Hello friends, I am here with the best books I read in 2021. These were not all released in 2021, but they are all books I read in 2021 and loved for various reasons.
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
This was the first book I read in 2021 and it lived rent free in me head for the entire year. I recommended it to anyone that wanted some Sci-Fi recs or who I thought might like it. I adored it. It is a book I know I will be rereading many times going forward. I also can’t wait for Everina Maxwell’s next book set in the same universe.
Captivated by A.C. Thomas
This is book two in a series and let me tell you, this one also lived in my head a lot last year. I am obviously really digging the queer sci-fi I’ve been reading lately and it’s making me so happy. This was just such a romp with a grump and sunshine character falling for each other and being absolute dorks in space while trying to solve a scientific mystery. I am hyped for the next book in this series.
Royal Rescue by A. Alex Logan
This book really made me happy because it was the first representation of a Queer Platonic Relationship I had ever read. It wasn’t necessarily the most well written or in depth fantasy world, but I adored the self discovery journey, as well as the book having a good focus on dragons. Dragons are my favourite things.
Better Than People, Best Laid Plans, and The Lights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parrish
This is cheating a bit but I read all three of these books last year and they are all part of the Garnet Run series, so I’m counting it as one on this list. Honestly, these were just the fluffy, light, funny, sweet stories I needed when my brain was not happy and my mental health was not great. They just brought I light into my life by how soft and sweet these stories were. I will absolutely be rereading them. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out later this year.
A Human’s Guide to Wooing an Asexual Incubi by Nikole Knight
This one was definitely a surprise, but I really liked it. I am a sucker for fantasy and mythical creatures, as well as the idea of them living and hiding in the human world. I think it’s really cool how all these different creatures existed and were interacting together, besides the addition of a clumsy, adorable human. I think it was a really interesting discussion about gender and sexuality as well. Nikole Knight is an author I need to check out more from.
Rare Vigilance and Crooked Shadows by M.A. Grant
Alright, another cheat but I don’t care. QUEER VAMPIRES! Bodyguard and client. Slow burn. I mean… I am a sucker for queer vampires. That’s it. That’s all I have to say. Okay, not really. But if you give me queer vampires I will consume it all. I’m hyped for the conclusion of this story. The tension, the drama. It’s just *chef’s kiss*
A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
An alternate history story with magic and monsters and a lesbian detective. Do I need to say more? I mean, fantasy mysteries are becoming my favourite subgenre so this was a real treat. The writing was amazing. The magic was so cool and interesting. I just enjoyed it all. I’m excited to see what else happens in this world.
The Sol Majestic by Ferret Steinmetz
This put me onto a new favourite niche. Space restaurants. I know, very niche but I was so captivated by the restaurant and the world built in the sci-fi world. It was so cool to hear about the tech advances and how they were used in the restaurant business. I also loved the philosophical plot surrounding the restaurant. Just all around really interesting and captivating.
My Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn
Last but certainly not least, MURDER SIRENS. I mean, sirens are supposed to be murderous, but the whole fantasy world created by D.N. Bryn was my vibe. I loved the interactions between the captured siren and the humans. The disability rep, was interesting and really cool. I liked how the fantasy elements were used to discuss it and how the characters interacted and gained trust as a result. I have the next book in this series and I’m hyped to see where the world goes.
Did you read any of these last year? What was one of your favourite books last year?