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: 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