Friday, 11 December 2020

What's On My 2021 TBR?

 I don't usually do TBR lists. I am a huge mood reader, and I get most of my books from the library, so normally I just browse the library until I find something that interests me. However, I feel like there have been a lot of books lately that I really want to get to in 2021. Some are new releases, and some have been out for a while. Hopefully I can check some of these off my list! 

1. These Violent Delights by: Chloe Gong 

These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling about rival gangs in 1920s Shanghai. This gives me major West Side Story vibes and I am here for it!!! 

2. The Tyrant's Tomb and The Tower of Nero by: Rick Riordan 

I really need to finish the Trials of Apollo series. I have two books left, and although I know I'll be so sad to leave the Camp Half Blood chronicles behind, it's about time that I see where Apollo's story ends. Ugh I will be a wreck though! 

3. The Ship of the Dead by: Rick Riordan 

Speaking of finishing Rick Riordan series, I also need to finish the Magnus Chase trilogy. I'm surprised this series hasn't been spoiled for me yet, but I plan to keep it that way. Like with the Trials of Apollo, I will be really sad to let this series go. But I do see plenty of rereads in my future. 

4. Son of a Trickster by: Eden Robinson 

Son of a Trickster is about a teenager named Jared who is trying to keep it all together despite his difficult family life. But to make matters more interesting, Jared's grandmother insists that Jared is a son of a trickster, and ravens start to talk to him. 

I really want to read this book because I plan on using it for research for (hopefully) my masters degree. I want to do a masters based on Indigenous literature, and this book is definitely on my list for books I think would benefit my research. 

5. Shadows Cast by Stars by: Catherine Knutsson 

In a world ravaged by a plague, Indigenous people's blood is being harvested as it contains the antibodies used to fight the disease. Sixteen year old Cassandra is on the run from government officials who will stop at nothing to get to her. She is determined to protect her and her family. 

Another novel that I hope to use should I be admitted into my masters program. I do love plague books, even during this time of COVID, and I think reading a science fiction novel from an Indigenous voice will be super interesting and will offer a unique perspective. 

6. The Gilded Wolves by: Roshani Chokshi 

I plan to buddy-read this novel with the members of my book club. The Gilded Wolves is about a treasure-hunter in 1889 Paris who is sent on a mission with a few unlikely companions in order to track down a hidden artifact. I love books set in Paris so I am really looking forward to reading this one. 

7. All Boys Aren't Blue by: George M. Johnson 

I love a good memoir. All Boys Aren't Blue chronicles the childhood experiences of George M. Johnson. Johnson discusses growing up in New Jersey and Virginia, attending college, and all of the trials that came in between. Along the way, they write about issues of toxic masculinity, gender identity, and more. This is supposed to be a really well-written memoir about what it's like to be Black and queer. I cannot wait to read this. 

8. Here for It; Or, How to Save Your Soul in America by: R. Eric Thomas 

Here for It is a nonfiction book of essay's by R. Eric Thomas. This book is supposed to be really funny, as Thomas discusses what it was like for a Black boy to go to school in white suburbia, but he also discusses coming to terms with his sexuality despite attending a highly conservative church. I do love when nonfiction books are able to bring in humour, so I have high hopes for this one. 

So, these are the books on my 2021 TBR! I can't guarantee that I'll get through all of them, but hopefully I will make some progress :) 

Do you have a 2021 TBR? What's on it?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. These look awesome. Especially The Gilded Wolves. I LOVE the premise of that!

    1. It seems super interesting! I'm looking forward to it.

  2. Good luck getting to these, Em - I hope you enjoy them! My TBR is eternal and will eventually blot out the sun and destroy all life on earth (Lol.) ;)

    1. Thanks Cee! I hope my TBR remains relatively short, lol.

  3. I relate so much to this post Emily!! I am also so much of a mood reader that I struggle to put down solid TBR lists, but these are all books that I want to get to sometime soon (especially These Violent Delights, I've been hearing so many good things)! I'm also looking forward to reading The Gilded Wolves with the rest of the Soshelf girls :) I actually had no idea that it was set in Paris until reading your post, but that makes me even more excited for it!

    claire @ clairefy

    1. I had no idea The Gilded Wolves was set in Paris either until I looked up the synopsis! I'm looking forward to it :D

  4. Wow, these all sound so good! I bet you will have a great reading year. I also want to read These Violent Delights at some point. I hope your research goes well! It sounds so interesting.

    1. Thanks Erin! I've heard so many great things from These Violent Delights.

  5. I super need to read These Violent Delights soon too! I hope we both like it :D
    I read The Gilded Wolves a while ago and enjoyed it well enough - I hope you love it!
    Good luck with this TBR!

    1. I just finished The Gilded Wolves recently, and I don't think I was in the right headspace to read it because I wasn't really paying attention. I think I'll wait a bit and try it again :) Thanks Sabrina!