Best of 2021: The Authors

Posted January 4, 2022 by Casee in Features | 7 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The time where we come together and look over the books that we’ve read over the course of 2021 and list our favorites. Today’s list will include all of our favorite books that we read in 2021. Join us for a week of reflecting on our favorites and not so favorite reads, authors, heroes, heroines, and series.


Rebecca Zanetti: I’ve enjoyed Rebecca Zanetti’s books for years. Her books are incredibly immersive. I’ve loved most of the books she’s written. From paranormal to dystopian to romantic suspense; she writes it all.

Devney Perry: This is a relatively new-to-me author. I read a book she wrote in the Rifts & Refrains series. It was really good so I glommed most of her backlist. I still have a few more of her books to read & that’s very exciting.

Jessica Gadziala: This is a new-to-me author that I found randomly on GoodReads. The books sounded decent so I headed over to Amazon to buy a few. Imagine my surprise when I found all her books are on Kindle Unlimited. I glommed her for months. I think there were a few months there in the summer that the only author I read was her. Her characters are fascinating and I love how all the books are connected somehow.

A.L. Jackson: A.L. Jackson has been on my Best of Authors list for the last three years. I discovered her in 2019. I’ve read almost all her books & have yet to be disappointed. They are very emotional

Catherine Cowles: This is another new-to-me author. Her books pack quite the emotional punch. Her heroes are to die for. Heroines are pretty badass too.

Honorable Mentions: Cassandra Robbins, Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, and Kristen Ashley.


This year I chose new-to-me authors that I binge-read in 2021. I didn’t love every book I read by them, but I enjoyed them enough to glom their books/series.

Jenna Collett: Collett has a series of fairytale retellings I really enjoyed. Her writing is wonderful and I enjoyed the girl power theme in her books.

Isobel Wroth: I binge-read a ton of Wroth’s novels this year. She reminded me a lot of Kristen Ashley – in a good way. Imaginative and creative, her world-building and female friendships kept me coming back for more.

Anna Carven: I struggled with Carven’s writing early on, until I realized some of her books had been released as serials and then just combined. After that I easily fell into her world. She writes imaginative stories full of detail and relatable characters.

Juliette Cross: I love that Cross can do both light-hearted and darker novels. I read and enjoyed two different series by her, and they were so different you’d never know the same author wrote them.

Melanie Karsak: I first discovered Karsak’s steampunk novels, which I really enjoyed. Then I tried her Shield-Maiden series and I was hooked. Anyone who watched Vikings and loved Lagertha should try her.

Honorable Mentions: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Sherry Thomas, Michelle Diener, Hailey Edwards and Molly Harper.

Who were your favorite authors in 2021?

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7 responses to “Best of 2021: The Authors

  1. DiscoDollyDeb

    My favorite “discovery” this year was Claire Kingsley. I started with her BROKEN MILES and went on to do backlist gloms of her Miles Family, Bailey Brothers, Jetty Beach, and Bootleg Springs (the last series co-written with Lucy Score) books. Her style is a little more “humorous” than I usually go for, but she leaves that out with plenty of emotion and nice sexy-times. I also like how she threads a central mystery throughout her series—in fact, I waited for the last Bailey Brothers book to find out who’s been causing havoc in the town and why. Highly recommended.

    • DiscoDollyDeb

      “…she leaves that out with…” should read: “…she leavens that out with…”

      “…I waited for…” should read: “…I am waiting for…”

      Proofreading is your friend, DiscoDollyDeb!

  2. Kareni

    A couple of authors that I read for the first time (I think) in 2021 are T. Kingfisher and Victoria Goddard. I will happily read more that they’ve written.

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