If you’re involved in any bookish social media, then you’ve most likely been deluged with a lot of “reading goal” type posts. I read fewer books in 2020 than I have in previous years, so I wasn’t sure what specific reading goals I was going to focus on for 2021. While I did set a reading goal for 2021 on my Goodreads page, I also realized I have a pretty recent “want to read” list for 2021, so here are a few of them, in no particular order:
Series to finish:
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I started A Reaper At the Gates last year, and then I realized it was going to kill me with a cliffhanger, like the others did, and if I was just patient the final book would come out soon. Now that A Sky Beyond The Storm is out I’m going to try and finish up the series this year.
- The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff, by reading Darkdawn. I just haven’t been ready for this one, because I know that Kristoff’s writing in these books is wordy and dense and full of lengthy footnotes, and I didn’t have the “brainwidth” for it in 2020, but man I really do want to know what happens with Mia!!
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I’ve had Muse of Nightmares for over a year, now. I was initially afraid to read it because I loved Strange the Dreamer so much I didn’t want anything to ruin it – but Jae loved Muse, so… This is it’s year (I hope!)
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama. This was a Christmas wish list, but woah, buddy is it long!! I might need to hold off on this until I finally finish my giant cross stitch project, because this is a book that I already know is going to take a while to get through.
- Trust: America’s Best Chance by Pete Buttigieg. Another Christmas gift! I love Mayor Pete and can’t wait to see what he does in Biden’s Cabinet. I read his other book (Shortest Way Home…) in 2020 and thought it was an excellent insight into his political views and goals. Bring it on, Mayor Pete!!
- What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather & Elliot Kirschner. Are you thinking it was a Christmas gift? You’re right!! I also asked for this one. From Goodreads, “With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.”
Chicklit, Fantasy and other stuff:
- The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. In this one, a woman finds out who her birth family is and that she has inherited their abandoned mansion on the Thames, and that some shady, creepy stuff went down in the house when she was a baby. This one honestly sounds like a summer beach read to me, but I’m very much a “hmm… what should I read today?” kind of reader, so it could happen at any time. 😉
- The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. This one hits on my interest in WWII inspired fiction, and it looks like it will be super interesting!
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. This one is about a man who is a social worker in the Department In Charge of Magical Youth. I mean. C’mon. I HAVE to read this one this year!
- A Vow So Bold And Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer is meant to be published at the end of January. This is the third part in a Beauty & The Beast retelling that I’ve been loving so far. I’m very interested to see what happens next.
Those are a few of my reading goals for this year. Is there anything here that’s also on your list? Is there anything you’d like to recommend?? If I really finish these series I’ll be in the market for a new one (or two) this year, so let me know if there are any good ones you think I might have missed. Let me know what you’re reading, and what your goals are for 2021, in the comments!