Eight Books I Simply Must Read in 2021 // exposing myself for not reading books I bought 2 years ago

Hi y’all, happy new year!! ✨

I know it’s been 2021 for a few days now, but I honestly still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s not 2020 anymore,, like,,, did the longest (yet shortest) year of our lives really come to an end ????? sounds fake but okay πŸ‘€ Haha but honestly, I feel like the first half of 2021 will still feel like 2020, for the very obvious reason that I’ll still be attending Zoom University and being a quaranteen and doing the same thing every single day for the foreseeable future……i am literally rotting away in my room. help

In all seriousness, though, I just want to say that as weird and challenging and unprecedented (dw i’ll never use this word again) 2020 was, we still made it through! We did it!! 2020 was seriously such a tough year, so no matter how much you were able to accomplish this year, I’m proud of you πŸ’— If all you did was survive and try to get through every day, you are wonderful and you are enough. And now, it’s a whole new year!! While I have no expectations for 2021, I do have a lot of hope. Let’s hope that better times are on the horizon, and get through these tough times together. Let’s do this ✨

In 2020, all the days really blurred together, but one thing that helped me get through these blurry days and mark the passage of time was reading + finishing books! And I’m sure a lot of you can agree ☺️ I’m really excited to continue reading books and discovering new, wonderful reads this year, and make these weird, somewhat lonely times more interesting! πŸ“š

In today’s post, I’ll be talking (screaming) about eight books that I really, really want to read in 2021!! Some of these books have been on my TBR since forever, and I’ve seen so many people scream about how much joy the book gave them, or how it destroyed them. Either way, I’m here for it πŸ‘€πŸ˜Œ And other books in this list are ones that I bought quite a whileee ago, but still haven’t gotten around to reading. So I am simply determined to read them this year. Yes, this is the year, folks. I can feel it. 2021 will be the year I finally stop procrastinating and clear out my physical TBR and read all the books I’ve been meaning to read. Speaking it into existence 😌✨ and yes i’m writing this post so y’all can hopefully hold me accountable to this ahahahahaha…..

Note: I’ll be excluding 2021 releases from this post because I’ll most likely write a new post just for my most anticipated 2021 releases! So all of the books I mention in this post are backlist (published in 2020 or before).

1. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea is definitely one of my highest priority books that I want to read this year, for two main reasons: firstly, I have the hardcover of this book, so any break I can get from burning my eyes out while reading ebooks sounds good to me (I’ve mostly been borrowing & reading ebooks, thanks to the Libby app aka a bookworm’s best friend and lifesaver). (also i want to work on finishing my physical TBR ofc) And secondly and most importantly, basically everyone I know and their mother has absolutely LOVED this book – The House in the Cerulean Sea is literally raining 5-star ratings,, I don’t think I’ve seen a single bad review for this book ?? Which is highly impressive 🀯 It sounds like such a wonderful, heartwarming adult fantasy about found family, which sounds like a perfect escape from the harsh reality of the outside world rn. I absolutely cannot wait to read this πŸ˜­πŸ’•

2. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

My very good friend Iris @ Countless Words with Iris has The Sound of Stars as one of her favorite books of 2020, which is really high praise. (Oh, and check out Iris’ top 10 favorite books of 2020 here hehe 🀩) I got the hardcover of this book last summer, and still haven’t gotten around to reading it, so I muuuust read it this year!! From reading the summary, I can tell that this YA sci-fi is going to be a love letter to books, music, and art, which sounds absolutely wonderful and right up my alley. Also, the main character is demisexual and has anxiety – I don’t want to get too personal here, but that really resonates with me and I’m sooo excited to read this 😭 Aaand can we talk about this cover?! The colors are simply gorgeous and I adore the font used for the title πŸŒŸπŸ’™

3. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys has received so much love and hype from the bookish community, and many of my friends have read and adored this YA fantasy as well. This sounds like such a fun, wonderful, and feel-good read, with lovable characters!! The main character is gay, Mexican-Cuban-American, and trans, and I am so here for the queer and Latine rep. I’m seriously so excited to read this, and cannot wait to fall in love with Yadriel and Julian as y’all have 😭 Also, my friend got me this for my birthday a couple months ago, so I really have no reason not to read it this year. i’ll just put it out there rn…..y’all have permission to yell at me if i don’t read this by the end of the year :’)

4. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I got the hardcover of Girls of Paper and Fire in November 2018…….which, I just realized, is OVER TWO YEARS AGO now, whaaat ?!!???!? 2018 does not feel like it was 2 years ago, I feel like it just happened lol. But anyways, wow Dezzy, you literally got a book 2+ years ago and STILL haven’t read it. great job, seriously. you’re doing absolutely amazing. *slow claps* @ self πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ …..HAHA dramatics aside, I definitely need to set aside some time this year to read this YA fantasy, especially since it has a f/f romance. The main reason I haven’t read it yet is because I’m very much a mood reader, which means I procrastinate on everything I wanna read by saying “I’ll read it when I’m in the right mood.” Spoiler alert: apparently i’m never in the right mood :’) ahahaha my fellow mood readers, do u feel my pain :’) But anyway! Yes! I’m very excited to read this beautiful sapphic YA fantasy sometime in 2021 ✨

5. Iron Heart by Nina Varela

Iron Heart is the sequel to Crier’s War, a sapphic YA sci-fi that has enemies-to-lovers and is set in a world where Automae, which were created by humans, became too powerful and have taken control of the land. I really enjoyed Crier’s War, especially the slowburn f/f enemies-to-lovers (what can I say, I absolutely adore this trope) – Crier and Ayla’s romance made me feel alllll the emotions (painπŸ’”). So I’m definitely super excited to pick up Iron Heart and continue experiencing the emotional destruction I felt while reading Crier’s War. Books that emotionally destroy you and leave a gaping hole where your heart is are the best, am I right 😌😌

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows is one of the most hyped books in the book community, and even outside of it – I have a lot of irl friends who also have read this book and sing its praises. With my irls, I’m usually the one to recommend books to them, but I’ve actually had irl friends recommend SOC to me lolol 🀯 So yes, I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I still have not read this book, and honestly, at this point, I’ve seen so much SOC content (tweets, memes, blog posts, fanart, etc) that I feel like I semi-know the characters and ships already, haha. I really do need to read this book sometime this year, so I can finally understand alllll the SOC references that are so prominent in the bookish community and not be left out :’) LOL but yes I am very excited to finally read this book !! 🀩 and not scared over the hype nope not at all what are you talking about h a h a h a h a……

7. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

I’ve heard so many good things about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and just the premise itself sounds very interesting and definitely catches my eye. This book follows Addie LaRue, a young woman who is immortal but is under a curse that makes everyone she meets forget her. Like, wOAH. I’m so πŸ‘€πŸ˜±πŸ€― just by that premise and I can’t wait to read this!! I read V.E. Schwab’s Villains series (Vicious and Vengeful) and really enjoyed the way Schwab crafts such fascinating and complex storylines, with characters that you can’t help but become emotionally invested in. I’m excited to experience more of her brilliant writing in this newest book of hers β±πŸ–€

8. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I actually have never read a novel in verse (poetry) before, or not as far as I can recall. And I don’t usually read poems because my one (1) singular brain cell cannot comprehend the fancy metaphors and deeper meanings that poems typically contain :’) And yet, I still would really like to read Clap When You Land (which is a novel in verse) this year, because I have heard nothing but phenomenal feelings for this book. It sounds like a very emotional, hard-hitting contemporary about grief, sisterhood, and forgiveness. Looking forward to reading this!! And who knows, maybe this will be the book to make me realize the greatness and wonders of poetry πŸ‘€βœˆοΈ

