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Best book of each month of 2021.

Sorry to have missed you all for a few days, that steroid was a pain and I didn’t feel like doing anything. Thankfully it actually did make me feel better, I’ve got one more medication after this then I’m done. But at least I’m back to blogging. So I’ve read a good bit this year, 92 books at the moment. But I’m going to make it to 100 by the end of the year, I’m putting this out into the universe. So I’m going over the best books of each month. Picking the best books is tough because I’ve read so many good books during each month.

January

A Place at the Table was the best read from this month, due to the the characters, the descriptions and the food. The description of the food made the book my favorite I wanted to be in there making the recipes myself.

A Place at the Table by [Saadia Faruqi, Laura Shovan]

Amazon: A Place at the Table

February

A Chance to Fly had to be the best piece I read in February, it was a wonderful awesome story about disability and theatre and looking at casting in a non-traditional way. I really liked the whole cast of characters and their friendships.

The Chance to Fly by [Ali Stroker, Stacy Davidowitz]

March

Alone was the best book for March, I really enjoyed the look at a survival tale from a girl’s perspective since most of the books written about this topic are about boys. Her tenacicity was inspiring as were some of the things she did to survive. I’d never think of them. So that made this my best book for March.

Alone by [Megan E. Freeman]

Amazon: Alone

April

Oh man April was tough I had to pick between two favorites, Sweet and Bitter Magic and Starfish. But Sweet and Bitter Magic won out in the end, only by a hair, because of worldbuilding, it’s still one of the best fantasy books just in general not just in this year. So it kind of had an edge but Starfish was right behind, if there could be a tie it would be those two.

Sweet & Bitter Magic by [Adrienne Tooley]

Amazon: Sweet and Bitter Magic

May

My obvious best pick for this month was The Sea in Winter. A lovely book from Heartdrum Publications about a girl who is dealing with depression after recovering from an athletic injury. Recovering from an injury was a theme I strongly related to this year. So this book stole my heart especially with the way the main character’s family supported her. Plus I love that I got to read a Native book.

The Sea in Winter by [Christine Day]

Amazon: The Sea in Winter

June

Again we have tie between another Native book Ancestor Approved and the great sequel and Shakespeare retelling, Much Ado about Baseball. I love them both for different reasons, Ancestor Approved is heartfelt and transported me to another world I was familiar with but Much Ado about Baseball made me felt like I was sinking back into a familiar world with some new friends. Oh and it made me laugh, a lot. That’s why even though it’s really a tie, Much Ado About Baseball wins if I have to pick one.

Amazon: Much Ado About Baseball

July

July was an easy pick, The Infinity Courts were the best book of the month. So looking forward to the sequel.

The Infinity Courts by [Akemi Dawn Bowman]

Amazon: The Infinity Courts

August

Another tough month because of so many good books to pick from, but in the end. The Tea Dragon Tapestry won for its beauty.

Amazon: Tea Dragon Tapestry

September

So much good horror this month, but my favorite had to be the first book in the Mortal Coil series. A whole new approach to zombies really made for an awesome story.

This Mortal Coil by [Emily Suvada]

Amazon: This Mortal Coil

October

A Kind of Spark was the clear best book in October, it dealt with neurodivergence and witches and was perfect to read around Halloween.

Amazon: A Kind of Spark

November

The best book I read this month was Vespertine. It was set in a great fantasy setting with a hilarious protagonist and a high stakes challenge.

Vespertine by [Margaret Rogerson]

Amazon: Vespertine

December

The best book I’ve read so far this month has been Skin of the Sea, from epic black mermaids, to an amazing quests, and awesome gods. This book’s worldbuilding make it my best pick for the month.

Skin of the Sea by [Natasha Bowen]

Amazon: Skin of the Sea