Hey, everyone, and welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday post! I’m actually not going to be making posts for all the prompts this month; I just wasn’t feeling two out of the four put up for August. But, anyway, I am answering today’s prompt, which has to do with some of my favorite books published in 2021. Before we get into my selections, though, here’s the original prompt:
Now that July is over, we’re officially in the second half of 2021! What are some of your favorite books published in the first half of this year?(This month’s prompts were provided by Alex (The Scribe Owl). Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by GingerReadsLainey.)
So, there have been a lot of books released this year that I’ve loved. But here are my five favorites out of all of them!
Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater
Are you surprised? I know, it’s a shocking choice for me, since I practically never talk about how much I love Maggie Stiefvater–especially this series of hers.
But in all seriousness, this was an amazing book; it went above and beyond every single one of my expectations for it. Plus, it gave me more Declan Lynch content. And I love Declan Lynch with every fiber of my being, so.
Feel free to check out my review for the book here, if you’re interested.
The Southernmost Star by L.M. Riviere
The Innisfail Cycle is another of my all-time favorites. So, obviously, the second book (published in May) makes the list for my favorite books published in 2021, so far. I really enjoyed this one; it built upon everything I loved about the first book in the trilogy. And I can’t wait for the third and final book, which will be released later in the year!
Anyway, I’ve made it my life’s mission to hype this series up and convince people to read it, so I highly recommend these books to fans of fantasy. You can read my full review here for more details.
Any Way The Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
And here we have another of my favorite series! This conclusion was everything I hoped it would be; it had the perfect balance between emotion and action, and I absolutely loved it. Seriously, it was so satisfying the reach the end of all the different plot threads and character arcs. Even though I’m sad to see these characters and this world go, I’m happy with how Rowell ended it.
But feel free to click here if you’d like to read me ramble and rant about my love for Any Way The Wind Blows for a few hundred words.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
I am currently trying very hard to hold myself back from buying the OwlCrate special edition of this book. I just loved it that much, okay? (The same was true for Mister Impossible, but then I saw the art on the reverse of the dust jacket and… Well.)
Anyway, I adored everything about this book; it had so many of my favorite things. Witches? Check. Fantasy political intrigue? Check. Goddamn pirates? Check!! So, yeah, I loved it and can’t wait for the sequel. You can check out my full review for more details here if you’d like.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
And here’s my final pick for my favorite books published in 2021! McQuiston’s sophomore novel was excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had all the best found-family vibes and, of course, the romance was amazing. I honestly don’t know which one I liked better, this or RWRB.
And once again, you can check out my full review here if you’d like more detail.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite books published in 2021, so far. I hope you enjoyed my picks, and please drop a comment down below to let me know what your own selections are! I’d love to hear about which books you’ve enjoyed this year.