Welcome to 2021! Where the world is still on fire, but we might be just a little bit more hopeful. One of the things that kept me hopeful through 2020 and now into 2021 are books! I’m pushing myself to read more and more every year. Even with things going crazy.
There are so many books I’m interested in (and so many I still need to read from the last blog post like this…and before that…). Let’s get into a few of the ones I’m interested in for the first half of 2021.
(January 26th) Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
I’m a sucker for fantasy. I will be a sucker for fantasy for the rest of my life. And when you throw in some demi-god goodness from a debut fantasy author, I’ve been sucked in. Plus I’ve told myself to read more books from authors with different backgrounds than myself, and I believe this is a fantastic read to do just that. Plus I’m a sucker for the colors on that cover. Oh, I love myself a good cover.
(February 2nd) Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
This is a story of a larger girl. Something I can relate to. I wanted to read more books about girls who are not typical. Fat girls. Tall girls. Brown girls. And so much more. I’ve had a hard time reading books about fat girls like me. I feel so weird reading them and I don’t know why. I think this coming of age story is going to hit close to home for me even though I’m not a brown girl growing up in Connecticut. Plus I lover her name. Charlie Vega? Count me in.
(February 9th) The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Once again I’m suckered by a pretty cover and a fantasy YA. I have a hard time breaking out of my mold on genres but I can’t help to be excited about a fantasy novel (especially when GoodReads says it’s also in the feminism genre). This looks like a story about accepting yourself (even in extraordinary situations). I can’t wait to read it.
(March 9th) Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
I’m still not done with the second book, but I’m definitely excited for the third installment of the Brown Sisters. I wrote a review of the first book and absolutely loved it. I got distracted by a dozen other books to read, but I’m going to read the second book and so excited for the third as well. If you haven’t read the first book (or the second) I would recommend reading those before this book comes out in March!
(March 9th) The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Besides fantasy and scifi being my favorite genres, the next best thing for me is a WWII era novel, specifically around women at the time. Sometimes we forget how badass women have been in history and I like to remind myself with some classic historical fiction. This novel is about three female code breakers who have to solve the mystery of a spy after the war. It sounds like a fun mystery.
(April 20th) Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
As a sort of theater kid (I was doing the stuff behind the scenes), books about theater are always on my radar. This one is a coming of age story of two friends in love with the same person. I’ve never had a rough part of a friendship because of a boy, but I can understand drawing boundaries with friends and how that effects your entire friendship you thought was impenetrable. I can’t wait to see how this unfolds. Plus it’s also LGBTQIA+ which is great!
(May 4th) Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
I don’t even have to know the plot. I know for a fact that I’ll read anything from Andy Weir. I loved The Martian. It was a fun read and he creates some fantastic characters. Once again we’ll go into the isolation of space with what I assume will be a surprisingly easy read because his work just flows from the page. Can’t wait to tuck in with this book and probably read it in a night like I did the last
And that’s where I’ll stop. I still have a ton of 2020 books to read, but I hope to fit these into my reading schedule this year.
Let me know in the comments below any books you’re excited about this year. I’ll go check them out as well.