I am so glad I have managed to read al 20 books that were on my 2020 TBR. The list included fifteen works of fiction and five non-fiction books. I will likely have a similar ratio for my 2021 TBR. I do think that having this yearly TBR focused my reading and actually made me read the books I wanted to read. That may not make sense, but it really did help me. I will be setting my 2021 TBR shortly.
Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)– read: Mar 20 ★★★★★★☆ Wolf Hall (Hillary Mantel)– read: July 20 ★★★★☆☆☆ The History of Bees (Maja Lunde)– read: Mar 20 ★★★★★☆☆ How To Stop Time (Matt Haig)– read: June 20 ★★★★★★★ Imagine Me Gone (Adam Haslett)– read: Jan 20 ★★★★☆☆☆ The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart(Holly Ringland) – read: July 20 ★★★★★★★ Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie)– read: Feb 20 ★★★★★☆☆ All The Crooked Saints (Maggie Stiefvater)– read: Apr 20 ★★★★★★☆ To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)– read: Dec 20 ★★★★★☆☆ The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)read: Feb 20 ★★★★☆☆☆ The Dinner (Herman Koch)– read: July 20 ★★★★☆☆☆ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Saenz)– read: Jan 20 ★★★★★☆☆ English Animals (Laura Kaye)– read: June 20 ★★★★★☆☆ Good Omens (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman)– read: Oct 20 ★★★★★★☆ The Power (Naomi Alderman) – read: Nov 20 ★★★☆☆☆☆ Lab Girl (Hope Jahren)– read: Dec 20 ★★★★★☆☆ Feathers (Thor Hanson)– read: August 20 ★★★★★☆☆ Wilding (Isabella Tree)– read: May 20 ★★★★★★★ H is for Hawk (Helen McDonald)– read: Feb 20 ★★★★★★☆ Meet Me in the Bathroom (Lizzy Goodman)– read: May 20 ★★★★★★☆
These were all books I really wanted to read, but there were quite a few I ended up not loving. Of the 20 books three were 7-star reads, ie new favourites, which were How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland and Wilding by Isabella Tree. Both will appear in my ‘favourite books I read this year’-list, I am sure. To my surprise beside that I only had five 6-star reads. The rest of the books i rated 5 stars or lower (seven 5-star reads, four 4-star reads and one 3-star read). I had definitely expected to lover more of these books.
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett was the first book I read off this TBR and the last one was The Book of Lost Things, which I finished last week. Both of these were disappointing reads at only 4 stars.
I will be taking nine of these books off my shelf to find new homes for.
I have a feeling my 2021 TBR will be looking a bit different, I should be completing and posting that one before the end of the year. Again, all the books on this TBR will be books I actually already have on my shelves.
I am still deciding whether to set a 2021 series TBR or not. I really did not read that many series in 2020. I managed to complete a few, so I am not complaining, but I definitely did not read/complete as many as I had hoped. Still, I would love to get back into reading more fantasy. I may start with reading some standalone fantasy books and completing the ones I am already books into.
What books are likely to be on your 2021 TBR?