I'm sure everyone is ready to turn the page to 2021 for a number of reasons related to how bad 2020 was. In addition to hope for a better year, there's a ton of books slated to come out next year that I'm looking forward to! I've picked ten of my most anticipated books below. I've added the release dates as they are today, but these things can sometimes change or get delayed so here's hoping they all hit the shelves!
Now that I've already made lists covering my picks for the best books and comics that were released in 2020, I figured I'd put together a list of my favorite reads from the year regardless of release year. I decided to exclude things in my other two lists (if only to make it easier to fit more things!). Check out my favorite books, comics, and manga reads below.
It's the end of the year, which means it's time for best-of lists! It was a bad year, but it was a good year for books. Below you can find my top ten books of the year (in no particular order), some honorable mentions, and a couple of audio-book only entries.
Ooooof. Like the first two books in the Poppy War trilogy, The Burning God is an absolutely gut-wrenching affair. A riveting, well-written, creative book, but nonetheless absolutely gut-wrenching.
This is the second book in the From a Certain Point of View series of anthologies that take place in the Star Wars universe. The books follow the events of the movies (here Empire Strikes Back) from the point of view of characters in the background. For example, here you get to experience Hoth through the eyes of a tauntaun, Cloud City through the eyes of an ugnaut, the escape from Hoth through the eyes of the Millenium Falcon's computer (L3), etc...
★★★ There is a moment in Ready Player Two where one of the primary antagonists mutters the phrase "Don't you kids ever get tired of picking through the wreckage of a past generation's nostalgia." when addressing the heroes of the story. I'm still not sure if it's an attempt at self-satire or a show of... Continue Reading →
★★★★★ Transcendent Kingdom is the second book from acclaimed author Yaa Gyasi. The book traces the life of a woman named Gifty, who is a neuroscience grad student at Stanford. Gifty's family immigrated from Ghana to Huntsville, Alabama and Transcendent Kingdom follows her family through trials of love, faith, addiction, and mental illness. Gyasi has... Continue Reading →
Piranesi is the latest book from best-selling author Susanna Clarke of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell fame. Piranesi is only the third book, and second full length novel, that Clarke has ever had published. It's also the first book from Clarke in nearly a decade and a half. All of this is to say that when Clarke writes something new, it's rightfully quite an event in the book world. Clarke brings her trademark brand of fantasy to a new world with Piranesi.