Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the inertent. Now 2021 has finished, it’s time to write up my top books of the year. I’ve already shared my December Wrap Up – which ended up being a hugely successful month all things considered! – but now, after lots of careful consideration and way too much debating with myself, I’m here with my top twenty books. I fully respect people who are able to pick ten books, because frankly, I just couldn’t. I’m impressed I managed to pick just twenty.
While 2021 was a rough year in so many ways for me, it was a stunning year for reading. I ended up finishing a grand total of books, and loved nearly everything I read. Part of this is because there were just some brilliant books released, and part of it is that I got stricter with ditching books I wasn’t enjoying. It was one of the decisions I made early in the year that, with my vision leaving me more and more swiftly, I wanted to enjoy every book I read, and while I knew I’d enjoy some less than others, I still wanted to love what I was reading. So now I don’t finish books I don’t love. I give books a maximum of 10% to see if they grab me. I give them a fair chance, I think. One of the things I’m going to make sure I do this year is keep a record of books I start and DNF so that I don’t buy the same book twice, and find I dislike it. Twice. Yes, this has happened.
So, let’s get back to it. Here is, in no particular order, my top twenty books of 2021. With two of these, I have counted a whole series, as I’ve read all the avalible books as of 2021.
- The Appeal
- From Blood and Ash / A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire / The Crown of Gilded Bones
- The House in the Cerulean Sea
- The Gilded Ones
- Truly Devious / The Vanishing Stair / The Hand on the Wall / The Box in the Woods
- Mina and the Undead
- The Prison Healer
- Body of Stars
- The Wolf and the Woodsman
- This Poison Heart
- Ace of Spades
- It’s Behind You
- For the Wolf
- Defy the Night
- Little Thieves
- The Bone Shard Daughter
- The Red Scrolls of Magic
So there we have it! As it stands, I’ve already read some brilliant books in 2022. I wonder whether any of them will make it onto the top reads of 2022 list this time next year…