AnAverageLife’s Top 10 Titles of 2021

This year was a difficult one for reading motivation, my current average book rating is 3.9. Even so, of the 53 titles I finished over the past year I awarded five star ratings to 19 of them! I’ve painfully narrowed those down to my top 10 below;

10.  Demon – Matt Wesolowski

The latest in Scott King’s Six Stories continues this series five star streak.

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9. False Witness – Karin Slaughter

A fantastic standalone novel from the queen of crime fiction.

REVIEW HERE

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8. The Watchers – A M Shine

I adored this scary twist on traditional Irish folklore.

REVIEW HERE

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7. Dead Ground – M W Craven

After a late start to the Poe series I’m now a full fledged addict!

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6. Near The Bone- Christina Henry

My ultimate fairytale reteller Christina makes it to the top 10 again!

REVIEW HERE

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5. The Once & Future Witches – Alix E Harrow

A truly epic tale with a magical, diverse heart.

REVIEW HERE

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4. Cunning Folk– Adam Nevill

Never found a Nevill novel I haven’t loved.

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3. Mirrorland – Carole Johnstone

An intense, imaginative debut

REVIEW HERE

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2. The Night Will Find Us– Matthew Lyons
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1. The Last House On Needless Street- Catriona Ward

OF COURSE this was my number one of 2021, no question about it.

REVIEW HERE

Did you pick up any of my top ten last year? Do you plan to?

Let me know your thoughts or drop the links to your own reviews in the comments so I can take a look!

Roxanne

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Book Review; Wendy Darling – A C Wise

Page Count 352

Publication date June 2021

Publisher Titan Books

GoodReads link

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Synopsis

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For those that lived there, Neverland was a children’s paradise. No rules, no adults, only endless adventure and enchanted forests – all led by the charismatic boy who would never grow old.

But Wendy Darling grew up. She left Neverland and became a woman, a mother, a patient, and a survivor. Because Neverland isn’t as perfect as she remembers. There’s darkness at the heart of the island, and now Peter Pan has returned to claim a new Wendy for his lost boys…

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Book Review; The Library Of The Dead- T L Huchu

When ghosts talk, she will listen

Page Count 288

Publication date March 2021

Publisher Tor

GoodReads link

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Synopsis

When a child goes missing in Edinburgh’s darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She’ll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

When ghosts talk, she will listen…

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children–leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.

She’ll dice with death (not part of her life plan…), discovering an occult library and a taste for hidden magic. She’ll also experience dark times. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets, and Ropa’s gonna hunt them all down

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Book Review; All The Murmuring Bones – A G Slatter

Page Count 368

Publication date March 2021

Publisher Titan

GoodReads link

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Synopsis

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Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the Mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.

A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them

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AnAverageLife’s Top 10 Books of 2020

I don’t need to say it was a hard year, we all know it, we all feel it. I struggled at times to immerse myself in reading, or in anything at all if I’m honest, so I read a little less. Even so, of the 80+ fiction novels I did escape into, these were my favourite..

10. The Year Of The Witching – Alexis Henderson

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9. Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

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8. The Hollow Places – T Kingfisher

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7. The Secrets Of Strangers- Charity Norman

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6. A Deadly Education- Naomi Novik

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5 . The Silent Wife – Karin Slaughter

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4. The Hunted – Gabriel Bergmoser

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3. Feathertide – Beth Cartwright

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2. The Misfits – Hunter Shea

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1. The Devil And The Dark Water

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Have you read any of these titles? What made your top 10 of 2020?

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