Hello, readers! I thought I’d continue and follow up my discourse about this new year and discuss the books I want to read by the end of this year.
I will say that this probably going to be pretty similar to my list of books I wanted to read before the end of year but then didn’t read any of them. I don’t generally believe in feeling like I have to read books by a certain point because reading is something I do to relax and for fun. If I don’t read these by the end of the year, I won’t be too upset about it because I can always read it in 2022.
I will only be including the backlist books on my shelf just because those are the books I’m prioritizing wanting to read. If I don’t own it at this moment, it’s not the most important book to me since I do have so many books that have just been sitting on my shelf.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I read this one back in January, but I still felt obligated to put/keep it on this list because it is a book that I wanted to get to for a very long time, and if I hadn’t read it last month, it would have appeared on this list anyway. This is a book I’ve felt very drawn to for a while. I knew I would love it but was so scared of disappointment.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I am so ashamed to admit that I’ve never read this book or even seen any movie adaptations of it. I really like classic middle grade. It’s probably my favorite types of classics so the fact that I haven’t read one of the most iconic and well-known ones, shame. Shame on me.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This is one of the most well-known classics and it’s frequently mentioned in my everyday life so I feel like it’s time for me to finally read it. It really scares me because it’s a pretty big book and I kinda struggle to read classics in the first place. I already know the big plot twist because the book’s been out for hundreds of years and is so deeply rooted
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
This one is purely because I go in every October thinking that I’ll read it in honor of Halloween and I never do. It will happen this year. It doesn’t matter where I am. I will read it in honor of Halloween.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
If I don’t read this this year, I am never going to read it. I have had it on my shelves since it came out, but I haven’t read it yet because I was waiting to finish the Grisha trilogy, but I ultimately decided to not finish the series since it’s been so long and I clearly have no motivation to read it. I don’t actually have a huge desire to read it so if it doesn’t happen, I’m officially unhauling it.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I realized when I did my first Down the TBR Hole that this is my oldest unread book on my Goodreads so I feel like it’s time that I amend that. For point of reference, I got my Goodreads in 2014 so that means that I’ve been intending to read it for seven years.
Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
I’ve had the first book, The Hidden Oracle ever since it came out. I am a huge Percy Jackson fan. The books were an instrumental part of my childhood, and I read each Heroes of Olympus book as they came out. My goal is to read the whole series this year, but first I would like to reread Heroes of Olympus.
Hammer of Thor and Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
I read Sword of Summer, the first book in the Magnus Chase series when it came out, but then I went into a reading slump that lasted for literally years, so I would love to finally finish this trilogy.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
I dnfed this book so long ago just because I couldn’t handle it at the time and have created a fear for this book even though it’s so short. It’s a spin-off sequel to Code Name Verity, which is one of my favorite books. They’re about female friendship and World War II so they are, as you can expect, very sad.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
This book scares me so much. If you didn’t know, this is the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely, which I really liked because I’ve heard people who love the first one say that they absolutely hate it because it drastically changes the way certain main characters in the first book are portrayed and viewed.
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
This is the last book in the Conqueror’s Saga, which is a gender-bent Vlad the Impaler retellings, and I really liked the first two books in the series. To be honest, I accidentally spoiled myself so I know how the series ends, and I think that’s why I’m so hesitant to pick it up.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
This is the only Alice Oseman book I have left to read. I’ve heard that this is her weakest book. One of my friends hated this book and we have similar tastes so I am really nervous to read it.
Those are the books I’m hoping to read during 2021 so we’ll see if I actually get to them this year. What are some books that you are prioritizing for this year? I’d love to have a conversation with y’all down below.