Favourite Books

My Favourite Books of 2021

I really like going over my year of reading and reflecting on what books were my favourite throughout the year. These books are not in any particular order but they are all books I loved and gave five stars too.

Raybearer & Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko

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I loved reading this duology and I thought the world and characters were amazing. The writing completely enraptured me and I think the author is a wonderful storyteller.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #2 & #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I liked From Blood and Ash but I definitely liked these two books more. I loved how the relationship develops between Poppy and Casteel in these books and I really enjoyed seeing Poppy grow more.

Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve

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I read the first and third book of this series in 2021 too but Reclaimed is my favourite of them. I grew more attached to Mera in this book and liked seeing her and Shadow together.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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I loved the themes of this book and how it had such deep topics mixed with such a whimsical story. I really liked reading about the characters and I’m excited to read more books by this author.

A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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I was so surprised at how much I grew to love Nesta in this book. Reading about her struggles really made me feel differently towards her and I loved how Sarah J Maas writes her characters and makes you love them so completely.

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare

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I enjoyed the first book in this series but I loved this one even more. The tension between the characters really ramped up and I loved their interactions with each other in this book.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

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I was so captivated by the plot of this book and I really enjoyed reading about the characters and their choices. I loved Malik’s pov the most and really liked how anxiety played a big part in Malik’s life, it was nice to see that included in a fantasy story.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I liked the world the author created in this book with there being great libraries full of books that have their own personalities. I loved the characters and how all got along with each other.

Leviathan Wakes & Caliban’s War (The Expanse #1 & #2) by James S.A. Corey

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I started The Expanse series in 2021 and I’m really loving the books so far. I knew I would at least like them since I’ve already watched the tv series of The Expanse and loved that. This series (both the tv show and books) are so action packed and fast paced with such intriguing plots.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson

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I loved how lyrical the writing of this book was and how captivating the story was. It’s told in a letter format from Constanta to her vampire creator and is such a beautifully written story that really makes you think.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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I think this is such a perfect autumn read and I really loved it. I loved reading about Yadrial and Julian’s interactions with each other and I really liked their romance.

What are some of your most favourite books that you read in 2021?

Favourite Books

My Favourite Vampire Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Halloween freebie. For this topic I’ve decided to do my favourite vampire books since I’ve always loved reading about vampires. I have only included books where vampires are the main focus of it, I have a lot of favourite books and series not on this list that do have vampires in them but they are more of a side thing. If you have any recommendations of any vampire books you’ve loved or you’d think I’d like based on my list then please comment them below.

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Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead – I read this series so long ago but I loved it so much and I loved the characters in it.

Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead – I feel that this spin off series definitely gets over looked by Vampire Academy but I still loved it just as much as it.

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – This is one of my new favourites and I loved the writing of it so much, the whole story was very captivating.

Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost – I loved this series and I loved Cat and Bones together, they make such a great couple.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – This was another one I read years ago but again I loved it and really liked how the world was described.

Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward – The BDB books are still some of my favourite vampire books despite me disliking a lot of the recent ones.

Black Sunshine by Karina Halle – I was surprised at how much I liked this book since I hadn’t heard much about it before reading it but I really enjoyed it.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – No favourite vampire list would be complete without Twilight being on there and I don’t think I even have to explain why.

Do you like vampire books? What are some of your favourites?

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

I say this every year but it’s still true, this is one of my most favourite book tags to do and I look forward to doing it every year. I love how there are so many different prompts that really make you reflect on your reading at the halfway point through the year. A lot of the books I picked could’ve fit multiple answers but I decided to not choose the same book twice.

QUESTIONS:

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – Raybearer is such a fantastic book, I loved the writing and I think the author is a great storyteller. I loved everything about this book from the characters and the plot to the amazing writing and themes of the story and can’t wait to read the next one.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I loved this book more than the first and think it’s a great sequel. I loved the development of the romance and loved the different character dynamics between some of the characters in this book.

3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – I loved the first book of this series and can’t wait to dive right into this book and see what these characters get up to next.

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – I’ve already talked about my love for Raybearer so of course Redemptor is my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year.

5) Biggest disappointment

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I’d heard a lot of amazing things about this book before I read it but I was disappointed by it, I really disliked the main character.

6) Biggest surprise

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Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve – I was really surprised about how much I enjoyed this book and this series. It took me a while to get into the book at the beginning but once it got going I was really into it. I loved when Shadow was introduced and I loved reading the interactions between him and Mera.

7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – This is my first Margaret Rogerson book and I loved it. I really liked the writing of it and can’t wait to read other books by this author.

8) Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get many fictional crushes and I can’t remember any from this year.

9) Newest favourite character

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Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. I loved how close of a bond Malik has with his sisters and his struggles with anxiety really make him such a relatable character. I loved how his character developed over the course of the book.

10) Book that made you cry

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – ACOSF is a very emotional book as Nesta goes on a self reflective journey and tries to overcome her past trauma. I loved this book and as always SJMs writing is always heart wrenching.

11) Book that made you happy

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – This is such a uniquely whimsical book that I think is perfect for all ages, it made me so happy to read and I loved the deep themes of it.

12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

13) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs and Crier’s War by Nina Varela.

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your answers to these questions?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That I’ve Loved and Want More People To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) turns 10 this week and although I’ve only been book blogging for a few years I have been following the book blogging community and I’ve been reading everyone’s TTT posts for years longer. There was two options given for this week’s topic but I decided to just go with ‘Books That I’ve Loved and Want More People To Read’ since it’s probably the main reason why us book bloggers all started off blogging, to shout about our love for books.

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
Emotional historical that begins in 1930s Brazil and is about two girls with a deep complex friendship growing up and trying to make a music career for themselves
Beautiful writing

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The Diviners by Libba Bray
So atmospheric, set in 1920s New York era
Teens with supernatural powers

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Solanin by Inio Asano
A manga/graphic novel about a woman in her 20s who is questioning what she wants to do with her life
Very relatable

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Tackles important topics like slut shaming and its effects
Has one of the funniest main characters I’ve read about

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Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
Refreshing YA fantasy
Interesting character arcs that thread together very well

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Like a Narnia retelling that focuses on the effects of being forced to go back to the real world
Talks about a character with depression

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Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
A fun new adult/adult urban fantasy series
Great characters and character banter

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A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
Historical set in 1920s England
Has summer parties and focuses on sister relationship

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
About a group of teen pageant girls who crash land of a deserted island
Satire book that talks about the judgements and expectations on teen girls

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Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
Set in historical France and is about a group of outcasts who help save innocent people from the guillotine
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What are some books you’ve loved that you wish more people would read?

Favourite Books

Favourite Books of 2019

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I always love doing this post every year because I love reflecting on all my favourite books I’ve read in the year. The books on this list are books that I read this year not only books that were published this year. It’s sometimes hard to narrow down favourites but here are my top ten books that I read in 2019.  This is also the topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl).

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Song of Sorrow (Sorrow book 2) by Melinda Salisbury
– I reread the first book to this duology before reading Song of Sorrow and I enjoyed that too. This is a YA fantasy duology with a gripping plot and interesting characters, I loved this duology.

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Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood
– I can’t wait for this author to write more books because this is the second book I’ve loved by her. This is such a beautiful story about finding your place in a world that doesn’t want you to choose your own path.

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Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle book 2) by Jay Kristoff
– I read Nevernight in 2019 too and enjoyed it as well but I did like the second book just slightly more, I felt more connected to the characters and I liked reading about Mia’s journey.

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
– Taylor Jenkins Reid is now one of my auto-buy authors. I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo last year so I was highly anticipating this one and I’m glad that I ended up loving it too.

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
– I’ve loved all the books on this list but if someone asked me what my most favourite would be, it would be The Air You Breathe. The writing and story in this book are so emotional, it is such a beautiful book.

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In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children book 4) by Seanan McGuire
– In An Absent Dream is my favourite book in the Wayward Children series. This story felt so captivating with such beautiful writing that makes you feel so many different emotions.

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War of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles book 3) by Helen Scheuerer
– This is the last book in an amazing YA fantasy trilogy that is very underrated. This trilogy has everything a great fantasy needs, such as characters with well written character arcs, an interesting world with magic in it and an exciting and intriguing plot. Everything in this series is so well thought out and I love the character interactions in them. I loved this conclusion to the trilogy.

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
– This was a surprising book because although it sounded interesting and I expected to like it, I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. They way this is described by a lot of people is Disneyworld meets Westworld and that description is perfect for it. That’s exactly what you get and I loved the moral questioning of whether or not the robots in the book are like humans or not. It’s such a gripping story that keeps you interested until the end.

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Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
– I don’t know why but I love the Shadowhunter world so much and the characters in these series’ always feel so real and that makes me feel so attached to them.

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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
– This was another book that I was surprised that I loved so much. It’s so hard to describe what the books about but I loved it and thought the story was very unique and I loved how the characters interacted.

What are your favourite books of 2019?