Aaaand that’s it! These are eight books that I most definitely want to read in 2021, and hopefully now that I’ve written this entire post all in one sitting hehe i’m proud of myself , I’ll actually follow through and read most, if not all, of them this year! ☺️ Looking back at all the books in this post, I’m now realizing all of them except one are fantasies, haha. I guess this just goes to show how much I love reading contemporary and prioritize reading it (it’s definitely my favorite genre 🀩), such that I still haven’t read all these fantasies that I mentioned in this post :’)

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and about why I’d love to read all these books this year! Thank you so much for being here and supporting my blog, I appreciate you and am so happy to be back in the bookish blogosphere 😊 I hope that 2021 brings y’all a lot of wonderful new reads and lovely memories!! Sending you so much love & good vibes for this new year βœ¨πŸŒ±πŸ’“

Which book from this list should I read first or prioritize? (I’m very indecisive pls help me aksjdfkds) If you’ve read any of these books, please let me know your thoughts on it, I’d love to hear from you hehe :))

Do you have a planned TBR from month to month, or are you a mood reader like me? What’s your favorite genre to read? What books do you really want to read in 2021?

Also!! Please let me know if you’re interested in buddy reading any of these books with me πŸ‘€ I’d be very down to buddy read with you!!

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24 thoughts on “Eight Books I Simply Must Read in 2021 // exposing myself for not reading books I bought 2 years ago

  1. Dezzy omggggg this is such a good list!! I’ve read everything on here except for The House on the Cerulean Sea, Iron Heart, and Clap When You Land, and can confirm all five of those are god tier πŸ‘€ I will happily yell at you to read all of them hgfdfgd <33

    Also I don't know if I'll be in a good mental state to read Clap When You Land this year (books about grief are not it while im panicking nonstop about a pandemic!) but I am Looking at Iron Heart :eyes: I think im gonna be reading it from the library so idk if we could line up fora buddy read, but perhaps :eyes:

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  2. omg i can’t believe you haven’t read six of crows yet!! i hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to it this year! let’s hope the hype doesn’t let you down 😭 and there are so many other books on here that i’ve read and loved and can’t wait to see your thoughts on! i also really need to read cemetery boys and the house on the cerulean sea — i’ve heard so many wonderful things about it and i have a feeling i’ll love them too ❀ good luck on getting around to these!!

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    • HAHA i knoowww i honestly can’t believe i *still* haven’t read SOC either :’) tysm May, i hope that i’ll love it as much as y’all do 😌 yeessss i’m fairly confident that we’ll both love Cemetery Boys and The House in the Cerulean Sea!! excited to hear your thoughts on them too 😊 thanks for this lovely comment!!

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  3. I literally have an entire 2 shelves of books I’ve had since before 2020 that I absolutely MUST read this year, so I relate to this post a lot πŸ˜… I don’t read a lot of fantasy books, but I loved Girls of Paper and Fire as well as Six of Crows, so I vote you start there… but obviously follow your mood πŸ₯°

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  4. Hi Dezzy! Adored this post 😊 And I hope you have a wonderful time reading all of these! Cemetery Boys has been everywhere lately, but the hype seems so well deserved, the representation looks outstanding!! I read Crier’s War but I haven’t read Iron Heart so I should…probably…do that πŸ˜… I want to read more poetry/verse this year, and I should probably pick up Clap When You Land to delve back into it! I hope you enjoy your experience with verse, it can be hard finding such books sometimes, but it’s almost always worth it πŸ˜‰ Happy reading!!

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    • aw thank you so much Eleanor, i appreciate your kind comment!! πŸ’ž ikr, i’ve seen so much hype for Cemetery Boys and i can’t wait to read it πŸ‘€πŸ€© and aahhh we’re in the same boat with Crier’s War/Iron Heart then haha, i hope we both enjoy it whenever we get around to reading it ☺️ and thank you so much!! i hope you discover a lot of fantastic books in 2021 πŸ’›

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  5. there are so many amazing books on your TBR, dezzy! the sound of stars had a really great start and i loved the ending, but the middle kinda dragged a bit. still, the concept is fantastic and i hope you do enjoy it!

