Books I’d Like to Read in 2021

Ok, first, for myself, I have to clarify that this is NOT a TBR! I’m not committing or pressuring myself into reading these! But I was going through my kindle and found a bunch of books I was excited about but keep forgetting to read, so I thought I’d organize them into a post as a reminder.

Be forewarned: There won’t be lots of actually plot about these books in this post, just more thoughts on why I’m interested in them and have been meaning to read them. Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about them on Goodreads! 

Firelight by Kristen Callihan

My book club highly recommended Firelight when we were discussing paranormal romance, so I bought it but then never read it. I’m not sure what exactly it’s about, but I think I remember them saying it had a lot of great cross-genre elements.

Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole

I’ve read so much of Alyssa Cole’s backlist; I’m almost through it all! This post-apocalyptic trilogy, starting with Radio Silence, is one of the last things I have to read, and I’m looking forward to it.

Witchmark by CL Polk

I actually have no idea what Witchmark is about, but I’ve heard good things and love the covers for the series. Plus I really enjoyed hearing Polk talk on a panel earlier this year, so I’m extra excited to finally pick this one up.

Range by David Epstein

My sister highly recommended Range, and since I really liked Epstein’s The Sports Gene, I went ahead and bought it. But for some reason I never actually read it even though it sounds really interesting. 

Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep

I really enjoyed Estep’s Kill the Queen trilogy, and I enjoy a good urban fantasy series, so I’m looking forward to giving Spider’s Bite a try!

Invisible Women by Carolina Criado Pérez

Invisible Women is about how the world is designed for men, and I’m really interested in all of the unconscious ways that sexism influences our daily lives.

Takeover by Anna Zabo

I picked up my first Anna Zabo book at RWA and really enjoyed it, so I’d like to explore more of their backlist. I wound up deciding on Takeover as the next one I wanted to read, but then never picked it up for some reason even though I’m looking forward to reading it!

Bad Blood by M. Malone

I picked up Bad Blood after Minx Malone became one of the first Black women to win a RITA award! How have I not read it yet?? It’s not even that long! Definitely something I need to correct in 2021.

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

I won The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee in a giveaway on Twitter and think it sounds like a really interesting book about Native history. I don’t read nearly enough books by Native authors (as in, next to none) and think I will learn a lot from this, so I’m looking forward to diving in.

The Poppy War by RF Kuang

I have literally been meaning to read The Poppy War ever since it first came out and I heard rave reviews about it. I’m almost positive I’m going to love this, which is part of why I bought it when it was on sale a while ago, but I have literally no idea why I haven’t read it yet! My delay means that the entire trilogy is out now, so I’ll be able to binge it all if I wind up loving it as much as I expect! I just worry that it might be a little too dark for me, but I’m excited to finally read it nonetheless.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

This is another fantasy series that I’ve heard great things about and that has been completed since I bought the first book, Red Sister, on sale. My sister even read and enjoyed this on my recommendation, but I somehow haven’t read it myself just yet!

Spellbound by Allie Therin

If I recall correctly, Spellbound is a historical romance set in a New York that has magic of some kind. It sounds really fun and I keep hearing great things about it, plus there’s a sequel out now, so I really need to read this already!

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

A Spark of White Fire is a fantasy book that Aarya recommended on Twitter, so I picked it up while it was on sale and keep getting periodic reminders to read it when she talks about it. Hopefully 2021 is the year I finally get to it, because I always enjoy Aarya’s fantasy recs!

The Chai Factor by Farah Heron

I’ve heard amazing things about The Chai Factor and have been meaning to read it for ages, so of course I picked it up when it was on sale. I’m also really excited that it’s by a Muslim author, since there are so few being published by the major romance publishers. I honestly don’t know how I haven’t read this yet!

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Like The Poppy War, Jade City is a fantasy book that I’m almost positive I’m going to love. So why haven’t I read it yet?? I’ve heard amazing things about this series and really want to read it. I believe the final book will be out later this year!


As I mentioned, there are a lot of books I’ve been looking forward to and been meaning to read for ages, and I’m not quite sure how I haven’t picked them up yet! Hopefully I can knock out several of these in 2021, because I genuinely think I’m going to really enjoy all of these books. Let me know which one you think I should start with in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Books I’d Like to Read in 2021

    • It’s so weird how it works that we just don’t pick them up for whatever reason! Hopefully making this list gives me a little bit of extra motivation to read them 🙂


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