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Category: Best of the Year

Our Annual and All-Time FanLit Faves


Here we keep a list of our favorite books for each year and (see the bottom post) a list of many of our all-time favorite fantasy epics and stand-alone novels. If you’re new to the genre, here’s a good place to start (and this should keep you busy for quite a while, too!).

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Thoughtful Thursday: Our favorite books of 2021

Here are our favorite books published in 2021. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click on the cover to read our review.

Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones!

Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2021. What did we miss?

One commenter chooses a Kindle version of one of our 2021 faves or a book from our stacks.


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Our favorite books of 2020 (giveaway!)

Here are our favorite books published in 2020. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click on the cover to read our review.

Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2020. What did we miss? One commenter chooses a book from our stacks.

ADULT SFF

MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT SFF

NON-FICTION


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Our favorite books of 2019

Here are our favorite books published in 2019. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click on the cover to read our review.

Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2019. What did we miss? One commenter chooses a book from our stacks.

ADULT SFF

MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT SFF

NON-FICTION

 


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Our favorite books of 2018

Here are our favorite books published in 2018. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click on the cover to read our review.

Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2018. What did we miss? One commenter chooses a book from our stacks.

ADULT SFF

MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT SFF

NON-FICTION


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Our favorite books of 2017

Here are our favorite books published in 2017. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click on the cover to read our review.

Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2017. What did we miss? One commenter chooses a book from our stacks.

ADULT SFF

MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT SFF

ANTHOLOGIES / COLLECTIONS

NON-FICTION


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Our favorite books of 2016

Here are our favorite books published in 2016. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click on the cover to read our review.

Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2016. What did we miss? One commenter chooses a book from our stacks.

ADULT SFF

MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT SFF

ANTHOLOGIES / COLLECTIONS

NON-FICTION

AUDIO


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Our favorite books of 2015

Here are our favorite books published in 2015. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click on the cover to read our review.

Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2015. What did we miss?

ADULT SFF

MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT SFF

ANTHOLOGIES / NON-FICTION

HONORABLE MENTIONS: FAVORITE NEWLY RELEASED ON AUDIO IN 2015:


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Our favorite books of 2014

Here are our favorite books published in 2014. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book and what they say about it. Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published in 2014, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! Please add your comments — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list and to know which were YOUR favorite books of 2014. What did we miss? One commenter will win a book from our stacks.

ADULT SFF

MIDDLE GRADE / YOUNG ADULT SFF

ANTHOLOGIES / COLLECTIONS / MAGAZINES / UNTOLD HISTORIES

NEWLY RELEASED ON AUDIO IN 2014:


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Thoughtful Thursday: Books we loved in 2013

We’ve just posted our annual Favorites list — the best books we read which were published for the first time in 2013. For today’s discussion, we’ll tell you why we like some of these books and ask you what you thought of them.

One commenter will win these three anthologies from Tor books: Twenty-First Century Science FictionYear’s Best SF 18, and Dangerous Women. Thanks, Tor!

You can find our reviews for each of the novels listed below by clicking on the linked author names. 


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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2013

Here are our favorite books published in 2013. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Click the cover to read our review. Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published this year, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! You can read some of our thoughts about these books in today’s later Thoughtful Thursday post, and you can add your comments there — we’d love to hear your opinions about our list.

ADULT SFF

YA FANTASY

ANTHOLOGIES / COLLECTIONS


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Thoughtful Thursday: Books we loved in 2012

We’ve just posted our annual Favorites list — the best books we read which were published for the first time in 2012 in print or audio format. For today’s discussion, we’ll tell you why we like some of these books and ask about your favorite books from 2012. One commenter picks a book from our stacks.

You can find our reviews for each of the novels listed below by clicking on the linked author names.
BE SURE TO VIEW OUR COMPLETE LIST OF FAVORITES HERE!


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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2012

Here are our favorite books published in 2012. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. Please keep in mind that we did not read every SFF book published in 2012, so we know we’ve missed some good ones! You can read some of our thoughts about these books in today’s later Thoughtful Thursday post, and you can add your comments there, too. We look forward to hearing about your favorite books of 2012!

ADULT SFF

CHILDREN / YOUNG ADULT

ANTHOLOGIES/ STORY COLLECTIONS

AUDIOBOOKS  released in 2012

COMICS

We’ve discussed some of these books here.


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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2011

Here are our favorite books published in 2011. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book. You can read some of our thoughts about these books in this post. In the comments, let us know if you agree, and what books we missed that are on your Best of 2011 list.

ADULT SFF

CHILDREN / YOUNG ADULT

ANTHOLOGIES/ STORY COLLECTIONS

AUDIOBOOKS  (older books released in audio format in 2011)


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Thoughtful Thursday: Books we loved in 2011

Tomorrow we’ll be posting our annual Favorites list — the best books we read which were published for the first time in 2011 in print or audio format. Each year we spend many hours preparing this list, and we’re wrapping it up at this moment, but we thought we’d highlight some of our favorites today and ask about your favorite books that were published in 2011. We’ll pick one commenter to win a book from our stacks.

You can find our reviews of each of the novels listed below by clicking on the linked author names.


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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2009

It’s quite a bit longer this year because we added a few new reviewers. Mostly we did not read the same books, but special mention goes to the first 10 novels which were highly recommended by more than one of us. Hover over the cover to see who recommends each book.

Children / Young Adult

Anthologies


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FanLit’s Favorite Books of 2008

Joe Abercrombie‘s The Last Argument of Kings and Brandon Sanderson‘s The Hero of Ages (both trilogy enders) top our list this year. In fact, those of us who read any Abercrombie or Sanderson novels named them as favorite authors this year. Another mention goes to last year’s favorite: Patrick Rothfuss. Those of us who finally got around to reading his 2007 debut novel this year put it at the top of our lists.

Children / Young Adult


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