    cemetery boys was also amazing and i really wish i had a physical copy, simply because it’s stunning, hahah.

    i was also late to the six of crows hype, and i personally found it to be worth it. i didn’t love a couple of characters as much as i wanted to, but i still think the writing was really good and you can see that a lot of effort was put into the characters. i hope you do love it & also that you don’t get spoiled for the series. i was lucky enough that i wasn’t, but considering how well known the series is, it’s always a bit dangerous, hahah.

    the invisible life is in my TBR for the new year too! the hype has got to me and i think i’ll give this one a chance, though it’s definitely an intimidating one.

    wishing you all the luck on your TBR goals, dezzy!

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    • oohhh thank you for sharing your thoughts about The Sound of Stars with me! i’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the beginning & ending ✨ and i’m SO happy that you loved Cemetery Boys, it makes me even more excited to read it ahh 😭 haha hope you can get it a physical copy of it someday <33

      ohh i'm glad to hear that Six of Crows lived up to the hype for you! πŸ‘€ thank you so much, i really hope i love it too :') and haha for sure, but thankfully i haven't come across any spoilers (yet) LOL,, i can't say the same for The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan rip :')

      i'm actually reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue rn (more than halfway thru it now) and it's definitely a very intriguing and thought-provoking book – it's making me reflect and think so much about my friendships and how important it is for me (and everyone) to feel *known* by others. i hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to it, i'd love to hear your thoughts :))

      thank you so much for your lovely comment, Lais! i always look forward to your comments, you're so thoughtful and sweet ☺️

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  6. Cemetery Boys is on my tbr too! It wasn’t for ages but seeing all of the hype has made me want to read it! I love the cover too it’s so pretty.
    Please read Six of Crows though!! I read the duology in 2020 and honestly the hype is so so worth it! I was so reluctant to read it in case it didn’t live up to all of the rave reviews but it was brilliant. Definitely wish I got to it sooner. Loved reading this post πŸ™‚ x

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    • ikr the cover for Cemetery Boys is amazing, i love it too!! 😍 and haha yes I’m definitely gonna try my best to read SOC this year – i’m so glad that it lived up to your expectations and that you loved it! thank you so much for your lovely comment 😊

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  7. you. have. not. read. six. of. crows. yet? ahh i am quite envious of you because experiencing that book for the first time was simply incredible! addie larue! i feel that it’s another book that did live up the hype and ve schwab did it once again with such complex characters… i hope that you can get to all these amazing books dezzy and happy reading! πŸ€—

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    • HAHA i know, i know, i’m so late πŸ™ˆ i hope to get around to reading it soon, when i’m in the right mood! i’m glad to hear you loved it ☺️ and yeessss 100% agreed about Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab created such fascinating and complex characters and i loved that. thank you so much Cherelle, i hope you’re enjoying whatever books you’re reading too 🀩

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  8. Omg whoops I’m a tad late but omg WELCOME BACK!! So glad to see your name pop back up on my Reader <3<3 I think I still have a few of your other posts to get to haha

    But love love love your list and I hope you get to ALL the books this year. My list is huge so lmao we're in the same boat. I hope you LOVE Six of Crows omg!!! I am so so so excited for the show and am ashamed to admit I haven't read the Grisha trilogy yet so am planning to do a whole marathon, hopefully soon. But all the others are still on my tbr hehe, especially Addie, Cemetery Boys and Clap which all sound SO amazing.

    Lots of love xoxoxo

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    • haha no worries Ruby!! i’m a bit late with replying to your comment so we’re even πŸ˜‚ omg you are so sweet tysm for your support for my blog πŸ₯Ί i truly appreciate it. and ahh i really hope i love SOC too, the hype is real :’) i really enjoyed Addie LaRue and i hope you do too, as well as the rest of these amazing-sounding books 😊 happy reading!!

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  9. Ah nice blog.
    I haven’t read any of these books but for addie larue, which u found pretty good. Oh and six of crows been sitting on my tbr since forever too lol 😜.


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