Books Read in 2021

With the year drawing to a close, here’s my list of books read in 2021. There are 73 in total, including re-reading a couple of my own. I’d like to give a quick shout-out to T Kingfisher/Ursula Vernon, particularly for the two Saint of Steel books I read this year; also to John Scalzi for his Old Man’s War series. Special mention to Benedict Jacka for wrapping up his twelve book Alex Verus series in fine style. New to me this year was K.J. Charles’s trio of excellent Will Darling adventures which I read one after the other. Julia Quinn, author of Bridgerton which hit TV screens this year, provided some lovely fluffy Regency romances – my guilty pleasure. There were single books from some of my favourite authors: Liz Williams, Juliet E. McKenna, N.M. Browne, Sebastien de Castell, Kari Sperring, and Lois McMaster Bujold. I had a great reading year, topped off by Leigh Bardugo’s Rule of Wolves which at the very end promised another Kaz Brekker book. He’s my favourite character from the Six of Crows Duology. Here’s my full list. You can get my thoughts on these by going to my reading blog at Dreamwidth, blog. HAPPY NEW YEAR and happy reading in 2022. (Don’t forget my seventh book, The Amber Crown, is out from DAW on 11th January.)

1)    Simon R Green: The Best Thing You Can Steal

2)    Liz Williams: Blackthorn Winter

3)    Georgette Heyer: Venetia

4)    Hannah Matthewson: Witherward – Witherward #1

5)    Julia Quinn: Mr Cavendish I Presume – Two Dukes of Wyndham #2

6)    Charlotte Anne: The Unworthy Duke

7)    T. Kingfisher: The Hollow Places

8)    Julia Quinn: Dancing at Midnight – Splendid #2

9)    Julia Quinn: Minx – Splendid #3

10) Patricia Briggs: Wild Sign – Alpha and Omega #6

11) T Kingfisher: Paladin’s Strength – Saint of Steel #2

12) Julia Quinn: Everything and the Moon – Lyndon Sisters #1

13) Julia Quinn: Brighter than the Sun – Lyndon Sisters #2

14) James S.A. Corey: Leviathan Wakes – The Expanse #1

15) Ben Aaronovitch: Takes from the Folly – Rivers of London

16) Elizabeth Chadwick: The Wild Hunt – Wild Hunt #1

17) Elizabeth Chadwick: The Leopard Unleashed – Wild Hunt #3

18) A.J. Lancaster: The Lord of Stariel – Stariel #1

19) N.M. Browne: Bad Water

20) Ian Mortimer: The Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain

21) Jodi Taylor: Another Time, Another Place – Chronicles of St Mary’s #12

22) Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway: The Lady Most Likely – Lady Most #1

23) M. Verant: Miss Bennet’s Dragon (Jane Austen Fantasy #1)

24) K.M.Peyton: The Right Hand Man

25) John Scalzi: The Ghost Brigades – Old Man’s War 2

26) John Scalzi: The End of All Things – Old Man’s War 6

27) John Scalzi: The Last Colony – Old Man’s War 3

28) John Scalzi: Zoe’s Tale – Old Man’s War 4

29) Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

30) Lois McMaster Bujold: The Assassins of Thasalon

31) John Scalzi: The Human Division – Old Man’s War 6

32) Michelle Magorian: Goodnight Mister Tom

33) Fran Bushe: My Broken Vagina: One Woman’s Quest to Fix Her Sex Life, and Yours

34) Darcy Burke: A Rogue to Ruin – The Pretenders #3

35) K.J. Charles: Slippery Creatures – Will Darling #1

36) K.J. Charles: The Sugared Game – Will Darling #2

37) K.J Charles: Subtle Blood – Will Darling #3

38) Jacey Bedford: Crossways – Psi-Tech #2

39) Jacey Bedford: Nimbus – Psi-Tech #3

40) Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Wayfarers #1

41) T. Kingfisher: Nine Goblins

42) Stephen Aryan: The Coward.

43) Catherynne M Valente: The Past is Red

44) Ursula Vernon: Black Dogs Part One: The House of Diamond

45) Ursula Vernon: Black Dogs Part Two: The Mountain of Iron

46) Stephanie Garber: Once Upon a Broken Heart

47) Jodi Taylor: Long Shadows – Elizabeth Cage #3

48) Sebastien de Castell: Way of the Argosi – Spellslinger #0.5

49) Burgis, Stephanie: The Raven Heir – Raven Crown #1

50) R.W.W. Greene: Twenty Five to Life

51) Juliet E McKenna: The Green Man’s Challenge – Green Man #4

52) Sabaa Tahir: An Ember in the Ashes – An Ember in the Ashes #1

53) Katherine Buel: Heart of Snow

54) Genevieve Cogman: The Secret Chapter – The Invisible Library #6

55) Sherwood Smith: The Phoenix Feather – Fledglings #1

56) Kari Sperring: The Rose Knot

57) Andre Norton & Sherwood Smith: Derelict for Trade – Solar Queen #6

58) Stephanie Burgess: Scales and Sensibility – Regency Dragons #1

59) Martha Wells: All Systems Red – Murderbot Diaries #1

60) Jodi Taylor: Saving Time – The Time Police #3

61) T Kingfisher: Paladin’s Hope – Saint of Steel #3

62) Lois McMaster Bujold: Knot of Shadows – Penric and Desdemona #11

63) Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: Good Omens

64) Gaie Sebold: Bad Gods – Babylon Steel #1

65) Mary Jo Putney: Once a Laird – Rogues Redeemed

66) R J Palacio: Pony

67) Benedict Jacka: Risen – Alex Verus #12

68) T. Kingfisher: The Raven and the Reindeer.

69) Georgette Heyer: Sylvester

70) Naomi Novik: A Deadly Education

71) Leigh Bardugo: Rule of Wolves – King of Scars #2

72) Benedict Jacka: Favours – Alex Verus novella

73) Jodi Taylor: The Toast of Time

About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (, the secretary of Milford SF Writers (, a singer ( and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers (
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