Our Best Reads of 2021!



What better way to round off the year than by rounding up our favourite books that we read during 2021?


The books featured in this list aren't solely new releases from this past year - part of the joy of reading is going back in time and discovering older titles, as well as reading new ones! We hope that this list will help you discover some new (or old!) books with which to start 2022!

The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald


Recommended by Debbie M.


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The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen


Recommended by Kirsten:


This is a Tudor alternate history (what if Anne Boleyn had a baby boy who had lived?), and is a lot of fun for those who like this kind of thing! This first book of a trilogy is a little slow to start while it's setting the stage, but once it gets moving, there is lots of action and intrigue.


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The Book Tour by Andi Watson


Recommended by Jack:


Things described as being Kafkaesque share oppressive and nightmarish qualities with Kafka's works, but sometimes miss the fact that Kafka was also quite funny. Capturing the full essence of the Kafkaesque, The Book Tour is a tightly written, darkly humorous graphic novel that you'll read in an hour and ponder for days.


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Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall


Recommended by Kirsten:


This is a m/m romance with a lot of Witty Banter. Very clever and funny.




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The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty


Recommended by Jenna:


A con-woman/thief accidentally summons a djinn who whisks her away to the magical and deadly titular city. Heavily inspired by the Arabian Nights and Persian mythology, this is a refreshing break from Eurocentric fantasy. The characters are likable and wonderfully complex and the world is a delight to visit.


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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky


Recommended by Debbie M.


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Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson


Recommended by Kira:


The author really brings readers back to the Pacific Northwest 1970's, when the tradition of logging old growth trees was coming to an end. It felt like an epic tale, among the great American novels.



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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Recommended by Jack:


The Great Gatsby is so enchanting and otherworldly a book, it's almost a piece of magical realism. Treat yourself to (re)reading the original before reading The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo and other future retellings that are sure to come now that Gatsby is in the public domain.


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The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang


Recommended by Kirsten:


This is a romance novel in which the romance isn't always front and center, but there is a lot of character development and growth.




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The Hunger by Alma Katsu


Recommended by Rocio:


A historical moment in time explained with a horror twist. Spine-tingling.




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