The 10 Best Books I read in 2021

10. Detective Comics # 27

Author: Bill Finger

Who is the “Bat-Man?” Commissioner Gordon puzzles over this mysterious figure, but there’s more important things happening tonight. Gordon has just gotten a report about a murder, and since this is the 1930’s he just invites his friends to the crime scene! This comic is all fun and games until Batman punches a guy into a vat of acid!

9. Fables Vol 6: Homeland

Author: Bill Willingham

The Adversary was beaten back but not defeated. The fables must brace themselves for a full scale war. . . So Jack is just going to skip town and make a Hollywood movie out of this mess. . . Hey, no point in dying poor. If the world is going to end, you may as well be comfortable while it burns.

8. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

The Baudelaire children have just been orphaned. If that’s not bad enough, they are sent to go live with a relative they have never met, Count Olaf. The Count is cruel to the children and it’s not long before Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, suspect that Olaf is trying to scam them out of the Baudelaire family fortune. Can the siblings come together and prove Olaf is up to no good?

7. Half Magic

Author: Edward Eager

Jane, Mark, Kathrine and Martha know that this summer is going to be long and dull. While all their friends go on vacation, they are stuck in the city. So you can imagine how excited they are to discover a magical talismans that grants exactly half of a wish. and you thought proper grammar was useless.

6. City of Ghosts

Author: Victoria Schwab

Cassidy’s parents wrote a book about the paranormal “The Investigators” and it’s getting picked up for a TV show! The whole family (with Cassidy’s ghost friend Jacob) head to the most haunted cities in the world to film the series. Cassidy soon finds herself (and Jacob) surrounded by ghosts, who are not all friendly. What’s a girl and her ghost to do?

5. The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt

The book is a hilarious chronicle of the “drama” inside this dysfunctional crayon box. Well worth the read for the young and old.

4. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

Author: Henry Farrell

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Hudson? You remember her? That child actress who took vaudeville by storm. What happened to her? Wasn’t her younger sister Blanche Hudson, the movie star during the golden age of Hollywood? I saw one of her old movies on TV last night. Whatever happened to them?

3. Mistborn: Well of Assentation

Author: Brandon Sanderson

2. Mistborn: Hero of Ages

Author: Brandon Sanderson

1. Mistborn: The Final Empire

Author: Brandon Sanderson

This was my first Brandon Sanderson series, but it will not be my last. Mistborn was such a good trilogy. I love when authors use little pieces of their worldbuilding to pull the rug out from under you! In the world of Mistborn, the magic all revolves around metal. what if you find a new metal? or you put a piece of metal inside your body? What do you do if your world depends on a “chosen one” and they screw it up? Sanderson’s worldbuilding might be the best I’ve ever seen. The plot of the first novel is a heist plot with superpowers and a dash of My Fair Lady. It is a very unique mix and I love it.

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