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Books I really liked this year

I didn't get a ton of reading done because I've been really busy writing, plus I didn't have much money for new books so was relying heavily on the public library. (So some of these didn't necessarily come out this year, but this is when I read them.) But here's some favorites:

Crimson Angel by Barbara Hambly
New book in the Benjamin January series, about a black surgeon/musician in 18th cent New Orleans, solving mysteries. This was excellent, and this is one of my favorite mystery series ever.

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. This book is a lot more fun than this description makes it sound. I absolutely loved it and rec it to everybody.

Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu
Also a rec for the whole Aunty Lee series. Rosie "Aunty" Lee, the feisty widow and amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore's best-loved home-cooking restaurant, is back in another delectable, witty mystery involving scandal and murder among the city's elite

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Malaya, 1893 Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt Chinese family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives a proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, ghost marriages are often meant to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a comfortable home for the rest of her days, but at what cost? This was a great adventure fantasy novel, and I hope the author writes more books.

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
This was awesome. But Phoenix's escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity's future.

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
I got the ARC from Baen, and loved it. Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
I got to read the ARC way early and give it a blurb, but it came out this year so I'm including it. I said "This is an intense, exciting novel, where survival is always on the line, set in a fascinating, original and dangerous world with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!"

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
The worldbuilding and magic in this absolutely blew me away. It should win all the awards. Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight.
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The Best of All Possible Worlds

Thank you for the rec - I just bought it and can't wait to start reading.

Re: The Best of All Possible Worlds

I hope you enjoy it!

Nuuu, not Aral Vorkosigan! *flail*

Oh, man, I also enjoyed The Ghost Bride a lot. I need more books like that in my life. I second that thought about the author writing more.

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