Here are (some of!) my five-star reads from 2021.
Of the 80 or so books I read every year, some stand out. As I’ve mentioned previously (see my post on book choices), I’m pretty good at judging what books will suit my readerly needs. I should be, after reading so many!
If your reading preferences are anything like mine, you might like to check out this selection from my 5-star reads this year.
Recommended Reads 2021
A stunning debut collection of wonderful short stories
Prepare to be amazed. A great book to take on your beach holiday, full of scary seaside stories
A wonderful first instalment in a new coming-of-age series. take yourself to the stars and beyond with this exciting and diverse novel
A brilliant little novella about a world-building alien who just happens to be one of the sweetest -dog-like characters you’ll ever meet
A terrifying story about a missing child, set in an ordinary Queensland town. Unputdownable. How about that cover in the top image of this post?!
Black fiction that leaps and cavorts, alive with challenge, wit and a very big heart. Read these stories with gusto and amazement
An unusual read for me. This is the best murder mystery I’ve ever encountered, and I love the way it foregrounds the victim instead of the vile killer. Eye-opening and such great writing.
My favourite of the entire series. An insightful and tender exploration of depression and anxiety through the lens of dark fantasy.
Ha! Want to be terrified on your summer road trip around Australia? Meal-sized tales of antipodean horror from a master.
The first of a new series by Juliet Marillier, whose evocative writing immerses the reader in ancient Ireland. Myth, romance, adventure and tragedy combine in this wonderful story.
Watch out for in 2022
As a reviewer, I’m privileged to read quite a few books prior to their release, in the form of ARCs (advanced reader copies). I love being considered an advanced reader LOL! Here’s one I adored for its teeming, lush fantasy world.
And here’s two that I can hardly wait for! From the marvellous Odyssey Books, out early in 2022:
The eagerly-awaited third book in the GriffinSinger series … and of course
How To Survive Your Magical Family
A fabulous new fantasy from yours truly 🙂
The link is to the Booktopia pre-order page, but I’ll have my own pre-order page early in the New Year. Keep your eyes peeled!