I read a lot last year. Like, 49 books. I read a mixture of those books across audiobooks, ebooks and physical books. Most of them were library books! I spent the most amount of time I have in my local library since I was a kid this year.
I’m gonna go over briefly some of my favorite books of the year, in no particular order. Ok? Ok.
Potential spoilers for the mentioned books! You’ve been warned!
This one was probably my favorite horror book of the year. I loved the way it interwove grief and family trauma into such a beautifully terrifying book. The way it actively critiques the way Indigenous culture is grossly misrepresented in horror media too, wow. How the hell is this a debut? The prose was absolutely stunning!
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett with Ell Potter (Narrator), Michael Dodds (Narrator)
I adored this book. I loved the story building and the main characters energy. The way she was just so done with the other main characters shits constantly was my favorite dynamic. I can’t believe the sequel to this is coming out soon. 100% preordered it.
This book caught me by surprise. A gay kraken romance was not what I expected nor thought I needed but I absolutely devoured this book. Very cute and may have inspired my new love affair with monster romance fiction. Oops.
This nonfiction pick was extremely dark but extremely important. It very much reshaped my perception of social media for the worst and served as a catalyst to finally stepping fully into the Fediverse. The way it describes just in deep detail how damaging Facebook (and to a wider degree, misinformation) is to wider human society was just deeply depressing but so necessary. This was a dark read, but an important one.
Another excellent horror book. I liked the world building of this, and its ending caught me off guard. Not a perfect read by any means, but still fun regardless.