GUYS 2020 is finally over!
Has anyone got new year resolutions this year? I don’t have any per se, I just hope to gain more self-confidence this year and learn to love myself more (+ read more books). Okay maybe I have some. Though the pandemic may not be quite over, there is hope we will go back to normal soon and I want to wish each and everyone of you a healthy and kind 2021.
So to celebrate the end of a very dramatic 2020 I am posting my very first blog post of the new year! *I AM SO EXCITED* But before I do, I want to wish a happy new year to all my followers and friends! Creating this blog in March has been one of the best decisions I have ever done, and I am so happy to still be continuing it today. So thankyou so much to all the authors, readers, followers etc who have made it still happen.
Today’s post will be short and sweet, and as you can see by the title. 21 BOOKS I WANT TO READ IN 2021. When I was creating this list I realised most of them are part of a series so it is not exactly 21 books but hey, you get the drift. I was going to do 21 individual books but then I realised it would mean reading like 60+ books this year with all the series I want to read. And even though it is only January 1st 60 books is still a lot for me. So I picked my top reads for this year and added each book separately.
Some of the books will have already been released and they are already in my every growing, TBR pile, or they are books then are being released this year and I am so excited to read them. Let me know in the comments if you have read any books on this list, or are excited to read them too.
1, 2, 3. Serpent and Dove Series by Shelby Mahurin.
Already starting this list of with a killer series but Shelby Mahurin’s ‘Serpent and Dove’ has been on my TBR list for a while now. It has everything I love in a book. Fantasy, romance, witchcraft. And can we talk about the front cover for a moment? How beautiful is that? What more can a girl get? Serpent and Dove is the first book in the trilogy with the final book of the series due to be released later this year. I’m hoping to read the first two before it comes out. Has anyone read this? Let me know what you felt about it? The synopsis alone gets me all excited. “Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy trilogy will leave readers burning for more.” AHHHH.
4. All The Tides of Fate – Adalyn Grace
Okay I am 100% fangirling over this one. All The Tides of Fate is the second book to Graces beautiful novel ‘All The Stars and Teeth’ and if anyone has read my review on the first book you will know that I ABSOLUTELY love Adalyn Grace and her debut novel became my favourite book of 2020. If you never heard of ATSAT then it is a fantasy novel set in the kingdom of Visidia where the princess of the kingdom must prove her mastery over the magic to become an animancer (ruler). But her demonstration goes awry and she is forced to flee where she meets Bastian, a mysterious pirate who offers her a deal to help her rule. GUYS THIS BOOK HAS MERMAIDS, PIRATES, WITCHES AND JUST EVERYTHING I LOVE AHHSJBGY. I can not wait for this to be released!
5,6,7,8(My boot scootin’ baby is drivin’ me crazy). A Court of Thorns of Roses Series – Sarah J Mass.
Now I have had my fair share of ups and downs with Ms Mass. Crescent City I couldn’t get through (though I’ll try again) yet I loved the first book to the Thrones of Glass series. But I have seen all continuous praise for her series ‘ACOTAR’ so this is on my list for 2021. Just like with Serpent and Dove the book has been on my TBR list for a while, and has been sitting on my bookshelf for months just waiting to be read. Hopefully this year will be the year it does. The spin off, and fifth book overall ‘A Court of Silver Flames’ is due to be released next month!
9. Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas is known for her big hit novel ‘The Hate U Give’. And THUG is a book that I could re-read and still laugh, cry and love all over again. So I am so excited she has written Concrete Rose, her next book which is a prequel, 17 years prior to the first book, and follows the life of Maverick (Starr’s father) who is trying to get out of the gang to support his child. Completely different from the usual genre I read, but excited all the same!
10. The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna
Expected to be released in 2020 but got moved to 2021, I have been waiting for The Gilded Ones with anticipation for ages. The cover alone screams beauty and if you’re a lover of ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ you will love this too! “The book revisits the power of women and sisterhood that hopes to inspire”. The Gilded Ones is set in a west african inspired world where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity. So when Deka bleeds gold (a sign on impurity) she faces a deadly consequence. But when she finds out her true nature – an immortal with exceptional gifts, she must choose to either fight with others like her, or be destroyed.
11. Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Okay I know what you’re thinking. COURTNEY YOU HAVEN’T READ THE GREAT GATSBY?! And the answer is no, I haven’t. I haven’t seen the film either (the one starring Leonardo Dicaprio) and yes, I am disappointed. But 2021 is the year I redeem myself by finally reading it and watching the film too. I’ll be living 2021 like it is the 1920’s all over again after I am done with it.
12. NICK – Michael Farris Smith
To completely redeem myself from the great gatsby shock I have vowed myself to also read the upcoming novel ‘NICK’ by Michael Farris Smith. This book is the long awaited prequel to Fitzgerald’s novel about the character Nick and his life before Gatsby. The book is being released on the 5th January so maybe I should get reading eh?
13,14. A Rose with Thorns Series – Lindsey Richardson.
Some of you may know Lindsey from the very first author I had interviewed on the blog. I read her self published book ‘Clara and Claire’ earlier this year and I regret that I haven’t read any of the others since, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the first one. If you don’t know what the books are about Clara and Claire follows the life of Clara Nasso, a twenty year old who witnesses the act of illegal magic. She is taken to the island of Ninomay where she learns about her resemblance of a missing woman Claire Kanelos and her part in the play of hiding her disappearance. Lindsey’s two other self published books, ‘Clara and Ezra’ and ‘Clara and Daphne’ are out now so I am definitely taking this year to read them in time for the fourth book which she is working on now!
15,16,17. The Cruel Prince Series – Holly Black
Oh look at this another series, but can you blame me? Holly Black’s ‘The Cruel Prince’ has been all the rave since its release in 2018. All three books have been released so what better time to start reading them? I don’t know much about this book and I want to keep it a surprise for myself (hopefully i’ll get it for my birthday), and I’m not a huge fan of the faeries trope in fantasy but maybe this will change my mind. Have you read it? What do you think?
18. The Guest List – Lucy Foley
Wait? This isn’t fantasy? This isn’t YA. It doesn’t even romance (well maybe a little) This is a murder mystery about finding the killer to a dead body? Well this year I am trying to read more crime/thriller stories and what better way to start that by reading Foleys ‘The Guest List’? When reading the back cover it gave me wedding day cluedo vibes. Does anyone remember that family guy episode where James Woods is found dead and they have to go around finding his killer? It has definitely piqued my interest and I am looking forward to giving it a read.
19. A Promise Land – Barack Obama
I bought this book just before Christmas and the spine and dust jacket was all ruined. If you are a book lover (which I assume you are) then you will know how heartbreaking it is when a book arrives ruined, or just gets ruined in general. Nevertheless, I am still excited to read it because who isn’t excited to read a memoir from the 44th President of the United States?
20. Becoming – Michelle Obama
How can I read Barack Obama’s book without first reading the memoir from the beautiful Michelle? Need I say more? My look how gorgeous she looks I think i’m a little bit in love.
21,22,23. FrostBlood Saga – Elly Blake
My friend introduced me to the wonderous world of Elly Blake for Christmas and I am so happy she did. I just started reading the first of the series a week ago and already, I am looking forward to the rest. FrostBlood is about the feud between two mortal enemies. Frostblood and Fireblood and how a young Fireblood, Ruby, must team up with her enemy to avenge the death of her entire village.
24. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Just like I have vowed myself to reading more thriller, I have also vowed to read more lgbtq books, or books that explore on themes such as sexual/true identity ect. I know there a few others out there but this has caught my eye through social media sites. It is a complete friendship/romance novel which I know will leave me in all emotions. “Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship–the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime”.
I haven’t been reading much YA in the past few months as my love is fantasy, but i’m hoping it will string me back to it. Unfortunately not many fantasy novels use LGBTQ. But if you happen to find any (pirate romance is a theme I am most interested in right now) then please send them my way I would love to read it!
25. Witches Steeped in Gold – Ciannon Smart
Witches Steeped in Gold is due to be released fairly early this year (April 20th) and is about two sisters, one outcast, one with stolen magic, who work together to take down their enemy, who I assume is their mother because they must sacrifice themselves to strength her power. oh GUYS reading about this book got me all tingly inside. IT SOUNDS BADASS. “Sworn enemies, the two witches enter a deadly alliance to take down the woman who threatens both their worlds. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths Iraya and Jazmyne will go to win this game. Two witches. One motive. And a very untrustworthy alliance”. WHY CAN I NOT READ THIS NOW?
So that concludes my list! Is there anyway to read ten books at once? Let me know what your reads for 2021 are!