Best of 2021 | Blogmas 2021: Day 20

Welcome to Day 20 of Blogmas 2021! It’s finally time to share the post I have been adding to all year – my best of shelf picks for 2021! My regular readers will know that I rarely rate a book above 4 stars and even fewer of those make this list. Of the 150+ books I’ve read so far this year, I’ve chosen 11 for this list – a slightly higher ratio than usual, but these books were simply too good to leave any out.

As a reminder of the criteria I use for this list, the book has to be published in the same year, I should have given it a rating of 4 stars or higher, with something that I felt made it stand out over the other books. The titles are just in publication order this year because if I started trying to rank them, this post would still be in my drafts. Without further ado, let’s check out my favorite books of 2021!

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Aurora’s End – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman | Blogmas 2021: Day 12

Title: Aurora’s End
Series: The Aurora Cycle #3
Author
: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Published
: November 9th, 2021 (Knopf BYR)
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The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik

Title: The Last Graduate
Series: The Scholomance #2
Author
: Naomi Novik
Genre: Fantasy
Published
: September 28th, 2021 (Del Rey Books)
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As Good As Dead – Holly Jackson

Title: As Good As Dead
Series: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3
Author
: Holly Jackson
Genre: YA, Mystery
Published
: September 28th, 2021 (Delacorte Press)
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The Bronzed Beasts – Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Bronzed Beasts
Series: The Gilded Wolves #3
Author
: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published
: September 21st, 2021 (Wednesday Books)
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Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao – ARC Review

Title: Iron Widow
Series: Iron Widow #1
Author
: Xiran Jay Zhao
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published
: September 21st, 2021 (Penguin Teen)
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A Court of Silver Flames – Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Silver Flames
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #4
Author
: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published
: February 16th, 2021 (Bloomsbury Publishing)
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Chain of Iron – Cassandra Clare

Title: Chain of Iron
Series: The Last Hours #2
Author
: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published
: March 2nd, 2021 (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
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We Free the Stars – Hafsah Faizal

Title: We Free the Stars
Series: Sands of Arawiya #2
Author
: Hafsah Faizal
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published
: January 19th, 2021 (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)
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The Rose Code – Kate Quinn – ARC Review

Title: The Rose Code
Author
: Kate Quinn
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published
: March 9th, 2021 (William Morrow)
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Good Girl, Bad Blood – Holly Jackson – ARC Review

Title: Good Girl, Bad Blood
Series: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2
Author
: Holly Jackson
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
Published
: March 2nd, 2021 (Delacorte Press)
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Lore – Alexandra Bracken

Title: Lore
Author
: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA, Mythological Fiction, Fantasy
Published
: January 5th, 2021 (Disney-Hyperion)
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