Book Reviews 2021

The books keep coming and they don’t stop coming!

unsplash-logoRobyn Budlender

Another year gone by, another long list of books that I’ve read. This one is going to be pretty short and sweet - mostly just a list of what I’ve read so I (or any other intrepid readers wondering what I’ve read) can keep track.

Enough of me rambling - onward to the books!


The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

This year I read the existing 4 books in The Stormlight Archive series, and it is a monster of a series to read. Brandon Sanderson earns all of the hype here, and this is worth a read by anyone who loves large fantasy worlds like Lord of the Rings or Wheel of Time.

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-mohtar and Max Gladstone

Two nearly omnipotent beings are small pawns in a war spanning space and time itself, and they start leaving each other notes that slowly turn into love letters. This book is amazing, and honestly made me go seek out more by the same authors.

The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone

A great blend of a law drama and a rich fantasy world with lots of recurring characters and a story that is told out of order (like Star Wars you end up starting in the middle and learning more of the backstory later on).

Teixcalaan by Arkady Martine

This two-book series has already landed a ton of award wins and nominations. A great story about memories being shared and copied between people who are given the same role over time, leading to lots of interesting internal conversations and information warfare.

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

A great series about a young mage who doesn’t really excel at magic learning how to use his wits, his friends, and a talking squirrel cat to eventually save the world from destruction. The audiobooks for this series were fantastic.

Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell

Likewise, the last book in the Greatcoats series delivered a bombastic (and predictable melancholy) end to a gripping series. This one should almost be required reading for anyone who loves The Three Mustketeers.

The House of Always by Jenn Lyons

The fourth book of the Chorus of Dragons series did a great job expanding the world, bringing together the characters, and setting the stage for the showdown in the eventual finale in a cliffhanger for the ages. There is a reason that these books now live in hardback on my permanent shelf - I recommend the series so highly!

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

The fourth book in the Wayfarers series is easily my favorite. The story of an interstellar truck stop full of interesting characters just trying to live their lives and find a little comfort away from home. Becky Chambers is definitely on my “must read” list from now on.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

I have yet to read his Eragon series, but Christopher Paolini’s first adventure into science fiction and fantasy created a rich world and compelling characters. I can’t wait to read more!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

A neat retelling of many characters from mythology present in our modern world - Gaiman is a must read.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A great novel exploring how many different ways your life could have gone.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Andy Weir returns to space for this novel, and honestly I love the characterization in this book.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

The original was good if overrated, but the sequel just feels like a friend making you watch their favorite old movies and making sure you get all the inside jokes and obscure trivia references it contains.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

An outsider has to assume the throne and finds themselves at the mercy of court politics. It was good, but thus far I’ve not really felt the need to read the sequels.

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Another year, another Discworld novel. Terry Pratchett never disappoints.


Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World by Matt Parker

Matt Parker’s YouTube channel is great, and the book lives up to the hype.

Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life by Gillian Tett

An anthropologist looks at the modern world.

Drunk: How we Wipped, Danced, and Stumbled our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland

How alcohol shaped our culture and our lives today.

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