Hi, I’m Kahlia (she/her). I’m a fantasy book blogger from Australia with a love for character-driven stories and unique world-building. My political science degree gave me a deep appreciation for historical fantasy, though it probably should have also dissuaded me from my love of badass fantasy princesses. When I’m not busy curating my endless TBR, I love Australian rules football, Broadway musicals and coffee.
This week’s theme is 2021 releases you didn’t get to. There are a lot; one of the perils of loving books is simply coming to terms with the fact that you will never get to read all the good books out there. But here are ten I am pretty determined to read.
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune The House in the Cerulean Sea was maybe my favourite book of 2020, but unfortunately Klune’s new book was a victim of 2021’s supply chain delays. Thankfully it’s made it here now, so hopefully I should get to it early in 2022.
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark This was a victim of the fact that there’s so many books, so little time… but I’ve heard so much about Touraine’s arms that I almost feel like I’ve read it, already.
The Wolf and the Woodsmanby Ava Reid The premise of this book is right up my alley, and Ava Reid seems like a genuinely lovely author, so I’m very excited to get to it.
Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky This one dropped at the end of the year, but I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone who’s read it so far.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow I love Harrow’s prose so I know I’ll love this one; unfortunately, the wait list at my library is ginormous and novella prices are insane. Hopefully 2022 comes through for me.
The Hand of the Sun King by J.T. Greathouse This wasn’t originally on my radar so I didn’t prioritise it; but everything I’ve heard since then makes me think I really should.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri I really don’t have any excuses to get to this one – but I’m determined to get it before the sequel. Everything about it sounds right up my alley.
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron I don’t read as much YA now, but this sounds incredible. And how gorgeous is that cover?
Malice by Heather Walter This one is a deliberate inclusion – someone told me it ends on a cliffhanger, so I’m going to binge the entire duology at once. Also, yes, there are two queer Sleeping Beauty retellings I missed out on in 2021.
The Velocity of Revolution by Ryan Marshall Maresca This is another one where I ran into access issues – seriously, how hard is to buy a reasonably priced paperback – but I will continue to cross my fingers for 2022. I love steampunk, I love (fictional) revolutions.
Let’s see how many of these I get to this time around. And as a result, how many of my 2022 most anticipated end up in a similar post in January 2023…
This week’s theme is (some of) the most recent additions to my book collection. Thankfully, I made it to my city’s major secondhand book charity sale just before Christmas, so there is no shortage of books for me to share for this post. That’s in addition to my regular Amazon-one-click and ARC collecting habits, of course…
The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston This was randomly cheap in the Kindle story, and it looks like a great choice for when I’m in the mood for something just plain fun.
The Ex-Hex by Erin Sterling Another sale that looks perfect for when I just want some fun, lighthearted romance.
The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin This one has had some rave reviews from friends, so I couldn’t resist – I’m very excited to see what all the hype is about.
Embassytown by China Melville The first of my book fair hauls (I won’t get to all of them in this post). I’ve been curious about this book for a while, so I had to pick it up.
The Hallowed Huntby Lois McMaster Bujold Paladin of Souls was one of my favourites of 2021, and now I have no excuse not to prioritise the next in the series… and then move on to the Penric novels my friends keep encouraging me to read.
Vigil by Angela Slatter I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from Slatter, and I used to live in Brisbane – where this book is set – so I’m excited to see what she does with the setting.
Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff Huff is one of those authors I’ve wanted to pick up forever, so I couldn’t resist getting this cheap at the book fair. Though I’m not sold on the very 90s cover…
Gilded by Marissa Meyer I loved The Lunar Chronicles series, so I am very excited to see what Meyer does with Rumplestiltskin.
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw A cheap bookstore pick up. I’ve been curious about this one for a long time – and I love the macabre cover.
Flint and Mirror by John Crowley I nabbed this one as an ARC recently. I love historical fantasy and this seems like a great opportunity to branch out… even if it is only from the UK to Ireland.
This week’s theme is most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022. A tough choice – there are so many amazing sounding books coming out this year! I’ve gone for a mix of sequels, authors I’ve loved and can’t wait to read again, and authors that are new to me.
The Thousand Eyes by A.K. Larkwood – 15 February Larkwood’s debut, The Unspoken Name, showed a lot of promise and I’m excited to see what she does next, as well as spend more time with the snarky Csorwe and Tal.
Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham – 15 February I’ve been hearing good things about Abraham’s epic fantasy series for years, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to jump in. I also love stories set in a single city/location.
The Cartographers by Peng Shephard – 15 March Another one that sounds right up my alley based on the key words, since I’m a sucker for anything involving libraries or maps.
Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May – 29 March Two 1920s-themed books in a row says a lot about me. Post WWI is a very underused setting in fantasy and I’m very excited to see what May does with the era. Plus, it’s sapphic.
Spear by Nicola Griffith – 19 April Griffith is another author I have been meaning to read forever, and I love Arthurian myths, so there are no more excuses.
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse– 19 April After the end of Black Sun, I’ve been hotly anticipating seeing what will happen next in this series – I’m curious about where Roanhorse will take us next.
The Spear Cuts Through Water – Simon Jiminez – 3 May Another author whose debut, The Vanished Birds, showed a lot of promise and potential to grow, so I am very interested to see what he does here.
A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland – 21 June I really enjoyed Rowland’s A Choir of Lies and have been waiting for news of their next book for a while. It also sounds like we might be getting a fantasy of manners vibe in a setting that isn’t regency England esque, which I have been wanting for a long time.
Fingers crossed I can get to all of these books in 2022!