Best of the Best

Posted On 31 December 2021

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Every year I make a list of my ten favourite books for the year.  This is never an easy list to make  because I want more than ten so, as a result, I will be posting another list (probably tomorrow) about all the other books that I’ve loved this year and want to highlight.

Here for now are the ten books that immediately stand out for me as being most excellent and highly recommended.  *These books are not necessarily releases from 2021.*.

This year I read over 100 books and for the most part I’m happy to say I had some amazing reads.  My blog and book reviews are mostly positive because I don’t read or review books if I’m not enjoying them (that’s a personal thing as I find if I make myself continue to read a book I’m not enjoying then everything kind of grinds to a halt).  Also, life is too short to read books you’re not enjoying.

This list is in no way intended to be insulting or derogatory to the other books and authors I’ve read during the year – these are the immediate  books that really leap out at me when I revisit my list (this top ten also clearly demonstrates my love of fantasy, with a little bit of something different mixed in for good measure).

These are listed in no particular order.  All reviews are linked and covers are included at the bottom.

  1. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
  2. The Ladies of the Secret Service by Constance Sayers
  3. The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence
  4. The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
  5. The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
  6. Priest of Gallows by Peter McLean
  7. Come With Me by Ronald Malfi
  8. The Bone Ship’s Wake by RJ Barker
  9. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
  10. The Empire’s Ruin by Brian Staveley