It warms my heart so many folks contributed and voted! Here is where we ended up as 2021 closed out!
Winners (in the order of how you voted, not how we will be reading):
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses - until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into...a government job?
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Diana Bishop, a historian and reluctant witch, unexpectedly discovers a bewitched manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library. This discovery forces her back into the world of magic in order to unravel the secrets it holds about magical beings. She is offered help by a mysterious geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsy Muir
Gideon the Ninth is set in an empire comprising nine planets, each home to a great House that practices a particular type of necromancy.
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison is a story of a world in which witches, vampires, pixies and other creatures exist alongside humans, although not completely in peace. The main character in the story, Rachel Morgan, is a witch who quickly gets pulled into a conspiracy that goes deeper than Rachel realizes.
Iron Widow follows 18-year-old Wu Zetian who offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, not to earn her family some money but to avenge the pilot responsible for her sister's death. She knows anyone signing up is essentially signing their death warrant and has made her peace with it— vengeance over survival.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Moon Called is the beginning of the story of Mercedes Thompson. Mercy's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf, her former boss is a grumpy old fae, and she is fixing a Volkswagen bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy is not exactly normal herself.
Terrier is a young adult fantasy novel by Tamora Pierce, the first book in the Provost's Dog trilogy and the fifteenth book set in the Tortall Universe. It tells the story of Rebakah "Beka" Cooper, the ancestor of George Cooper from Song of the Lioness and Alianne from Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen.
Artemis Fowl is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. It follows Holly Short, a reconnaissance officer of the Lower Elements Police (LEP), after she is kidnapped by criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II for a large ransom of gold with the help of his bodyguard Domovoi Butler (and his younger sister Juliet Butler) in order to restore the Fowl family fortune.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows April May, a young queer woman launched into internet celebrity. One night, she and her friend Andy post a silly news report on the arrival of a mysterious sculpture in the heart of Manhattan; as these statues pop up in dozens of major global cities, the video goes viral.
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
As agents Red and Blue travel back and forth through time, altering the history of multiple universes on behalf of their warring empires, they leave each other secret messages—at first taunting, but gradually developing into flirtation and then love.
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Trail of Lightning is Rebecca Roanhorse's first novel and the first of a planned series known as the Sixth World. The setting is a post-apocalyptic world rife with poverty, crime, violence, betrayal, and hunger. The novel takes place after most of the world is destroyed through a massive flood known as the Great Water.