Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Ten Best Books I read in 2021

Goodreads makes lists like these quite a bit easier. 🙂

This year I gave only four reads five stars, three of them books and one comic book:

1, Mary Robinette Kowal: The Relentless Moon

The third book in the Lady Astronaut of Mars series. Even though it had a different (first-person) narrator, I enjoyed this alternate reality very much.

2, T. Kingfisher: Swordheart

A funny fantasy romance between a widow in her thirties and a man bound to a magic sword. It was just what I needed this year.

3, Becky Chambers: To be Taught if Fortunate

What could space exploration be like if people could change physically to adjust to the alien planets?

I had a lot more four star reads and it was more difficult to choose among them, but here goes:

4, Dan Koboldt: Domesticating Dragons

Dragons built on computer models and the eggs done with 3D printers, so that (wealthy) people can have their own pet dragons. A really fun read.

5, Genevieve Cogman: The Secret Chapter

The sixth book in the delightful Invisible Library series was just as much fun as the previous books. This time spy and librarian Irene and her partner Kai are roped into a heist.

6, Mur Lafferty: Six Wakes

Six clones are the crew of a starship that is carrying thousands of people to colonize a new planet. But something has gone terribly wrong. The clones awake in new bodies. Someone has murdered them all.

7, Lois McMaster Bujold: Masquerade in Lodi

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Bujold’s Pen and Desdemona fantasy novellas and this one was no exception. This time our heroes search for a man who is possessed by a demon.

8, Jeffrey Lang: Immortal Coil

I planned to reread more Star Trek: TNG books this year but only managed one. It focused on Data and his life after he installed his emotion chip.

9, Gwyneth Gibby ed.: Fiction River Presents: Time Travelers

This is an excellent collection of eight time travel stories even though not all of them are told from the point of view of the traveler. The stories have quite a lot of variety including a couple of race against the clock -stories, mysteries through times, people wrestling with their emotions, and a sweet Christmas love story.

10, T.L. Heinrich: Fire&Ice

The second book in the superhero series set in the year 1963 in the fictional Metro City. Colleen has fire powers and at night she stalks the streets as a vigilante. She is also the daughter of a mob boss and another mob boss has targeted her mother.

Comics this year had a lot of rereads which I enjoyed a lot.

Modesty Blaise is always an enjoyable action/adventure read.

Exiles reread was great and I will continue it next year.

She-Hulk reread was also very enjoyable.

But the best were the two volumes of Black Cat.