Updated Favourites of All Time! 2021 Edition!

I thought the 2021 reflection posts were over but I forgot about this gem. Just another post to chat about some of the amazing books I read last year. So, these are my favourite books that I read in 2021, you have probably heard me talk about these ones a lot! Also, some of these would have been in my Top 10 blog post back in December but this post also includes some others I loved but just didn’t make the cut!

  • Title: Lore Olympus Season 1
  • Author: Rachel Smythe
  • Series: Lore Olympus
  • Genre: Fantasy Romance
  • Dates read: 14.01.21 – 15.01.21

Plot: Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories — The Taking of Persephone — as it’s never been told before.

I will never shut up about this amazing series. I am not sure how far we are into season 2 but the author is currently taking a brief hiatus to rest and recuperate and boy did she leave us on a CLIFFHANGER!! I need to know what happens next. Now would be a great time to read the series if you have been questioning whether you should or not.

  • Title: Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 4
  • Author: Hiromu Arakawa
  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist Omnibus
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Dates read: 21.01.21 – 23.01.21

Plot for Book 1: In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “”auto-mail”” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.

I just can’t get enough of this series. I am trying to convince my boyfriend to watch the show as I need more of the story in my life. I currently own volumes 6 and 9 and I am scurrying around to find volumes 7 and 8 as they are really hard to grab hold of!

  • Title: Orange Vol. 1
  • Author: Ichigo Takano
  • Series: Orange: The Complete Collection
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Dates read: 08.04.21 – 13.04.21

Plot: On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?

A series I did not think I would love as much as I did. I definitely preferred volume 1 over volume 2 hence why I just included the first volume. So much heart and comedy goes into this poignant series, everyone should give it a go!

  • Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Author: Rick Riordan
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Dates read: 22.04.21 – 25.04.21

Plot for Book 1: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. 

It’s official. This is my favourite Percy Jackson book. I love anything set in a labyrinth and this has such iconic scenes and really helps set up the final book really well as well as standing great on its own. I plan on reading the Heroes of Olympus series as I only read the first 3 years ago. I can’t wait to jump right in.

  • Title: We Hunt the Flame
  • Author: Hafsah Faizal
  • Series: Sands of Arawiya #1
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Dates read: 08.06.21 – 14.06.21

Plot: Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be. War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds–and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine. 

I honestly cannot praise this book enough. If you want that enemies to lovers that everyone raves about this is a great place to start. The world is amazing, I love the lore and Zafira is a girl boss! I plan to get round to the sequel next month if all things align!

  • Title: Miss Abbott and the Doctor
  • Author: Maripaz Villar
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Dates read: 29.01.21 – 22.07.21

Plot: Doctor Andreas Marino loves his quiet life, filled with work and simple amusements, and when the strange Miss Abbott arrives in his town he decides he doesn’t like her at all. Unfortunatelly she’s funny and quirky, has an uncommon past and seems to enjoy getting him in trouble.

I go on about this web comic so much but is just so wholesome and funny. I was drew in by the art-style but stayed for the characters. I think this is the comic that made me a romance fan.

  • Title: The Devil and the Dark Water
  • Author: Stuart Turton
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Historical Mystery
  • Dates read: 19.07.21 – 24.07.21

Plot: It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Traveling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered. And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes? With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

Another book I always rave about. I won’t say much more as I literally talk about this book all the time on the blog.

  • Title: Mexican Gothic
  • Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Historical Mystery/Horror
  • Dates read: 29.07.21 – 31.07.21

Plot: After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemí’s dreams with visions of blood and doom. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

This book does not get enough hype which is so unfair as it’s so so good. This book will literally blow you mind with how creative it is and have you on the edge of your seat due to how tense it is.

  • Title: The Appeal
  • Author: Janice Hallett
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Contemporary Thriller
  • Dates read: 09.08.21 – 10.08.21

Plot: There is a mystery to solve in the sleepy town of Lower Lockwood. It starts with the arrival of two secretive newcomers, and ends with a tragic death. Roderick Tanner QC has assigned law students Charlotte and Femi to the case. Someone has already been sent to prison for murder, but he suspects that they are innocent. And that far darker secrets have yet to be revealed… Throughout the amateur dramatics society’s disastrous staging of All My Sons and the shady charity appeal for a little girl’s medical treatment, the murderer hid in plain sight. The evidence is all there, waiting to be found. But will Charlotte and Femi solve the case? Will you?

Another one I will not go on about as I rave about it all the time on this blog.

  • Title: Ace of Spades
  • Author: Faridah Àbíkíe-Íyímídé
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Contemporary Thriller
  • Dates read: 06.09.21 – 07.09.21

Plot: Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…

Another book that deserves all the hype. This book had me tearing my hair out and trying not to spoil the ending for myself in just wanting to know what happens.

  • Title: All of Us Villains
  • Author: Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
  • Series: All of Us Villains #1
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Dates read: 11.10.21 – 20.10.21

Plot: The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins. Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world–one thought long depleted. This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions are thrust into worldwide spotlight, granting each of them new information, new means to win, and most importantly: a choice – accept their fate or rewrite their story. But this is a story that must be penned in blood.

A book that I have not seen anywhere on social media despite these very popular authors. This is such a fun time if you love the Hunger Games but with magic. Super exciting and creative. An underdog that I think should be championed.

  • Title: The Year of the Witching
  • Author: Alexis Henderson
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Horror
  • Dates read: 23.10.21 – 27.10.21

Plot: Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches, and so cleansed the land. And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel. It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother . . . Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.

THIS BOOK OMG!!!!!!! I will now pick up anything this author writes because I loved this book so so much. It was everything I wanted and more!

  • Title: The Fall of Babel
  • Author: Josiah Bancroft
  • Series: The Books of Babel #4
  • Genre: Science Fantasy
  • Dates read: 16.11.21 – 06.12.21

Plot for Book 1: The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he’ll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

I will be honest despite me loving this loads it was not my favourite book in the series and I did guess a huge chunk of the ending. I think I over-hyped this book in my head so much that it was never going to reach my expectations. It was still an amazing book though.

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