I can’t believe 2021 is almost over! Time really does fly by!
This year I read so many amazing books. Even though I did not complete my reading goal (22/25), I enjoyed every single book I read. I don’t feel disappointed, because the books I read I loved and they made me happy.
So I thought I would share my favorite reads with you guys! Here is a short list of my favorite 2021 reads.
The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
The City of Brass was the very first book I read in the year, and I absolutely loved it.
It tells the story of Nahri, a homeless orphan from Egypt. She never believed in magic, but when she accidentally summons a mysterious djinn, she discovers that magic is very much real and there is a secret city called Daevabad where she belongs.
I read the first book really quickly and then got the second one, which I also loved. Currently, I’m reading the third one and I’m excited to see how the series ends.
This book series has romance, adventure, and magic. Everything a fantasy book should have!
To know more, read my review of The City of Brass.
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Rule of Wolves is the conclusion to the King of Scars duology. Leigh Bardugo is a goddess and I can’t believe how good her books are.
I was really excited for this book, and it holds a special place in my heart because of how much I enjoyed it. This book continues the story of Nikolai Lantsov, Zoya Nazyalensky, and Nina Zenik. They are literally, some of my favorite characters from all the Grishaverse.
I won’t go too much into detail regarding the plot, because there’s spoilers from the first book, but it was the perfect conclusion to such a loved duology.
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare is my favorite author, hands down. I love everything she has ever written and Chain of Iron was no different.
This book continues the story of Cordelia and her journey of being married to James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. Of course, it isn’t all rainbows and sunshine, especially since James is in love with someone else.
Taking place in Edwardian London, this story has the same excitement and drama all Shadowhunters novels have.
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is another goddess of fantasy literature. Her books are so good!
This book continues the book series of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but this time we’re reading about Nesta Archeron. She’s Feyre’s older sister that was turned into fey.
What I liked about this book was how much we get to know about her character, and the development she has. Sarah J. Maas is brilliant at writing about trauma and dealing with it. Mental health is such a huge part of these fantasy books, and I love the way she handles these topics.
Plus, we also get to read more about Cassian and his relationship with Nesta. It was an amazing read and I can’t wait to read more from this series.
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Elizabeth Lim is such a sweet author and I love her books. Last year I read the Blood and Stars duology, and I fell in love with them.
Her writing style is really easy and simple, but the story still has so much worldbuilding and the characters are just amazing. I love how fast-paced her books are, without feeling rushed.
Six Crimson Cranes is a retelling from a classic fairy tale story. I love reading retellings, and this one was very well-made.
Read my review of Six Crimson Cranes!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I got this book because I saw a lot of people on Bookstagram talking about it. The cover looked stunning, so I thought: why not?
I was not prepared to how much I would love this book.
I finished it in like two days. I literally, spent all weekend on my living room’s sofa reading it. It was soooo good, I just couldn’t put it down.
The story is about Linus, a caseworker at Department in Charge of Magical Youths (DICOMY). He is good at his job, follows the rules just as they are written, has the same day-to-day routine and has no desire to change it. That is until he catches the attention of Extremely Upper Management. You see, Linus’ job is to investigate orphanages and make sure the magical children are taken care of. And in this new assignment, Linus is sent to a mysterious island to investigate an orphanage full of “dangerous” children.
It was really cute!! It quickly became my favorite feel-good novel that is a fantasy. It was funny and sweet, and all the characters were just so wholesome.
Check out my book review of The House in the Cerulean Sea!
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
We Hunt the Flame tells the story of Zafira, who dedicates her life to providing for her people. She dresses up as a man, known as The Hunter, and ventures into the cursed forest called Arz. She’s the only one who can go into the Arz and not go completely crazy. It also tells the story of Nasir, the Prince of Death. He is the son of the Sultan, who sends him to assassinate those who dare defy his ruling.
This is the last book I’ve finished, and I seriously really liked everything about it. It was interesting and exciting. The perfect mix between The Hunger Games in a fantasy setting.
It reminded me of The City of Brass, because of its Arabian Nights vibes. It was a lovely read and I am currently reading the second one.
Read my book review of We Hunt the Flame!
2021 was a great year!
2021 was a great year and I’m sure 2022 will be even greater! I’m excited to see what books the new year will bring me.
What about you? What was your favorite 2021 read?
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