Book Lists: 2021 Releases I’m Making a Priority in 2022

I am riding this New Year high where I truly believe I can get to all the books I’m hoping to get to. I am feeling unstoppable and am making all these lists that are way too ambitious. I know am I going to come down (or get knocked down) from this high, but for now, I’m going to embrace the optimism. For this book list I am highlighting ten 2021 releases that I really want to get to this year. This list could have easily been twice as long, but even though I am feeling optimistic, I am still realistic. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

I can’t believe I’ve never read a Malinda Lo novel. I’ve heard so many good things about this one and wish I had found the time earlier last year to pick this up.

2. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

I almost listened to the audiobook of this one from the library, but I immediately stopped because it just felt like the kind of novel I would want to read a physical copy of.

3. The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

I know this one is a pretty heavy read and so I ended up putting it off, but now I feel like I really should have read it already.

4. Black Water sister by Zen Cho

I just feel like it will be a good thing if I have more Zen Cho in my life.

5. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

I know this one is going to captivate me and I have no real reason why I haven’t read it other than it was released when I was reading a bunch of other things and so it fell down the TBR pile.

6. The Bronzed Beast by Roshani Chokshi

I am determined to get to this one, but may have to reread the first two books (or at least skim them) before doing so.

7. Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

This one was actually going to be my first read for 2022 before my mood shifted and I went for horror for some reason.

8. Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

Words can’t express how much I love Nina Moreno’s Don’t Date Rosa Santos, so this companion novel is high on my TBR.

9. Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

My only 2021 eARC that I didn’t get a chance to read. I will rectify this (hopefully early) in the new year.

10. She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

I don’t think I’ve seen a single person not rave about this one and I am always looking to pick up more adult fantasy reads.

Which of these should I get to ASAP? Which 2021 release are you making a priority this year? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Book Lists: Holiday Gift Guide (Young Adult Edition)

Okay, so I lied about stress, I thrive off of it. Literally as soon as I finished my Holiday Gift Guide post for middle grade books, I started a list for young adult. I know, know. I said I was going to cool it blogging wise in December, but I could not resist. For reals, this will probably be my last book list of 2021. Today, I am recommending Young Adult books for the teens in your life. I’ve divided this list by genres as well as including books that deal with social issues and college-age YA, both of which I would like to see more of.

  1. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  2. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  3. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  4. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  5. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  6. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  8. Nocturna by Maya Motayne
  1. The Grief Keeper by Alex Villasante
  2. Mirage by Somaya Daud
  3. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
  4. Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
  5. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
  1. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
  2. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
  3. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  4. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
  5. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
  6. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  7. Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes
  1. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
  2. Muted by Tami Charles
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  5. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  1. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
  2. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  3. To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames
  4. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  5. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
  6. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
  1. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  2. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  3. How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
  4. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  5. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  3. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  4. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  5. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  1. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  2. By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
  3. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
  4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  6. American Panda by Gloria Chao

What young adult novels would you recommend those shopping for gifts? Let me know if you decide to purchase any of these for the teens in your life!

Book Lists: Holiday Gift Guide (Middle Grade Edition)

Hope your holiday season is going well, friends! I’ve had this idea for a blog series since November, but didn’t have a chance to work on it until this month. As a result, this might be the only holiday gift guide post you see. It really depends on how stressed I get as Christmas inches closer. I really wanted to put out this particular one as I’ve mentioned before how much I adore middle grade books. So if you are looking for book recommendations catered to the middle graders in your life, this is the post for you. I’ve divided this list into genres and have also included a young adult section as many older middle schoolers are ready to jump into an older age reading group and I think these books would be the perfect fit.

  1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  2. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
  3. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  5. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  6. The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
  7. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  1. Shug by Jenny Han
  2. Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon
  3. Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera
  4. The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegre
  5. Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar
  6. Tight by Torrey Maldonado
  7. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
  1. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  2. Ghost Squad by Clariebel A. Ortega
  3. Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
  4. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  5. The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
  1. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill Youo by Ally Carter
  2. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee
  3. Running by Natalia Sylvester
  4. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
  5. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  6. Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi
  7. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

What middle grade novels would you recommend those shopping for gifts? Let me know if you decide to purchase any of these for the middle schoolers in your life!

Book Lists: Short Books to Help You Meet Your 2021 Reading Goals

We are less than a month away from 2022 (yuck, eww, how is this possible?) and many of us are still trying to reach certain reading goals. When I feel like I am falling behind, I usually like to pick up a few light and short reads to help myself get back on track. So for today’s post, I am sharing ten short books that you can pick up right now to help you reach your 2021 goals before the year is over. All of these are under 300 pages and can be read in a day or two. These are some of my favorite reads that I’ve picked up over the last few years and I highly recommend them all. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

The Gist: middle grade, novel-in-verse, 256 pages, deals with immigration and detention centers

2. Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

The Gist: graphic novel, dark fantasy, six volumes currently out, 200 pages or less per volume, female-centered, sapphic

3. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Gist: SMG’s debut, underrated gem, music and magical realism, 272 pages

4. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

The Gist: college-age YA, biromantic ace lead, so many swoons, 281 pages

5. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

The Gist: sapphic sci-fi, gorgeous writing, tender love letters, 201 pages

6. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

The Gist: novella, wuxia fantasy, delightfully funny + charming, queer, 160 pages

7. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

The Gist: short-story collection, haunting, explores female autonomy, horror, 248 pages

8. Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones

The Gist: novella, horror, shocking, slasher fans rejoice, 136-page rollercoaster

9. Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

The Gist: horror novella, haunted houses, tension, Japanese folklore, 128 pages

10. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Gist: middle grade fantasy, Caribbean folklore, surprisingly eerie, father-daughter bonds, 240 pages

Have you read any of these? What are some short books that you would recommend to others if they are trying to reach their end of the year goals?