My TBR never seems to end, in fact I’m pretty sure it gets longer every day. There are some books on my TBR at the minute that I finally want to get round to reading in 2021. Some of these books have been on my TBR for years, others I just really want to read sooner rather than later.
I’m going to split this post into two parts. So, keep your eyes out for part two in a couple of days. For now, here is part one of TBR books to tackle in 2021!
Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen
Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.
He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.
But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.
This has been on my TBR for way too long. I’ve heard non-stop amazing reviews for this book since it was released a couple of years ago. I read Camp by L.C. Rosen last year and I loved that. So, I think that 2021 is the year that I will finally read his first book and see what I think!
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
This is one of those books that I bought because it was really hyped up all over the internet. It has subsequently sat on my bookshelves for years, unread. I actually own the entire series due to how hyped up it was. So, I really think this year it is time for me to give this series a go!
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.
Elizabeth Acevedo is an author I hear nothing but amazing things about. I read Clap When You Land last year and I was blown away by it and the beauty that the writing had. I know that Elizabeth has another book out but I don’t own that. So, this year I want to read With the Fire on High and see what I think of it!
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
I own the first two books in this series but have never read them. I’ve always been intrigued by the series and the fact it is some kind of whodunnit series. Maybe if I read the first book in 2021 then I’ll actually finally read the rest of the series.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
I got this book as a gift from a friend whilst I was in college because it was their favourite book. I told them I would read it but years later I have not. This year I am going to change that. I want to get lost in a book and I’m sure this is one that I will do that with.
Those are just a few of the books on my TBR at the moment, but I am really hoping I get round to reading them in 2021. Keep your eyes out for part two of this little series coming in a couple of day!
What books on your TBR do you want to read soon? Let me know in the comments.