COLORFUL WINTER 2021 TBR THAT I AM QUITE UNLIKELY TO ACTUALLY READ

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If ever there were a seasonal TBR list where my ringing words of I-won’t-actually-read-these is true, it’s this one. I have read very little in 2021, and I don’t see that trend changing just now. Still, I can hope I’ll turn my reading around. With that said, I’m still going to curate a winter 2021 TBR list because a: it’s fun (and kind of annoying to consider all the books I have to read) and b: I like the aesthetic it does allow for.

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Mostly I’m sharing books on my shelf rather than upcoming releases because honestly, I don’t know that I’ve bought any books at the writing of this (for December) and as a result, I think I’m realizing I need to reign in my book buying even more. By this I mean in 2021, I made a decision to change how I buy things, and that affected books. Because of that choice, I haven’t bought as many through the year, and it’s been a really good change. I love books and what reading means, but when you don’t read what you own, that’s a problem. I also think it’s wise to not be so influenced by the latest hype book. Sometimes it IS that good, and other times it’s just a mediocre story you wonder why you “had” to have. Anyway. That’s was something of a rabbit trail that I went off on without real purpose – and is really the subject for another day. Maybe I will write something yet.

Without further ado, let’s take a look-see at some of my fantasy I’d-like-to-read season TBR picks!


WINTER 2021 TBR


1: SO, THIS IS CHRISTMAS, TRACY ANDREEN

Yes, I know, this is a Christmas novel and typically I’d have read this early on as opposed to now if I were to read it. Remember, I said my optimism in reading these is slim. Still, I just watched a Hallmark Christmas film where Tracy co-wrote the script, and it’s one of my FAVORITES of this year, so yeah, I need to read her novels, too! Goodreads

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2: THE INHERITANCE GAMES, JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

This one has been on my shelf for a while now. I always thought it did sound interesting, but have been hearing some good things again about Jennifer’s books, so why not? Goodreads

3: LITTLE WHITE LIES, JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

Another I’ve had on my shelf for a long time, and it’s this novel that I’ve been hearing good reports on. Makes me want to pick up her novels anew and discover the mysteries in their pages. Goodreads

4: DEAREST JOSEPHINE, CAROLINE GEORGE

This one earned some pretty good reviews. I did buy it when it released, but haven’t read it. I have this hope that it’d give me the same kind of “feels” (though obviously a different story) as Jo & Laurie did earlier this year. It follows a character who finds a novel from someone in the 1800s in which she seems to play heroine, and their intertwining stories. Goodreads

COLORFUL WINTER 2021 TBR THAT I AM QUITE UNLIKELY TO ACTUALLY READ. Sharing the books I won't actually read this season - for giggles, obviously! Text © Rissi JC
5: TOYKO EVER AFTER, EMIKO JEAN

Love The Princess Diaries so when I see this one likened to that iconic story, I had to pick this one up. Here’s hoping it’s a fun read. Goodreads

6: ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, BETHANY MANGLE

This one sounds WAY fun. I’m not a reality TV person, but do love how this one sounds. Follows a girl who’s viral rant against her father gets her and her mother a spot on a reality TV show for single parents. ALSO! HUGE SHOUT-OUT AND THANKS to the publicist for Bethany’s novel for kindly sending me an ARC. Goodreads

7: IN THE HALL WITH THE KNIFE, DIANA PETERFRUEND

This one sounds like FUN! I ran across it randomly and had to pick it up. It’s a mystery with a play on the Clue game, a board game I used to LOVE. Goodreads

8: PRIDE + PREMEDITATION, TIRZAH PRICE

I’ve seen good and bad things about this Pride & Prejudice murder re-telling YA novel. I did finally pick it up and have this idea it’ll be fun! Plus, I did like the BBC (unpopular opinion) murder “sequel,” so… I think I’ll enjoy this? Goodreads

9: THE LONDON HOUSE, KATHERINE REAY

This book looks and sounds different than Katherine’s usual release. But as it’s been a few years since I read anything by her, I’m curious about this; definitely glad to finally have a copy. Goodreads

10: THE MEET-CUTE PROJECT, RHIANNON RICHARDSON

Pretty sure I’ve included this one on lists before. But it’s STILL on my shelf, and dang, it sounds fun. Follows a girl whose best friends create their own rom-com scenario by trying to set her up with the perfect dude. Goodreads

What about you? What does your winter reading look like? Are you optimistic about completing it? Is it full of shelf TBR books or upcoming releases? Are you planning to read a specific genre? Comment all of your comments – I love chatting with you!

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39 comments

    1. I always love to put together seasonal TBRs. I don’t stick with them or read half the books, but it’s just fun. :) Hope we both enjoy Dearest Josephine! Thanks for visiting, too.

    1. Right? I think so too, Lori! Hoping it is. YAY! Hope you do read those your super excited for. I don’t stick to a TBR either but it’s one of my most favorite topics to put together. :) Thanks so much for visiting. :)

  1. Sometimes when I’m flailing around deciding what to read next, my seasonal TBR comes in handy. Oh yeah, I really wanted to read that, I shall do so. So I’m not strict about sticking to it but it’s a nice reminder.

    1. I’m not strict in the least, Ellie, but you know, for some reason I still find this one of the most fun things to put together. :) Thank so much for the visit.

    1. RIGHT!? I have SUCH high hopes for that one from Katherine. It sounds different to me… but still the same? And I realize that makes no sense. ;) Thanks so much for the visit, Beckie!

    1. SAME! Still for some reason I really enjoy putting this topic together. :) Hope we both read some of the books we’d *like* to read. Thanks for the visit, AJ!

    1. Fun – and good to know! I picked up the sequel this month though “why” I don’t know since I’m not sure I’ll love book one. ;) Thanks for the visit, Lauren.

  2. I started Pride and Premeditation and DNF’d it. I just couldn’t get into despite the hype. Dearest Josephine was different than I expected, but ended up being a thought provoking read for me.

    1. Bummer. That’s never fun but I’ve experienced that feeling too. Thanks for sharing and for your thoughts on “Dearest Josephine.” It sounds SO interesting. :)

  3. Rissi-I am 100% with you on your rant! I told my husband I am not buying ANY books in 2022 (yeah, we’ll see how that goes, but it’s a GREAT goal and will narrow how much I buy!). I am doing 3 different challenges to read your OWN books or even those on your virtual TBR (Goodreads) to encourage me to actually read what I have. I obligated myself to so many reviews this year, then got behind, that I felt like I was only reading new releases, which is not what I want to be doing. I want to do some, but I also want space for mood reading. Happy Tuesday!!

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    1. That is an awesome goal, Cindy! I always think about doing a challenge but then, knowing me, I feel like I’d be too depressed at the end because I “know” I’ll fail. ;) Someday I should try it because I’d LOVE clearing some of the books on my shelf. It’d be a kind of “relief” to read some of them. I relate 100% to having too many reviews as well. I do virtually none comparatively but now and then I’ll get an email with a new book and I’ll ask to be added to the list. Hope you accomplish your 2022 reading goals!! :)

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