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In total I read 117 books this year and I wanted to show you my favorite books this year in this post. So far I have ended every previous year with a post like this as well. I don’t rate a lot of books 5 stars, so normally I list all the books I gave 5 stars this year, but this year I am switching it up a bit and include some of my favorite 4 stars as well. In total 3 books received a 5 star rating from me this year. All links go to my review of the books on my blog.
The 5 star Books
These books were just awesome! The City of the Lost is another awesome read by Armstrong which surprised me with how much I enjoyed it as I normally don’t read thrillers. The set-up with the city where people go to disappeared was brilliant and the author brings the characters and the setting alive brilliantly.
Carysa Locke was a new to me author this year and after an impulse buy when the novella caught my attention I’ve been in love with her books. Her telepathic space pirates series has a likeable group of realistic characters with a well thought out world that I can’t wait to visit again. I am pretty sure I’ve found a new favorite author.
Betrayals was an amazing read, I just felt so content and happy reading it. And I love Gabriel and Liv together and really hope we get to see a romance between them.
The Best 4 star Reads this year
And now for some of my favorite 4 star reads, some are series and others just one book. It was hard to narrow down the list! Links go to my review on my blog.
The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries
I discovered this author and series this year and it’s one of my favorite cozy mysteries series and deserves a place in this post as I really enjoyed each of these books. These books have everything I want in a cozy mystery, a great mystery with enough clues and red herrings, awesome characters and side characters and a great setting!
Miso Cozy Mysteries
This new series by SJ Pajonas is great! It was the awesome Japanese setting and lovable characters I am used from her other books and then it adds in a mystery too. I am really enjoying this one so far and book 3 is one of the books I am most anticipating about next year!
The best 4 star reads
Sunborn Rising had an enchanting world and stunning artwork this book was a pure joy to read.
Esther the Wonderpig was such a beautiful and heartwarming non-fiction book. I follow Esther her facebook page and the posts always bring a smile to my face, it was great to get the whole story of how they got Esther and how she changed their life in this book.
I bought Pirate Bound after seeing the pretty cover and then the premise grabbed my attention. I am so glad I picked this up as it was a great read. It is a prequel novella, but I think it’s nice to already know these characters their story before you start with book 1. This book features characters who are side characters in book 1. I loved getting my first glimpse of the awesome world Carysa Locke has created in this book and after reading this book I was sold on her writing and this series. I love how she writes her characters and there is romance, but also so much else going on.
The Illusory Prophet was really good! It’s a mix of sci-fi elements with a bit of religious and philosophical questions mixed in. It’s amazing to see main character Eli change and develop as this series continues. and while we do get answers there are also more questions and I am already excited for the next book!
Teach Your Heart was probably the best contemporary romance book I read this year. It was such a great read and I loved the setting in New Zealand. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
Death of a Toy Soldier was a great cozy mystery, I loved the mystery and the vintage toy shop and I can’t wait to revisit this town and shop in the next book.