I have decided that 2021 is actually going to be the year that I strategically read my shelves–both digital and physical. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop buying books. However, I am going to cut down on the number of books I buy, and I am going stop buying books and then not reading them because I got books that were more “urgent” from the library.
In that spirit, I have went through my books and made a list of fifteen January Hopefuls from my shelves. I tried to split things about 50/50 for Kindle and Physical books.
- The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV and Desmond Tutu. I kind of want to start my year with a read that goes along with a theme that I want to see in my life for the next year, and that theme is joy. From what I understand, this book is about happiness in both His Holiness and Tutu’s religious traditions, and I think it’s a good book to start a new year with.
- What is not Yours is not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. This book of short stories is fantasy-based, but more importantly, is the book club read for an online group of friends that I read with in January.
- The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil. This first book in the Jo Mackenzie series is about a woman starting over and taking over a knitting shop. This sounds like a real comfort read, which is something that I have been craving over and over again in 2020 (and expect to for at least a while in 2021).
- Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This erotic romance is the first in the Fit trilogy, and fits a New Year’s resolutions reading challenge I’m doing in January because one of the main characters is a personal trainer.
- The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. This is a book that has been on my list since it came out over 20 years ago, and I still haven’t read it. I noticed it was an Alex award winner, and since that makes me think it might appeal to my high school students, I decided that now was the time to read it.
- The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. I’ve been struggling in my faith, and so I’ve found myself turning to some more mystical authors in hopes of finding healing. This is one that has been on my list since Peter Enns recommended it a while back, and I’m looking forward to giving it a try in January.
- Redeeming Money by Paul David Tripp. I’m not a great manager of money, but I’m trying to get better at it. I’m also trying to have a better attitude about money in general, so I decided to try this book this month.
- Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This book was recommended by the Currently Reading Podcast, and it’s the first in the best selling Pendergast series. I’m hopeful that this book is good and that I will want to continue to read the series because series fiction is always my favorite when I’m reading mystery, romance, etc. (started reading 12/30/20)
- My Favorite Witch by Annette Blair. This is the second book in the Accidental Witch trilogy. I read the first book in 2017, and this book has been languishing on my bookshelf ever since. I’m trying to make some progress on some of the series of books that I’ve bought, so this seemed like a good place to start.
- Well Played by Jen DeLuca. This is the second in the Well-Met series. I loved reading the first book last year, and I’ve been meaning to read this one ever since it came out in September, so it’s going to be one of my first reads in 2021.
- The Chicken Sisters by K.J. Dell’Antonia. I have a weakness for Reese’s book club selections, even though I rarely think they’re worth more than 3-3.5 stars when I rate them on Goodreads. I saw this one as an extra add-on for Book of the Month, and added it into my December box. I just love the bright and cheerful looking yellow cover.
- The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas. This is the third of the Lady Sherlock series. I read the second one in 2018, and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to reading the third one yet. I’ve owned it since it came out, but it just somehow slipped to the bottom of my stack.
- One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie. This is the third in a romance series where I read the first book at Christmas because it was one of my Christmas romances. I received a shipment with both the first and third book from Harlequin, but not the second book. I have obtained the middle book on Kindle, and hope to also get to it soon.
- Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. I got this book from Book of the Month in December 2019, and then it got so much buzz that I didn’t want to immediately get it out. I’ve noticed that buzz can turn me off of a book. This is a good time for me to pick this one up.
- The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren. I read my first Christina Lauren in December, and I own four or five of her books, so I decided to make my second Christina Lauren read in January. The description of this one kinds of reminds me of The Hating Game because you have two assistants who are working for people with a bad relationship. I’m kind of hoping that the main characters have a rocky relationship too!
This is my preliminary list. Here’s hoping I stay focused!