Well, here we are again at the end of another year. 2021 it turns out, wasn’t the back to normality we were all hoping for, and it looks like this may even be the new normal going forward, which is kind of depressing. That said, in between all the plague talk, a new job and having a new small human to look after, I did read some excellent books so let’s get to that, shall we?
I only read 29 books this year due to small human and fighting my way through some very, very long reads, but there were still eight five-star reads.
The winner was *drum roll*
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
This is the master at work, and while there is a special place in my heart for some of the below books (particularly Nod, which I thought was fantastic), there could be only one winner. Hilarious; with cutting social commentary crazy situations and brilliant characters, this is a worthy winner. If only Terry were still with us, the world would be an immeasurably better place.
The shortlist this year included:
Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria the Mighty Nein by Matthew Mercer*
The World of Critical Role: The History Behind the Epic Fantasy by Liz Marsham*
Make Your Bed: Small things that can change your life… and maybe the world by William H. McRaven
I, Robot: How to Be a Footballer 2 by Peter Crouch
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story by John Yorke
Nod by Adrian Barnes
*I know my inner nerd is showing, but Critical Role is my jam.
There were a bunch of other great books that didn’t make this list, and if you want to see all my book reviews (they are short and painless, I promise), you can check out all my reviews on my Goodreads page right here.