Usually I’m terrible at sticking to TBRs…
…especially year-end ones like this. But that’s not going to stop me from making another one!! I’m honestly very excited about all of the books on this TBR, and I’m hoping that this time I will defy my low expectations of myself and actually read these all.
With 44 books left to read in less than 3 months that are not going to get any less hectic for me, I’m very much doubting my ability to reach my usual 100-book yearly reading goal. So! I’m trying to focus more on what books I’ll read before the end of the year rather than how many. I’m also trying to direct my energy towards my other major reading goal—to expand what types of books I read—which played a big role in my decision for what books I’d put on this TBR!
12 BOOKS, 12 FRIENDS
I set a challenge for myself last year to read 12(ish) books that 12(ish) friends recommended, one for each month of 2021, and unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be able to read them all. I’m trying not to force myself to read anything I’m not in the mood for and I don’t think I’m going to be in the mood for some of them!!
I’m still going to aim for three books in the last three months of the year, though. I’m thinking I’ll Be the One because I need some light, easy-to-read YA contemporaries sometimes, Patron Saints of Nothing because I’ve wanted to read this for an embarrassingly long amount of time, and An Ember in the Ashes because I need to see what all the hype’s about. So we’ll see how I do!
I’ve been planning to read this for months now and yet here it is, still on my TBR! I actually did attempt to read it a few months ago, to give myself some credit, but I didn’t make it past 30 pages so not sure how much credit I can give… I already love Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing though, so it’s only a matter of waiting until I’m in the mood for the book.
I think one of the reasons I’ve been putting this book off for so long is that I’m so confident I’ll love it that I’m afraid of how I’d feel if I happened to not love it. But I randomly picked it up a few weeks ago and read the first page, and it already captivated me to the point that I’m convinced I really have to read it soon. And I feel like I haven’t read a good sapphic romance in a while (or maybe I just haven’t read many books in general lately…), and I know this one will deliver!
Like I mentioned, I’ve been aiming to expand what types of books I read this year, so I want to make sure I get at least one translated book read before the end of 2021. I thought I’d go with this book because 1) it’s quite famous and I am not immune to nosiness, and 2) it’s very sad and I love sad books! (And because of Bungou Stray Dogs. Just kidding.) I read the prologue and I’m already intrigued, so I’m excited to read the rest!!
I have always been averse to classics, but I’m truly trying to change and give them a try! I actually bought this one, so that means I expect to adore it (and also that my attention span is so bad with classics that I need a physical copy). I’m really hoping to read more classics after starting out with the ones that actually interest me, like this one with its exploration of internalized homophobia. On that note, if you have any recommendations, let me know!
I’ve been reading more nonfiction this year, and one nonfiction book I’ve been meaning to read for a while now and absolutely have to read by the end of 2021 is this one! I think I’ll save it for when I’m out of school and not worrying about deadlines as much, since I’d hate to read a book on such an important topic with a half-present mind, if that makes sense.
I haven’t read nearly as many sapphic or Latine books this year as I’d wanted to, so I thought why not combine them and read a sapphic Latine book! I’ve been super excited for this book after absolutely adoring the author’s previous book Beneath the Citadel. I’m always on the lookout for more books featuring sibling relationships (especially fantasy!) so I’m sure I’ll love this one for the sisters it features. So many of YA fantasies have been disappointing for me, so I’m hoping this will break that streak…
My summer creative writing program instructor recommended this book to me, and I added it to Goodreads and promptly forgot about it. I stumbled upon it again recently and realized that a podcast episode I’d listened to for school this year was by this author! So I think it was fate telling me that I have to read this book. Again fitting into my goal of reading more genres, this is a book of poetry, and the audiobook features the author’s throat singing too. It sounds heartbreaking, which is always my favorite kind of my poetry to read.
what books are you planning to read before 2021 ends? how are your reading goals? have any recommendations for me or thoughts on any of these books?