Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, I’ve largely just been working, it’s been fairly quiet, we seem to have reached the post-Christmas slump so the vaccination centres haven’t been as busy as they were pre-Christmas, with the main exception being Saturday as the weekends are always busier than weekdays. Still, I’m off this weekend and meeting up with my friends which I’m super excited for!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is the annual list of shame, the 2021 releases we were excited for, but didn’t actually get around to reading, and boy is this year’s list long for me! Honestly, this is probably the short version, it could have been even longer, with being in a reading slump last year, I really didn’t get to many of the 2021 releases I was excited for at all, because ironically, I wasn’t in the mood to read them. Hopefully this year will be better. These are the ones I would like to try and catch up on this year (if my reading mood allows!):
- Rule of Wolves-Leigh Bardugo
I was so excited for this one after watching Shadow and Bone on Netflix, but with my reading slump at the time, I was avoiding massive books for fear of diving even further into the slump and this book is a whopping 500+ pages. I’m hopeful that I can complete this one before the second series is released on Netflix (not that I need to, we’re still in the original Grisha trilogy on the show, but I’d just like to) and since they only just started filming, I should have plenty of time.
2. Once Upon A Broken Heart-Stephanie Garber
I’ve heard such rave reviews about this one and I loved the Caraval trilogy (well at least the first two, I found Finale kind of underwhelming), so naturally I was really excited for this new series set in the same world but following new characters. I never got around to it last year, but it’s high priority on my TBR for this year.
3. The Bronzed Beasts-Roshani Chokshi
I had such grand plans to read this as soon as it arrived, and finally find out what happened to Severin and the crew after the evil cliffhanger of The Silvered Serpents, but I was still stuck on Sorcery of Thorns at the time and never got around to it before the end of the year. Hopefully I will get around to it this year!
4. All of Us Villains-Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
Another one that I’d been hearing rave reviews about, but didn’t get around to. Honestly this one was largely a timing thing, it came out in November and usually books that come out at the end of the year end up being pushed into my next year’s reading. I’m super excited for this one though, I love villains and a Hunger Games style magical villain contest sounds right up my street.
5. Liberte-Gita Trelease
I was so excited for this one following the release of Enchantee but then it got pushed back and by the time it was finally released last year, it was slightly less on my radar than it had been two years prior. I’m still excited for it, but I have it as an e-book and I’ve not been in the mood for those lately, so we’ll see when I’m feeling more into reading from a screen.
6. Mister Impossible-Maggie Stiefvater
I meant to read this one last year, but as I wasn’t enamoured with the first book (I enjoyed it but didn’t love it), it fell down my TBR pile. I love TRC characters though, so I will happily continue with Ronan’s adventures in the hope that I will enjoy the rest of the trilogy more than Call Down The Hawk.
7. Bridge Of Souls-VE Schwab
I really enjoyed the first two Cassidy Blake books when I read them back in 2020, and whilst I didn’t get around to this one last year, I definitely will this year as it’s one of my #RockMyTBR Challenge books and I’m looking forward to seeing how Cassidy’s adventures turn out as this seems to be the last book-at least for now.
8. City of Spells-Alexandra Christo
I really enjoyed Into The Crooked Place when it came out two years ago, though I have to admit to having forgotten most of the plot in the intervening time! Thankfully the sequel comes with a handy recap, so when I get it back from my friend, I will be diving in.
9. Dead Or Alive-Derek Landy
Much like Rule of Wolves, this one ended up being pushed to the side due to sheer size. Also I found Seasons of War kind of underwhelming, so I just haven’t felt the impetus to read this one yet. I do still want to finish out this series, but it’s just not top of my TBR at the moment.
10. Ace of Spades-Faridah Abike-Iyimide
I heard so much praise for this one last year, and it does sound right up my street (I’m currently in the middle of my I’ve lost count of the number times rewatch of the original Gossip Girl so any comps to that always have me excited). It’s on my #RockMyTBR challenge for this year as well, so I’ll definitely be reading it at some point it in 2022.
11. Endgame-Malorie Blackman
The Noughts and Crosses series was my first real dive into YA, and I’m feeling incredibly nostalgic that this will be the last Noughts and Crosses book, given that I was around 11/12 when I read the first one. I’m looking forward to seeing how Blackman wraps up the series though, especially given the cliffhanger that Crossfire left off on.
12. The Paris Library-Janet Skielsen Charles
I’ve been on a real historical fiction kick over the past year or so, and my friend Hannah really enjoyed this one, so I’m really excited to finally dive in at some point this year. I had no idea that the American Library in Paris was involved in the French Resistance against the Nazis, so I’m definitely intrigued to learn more about that.
13. Vespertine-Margaret Rogerson
I’ll admit that I’ve kind of stalled out on Sorcery of Thorns, though I do hope to finish it one of these days, as I’m only about five chapters from the end. I got the gorgeous FairyLoot edition of Margaret Rogerson’s latest release in December, so I didn’t have time to dive into it before the year ended, but I definitely hope to this year, as it sounds really cool, a girl training to be a nun who accidentally awakens an ancient spirit? Sounds like chaos is bound to ensue!
14. Mina and The Undead-Amy McCaw
I really want to get around to this one soon, as Amy is a Twitter friend of mine, and I really want to support her book!
15. A Marvellous Light-Freya Marske
Again this one came out towards the end of the year, so I didn’t get around to it, but I’m hopeful that I will this year as it sounds great, a historical fantasy set in Edwardian England with an m/m romance. Edwardian England isn’t a common era that I’ve found in historical fantasy (Victorian tends to be more popular) so I’m excited to see this author’s take on it. Plus the cover is GORGEOUS.
So there we go, my 2021 list of shame! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Are you planning to read any of them this year? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time with one of my perennial favourites of our annually reoccurring topics, New To Me Authors I Discovered In 2021. Now though I did discover quite a few new authors in 2021, for this list I always count “New To Me” as both ones I read for the first time in the year in question and want to read again, so though I read a lot of new authors, there weren’t as many I want to read again. Instead I’ll be splitting my list into New To Me Authors I Discovered In 2021/Authors I’m Looking Forward To Reading For The First Time In 2022.