TBR: A 2021 list

After much deliberation, I’ve created this in definitive list of books to read this year to reach my annual goal!

For each month, I’ll attempt to read five to six books to reach my final goal. In previous years, I’ve had large chunks of reading and study periods where I don’t read much. I’m going to reintroduce the night reading routine where I read for two hours before bed and reduce my screen time.

Let me know how you increase your reading time as I’d love to hear! 🙂

June: Old favourites

  • 1984
  • The Good Immigrant
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Rebecca
  • How To Make Friends In The Dark

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”

George Orwell, 1984

July: High fantasy and Dark Academia

  • The Mistborn Trilogy
  • The Secret History
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  • Sing Me Forgotten
  • We Should Be Feminists

“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”

Donna Tartt, The Secret History

August: A mix of it all

  • The Testaments
  • The Pearl Thief
  • The Huntress
  • Jane Eyre
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Kingdom of the Wicked

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

September: Old and New Fantasy

  • Before the Devil Breaks You
  • King of crows
  • Bloodlines
  • The Golden Lily
  • The Indigo Spell
  • Fiery heart
  • Silver shadows
  • The Ruby circle

“You look confused,” said Adrian.

I shook my head and sighed. “I think I’m just overthinking things.”

He nodded solemnly. “That’s why I try to never do it.”

Richelle Mead, Bloodlines

October: YA and more

  • Of Poseidon
  • Of Triton
  • Of Neptune
  • Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy
  • Circe
  • The House of the Cerulean Sea

“It’s easy to remember, because dating rhymes with mating, and they’re almost the same […] So your mom thinks we’re ma–Uh, dating?”

Anna Banks, Of Poseidon

November: Victoria Schwab and Gothic

  • A Darker Shade Of Magic
  • A Gathering of Shadows
  • A Conjuring of Light
  • Vicious
  • Vengeful
  • Wuthering Heights

“But these words people threw around – humans, monsters, heroes, villains – to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

V.E Schwab, Vicious

December: Cassie Clare and similar vibes

  • Little Women
  • A Tale Of Two Cities
  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • The Bane Chronicles

“It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

Some must reads before the year is up? The classics on my shelves as they’ve been here since 2019! I’ve been meaning to get into them but I’m always distracted by the high fantasy and intriguing plots of new releases. After all, they’ll always be here, right?

Looking forward to getting into them, writing my thoughts down and ticking them off my list.

Thanks for reading and signing off,

A Wandering Reader

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