster & Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Series I completed in 2021

These are all the series that I have either read all the books this year or read the last book in the series that was published this year! I haven’t included any series that have unreleased books still, I will just add them onto future lists!

The Devouring Gray Duology by Christine Lynn Herman

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The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty

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Empirium Series by Claire Legrand

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An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

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Shattered Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

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Cursebreakers Series by Brigid Kemmerer

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Fable Duology by Adrienne Young

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All the Stars and Teeth Duology by Adalyn Grace

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The Aurora Cycle by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

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The Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos

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Another 5 favs over 500 pages

For the last two years I’ve been posting about 5 books over 500 pages I have been loving and it’s around that time so I figure why not do another one! Check out 2020 & 2019 versions 🙂

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – 647 pages

Overall I’m very happy with how many point of views we get from each of the main characters. They are all so easy to differentiate and finally getting to see them all interact with each other was so satisfying and exciting. They’ve been circling for so long and scheming and to finally have everything come to a head and get answers was worth the journey for sure!

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir – 516 pages

From that first twist at the start I wasn’t able to predict anything that was going to happen next. The forced partnership between Bryce and Hunt, theThere is so much going on in this book right from the start. It has been a few months since I reread the previous books in this series so there were a few characters that I didn’t recognise at first but as the story continued I was able to regain my bearings and enjoy all of the action. I liked the fact that everyone is separated for the majority of the book and eventually find their way back together just in time. It wasn’t the fairy tale ending I was expecting where everything just magically works out, we definitely loose a lot of characters I wasn’t expecting but we gained a few as well so I was left feeling very content!

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand – 594 pages

There were a few twists that I predicted and there were many that took me by surprise. This book really blew open all of the storylines and wove them all back together so wonderfully. We learnt so much more about the Empirium and how it affects Rielle and why she was such a loose cannon, how seductive and all encompassing it is. I loved how the two timelines merged in the end and we see how much effect Eliana had on her mother after their failed attempt earlier in the series. The ending was just so satisfying and not the fairy tale I was expecting which was pleasantly surprising!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – 560 pages

Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next.

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – 512 pages

Overall there so many shocking twists and turns and moments that broke my heart. Some of the choices the characters make didn’t really sit right with me and I wish they would of went about things differently but it definitely raised the stakes and kept me engaged in the storyline. I am left with soooo many questions still and honestly I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next!

5 star reads of 2021 so far…

I thought it would be fun to keep tabs on all of my five star reads and since we are just over half way through 2021 now would be the perfect time to list all of my 5 star reads from the first half of the year. I won’t be including any rereads these are all books I read for the first time this year.

So the 6 books I rated 5 stars so far in 2021 are:

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

February Wrap Up

This month I actually ended up reading a lot more than what I anticipated which was a nice surprise. Though I didn’t end up completing my TBR I wanted to read in February I did pick up some books that I have been wanting to read for a while now!

The books I completed in February are:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia⭐️3/5 stars

A Light in the Dusk by Jessi Elliot & K.J. Sutton⭐️3/5 stars

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir ⭐️5/5 stars

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima⭐️4/5 stars

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire⭐️3/5 stars

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin⭐️4/5 stars

Well Played by Jen DeLuca⭐️4/5 stars

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire⭐️3/5 stars

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