My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part Two

Posted December 30, 2021 by Kaity in Best Of, Creative Post / 1 Comment

Happy Thursday and welcome to Part Two of my Favorite Reads of 2021!

Hi! Earlier this week I was putting together my list of favorite 2021 reads for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, and I realized that I read a LOT of amazing books this year! On Tuesday I focused on stand alone books, but there were quite a few series that I loved as well, plus a few other stand alones that didn’t make the first list.

So! Today’s post is all about the series I loved reading in 2021, and the next post will be more stand alones that I loved. I hope you enjoy all of these books as much as I did whenever you get a chance to read them!


My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoA Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
Series: Fractured Fables #1
Published on October 5, 2021 by Tordotcom
Genres: Contemporary, Alternate History, Fantasy, Multiverse, New Adult, Queer, Retellings
Pages: 128
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It's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.
Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoThe Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White
Series: Camelot Rising #3
Also in this series: The Guinevere Deception, The Camelot Betrayal
Published on December 7, 2021 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Fantasy, Queer, Romance, YA, Historical Fiction, Mythology, Retellings
Pages: 368
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While journeying north toward the View Spoiler » When Guinevere makes an agonizing discovery about who she is and how she came to be, she finds herself with an impossible choice: fix a terrible crime, or help prevent war.
Guinevere is determined to set things right, whatever the cost. To defeat a rising evil. To remake a kingdom. To undo the mistakes of the past... even if it means destroying herself.
Guinevere has been a changeling, a witch, a queen—but what does it mean to be just a girl?
The gripping conclusion to the acclaimed Arthurian fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White finds Guinevere questioning everything—friends and enemies, good and evil, and, most of all, herself.

My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoA History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Take Them to the Stars #1
Also in this series: A History of What Comes Next
Published on February 2, 2021 by Tor.com
Genres: Adult, Alternate History, Historical Fiction, Queer, Science Fiction
Pages: 304
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Always run, never fight. Preserve the knowledge. Survive at all costs. Take them to the stars.
Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.
But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.
A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them...

My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoBell, Book, and Key by Rysa Walker
Series: CHRONOS Origins #3
Also in this series: Now, Then, and Everywhen
Published on November 16, 2021 by 47North
Genres: New Adult, Queer, Alternate History, Multiverse, Science Fiction, Thriller, Time Travel
Pages: 560
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With a madman in control of the timeline, one wrong move could be the last for time travelers intent on stopping him in this mind-bending novel by the bestselling author of the CHRONOS series.
CHRONOS historians View Spoiler » With the clock ticking, this could be the endgame for CHRONOS and, if they fail, for reality itself.

My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoThe Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Inheritance Games #2
Also in this series: The Hawthorne Legacy
Published on September 7, 2021 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, YA
Pages: 368
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Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s View Spoiler » And there are threats lurking around every corner, as adversaries emerge who will stop at nothing to see Avery out of the picture—by any means necessary.

My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoGeekerella by Ashley Poston
Series: Once Upon a Con #1
Published on April 4, 2017 by Quirk Books
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Retellings, Romance
Pages: 320
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Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoWhere the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #7
Published on January 4, 2022 by Tordotcom
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, Multiverse, New Adult, Queer, Retellings, Thriller
Pages: 160
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Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you've already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn't as friendly as Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. And it isn't as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn't save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming...

My Favorite Reads of 2021 | Part TwoMy Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Series: Lady Janies #3
Published on May 18, 2021 by HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Alternate History, Historical Fiction, Queer, Retellings
Pages: 560
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Welcome to 1876 America, a place bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou—better known as werewolves.
And where there are garou, there’re hunters: the one and only Calamity Jane, to be precise, along with her fellow stars of Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, Annie Oakley and Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler.
After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s talk of a garou cure. But rumors can be deceiving—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short.

What are some of your favorite reads of 2021? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

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