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Best Book of the Year

I’ve had the honour of reading fifty-three books in 2021. Truly a record for me.

Now I have to decide the most enjoyable one of the year, and what comes a close second and third

There are some stand-out stories, and some I’ve not liked as much. There are long books and short ones, exciting, and scary, and some worth a mention.

We, R by Seth Rain, was a great apocalyptic read. I’ve come to enjoy these types of stories and looking back, haven’t read as many as I would have liked. Maybe something to rectify in 2022.

Sugar and Spice by Julia Blake is part of a great series, and I’ve read every one. You should look her up as she is a multi-genre writer and sure to have one for you.

Watching Glass Shatter by James J Cudney is an interesting family saga. He has a nice writing style and knows how to get readers to lose themselves in his stories.

It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley rates highly because I don’t like horror, but this was very clever and very like the murder mystery books I enjoy.

I wasn’t too sure which one should be the winner until I looked at the images below. The book immediately leapt out. Second and third place took a little more thought, but I’m happy with the choices. They deserve to be there in the best of the best.

Drum roll… and the winner of the Magic of Stories Book of the year goes to…

It had to be this one. It always was going to appear high on my list of best reads of 2021. This story took me on a journey like no other as I fell in love with the characters and devoured every one of the six books within the series.

Hats off to Jo-Ann McClean for her writing such a gripping, thrilling, and compelling story!


Second place goes to Vivienne Savage with Beauty and the Beast. I’ve always loved the Beauty and the Beast story ever since I fell in love with the characters from the 1980s TV series of the same name. Sadly, whenever I came across a book with the same title is was always disappointing… until now. Vivienne Savage’s beautiful prose paints words across the pages in ultimate romance.


Girls in the Attic is an emotional and powerful story. We all know what happened during the war, but this focuses on the displaced people caught up in the invasion. The cruelty and lack of empathy were hard to read. The bitter cold and hopelessness tugged at my heartstrings. I became lost in the story and felt their fear.


These images are all taken from my Goodreads writing challenge. Some of the covers have changed, but it doesn’t take away from the great stories inside.

All these books have entertained me throughout the year. Each one of them has been reviewed right here on Magic of Stories.

How many of these have you read?



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