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Books To Read by 2021

Hello, readers! I know that I have said multiple times in the past that I don’t believe in TBRs or having to read specific books by a certain point, but I thought I would share with you some of the books I want to read by the end of the year.

As a full disclaimer, I am an aggressive mood reader so a lot of these I will probably have no interest in reading in the next couple weeks so I am most likely not going to read many of these by January, but I can hope.

A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow

I think that I’ll really like this book. I did read the first half of it, but then I got in a massive reading slump and put it down so I could give it my attention later. I am still feeling pretty slumpy right now, but I do want to finish this soon because I do think it’s a really important book to read and one I don’t want to sit too long on my shelves.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

It is genuinely shocking that I haven’t read this book yet because it sounds like the perfect book for me. This is the type of classic that I generally enjoy, and I did have a moment where I was obsessed with Little Women. I read multiple abridged editions of it and I saw the movie with Winona Ryder. I also used to read some modern children’s spin -offs of it so I think it’s time I read the source material

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

I am very nervous for this book. I really liked the first one, but I have heard so many mixed reviews about this one. I’ve heard some people say that it is absolutely garbage and a waste of time, but I know that others really like it.

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

This is the last book in the Conqueror Saga, and I’ve really liked the first two books. I really love the way the author took this story and retells history. These books are always really slow going for me just because of the nature of historical fiction so I need to be in the mood, but I definitely want to finish this series by the end of the year.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I know! The blasphemy! I’ve owned this book for so long. The reason I haven’t read this yet is because I felt like I had to finish the Grisha trilogy even though I was told numerous times that I don’t need to even read them. I didn’t really like Shadow and Bone, but I bought the rest of the series thinking I would get to them, but I never reached for them. I finally decided to unhaul the whole trilogy since they were taking up space on my shelves so now I can read this whenever I want. At this point, I’m just so scared that I won’t like it.

Crown of Feathers by Nikki Pau Preto

This is just because I found out that there is a webcomic version of this on Webtoons, and I want to try reading it to see how similar they are. This is less about reading it by the end of the year and more about reading it before I get too far behind.

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Another example of a book I started this year that I put down. I am sort of in a reading slump right now and just didn’t feel like I was motivated enough to read it. I think that I will really like this book because I’ve noticed that I do like the idea of Gothic novels. I just haven’t read that many of them. I loved Rory Power’s writing in Wilder Girls, and I have a feeling that I will like this better than her first book. I just want to give this book a fair chance, and I couldn’t when I first picked it up.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Yet another book I picked up and then put down. I just wasn’t in the mood to read it and couldn’t give it my full attention, but it is one I really want to get to because I really liked Coraline when I read it a couple months ago. This is also narrated by Neil Gaiman so I do plan on listening and reading along to it so I will probably do that because I love reading my audiobooks that way.

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

Can you guess why this is on this list? This is the most recent book that I picked up and put down. I got over 100 pages in this and then put it down because I wasn’t emotionally in a position to read this. I really loved what I read, and I think this has a chance of being one of my favorite books, but I needed to pause it and give it a chance for that to happen. This is one that I might wait longer for because I really do wanna make sure it’s given the best chance.

Check, Please: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

I read Volume One back in September, and I thought it was just okay, but I do wanna reread it before I read this because I think that they are something that I’d really enjoy. I think I just rushed myself through the first one and didn’t give it a fair shot. These are graphic novels so I think this is very attainable for me to do in this month.

Those are all the books I would like to get to by the end of the year. I’m not going to stress myself out too much if I don’t get to them because in the end, it doesn’t matter when I read them. It’s all for fun. What books do you want to get to before the year ends? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!

Published by alyssathebookvagabond

A 22-year-old college student with a restless heart and equally restless brain

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