Together with one’s most anticipated releases, we bloggers normally have a bunch of backlisted books we’d like to get to ASAP. In order to not let my backlisted books wait too long on my shelves, I like to have a short list of books I for sure want to read this year – a top 3 or top 5, normally, so that the list is realistic, achievable and focused. Obviously I’d like to read everything I own, but that is not realistic as of now, so I like to prioritize. My list for 2021 includes:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is a rather new addition to my TBR (I received it as a gift a couple weeks ago), but it immediately went up in priority because I think it’s a cool project for 2021! I read a collection of Tolstoy’s short stories last year and loved it, so tackling this epic sounds like a doable thing to do, and something I’d actually enjoy reading in an immersive, no-time-pressure kind of way. I’ve already started it, though, so it doesn’t technically count (?).
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez is another author whose work I’ve adored in the past and I got this as a birthday gift years ago, so it’s time! I am sure I will love it, plus it goes nicely with my objectives of reading more classics and Latin American authors this year.
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie is a book that I think I will love, and it’s a Women’s Prize Winner – I lowkey would like to eventually read all the winners (also slowly make my way through the International Booker Prize winners), so this is a step in the right direction!
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin is a book I think will make me immediately buy and marathon the next two. From what I have heard about it, this epic fantasy sounds like just my kind of book and I can’t wait to read it!! It’s just sad that reading this immediately adds 2 more books (plus her other works) to my TBR. *sigh*
Tupinilândia by Samir Machado de Machado is a Brazilian thriller about capitalism, dinosaurs and theme parks. I NEED to read it. I don’t think it’s translated to English, sadly, although curiously enough it’s been translated to French.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I have the entire FOUR book series and did not even read the first one *sigh*. In my defense, I bought book 2 thinking it was a standalone, then had to buy book 1 once I realized it was not a standalone, then I saw the eARC for the 3rd one available and got approved for it… then for a year did not read ANY of them and then got approved for the eARC of the 4th! I must read them!!
So that is is for my year goals for backlisted books! I’m sure throughout the year I will add a lot of other stuff (I’ve been using my end-of-the-year vacation to get through a few already), but these I would be very surprised if I did not get to.