January 21st, 2021
This is something I started doing a couple of years ago and really look forward to it every year. I love learning what peoples favourite books of the year where, and I love reading some of the books myself to see which bloggers I have a similar reading taste to.
This has been made a little bit more difficult to complete this year as libraries are currently closed in my area due to Covid. But I’ve found a way I can still do it, it will just take me a little longer.
From all the ‘Favourite Books’ posts I’ve read I have chosen 10 books that I will read. But I won’t be reading them all in January.
Five of these books I own so I can read them straight away, no problem. The other five I have reserved from the library and the minute they open (hopefully no later than March, but you never know) I’ll check them out and revisit this later on in the year.
Here are the five books I’ll be reading in January/early February.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern // KBbookreviews
I remember attempting to read this, but I ended up not finishing it as it needed returning to the library (although I did mark it as read on goodreads). Luckily, I got it for Christmas, so I can dedicate time to it now. I somewhat remember the beginning but have no idea what happens after the first quarter. Kat says this book is a hit or miss book and I’m hoping it’s a massive hit for me.
One Hundred Years Of Solitude // ChoiceOfMagic
Cristina makes this book sound so magical and I have had it sitting on my shelf for far too long. I haven’t really given the genre of magical realism a try, and this seems like the place to start.
The Martian by Andy Weir // TheUnchartedWorld
I’ve actually put off reading this because I know sci-fi just isn’t a genre I enjoy. But to this day I still hear so much praise for this book, so I think it’s time I give it a go. At least I’ll finally know whether I’m right or not.
The Muse by Jessie Burton // FacingTheStory
This is one I was able to get out of the library before they closed, so when I saw it on Darina’s list, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to read it. I’ve read one of Burton’s books before, The Miniaturist, and I remember being struck by how beautiful the writing was and I’m hoping this will be just as good.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates // NatysBookshelf
Naty put this as one of her favourite memoirs of 2020 and it’s one I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I believe it’s a letter Coates wrote to his son about the racial issues in America and I’m sure this will be incredible.
Books I’ll have to wait before I get to them…
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo // TheInharmoniousheroine
This is a 2020 release I never got to, which confuses me because Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favourite authors. I was reminded of it when I saw it on quite a few bloggers ‘favourites of 2020,’ but I first saw it on Liza’s. I know my local library has it on the shelf so the minute they open I’ll go in a grab it.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt // FlowersInTheLibrary
(I do actually own this one, but I wanted to split it evenly into five books each so I’ll just be waiting to get to this one).
The only reason I haven’t read this book yet is because of it’s length and that needs to end this year! Their review of this makes the book sound so compelling, and makes me even more determined to read it.
The Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafak // Fazila Reads
After reading it this book made it to Fazila’s favourite books of all time, which makes me want to read it even more. I have read an Elif Shafak book before, but this is the one by her I’ve been particularly excited to read and I’m hoping it’s as magical an experience as Fazila’s was.
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner // MyChestnutReadingTree
I’m really looking forward to reading more books retelling or about the works of Jane Austen this year and this was one that was already on my list, so I was so excited to see Jo enjoyed it so much!
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe // IHaveThoughtsOnBooks
I remember seeing this on a lot of people’s top books of 2019 and it really made me want to read it, but then it slipped my mind. But not this time! This is a memoir about the Irish Troubles.
What books have you read recently because a book blogger talked about it?