The Top Books of My 2021 TBR

I did a post a bit similar to this a few months ago about books I own that I’m most excited to read.. but a few new books have made their way into my life since. Some books will also be on that previous post, but there’s some new ones too! I’m not really clued up on new releases in 2021, so here’s the top books of my TBR out of the books that I already own.

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I’ve seen this book talked about EVERYWHERE and even more so in the last few weeks. I feel like I’m big time missing out by not reading it
  • Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey. My lovely boyfriend got me a signed copy of this for Christmas as a surprise present. I love their podcast. I love Chris and Rosie in general and I just can’t wait to read the book. I hope it makes me laugh as hard as their podcast does
  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal. This is another Christmas book, but one I picked out myself. I read as far as the first sentence of the blurb “London, 1850” and thought YEP this book is for me. As I’ve probably mentioned a million times, historical fiction is my favourite and I definitely need to read more of it in 2021
  • The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. Every time I look at my bookshelf (which is at least 50 times a day) my eyes are always instantly drawn to this book and I’m not sure why. I know little about the Jack the Ripper murders other than a very small amount of information I learnt in year 8 history… which was 9 years ago (9 years?!?!) and I am desperate to find out more.
  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman. I’ve owned this book for over a year. It was in the first handful of books I bought from Oxfam when I decided that I should probably incorporate some reading into my life. I feel really bad that it’s sat on my shelf for so long, but other reads have constantly ended up getting in front of it on my TBR.
  • Ties Bind, Love Finds (Choices Series book #3) by Nia Lucas. I made a bit of a start at this book in November, but my mental health wasn’t in a good enough place for me to read and truly appreciate this book so it has been temporarily abandoned. I’ve harped on about the Choices series a few times on my blog and a lot on Twitter. I love these books. I’m hoping quite early in 2021 my head will be in a good enough place to get through this book. I’m also planning on buying Love Punked, which is by Nia, but not part of the Choices series because I know it will be equally as great.
  • The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. My grandma loves these books. She’s read them all multiple times and she said she would pass on her collection to me next time I see her… This was in March just as Covid hit and I’ve only seen her in person twice since (both times freezing to death in my grandparent’s back garden). I know I need to read this book for my grandma!
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins. I acquired this book from the book swap shelf at work the week of lockdown and I’ve not been back to the call centre since to return it to the shelf (oops). This book has the most beautiful cover and it’s another one that I stare at a lot.
  • In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. I don’t own this book (yet), but I’m planning to buy it using a Waterstones gift card my friend got me for Christmas. I first found out about Yeonmi’s story escaping North Korea on Youtube and I’ve been fascinated ever since.
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I picked up a copy of this in Aldi recently. I think it’s a children’s copy and I’m hoping it’s dumbed down for me to read and appreciate. I’ve mentioned countless times but classics for me feel like homework and I can’t be dealing with that.
  • The Switch by Beth O’Leary. This is one of those books that I wanted to read for so long, but life (and other books) kept getting in the way. I really enjoyed The Flatshare and the idea of a cute old lady swapping lives with a young person really appeals to me (if she turns out to be a complete hag and not a cute old lady please don’t tell me).

I wanted this list to be 10 books long, but it’s 11. Ah well. My plan for 2021 is to read the books I already own, and not acquire any new ones. I’ve got a house to save for and unfortunately new books fall under the ‘unnecessary spending’ category when I already own around 100 unread ones. My bookshelf is also completely full at the moment and my brain can’t handle books dumped in random places on the shelf… but we shall see. I’m hopeful that if I just avoid town centres and charity shops that I’ll be okay with not spending / not buying new books.

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