You may know, that I give myself a book budget every year. It is not really to keep myself from buying to many books it is actually more the other way around. I tend to not buy what I would like to read and read books I can borrow or come by on a deal instead. Not always a smart move. So when the end of 2020 approached I had quite a bit of money left and I decided to buy all the books I had on my wishlist and that I did not receive for Christmas. So my reading goals for 2021 will include a lot of those purchases.
Pleasure reads, fantasy and favorites
- Midnight Library by Matt Haig – popped up in my Instagram feed and has been on my reading list for a few month.
- Shades of magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab – on my TBR since 2016. I bought the first book early 2020 (as it was in my reading list 2020) and received the second one for Christmas. The third is on its way so I can start.
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang – one of the books I was able to swap recently and which I have been eying for a while.
- Homegoing by Yea Gyasi – a book I found in my parents book shelf
- The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar – look at the cover and now tell me you don’t need to read it.
- Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens – made the top list of so many people in 2020 so I am looking forward
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden – another book to long on my TBR
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – after reading The Great Alone many people told me this one was better.
- Berlin for Instagramers by Silvie Bonne – I have the pleasure to know Silvie and even went one or two outings for the research of the book. I will love to read this.
- Into thin air by Jon Krakauer – I love a good adventure record and this one seems so thrilling
- Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – one of those big epic books. Love those.
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – not sure how I came across this one but its on my kindle
- Evanthia’s Gift by Effi Kammenou – a family saga sitting on my kindle since 2018 waiting to be read.
German authors and German books
I rarely read German authors and I have no clue who is actually a rising star or an accomplished bestseller author. So I want to venture here a bit. Also I will read a few more books in German by authors not natively writing in English.
- Neujahr by Julie Zeh – another book from my parents bookshelf and an author my mom frequently reads
- Ein treuer Freund by Jostein Gaarder – my all time favorite author. I have two of his books I haven’t read yet.
- One book from my classics selection but I am not sure which one. I go with my mood here.
- Geboren am 13. August by Jens Bisky – a book I must have received a few years ago and have apparently forgotten all about
- Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – also a book swap steal and an author I want to read as I have only heard of him through his death
- One book by Daniel Kehlmann either Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World) or Ruhm (Fame) – a recommendation by my dad.
- Ein mörderischer Morgen (A Murderous Morning) by Bernadette Colonego – I just love the settings her crime novels are taking place. Perfect winter read.
Challenging books, non-fiction & guidance
- The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Natalie Burke Harris – the topic intrigued me and I wonder if I may have a trauma to work through. It will be a tough read I am sure. (copy provided by publisher)
- The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams –I rarely read biographies but this one sounded like something I would like to read even though it is a rather somber topic (copy provided by publisher) ✔️ January 2021
- The Talmud – after reading the Bible (2019) and the Quran (2020) its time to dive into Judism.
- Das Kind in dir muss Heimat finden by Stefanie Stahl – a bit of personal development work I want to do
Overall I am aiming for 60 books this year. As tradition has it I am not putting 60 books on the reading goals for 2021 but only about half aka 26 so I have enough space and flexibility to choose upon my mood. And I just realized I already own all the books (but one) I mentioned here. wow…
Did you set a reading goal this year? What are looking forward to reading most?