2021 Books

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.

random selection of books atop my favorite reading place: my bed!

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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!

Symbols Key:

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: 23 as of 6.18.21, 10 nonfiction / 13 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)

Greenwood by Michael Christie Finished 5.1.21 ♥️

Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey Finished 4.30.21

Win at Work and Succeed at Life by Megan Hyatt Miller + Michael Hyatt ♥️ Finished 5.26.21

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Finished 4.22.21

The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas Finished 5.11.21

Effortless by Greg McKeown Finished 5.21.21

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward Finished 5.23.21

Untamed by Glennon Doyle Finished 5.29.21 ♥️

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson Finished 6.18.21

Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella ✅ Finished 6.15.21

Q3: Summer Reading!

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

My Picks From Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s Summer Reading Guide:

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

The Guide by Peter Heller

Sparks Like Stars by William Morrow

The Last Exiles by Park Row

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Comfort Book by Mat Haig

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

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

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Beauty In the Breaking by Michele Harper

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

The Invisible Life of Ada Larue by V. E. Schwab

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg