Creating a list like this seems, at this point, moot. If you wonder why it’s because honestly I just don’t read right now. I still have this deep and nostalgic love for reading and books. I still have more books than I can count. I still love the books I own. Additionally I still want to read most if not all I have, which is where we’re looking at some books I should have read in 2021. Or maybe more accurately, the books I’d have liked to read.
Honestly, I don’t know that there are books I really wanted to read in 2021 simply because I wasn’t in a read-y mood. Apart from Christmas boos (which I’d always like to sneak in), there aren’t any I can find that I wanted to read so bad in said year. Still, these books are still on my shelf so I would still ideally read them, it’s just one of those who knows scenarios. Does this mean I’m less excited about them? Not at all. It’s just a question of rediscovering reading and getting back into the swing of reader-ship. So that’s the skinny on that. Such as it is. Let’s get talking about some of the books we wanted to read in 2021.
*Also, next time I publish one of these, the goal will be to have different books from the norm. Sorry for the repeats.
BOOKS I SHOULD HAVE READ IN 2021
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1: SO, THIS IS CHRISTMAS, TRACY ANDREEN
* This is secular YA fiction
2: PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND OTHER FLAVORS, SONALI DEV
Could very well be that this is one of those “not for me” books because I find many secular fiction fits this parameter. That said, as I’m a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I do always take a look at re-tellings. Some I love and some I loathe. Ideally, they all fall into the former, and even though this is a 2019 publication, I just picked it up in 2021. Amazon | Goodreads
*This is secular adult fiction
3: 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. Amazon | Goodreads
4: BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE, BETH GARRODEIGHT 2021 BOOKS I PROBABLY COULD OR SHOULD HAVE READ #BOOKWORM #READERS #READERCOMMUNITY #TOPTENTUESDAY #ROMANCFICTION #ROMANCEBOOKS Click To Tweet
5: TRULY DEVIOUS (SERIES), MAUREEN JOHNSON
The “original” books in the Truly Devious books didn’t release in 2021, but I do wish I’d read another one (or both) books in the series. Since the first three all interconnect, I feel like I’ll forget all the details of Truly Devious if I don’t read them. Amazon | Goodreads
6: LAST CHANCE BOOKS, KELSEY RODKEY
7: YOU AND ME, BECKY WADE
Another Christmas story that I wish I’d taken the time to read in 2021 (partially didn’t because I try to buy things elsewhere and I just did via the author’s webpage), plus it’s penned by an author who I always make time for. I may not have read it in the prior year, but someday I will and hopefully it’ll be well worth that delay. Amazon | Goodreads
8: A CROSS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, COURTNEY WALSH
This book seems to have “blown” up on Bookstagram as a fan favorite. I’ve liked what I did read by Walsh in the past, and she seems to have that engaging “it factor” presence to make bookstagram work for her. She’s not afraid to show up every day (unlike me who hates the idea of being on the Internet all the time) and writes contemporary fiction (my favorite!) that readers love. The concept of this novel does sound way fun, plus I’m a softie for a good Christmas romantic-comedy. Amazon | Goodreads
What books did you wish you’d read in 2021? Do you plan to read any of these titles asap? Are there any you decided won’t be “you reads”? Any you plan to unhaul? Comment all of your wish-I’d-reaed-in-2021 titles below! Let’s chat.
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