I’ve read ninety-nine books so far this year. My policy is to not finish books I don’t enjoy so I can recommend everything on the list.
Goblin Emperor, Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison -character driven fantasy, so good!
Buying Trouble, Shadow’s Bane, Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance
Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher
Rock Hard, Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh
All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy, Fugitive Telemetry, Network Effect by Martha Wells – I love the entire Murderbot series and probably reread it once a year
Fantasy, Epic or Secondary World
Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes – collection includes an Asil story by Patricia Briggs!
Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick -book one of The Rook and the Rose
Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman -latest invisible Library book
Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, Traitor’s Gate by Kate Elliott -the entire Crossroads trilogy, excellent word-building
The Bloody Throne by S.C. Emmett (pseudonym for Lilith Saintcrow) -conclusion to Hostage of Empire series
Tear Down the Throne by Jennifer Estep -epic setting, first person POV
Bee Sting Cake, Whiskey Jack by Victoria Goddard -Greenwing & Dart series has a Regency vibe
Becoming Crone by Lydia M. Hawke -nice to see an older heroine
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemison -conclusion to the
award-winning Fifth Season trilogy
Warrior of Altai by Robert Jordan -standalone fantasy
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher -not a specific retelling, but has a fairytale feel
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske -Regency fantasy, excited for book two in the fall!
Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin -written as a history, which is too bad because I think I would have liked the longer version better
The Return of the Sorceress (novella) by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
-revenge and redemption in fantasy Mexico
Winter of Ice and Iron, The Year’s Midnight, Of Absence Darkness, As Shadow Light by Rachel Neumeier -If you like broody, intense heroes struggling against the darkness try Winter of Ice and Iron
Cast in Wisdom, Cast in Conflict, Sword and Shadow by Michelle Sagara -latest in her Elantra series
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso -book one of Chronicles of the Bitch Queen
Or What You Will by Jo Walton -an odd and very meta premise of an author and the character who lives in her head trying to escape into one of her fantasy worlds, one based on a Shakespeare comedy
Book of night by Holly Black -her first adult novel! Got this for my birthday and devoured it
Yampellec’s Idol, Bloodlines, Hunter by Skyla Dawn Cameron
-I discovered her Livi Talbot series (ex-debutante, single mother, treasure hunter) last year and am now caught up. Book one Solomon’s Seal is available as part of a 99 cent collection.
Ignite the Fire: Inferno by Karen Chance -latest in her Cassandra Palmer series
Home for the Howlidays edited by Margaret Cureles -Christmas and werewolves/canids
Heart Stings (novella) by Jennifer Estep -in her Elemental Magic series but with a different heroine
Putting the Chic in Psychic by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison -latest in her restarted Hollows series
Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne -spinoff series with a cameo by the Iron Druid
Unkindness of Magician by Kat Howard -duelling magicians!
Charming by Elliott James -excited to dive into the rest of this series!
Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn -Asian chick superheroes!
Where the Drowned Girls Go (novella), Spelunking Through Hell by Seanan McGuire -latest in her Wayward and InCryptid series
Runaway Cupid (novella) by R.L. Naquin -so glad to have a new book from Rachel!
Beast of Wonder (novella), The Marked, Selene by Lilith Saintcrow -The Marked is my favourite of these but be warned it’s rather harrowing
Harbinger by Wen Spencer -finally a new Tinker book but be
warned that this is part one, the book ran too long and had to be divided in two. She’s hard at work
on the sequel Storm Furies.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett -probably everyone but me has already read this but it's a wonderful historical centered around the building of a cathedral in medieval England during the civil war between Stephen and Maude
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton -delightfully different zombie story from the POV of a crow
Dweller on the Threshold by Skyla Dawn Cameron -the premise grabbed me: a woman who split up with her boyfriend during the early days of the pandemic is forced to move into a haunted house, and I loved the ending!
Gwendy’s Button Box (novella) by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar -buttons like on a machine, not a shirt
A Broken Darkness by Premee Mohamed -second in her Cthulhu-ish trilogy about a friendship gone wrong
Middle Grade Fantasy and Science Fiction
The Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy
The Supervillain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid by Matt Wallace -nice to see some fat representation!
Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson -very cool world-building
The Deepest of Secrets, A Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong
-latest and last in her Rockton series though she’s announced there will be a sequel series with the same characters
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
-Historical mystery. I caught up on Veronica Speedwell so am trying Lady Julia.
Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade
Kiss Hard by Nalini Singh -latest and last I think in her Hard Play series, set in New Zealand with a rugby hero and Paralympics runner heroine
If I Only had a Duke by Lenora Bell
The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller -ghosts and a delightful
An Unsuitable Heir by K.J. Charles -third in the Sins of the City trilogy
Perils of Pleasure, Like No Other Lover by Julie Ann Long -first two in the Pennyroyal Green series, I’m hooked!
Once a Laird by Mary Jo Putney -latest and I think last in the Rogues Redeemed series
Romance, Fantasy and Paranormal
Shamrocked by Joely Sue Burkhart -new poly series
The Other Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost -retelling of the first Night Huntress book from Bones’ POV
Grey Magic by Jeffe Kennedy -conclusion of the Bonds of Magic fantasy romance series
Shadow Touch, Marjorie M. Liu -second in her Dirk & Steele, paranormal detective agency series
Thunder & Roses, Damage, Dark Watcher, Storm Watcher,
Sons of Ymre: Erik by Lilith Saintcrow -my favourite of these was the newest one Sons of Ymre: Erik
Lover Unveiled by J.R. Ward -latest in the Black Dagger
Brotherhood.One of those books where the subplot held my attention more than the main story.
Renegade Love by Ann Aguirre -sunshine human/grumpy alien pairing
Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik -first book of Starlight’s Shadow with psychic powers and found family
Outskirter’s Secret by Rosemary Kirstein -an oldie but a goodie, what seems at
first to be fantasy is gradually revealed to be SF, book two of the Steerswomen series
The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed (novella) -post-apocalyptic/climate fiction
Cormorant Run by Lilith Saintcrow
Young Adult Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders -space opera
What We Buried by Kate Boorman -sibling relationship in a very dysfunctional family
The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu -an Alec and Magnus Bane adventure
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier -sucked me right in
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao -powerful new feminist voice
And that's it for now! I'm currently reading Dirty Deeds 2 an urban fantasy novella anthology and The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley