Book Lists: 2021 Books I Haven’t Read (But Should Have)

Who is in the mood to be shamed? Just me? Well, that’s alright. I had a feeling earlier in the year that I wasn’t going to read as many books as I usually do and even though I read a lot the last couple of months, I still think my 2021 final total will be modest compared to past years. I’ve also been a particularly moody reader especially in the latter part of 2021 which means a lot of the books I was excited for didn’t end up on my read list. Today I am looking back at releases from this year that I meant to pick up but didn’t. I am feeling a pretty good amount of guilt over these especially the ones that are by favorite authors (I’m so sorry, Tasha Suri and Silvia Moreno-Garcia!). There is still one month left in the year, so I can hopefully get to at least some of these. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. The Jasmine Throne by Tashi Suri

2. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

3. The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

4. Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

5. The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He


6. Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

7. Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozado-Oliva

8. Ace of Shades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

9. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

10. The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Which of these do I need to immediately pick up? Which 2021 releases do you feel guilty about not getting to?

26 thoughts on “Book Lists: 2021 Books I Haven’t Read (But Should Have)

  1. I already have a ton of titles at the top of my head that I was hoping to read this year but haven’t gotten too yet and yes, the shame is real! The Jasmine Throne was one of my most anticipated reads but I haven’t gotten to it either ugh! I also want to read Nina Moreno’s book from your list. I was hoping the library would have an audiobook but they don’t.

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  2. Great post! I am so far behind on current book releases. I’m a bit of a mood reader as well. Originally the next book I was going to read was It’s Kind of a Funny Story, but I changed my mind and ended up reading Normal People by Sally Rooney, which I am still currently reading.


  3. I haven’t read any of these but FIrekeeper’s Daughter and The Jasmine Throne are on my list of books I was hoping to get to.


  4. 2021 is also going to be the lowest number of books read for me since I started tracking in 2011. Oh well! None of these are on my TBR but I know a few folks who have read The Fire Keeper’s Daughter and enjoyed it. Right now I think GHOST GIRL by Ally Malinenko is the 2021 release I regret not getting to the most. But my library doesn’t have a copy yet, though, so really, I absolve myself of guilt for that 😛

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  5. OH! I hope you’ll get around to reading The Ones We’re Meant To Find and Ace of Spades as soon as possible. Both are favorites of mine and books I think of even now, months after reading them. They’re incredible! I need to read Our Way Back To Always as well, I love Nina Moreno’s Rosa Santos and can’t wait for that one 🙂


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