By popular demand (and also because I feel this digital record fits my blogging goals & style!) — here is my own personal list of books I am hoping to read in 2021, including those already read and those I plan to read in future quintiles.
I get my picks from a combination of sources but my favorite is Modern Mrs. Darcy! This year’s list also contains some backlist titles that I’ve been meaning to read for way too long.
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All of that said, you certainly do not have to use Amazon to check these titles out! I personally mostly use the library (grateful for this resource on a daily basis). Independent bookstores are also wonderful to support – look up your local shop or explore on IndieBound. And if you are looking for anti-racism books (or to support Black business-owners in general), find great places to shop on this list.
Here’s a link to my 2020 list of 50 books read if you’re in need of more ideas!
If I really enjoyed a book and can highly recommend it, there will be a ✅
If I obsessively tore through a book and loved it, there will be a ♥️
Don’t get me wrong; I still enjoyed many of the others! The icons are reserved for standouts. If I abandon a book, I will remove it from this list.
2021 TOTAL THUS FAR: 13 as of 4.8.21, 4 nonfiction / 9 fiction)
39 Listed // 15 nonfiction including memoir and 24 fiction
Q1: January to Spring Break
Becoming by Michelle Obama Finished 1.21 ♥️
The Authenticity Project: A Novel by Claire Pooley Finished 1.9.21 ✅
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano Finished 1.18.21 ✅ (but – gut-wrenching)
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Finished 1.27.21 ♥️
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman Finished 2.4.21 ✅
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Finished 2.9.21 ♥️
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore Finished 2.14.21 ♥️
Medical Apartheid by Harriett Washington Finished 3.3.21 ✅
All Adults Here by Emma Straub Finished 2.23.21
Power Moms by Joann Lublin Finished 2.28.21
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel Finished 3.14.21 ✅
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Finished 4.7.21 ♥️
A World Without Email by Cal Newport Finished 4.8.21 ♥️
Q2: Spring Break’s End to End of School Year (mid-June)
This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith
Win at Work and Succeed at Life by Megan Hyatt Miller + Michael Hyatt
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Untamed by Glennon Dooyle
Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
Beauty In the Breaking by Michele Harper
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Q3: Summer Reading!
A Burning by Megha Majumdar
The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg
Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
The Invisible Life of Ada Larue by V. E. Schwab
Leaving room for selections from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide!
Q4: Fall & Back to School (Aug – Halloween)
Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Southernmost by Silas House
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
The F**k It Diet by Caroline Dooner
Q5: Reflection Season
(Will likely add to this!)
The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir by Katrina Kenison
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell