Hi, friends! Happy new year!! That seems so fake to say, especially since I haven’t posted a single thing on this blog for months. That being said, one of my resolutions for this year is to not stress and feel guilty over blogging, so I will be trying to create a healthier relationship between this blog and myself. A big part of that will be reading what I want and posting about what I want regardless of whether I think it’ll do well stats wise. Anywho, let’s just jump right in to the 52 books I want to read this year.
52 Books for 2021
I feel like I need to make the disclaimer that I will inevitably read more than 52 books this year, but I am trying to stop placing so many expectations upon my leisure activities, so I made myself a reasonable goal. I didn’t really make any reading specific resolutions this year other than to read more comics (which I won’t mention here but may write a separate post on depending on my mood), but I also want to read more middle grades and to try and read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf for far too long. Anyways, onto the list!
This series includes five books: Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business, Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade, Mindy Kim and the Birthday Puppy, Mindy Kim, Class President, and Mindy Kim and the Trip to Korea all by Lyla Lee and illustrated by Dung Ho. (As a note, the fifth book is not on goodreads at the time of writing which is why it isn’t linked). I have already read the first of these books as I am writing and I absolutely cannot wait to keep reading this series, they’re so cute and wholesome and have beautiful illustrations.
This series includes four books (as of now): Aru Shah and the End of Time, Aru Shah and the Song of Death, Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, and Aru Shah and the City of Gold all by Roshani Chokshi. I’ve already read the first three of these, but I need to reread them before the fourth book comes out to jog my memory. I love these books so much, they’re fun and witty and I love all of the characters.
This series includes four books: An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, A Reaper at the Gates, and A Sky Beyond the Storm all by Sabaa Tahir. I read the first two books in this series last year during midterms, which means I remember basically nothing of them because I was so stressed my brain refused to take in new information. That being said, I need to reread the first two before I finish off the last two so that this series can really wreck me emotionally. I like to think I am ready, but there is no way I am actually ready.
This series includes three books (as of writing this): Cute Mutants Vol 1: Mutant Pride, Cute Mutants Vol 2: Young, Gifted, & Queer, Cute Mutants Vol 3: The Demon Queer Saga all by SJ Whitby. The author was nice enough to send me an eARC of the first book, which I read last year, but it took me a while to get through it due to school and work which kind of ruined the experience for me. Due to that, I want to reread it before I read the next two and the next volumes that come out this year. Also, I was a little lost the first go round because I knew nothing about X-men which meant the references were lost on me, but I recently watched all of the X-men movies and have read a few of the comics so I am excited for how that will make this series even more enjoyable now.
This series includes The Serpent’s Secret, Game of Stars, and The Chaos Curse all by Sayantani DasGupta. I bought all of the ebooks and audiobooks in this series on a whim last year and I am honestly really excited to dive in, the covers are beautiful and the premise seems right up my alley. I have seen this series on a lot of must read middle grade lists as well, which has me even more excited to get to this series.
At the time of writing, this series includes six books: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky, In an Absent Dream, Come Tumbling Down, and Across the Green Grass Fields all by Seanan McGuire. I read the first two of these back in high school, but I have been wanting to catch up for a while now so I figured I would try and make that a priority this year!
This series includes Inkmistress, Of Fire and Stars, and Of Ice and Shadows all by Audrey Coulthurst. I have read the last two books in this series, but I recently got physical copies of them as well as the prequel and I have want to read the whole series in full and mark my favorite parts.
This series includes The Poppy War, The Dragon Republic, and The Burning God all by R.F. Kuang. I have almost started this series so many times, but I want/need to make sure I am in the right headspace to read these because they contain some triggering content for me personally. That being said, I want to read them before this year is over because I think these books are going to be amazing and make me feel many emotions.
This series includes The Dragon Warrior and The Fallen Hero, both by Katie Zhao. These were recommended to me by the lovely Sam when I said I wanted to read more middle grades and they both have amazing reviews so I am very excited to read these.
At the time of writing, this series includes Paola Santiago and the River of Tears and Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares, both by Tehlor Kay Mejia. The first Paola Santiago book is one of the three Rick Riordan Presents books that is currently out that I haven’t read and I need to fix that soon.
This duology includes Darius the Great Is Not Okay and Darius the Great Deserves Better, both by Adib Khorram. I have read the first book in this series multiple times and it is one of my favorite books that deals with mental health and the sequel was on my list of most anticipated releases for last year and yet,,,I didn’t read it?? I am still confused as to how this happened, but I need to fix that like now.
This series includes A Curse So Dark and Lonely, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, and A Vow So Bold and Deadly, all by Brigid Kemmerer. I need to read this series, but I am also scared to do so. Kemmerer was one of my favorite authors in high school and her Elementals series means the absolute world to me, but I am worried that I will find I don’t enjoy her writing as much now that my tastes have changed. Regardless, I really need to read this series this year given that I own all the books.
At the time of writing, this series includes The Midnight Lie and The Hollow Heart, both by Marie Rutkoski. All I know about this series is that it’s sapphic and Brianna told me I needed to put the first one on this list and read it this year and that’s enough for me, perhaps once I read it I’ll actually know what it’s about.
At the time of writing this, this series includes Infinity Son and Infinity Reaper, both by Adam Silvera. This series, thus far, doesn’t have the best reviews, but I love the two Adam Silvera books I have read so I really want to try and get to these two this year and see what I think of them.
I feel like a fake sapphic for not having read this yet, but this is another book Brianna said I need to read this year so maybe that will be motivator enough. Oddly enough, despite everyone under the sun talking about this book constantly, I don’t really know much about what this book is about, so it’ll be a fun surprise whenever I do get to it.
This is another Brianna pick and a book I have been meaning to read since it came out. This book seems so utterly amazing and it is supposed to have great mental health rep, so I really need to get to it soon.
The fact that I have an arc of this and haven’t read it yet is one of the most confusing things to me, but it appears I am doing the same thing I did with my ARC of Red, White & Royal Blue where I get so excited that I have an ARC I want to read so badly and don’t read it because I’m overwhelmed with excitement. Everyone who has read this already has loved it and I am sure I will too.
Can we all take a moment to appreciate this cover? I was luckily enough to receive an ARC of this and I can’t wait to read it and blast betty by Taylor Swift on repeat.
This is another ARC I am excited to read. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Gonzalez’s debut, but this one seems so good and has a beautiful cover alongside a fantastic premise so I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy it.
This sapphic middle grade looks so so good and so many of my friends have enjoyed it, I can’t wait to read it. The colors on the cover are so cute and the premise seems chaotically fun, I’m ready to be emo over middle schoolers yet again.
At the time of writing, this series includes The Empress of Salt and Fortune and When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, both by Nghi Vo. I meant to read these in December but then I barely read anything in December, so they are topping off this list. These are both fairly short and have great reviews, I think I’ll probably save them for a Sapphic Saturday.
Okay, this post has taken far longer to write than I thought it would and its also pretty long so I’ll wrap it up here. What books do you want to read this year? Have you read any of these? What is your goodreads goal for the year? Let’s chat in the comments!