Good morning! Today is 21st January so I think it’s past the acceptable date to say Happy New Year to anyone you pass, but hopefully not too late to complete this New Year’s Book tag! I’ve stolen this one from Charlotte, Somewhere so be sure to check out her answers
How many books are you planning to read in 2021?
My plan is to not put any pressure on myself during 2021 to read a certain amount. I really didn’t read that much in 2020, I went through phases where I would read 4 or 5 books in a week and then not pick up another for weeks or months. So my plan this year is to enjoy my reading and we’ll see where we are when we reach 31st December!
Name 5 books you wanted to read in 2020 that you will prioritise in 2021.
Well this is a hard one to narrow down! I’ve stuck to 2020 releases but there are definitely some older books I had meant to read in 2020 – Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend is one that springs to mind
- Boy Queen by George Lester
- Camp by L. C. Rosen
- Havenfall by Sara Holland
- The Pieces Of Ourselves by Maggie Harcourt
- The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Name 5 2021 releases you are highly anticipating.
I already have a spreadsheet with over 60 2021 releases that have caught my eye so narrowing it down to just 5 was a little tricky!
- The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
- The Edge Of The Ocean by L. P. Lapinski
- Vulture by Bex Hogan
- Ace Of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
- The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
What genre would you like to read more of?
I’m not sure there’s a particular genre I’m desperately keen to read more of. That said I’ve have put a few more adult contemporary novels on my spreadsheet than I would have expected – my subconscious is clearly telling me I need more soppy heartwarming reads in my life this year
What book has forever been on your shelf that you will read in 2021?
A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes so when I first saw this in 2017 I added it to my Goodreads shelf, I got around to buying it in 2018 and I’ve still not actually read it… 2021 will be the year! (maybe)
Set 3 non-bookish goals for 2021
Hmm non-bookish goals… It’s a difficult one not knowing what’s going to happen in the country from one day to the next, I’m hoping I’ll be able to manage these but I’m not going to get too upset with myself if I don’t quite make it…
- Learn To Drive – I’ve been meaning to do this for so long! It’s been one of those typical things where when I’ve had the money to do it I’ve not had the time, and when I’ve had the time I’ve not had the money. I’ve got by without driving for so long it keeps slipping to the bottom of my priorities. However with working from home I’ve saved some money so once restrictions allow for lessons again that’s my plan
- Get Out More – I think I took the whole stay at home message a little too much to heart last year and I really wasn’t getting out much, even for exercise. I think for my mental health I need to try and get out more in 2021. The shorter 20/30 minute walks around me aren’t quite so picturesque as the longer walks but a little fresh air is better than none…
- Keep Saving – In 2020 I managed to save a reasonable amount due to working from home and not having to spend £200+ a month on commuting. I can’t see us returning to the office in the short term, probably not until we’ve been vaccinated so I’ll keep saving that, and work harder to save some more! I should probably cut down on my book buying a little to help out with that…
I hope you enjoyed reading my version of The New Year’s Book Tag. I won’t tag anybody but if you do take part please leave me a link so I can check out your post!