2020 was a rough year for me, just like I’m sure it was for every other person. I’d bet good money I’m not the only one glad to see the other side of 2020. Even though I don’t think it’s ever good to wish time away, I’m really ready for a new year and to focus on writing, reading and finding happiness in those two things again.
As we’re beginning the new year (which by the way, has already been made thanks to Harry Styles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge) I have to admit I’m just an absolute sucker for setting resolutions, new beginnings and new goals. I’m just one of those people that loves ticking things off to-do lists and just an overall fan of structure in general. When it comes to my reading life that’s no exception.
For the first month of 2021, I want to start tackling the series that I’ve had culminating on my TBR shelf for a while. I have 10 first books in a series I’ve selected that I’m excited to pick up. Am I expecting to finish all 10? Unlikely, but I’m excited about the pool of choices I’ve selected for myself.
📚 Whiteout by Adriana Anders
Survival/thrillers that have a romance aspect is something that I always want to read more of. I love the idea of this thriller being set in Antarctica as well. There is something so terrifying about being in a remote place with no where to run.
📚 A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
This has been slightly compared to Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking the Jack the Ripper series as it’s a mystery novel set in Victorian England, with a protagonist who is a progressive female AND she teams up with a ruggedly handsome gentleman to solve mysteries. I am very, very into this premise!
📚 A Deal with the Elf King by Elisa Kova
Hades and Persephone meets Beauty and the Beast but with elves? Both of those retellings are my absolute weakness. There’s no way I’m passing this book up. I’ve also heard this is more of an adult YA if you catch my drift, which is right up my alley.
📚 From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I have not been a fan of most of JLA’s past work, but I’m willing to put that behind me because I’m on the biggest mood for fantasy romances. I don’t really care anymore for vampires and werewolves but I’m willing to be open to it because this book apparently has a swoon-worthy body guard and that trope just really speaks to me.
📚 The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
I’m nervous about this one, because readers either seem to love or hate it. I do love fantasy books with ruthlessly cruel empires, political intrigue and fierce heroines.
📚 Gumiho by Kat Cho
I love the premise of this about a young woman who is part gumiho (nine tailed fox), part human, killing people who commit terrible crimes to feed her soul.
📚 Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
Sisterhoods that train elite warriors in a post-apocalyptic, Indian inspired world! I’m sold. This apparently has superb world-building and a not-so perfect heroine which I also like the sound of.
📚 The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan
Thieves! Magical war! Epic Fantasy! But mainly thieves is the selling point… I don’t think I’ve read a book with thieves since Six of Crows.
📚 The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I have been avoiding this series for a while. 2021 is the time! Motley crew made up of humans, aliens and AI all going on adventures? I very much like the sound of this. Most people I see that have read this really enjoy it.
📚 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
I’ve heard this fantasy is angsty and sexy and I won’t lie and say that isn’t a big factor in me picking this up. I have wanted to read something by this author for a while and I think this would be a great book to start with.