By: Manuela Soares
Hey readers! There are so many incredible books out there, and it can be so easy to get so wrapped up in finding those books that we just add them to our TBR’s without getting around to reading them and so they sit there for years and years. Goodreads does their reading challenge every year, and it’s a great way to get more people reading because who doesn’t like to see themselves reaching a goal? I enjoy doing it every year, and since I keep my goals low, I can compete it. My reading mood changes a lot which can make it difficult to always read the books on my TBR, since I’m not always in the mood to read a certain type of book and reading a book when you’re not in the mood for it is never a fun thing – sucks all the joy out of it for me.
So, without further ado, here’s my 2021 TBR list. No guarantees that I’ll read all of these, but they are the ones I hope to get through this year.
Lost Roses – Martha Hall Kelly (in progress)
I’m a historical fiction nerd and love Martha Hall Kelly. This is the follow up to her first novel Lilac Girls, and like her first novel it follows three women, one of which is the mother of one of the women in Lilac Girls. I’ve been slowly making my way through this one and have been enjoying it so far, and I want to finish it so I can read the ARC copy I have of her newest novel (the next on this list), that I got from NetGalley, before it releases.
Sunflower Sisters – Martha Hall Kelly (Release: March 30)
This is Martha Hall Kelly’s third book and is due to be released later this month. I don’t know too much about it other than it follows an ancestor of the two related women in Lost Roses and Lilac Girls, as well as two other women, and is set during the American Civil War. I’ve never read any historical fiction involving the Civil War, so this will be a first.
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
This has been on my radar for a long while, and though it caught my interest, I’ve never picked it up. With the new Netflix show coming out soon, I figured that it would be a good time to see what all the fuss was about. Thankfully, my library has a couple digital copies and the wait list isn’t too long.
The Arctic Fury – Greer Macallister
This is one that I found when I was browsing my library’s historical fiction tag. The summary sounds fantastic so it goes on the list.
Code Name Hélène – Ariel Lawhon
I came across this one on Goodreads, and the summary alone has me wanting to jump into it and see what happens (another library wait list).
Lost Autumn – Mary-Rose MacColl
This is another one I found in my library that sounded good.
The Year of the Witching – Alexis Henderson
Found out about this one last year, and it sounded really interesting so I recently borrowed it from my library. Haven’t started it yet, but it’s one that I’m looking forward to.
Their Lost Daughters – Joy Ellis
I’ve had this ebook for ages and have started it a couple of times when I wasn’t in the right mood to read a mystery/thriller. I want to read this one this year when I finally get back into the mystery mood.
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell (in progress)
This officially joined my TBR last year, and I picked up a copy toward the end of the year. I’m not too far into it, but I’m looking forward to it and marking another classic off my list.
Dear Fatty – Dawn French
I learned about the glorious Dawn French through the Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special years ago with Richard Armitage, something I watch at least once every winter season now. I’ve watched more episodes of the show and other works of hers and love her. Finding out that she’s also an author and has several books published had me wanting to read them. This one sounds fantastic and delves into her life.
Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) – Andrzej Sapkowski
Admittedly, this is one that I hadn’t heard of until The Witcher came out on Netflix. I had seen a few commercials about the video games over the years but never paid much attention to them. I enjoyed the first season of The Witcher, so I figured that I should check out the source material too.