October always has me experiencing a burst of hyperactively enthusiastic energy that makes me go, “Oh, I’m going to get so much done before the year ends!” This time, too, despite being unwell and despite not being in the best frame of mind, I’m holding out hope and I made a list of 15 books that I want to read before the end of 2021. I might finish them, or I might not. And though I will celebrate if I finish these books, I won’t beat myself up if I don’t. It will be okay.
So for this list, I picked and chose from multiple lists: the 21 Books I Want to Read in 2021 list, the Series I Want to Read in 2021 list, and my Most Anticipated Releases of 2021 list. Yes. I didn’t finish them and I’m not sad, although let’s not open that Pandora’s Box, kay? XD But I’m picking through them because given how life has been this year and how it’s going, I don’t think I can take some of the books on them. For example, A Little Life and Man’s Search for Meaning. These have a heaviness to them that I can’t take at the moment and given how big of a crier I am, these two are bound to destroy me.
I’ve already posted a video about this on my YouTube channel if you’d like to know about these in video format. Link here: Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2021.
This first set of books is from the 21 Books I Want to Read in 2021 list:
1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
This heaviness, I can probably take. I’m buddy reading this book with a friend and we’re hoping that it doesn’t end up like the first time we meant to read the book, meaning that we left it halfway through. I didn’t even get past the first 100 pages. But this chunker, I think I can take along with the help of an audiobook. So I’m hoping that second time’s a charm (yep, that’s how I’m using it) and that we read it and end up loving it. Finger crossed!
2. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m also a writer. An author, if you will. I added this to my yearly TBR because I wanted to improve my writing and since I’d heard nothing but good things about it, became cautiously hopeful. But the year hasn’t been great for me and this book ended up sitting on the yearly TBR shelf of my TBR cart, gathering dust. I’m really hoping I do get to it before the year ends, though. Because I’ve got plans for my writing and for the number of WIPs (Works in Progress) I’ve left unfinished.
3. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
I had heard that this book was a great piece of feminist literature and that it sheds light on a lot of topics related to feminism and mansplaining (as the title obviously suggests). But I’ve since learned that though it is good, it isn’t GREAT, if you know what I mean. Then again, I’ve been very intrigued by it, especially because I do want to see for myself what exactly it says, which is why I added it to the books I want to read before 2021 ends list. Here’s hoping I will get to it!
4. Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa
An important book unto itself, this one came to me at a time when I was annoyed with a white male author for trying and failing to capture what the Palestinian fight was all about. It annoys me even more that a book such as this one, Against the Loveless World, which, written by a Palestinian-American writer, didn’t get the accolades that Colum McCann’s very meh Apeirogon got and I’m still salty about it. But okay. Let’s not get into those nitty-gritties because there are better things to focus on. 😉
This next one is a set of three books – a trilogy that has taken the literary world of fantasy lovers by storm.
5. The Poppy War Trilogy by R.F. Kuang
I read about 80 pages of the first book in this trilogy, The Poppy War, before my brain decided to go radio silent on me. It was probably because all the military strategizing and the heaviness of war and battle settled down on my shoulders. But I really do want to get into the fabulous world that R.F. Kuang has built. I know it’s going to be a whopper of a ride, if the first 80 pages are anything to go by!
The next 3 books are 2021 releases that I have on my TBR but haven’t been able to get to.
6. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas is one of my favorite authors of all time. I adore and admire the messages that she sent out in The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, and when Concrete Rose came out, I almost immediately bought it. But I haven’t read it yet and I have no explanation, no excuse for it. I hope with everything I have that I read it before the year ends because I can’t believe I’ve been holding out on it, especially since this is the story Maverick Carter, who is the father of Starr from The Hate U Give. Hah.
7. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Another new release that I should have read when I got the ALC from Libro.fm, but still haven’t gotten to. I had originally thought that this would be somewhat of a YA fantasy where the main character would use magic or something to achieve a goal. But apparently there’s so much more to this story than just that? Given that there’s the FBI involved and the main character is trying to save her community and all? Good Lordy, this concept as well as that cover is ensuring that I have this book at the top of my mind!
8. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid, with her amazing writing and the topics she chooses, made sure to march her way into my favorite authors’ list. So when her new book came out, I knew I had to read it, especially since, like her earlier books Daisy Jones and the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, it focuses on the lives of celebrities. And given how she blew me away with the ones before, I want to believe that this will also be a book that I really enjoy. Again, fingers crossed!
These last 5 books are those that I’ve chosen off my TBR at random. Because why not?
9. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
*raptor screeching noises*
Matt Haig is one of my top 2 favorite authors of all time, the other being Nikita Gill. His works just resonate with me on a spiritual level and I cannot ever think of not reading his books. The only exception is that I wait to read his books till the movie’s release because then everything will be fresh in my mind. And that’s an important thing to remember because I have a fish memory with everything. So I’ll be reading this in November 2021 without fail, closer to the release of the movie. Super excited for this!
10. The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
There are two things that pushed this book onto the top of the TBR pile for me. One was that I got this as a birthday gift from a friend. And two, another friend gushed about it to me and really, really tempted me with everything warm and mushy that she told me about the story and the concept as a whole. It didn’t take long for me to cave and here I am, making plans to read The Authenticity Project before the end of the year. I’m looking forward to finding a favorite, yes!
11. Villains Never Die by Nick deWolf
I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I even received a copy from the author. But somehow, my TBR made sure I kept forgetting about it. Not this time, TBR! I won’t be cowed by you! I’m looking forward to reading this and laughing my guts out. And since this is what the book promises, I will take it at its word for the time being. Yet again, fingers crossed while being excited by this one!
12. Spin the Dawn duology by Elizabeth Lim
These last couple of books, Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk are part of the Spin the Dawn duology by Elizabeth Lim, and I would have gotten this book even if I hadn’t read glowing reviews about it. The premise of a sewing competition of sorts, the stunning covers, and the unrelated fact that I have hardcovers of them all work in these books’ favour. I just hope I end up liking the books as much as I’m expecting to. Maybe not the best strategy, going into a book expecting too much, but maybe it’ll be good.
Those were the 15 books I want to read before the end of 2021. Which of these have you read? Which ones do you want to read? What are your thoughts on this list of books? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
I’ll be back with a new blog post sooner than soon.
Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 😀