Hello everyone! Like most avid readers, I own a mountain of books that I’ve never read! Here are ten books that I own which I plan to read this year.
I have a lot more than ten, but I figured I’d stick to just sharing ten. Because it’s already such a daunting task!
Ten Books I Own On My 2021 TBR
The first book I own and want to actually read is Inferno by Dante Alighieri. I have owned this book for years, around ten years I think, and never read it. I also own the next two books as well, having bought them in a book shop in Barcelona during a semester abroad in 2012, so I really want to get to those as well.
Next is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’ve heard really good things about this book, the first of a series by Tahir, so I really want to get into it. This is an older book, having been published in 2015, so most people I think have read it but at the time I wasn’t a big reader and once I picked up the hobby again (more like the lifestyle), I just didn’t get around to this one. I’m excited to check it out though.
Similarly, I also want to read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This was also published in 2015 so I hadn’t read it for similar reasons. Funnily enough though, I followed Schwab on Twitter for ages, because her tweets were so funny and interesting. I did finally read a book from her late last year, her The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, which was amazing. And I hear that this is a great book, also the start of a series, so I can’t wait to read it. Well, obviously I have waited, but still! Oh, fun story, I actually won this book at the library simply by signing up for their summer reading challenge. When we signed up we got a ton of little goodies, including getting to pick a book off a little shelf. I knew I wanted to read this one so I picked it!
I’ve really loved biographies since picking up reading again so I want to read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I bought this book at a library sale, so I probably paid like $1 at most for it because it’s hardcover. I have put it off because it looks huge, but it’s a large print book so maybe that’s why? Not sure but I want to read it!
Another book I’ve owned for years is The Nix by Nathan Hill. This was a super popular book back in 2016, when I started to get back into reading. I actually have an advance reader’s copy of it from BookCon 2016, which was held in Chicago that year. I still haven’t read it so I really need to get on it!
Next is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, which was also big in 2016 when it was published. I’ve owned it probably from around that time, as I think I got it at a library sale, but just never got around to it. I really need to though, because I really think I’ll like it.
This one might be a bit of a cheat because I technically started it before, but it’s been so long that I know I have to start over. I started reading La Sombra Del Viento or The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon years ago. Maybe at least two or three, possibly longer. I got about a third of the way in and then put it down. Not because I didn’t like it, but because it was in Spanish so it was taking a long time and I just sort of gave up? Anyway, I want to pick it up again because I really liked the story. And I refuse to read it in English.
This next one is a book I was supposed to read but didn’t. Why? Because it was a school book! It is Successful Writing by Maxine Hairston and Michael Keene. I think it was assigned for my Freshman year’s English class. I never read it as it wasn’t “required” but since I’m taking my writing hobby more seriously now, I think it’ll be helpful.
The next book is one that I feel quite guilty of not reading yet. It is Losing the Atmosphere by Vivian Conan. This book was sent to me free for review purposes last year but I never got around to actually reading it. I feel so bad because the point of these books is so I can read and review it before it comes out to help get interest in it! The book is about Conan’s experience with her mental health, specifically with dissociative identity disorder. I am excited to read it, truly I am, so I really need to pick it up.
Last but not least is my dear friend Arundhati Basu‘s new book Ramblers in Cornwall! I am so, so proud of her for publishing her story and I can’t wait to read it. I left links there for you if you want to check it out for yourself, including a link to her website/blog there! This book is next on my list to read, and to be completely honest by the time this post goes up I might have finished it already. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it!
So those are the ten books that I own which I intend to read this year. I hope I make it through all ten or it’ll be quite embarrassing when I revisit this post at the end of the year.
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