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This year I read a total of 117 books. It’s also the first year I kept track of what I read using a spreadsheet, which I hope to keep up next year. I read 6 books that got a 5 star rating and so many great 4 star books. My 5 star reads of the year were: Crash Land on Kurai by SJ Pajonas, Chaos in Kadoma Ward by SJ Pajonas, The Release by Athena Grayson, Love Lies and Hocus Pocus The Release by Lydia Sherrer, Fantasy of Flight by Kelly St Clare and Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday. On Goodreads you can see all the books I read this year here. Now let me show you my favorite books I read this year.
The Hikoboshi series by SJ Pajonas
SJ Pajonas launched her new sci-fi series this year and both books got a 5 star rating from me. I totally loved these books. There are great and realistic characters, a whole new worlds to discover, familiar and new characters. I can’t wait for book 3!
This was a new to me author that I tried this year and I totally fell in love with her writing. I managed to read 5 of her books this year and they are all fantastic. Some of the best sci-fi books I read, with a great romance sub plot and well developed worlds and stories. I can’t wait to see what she publishes next year!
It was a great year for cozies. HY Hanna launched a new series that I am really enjoying and published more in her Oxford Tearoom series which keeps going strong. I really enjoyed When the Grits Hit the Fan and I hope to read the next book in that series soon. The third daydreamer detective book was really good too with a great mystery. Bethany Blake and Erin Johnson were new to me authors I discovered this year and I happily add their series to my list of favorite cozie series. Bethany Blake’s series is set in an animal focused town and I really like the main character and her love for animals. Erin Johnson writes an awesome paranormal cozy mystery that introduced me to a great paranormal world and some great mysteries too.
Some of my favorite fantasy books this year were by Lydia Sherrer and Kelly St Clare. I read the first book in the Lily Singer series last year and really enjoyed book 2-4 that I read this year. It’s a great urban fantasy series and I really am enjoying these books. Kelly st Clare was a new to me author this year and since then I made my way through almost all of her books, quickly turning her into one of my favorite authors. Her Tainted Accords series (I read all four books this year) is awesome and her dystopian series The after trilogy is really good too.
Best contemporary Romance
Loving Kalvin was such a sweet and beautiful romance of two people who made mistakes, but are so perfect for each other. The whole Barlow sisters series by Jordan Ford was great, but Foul Play was probably my favorite. Chloe is someone who sees the best in people and falls for Vincent, who might seem like a bad boy, but actually is good on the inside. Dances Under the Harvest Moon is by one of my favorite contemporary romance authors Joanne Rock. Her Heartache series is still one of my favorite series by her and I am glad I picked this book up finally. I hope to finish the series soon as it’s so good. A great romance, awesome group of side character and this one had a hint of suspense as well. Leo Loves Aries was a book that totally took me by surprise. I loved it and it has the most awesome slow burn friends to lovers romance.