This year was a remarkable year. Not because it was particularly wonderful (we all know what I’m talking about without talking about it, right?), but because it marked the first time in history I’ve ever met my Goodreads Challenge goal! At the beginning of the year I set myself the softy (though lofty – I didn’t intend to rhyme) goal of 25 books. As of today, 12/30/21, I’ve surpassed that goal at 28 books. So I thought I’d give you all a rundown of the books on that list with a 2021 Book Roundup (part 1).
1. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
This series was truly good! I had mixed feelings about parts of it, but the overall plot, the research, setting, world, etc. was clearly well thought out (if not a little confusing because I struggle to follow deep histories and complicated worlds). I highly recommend this series for anyone who loves Egypt, genie lore, magic, and really complex characters.
2. Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale
This book has been hovering between half-finished and finished for a long time, but I went back and finally finished it and I’m ready to hit it again! I’m absolutely in love with this book!
3. Set in Darkness by Ian Rankin
I think I mentioned on my Instagram that Ian Rankin very quickly became one of my favorite authors. And it’s all thanks to this book!
4. The Black Book by Ian Rankin
See? I wasn’t kidding, I really like Ian Rankin.
5. Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
This was a continuation of the City of Brass. It kept the story going, and added some new twists. Chakraborty was good at making sure something really interesting happened in each book.
6. Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
This book did not turn out the way I thought it would. Which I guess is good? Something a little unexpected. Definitely on a slightly darker side of things, and I would definitely recommend it.
7. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
I absolutely loved the movie adaptation of this book! So when I read the book, I was expecting other things, but was very pleasantly surprised at how accurate the movie is. So good things all around.
8. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
I’m so sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I had such high expectations and, unfortunately, none of them were met. But don’t take my word for it. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts!
9. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Unlike The Ten Thousand Doors of January, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Where the Crawdads Sing. Reading Goodreads reviews, it looks like I might be in the minority when I say, it lived up to the hype.
10. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
The final chapter of this series was great! It wrapped it up, had a lot of action and adventure and kept the beauty and depth of the world.
11. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Oh.My.Word. I knew I’d like this series because (confession) I saw the Netflix show first.
12. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
One word: Sturmhond. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.
13. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Aaand the epic conclusion. I really liked this series all the way through. Every trilogy has the one book that’s just extra slow for some reason, and there was a brief moment in this one (if I remember correctly), but for the most part I was very into this world, the characters, the story, everything.
14. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Did I burn through all of Leigh Bardugo’s books? Yes. Do I have regrets? No. Not at all. Seriously, I’m still reeling from how much I love the world Leigh Bardugo created. Six of Crows took the whole Shadow and Bone world and just dug deep. From start to finish, I was on board.
Stay tuned for part 2!