21 Books on My 2021 Reading List

At the end of every year, we’re inundated with articles about the most anticipated books of the new year. 

I — like many of you — drool over the upcoming titles. But I — like I’m sure many of you — have plenty of other books purchased in the previous year and years past.

This is why I like to create a list of books I plan to read rather than talk about the books I’m excited about. Because I know it’s rare I’ll read nothing but books published in the year we’re in.

So, without further ado, here are the 21 books I plan to read in 2021.

  1. They Don’t Need to Understand by Andy Biersack
  2. Shit, Actually by Lindy West
  3. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  5. Luster by Raven Leilani
  6. Journal Planning Magic by Andrea Gonzalez
  7. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  8. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  9. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
  10. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
  11. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  12. Group by Christie Tate
  13. People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd
  14. Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
  15. The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan
  16. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  17. Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon
  18. The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
  19. Providence by Caroline Kepnes
  20. The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
  21. Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant

These are in no particular order. I can’t promise I’ll read all of them. A few might be replaced by something else. But these are certainly the ones I am aiming to read this year.

What books are you most excited to read this year?

Books Read in 2020

Whew! We’ve come to the end of the year we all want to forget but never will.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to write a lengthy review of the ups and downs of this unpredictable year. I’m simply going to share with you the books I read this year.

The * represents my top five.

Have a safe and Happy New Year, my friends!

Books read:

  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell*
  • Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
  • The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • A Love Letter Life by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Stray by Stephanie Danler
  • Understanding Asexuality by Anthony F. Bogaert
  • Riding In Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio
  • The Invisible Orientation by Julie Sondra Decker
  • Space Between by Nico Tortorella*
  • Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara*
  • Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle*
  • Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  • Vampires Never Get Old by Zoraida Cordova
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  • The Collected Schizoprehnics by Esme Weijun Wang
  • Ace by Angela Chen
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness*
  • We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

By genre:

  • Fiction = 11
  • Young Adult = 3
  • Non-Ficton = 16
  • Short Stories = 3

Total books read in 2020 = 31

10 Online Shops to Find the Perfect Bookish Gift

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gifts. And online shopping this year is predicted to be higher than any other year — thanks, COVID — so it’s time to start ordering now. 

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the bookish person in your life, or if you need to give people an idea of what to get you, I’ve gathered some sites that offer amazing items. I certainly wouldn’t mind getting some of this stuff.

Whether they’re a writer or an avid book reader, your bookish loved one will appreciate the thought you put into their present this year.

Here’s my top ten list of places to find the perfect gift for the writer or reader in your life.

  1. Scribbler
  1. Book of the Month
  1. Out of Print
  1. OwlCrate
  1. MyBookBox
  1. Frostbeard Studio
  1. Chick Lit Designs
  1. Storiarts
  1. Introverts Retreat
  1. Our Little Book Club

Happy shopping!