My 2021 Reading List

Happy New Year!!!

Can you believe that it’s the new year already?! I thought 2020 seemed crazy, but I’m sure we’re all ready for 2021 to begin. I pray that this new year gives us all a fresh start and something to look forward to.

This year I decided to do something that I haven’t done before: start a list of books I want to read this year. I seriously doubt that I’ll be able to read even half of these (considering that I have a bunch of biographies all over five hundred pages, Les Miserables and War and Peace on this list . . .), but here are the books that I’m hoping to read in 2021!


A Robertson Family Christmas by [Kay Robertson, Travis Thrasher]

A Robertson Family Christmas – Kay Robertson

This book looks so funny!

A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

*ahem* It may be quite a shock for some of you to realize that I’ve never read A Tale of Two Cities, but I definitely hope to read it this year!

Benjamin Franklin – Walter Isaacson

I really, really, really want to read this biography! Benjamin Franklin was an incredible man (besides the whole creating daylight savings thing . . . lol) and I would love to learn more about him. (And yes, this biography is five hundred and eighty pages . . .)

Do Hard Things – Alex and Brett Harris

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now! It looks so good.

Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Tales and Poems – Edgar Allan Poe

Ah-h-h-h, I’ve recently become interested in Edgar Allan Poe and his works and I’d love to read this!

Grant – Ron Chernow

Another biography! I’m really interested in the life of Ulysses Grant and this one thousand page long biography would definitely give me a good look into his life!

Humorists – Paul Johnson

This book looks like it would be both interesting and entertaining! As I’ve already bought it, this will probably be one of the first books I read.

John Adams – David McCullough

He, he, another biography. After reading Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, I realized that I needed a more balanced perspective on John Adams, which is what I’m hoping this book can give me!

Life Just Got Real – Sadie Robertson

Another one I’ve wanted to read for a few months!!!

Live – Sadie Robertson

I’ve had multiple friends recommend Live to me and it looks so good! I can’t wait to read it!

On Witchcraft – Cotton Mather

Cotton Mather was born in 1663 and he wrote quite a bit on the Salem Witch Trials, a point in American History that I’ve always been interested in.

Peace Like a River – Leif Enger

This is a book that I have to read for my American Literature class. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

Oh-h-h-h-h, Sherlock Homes!!! Who wouldn’t want to read it?! XD

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain

Another book I’m reading for literature. Ha, ha, I’ve heard of Mark Twain for years but I’ve never read any of his books.

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Lol, I first heard of this book after watching a movie (I can’t remember the name right now!!!). My curiosity was piqued and I’m still interested in reading it.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

*ahem* So apparently this is a very popular book, though I’m not particularly interested in reading it. But I’ll be reading it for literature, so I suppose I’ll see how I like it!

The Last Day of a Condemned Man – Victor Hugo

YES, there is a Victor Hugo book I’ve never read before! Actually, I’ve only read four of his books, but I would absolutely love to read another! I’m determined to read this book this year!

The Mystery – Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm is one of my favorite rock singers. I’ve read her two other books, The Reason and The Return. They were both so incredible and inspiring and I cannot wait to read The Mystery!!!

The Princess Bride – S. Morgenstern

I loved The Princess Bride movie and I’m sure the book would be hilarious!

The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane

Yep, another literature book. I’m not *ahem* dying to read this one either, but who knows? Maybe I’ll like it!

The Wingfeather Saga – Andrew Peterson

Hattush keeps saying that I should read this series! I’ve already started the first book and so far it’s great! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

Today is Day One – Matthew West

Matthew West is still one of my favorite singers (lol, as I write this I’m actually listening to one of his songs!) and so far I’ve read The Story of Your Life, Forgiveness and Hello My Name Is. I’d love to read Today is Day One!

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Now this is one book from my literature class that I actually have wanted to read for quite a while! The plot looks intriguing and I’m looking forward to reading it!

Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck

And my last literature book for the year! This one actually looks pretty interesting—John Steinbeck is another popular American author, but I haven’t read any of his other books.

Victor Hugo – Bradley Stephens

A biography on my favorite author?! Of course! Unfortunately I’ve had a hard time finding a good biography on Victor Hugo—which is crazy considering how popular his books were/are. So I have quite a few biographies that I’m hoping to read so as to get a well-rounded perspective.

Victor Hugo – G. Barnett Smith

Yep, another biography on Hugo!

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Ha, ha! Another good book! I can’t believe that I’ve never read War and Peace, but it’s definitely one I’m going to read this year!

Washington – Ron Chernow

The only book I’ve read by Ron Chernow is Alexander Hamilton, but it’s the book that convinced me that biographies really can be interesting. (I’ve had an *ahem* bad experience with them in the past . . .) Now I’m intrigued and I can’t wait to read more biographies! His book on George Washington looks so interesting—especially since Washington is one of those people you can never get tired of learning about.

What Happened Was – Jonah Sorrentino

Jonah Sorrentino, AKA KJ-52, was my favorite rapper for . . . a few months. He’s hilarious and I’m sure his book would be just as funny!

Now here are a few books that I would love to reread!

Alone Yet Not Alone—Tracy Leininger Craven

I haven’t read this book in ages. When my sister and I first read it, we were obsessed and immediately began writing stories centered around the “Indians”. I’m curious to see if I’d still like it . . .

Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery

On the other hand, I read Anne of Green Gables about four years ago and I absolutely hated it. I’m still not a fan of Anne’s over dramatic, rather annoying personality, but as so many of my friends have encouraged me to try rereading it, I decided to give it another shot and see if I liked it any better. I make no promises.

Crazy Love – Francis Chan

I read this book when I was maybe . . . ten? And I loved it. I was completely inspired and remember thinking that it was one of the best books I had ever read. I’m excited to reread it!

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

LES MISERABLES!!! MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME! I read it two years ago in about two and a half months, lol. I can’t wait to read it a second time!

The Man Who Laughs – Victor Hugo

And lastly, The Man Who Laughs. Despite the rather misleading title, this book is anything but funny and I certainly wasn’t laughing by the time I got to the last chapter! *pushes away memories of laying curled up on my bed sobbing my eyes out and crying over poor Gwynplaine* XD


So there is my list! As I said, I doubt I’ll be able to read most of these books, but I can dream, can’t I? Ha, ha! In the comments below, let me know what you’re doing to celebrate the new year and if you have any book goals for 2021!

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Jehosheba

12 Replies to “My 2021 Reading List”

  1. That does seem like a tough TBR list. I did read Princess Bride, The Great Gatsby (required high school read), Tale of Two Cities, and Tom Sawyer. I think I read part of Count of Monte Cristo in high school, but don’t remember.

    I don’t think I will touch War and Peace any time soon- disliked Anna Karenina

    As far as this year TBR:

    1. Chronicles of Narnia
    2. To Kill A Mockingbird
    3. Hard Times
    4. Man Who Invented Christmas
    5. A Christmas Carol

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    1. Ha, ha, I know! So many books, so little time. That’s great, though. Books are amazing. 😀 Ah, I’m sorry you didn’t like it. It’s always hard to want to read more books by an author if you’ve had a bad experience with them in the past.

      Oh, that’s a great list! I have almost all of those books on my longer TBR list (yes, there are more books XD) and I’ve read A Christmas Carol and Chronicles of Narnia. 😉

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  2. Looks like a great book list! You’ll have to tell me how you like ’em! A couple books on my reading list for 2021 are Finding Quiet by Jamie Grace, Eye of The Storm by Ryan Stevenson, Seeing Voices by Olivia Smit, some movie novels . . . and others! 🙂 I have a long list. Great post!

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