2021 Reading List
For 2021, I have set my reading goal for 40 books. I'm hoping with everything going on with the virus that shall not be named/staying at home, this will help me breeze right through this reading list.
So far, I have just over half my list of books I would like to read, still trying to figure out the rest. While I am mostly a fiction type of girl, who loves a good fantasy or YA novel, I am trying to branch out to explore the other genres. Who knows maybe I will even add in a non-fiction book, maybe I make no promises though!
If you have any recommendations you would like to share, I would love to hear them! It doesn't necessarily have to be a new release either, a good book is a good book no matter its age.
2021 Reading List Read: 11/40
Re-reads and Thoughts
No re-reads planned for this month, but you never know where the wind might take me. I just finished the the first two books in Jaymin Eve's Shadow Shifters Series (Booktok recommendation). The third and final book in the series is being released on March 30th, so I am looking forward to that one. Also, I received a KOBO reader for my birthday this month, so might try to look into some ebooks. Although I prefer physical books, borrowing books through my local library seems like a better option for my bank account right now.
I am not planning to re-read any books or series this month. I received some books during the holidays and am eager to get through those first.
A Court of Silver Flames by: Sarah J. Maas
I finished this book a few days ago and wanted to have some time to think on it before writing this review. This is one of my favorite series, while it has its own faults and isn't perfect by any means, I do enjoy reading about this world and the characters Sarah J. Maas has created.
Prior to reading this book, Nesta was not one of my top rated characters in the series. If I am honest, she wasn't even one of my top 10 favorite characters. Yet, after reading this big boy (all 751 pages) I have changed my tune and am Team Nesta all the way. I actually shed a few tears for this character, on more than one occasion throughout this book. I credit that to SJM's wonderful talent of portraying her characters in one way, and then magically weaving them into something so different that it is hard not to embrace them wholeheartedly. Hence my change of heart and my new adoration of Nesta.
Well, that was until this piece of beautiful work came along. Everything from Nesta's childhood, to her relationships with her family, friends, Cassian, and even her own mental health struggles were explored. At times it was hard to read, painful and sad even, but through her exploration of her pain transformed herself into someone filled with light and love. It was everything I didn't know I needed from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, but am so thankful to now get to include. Nesta's POV is a real blessing and much needed reminder that everyone deals with physical, mental and emotional traumas differently. That regardless of how a person may present themselves on the outside, emotions like pain, guilt and regret, do not discriminate. They can latch on to a person's soul, bury themselves so deep that they can't even be recognized for what they truly are. No one can tell a person how to heal, but they can offer a helping hand, and sometimes sharing your own pain can helps others to cope with their own and begin the healing process.
With that all said and done, the true star of this novel is Nesta and her journey. To ignore her pain and not highlight her triumphs feels like it should be a crime. So regardless of your feelings towards any of the previous books in this series, or the author herself, this book was fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
A Court of Thorns and Roses By: Sarah J. Maas
(A Court of Thorns and Roses Series Book #1)
Without giving away any spoilers, let me tell you a bit about this tale. Feyre and her family are poor, like dirt poor. They once had wealth and influence, but it is gone and nothing remains for them to live a comfortable life. She is forced to take on the leadership role in her family (even though she has two older sisters and a father), or they will starve. They live in a small village close to the fairy border, which was created to keep fairies and humans in their respective worlds. The two lands have been separated for so long by this border, that legends and myths are all that remain.
One day while hunting, Feyre kills a obscenely large wolf in the woods, and then is visited by a beast-like creature demanding she pay the price for killing his friend. The beast gives Feyre two choices, pay with her life or return with the beast to the magical land of fairies, called Prythian, to live out the rest of her life.
Feyre is a complex character, with a backstory that leaves her emotionally shut off to the world. She is a fighter in every sense of the word, and yet longs to know what it is like to be loved and taken care of. While Tamlin is every bit the beast. Rough around the edges, angry, intimidating, and dare I say awkward in social situations. He knows what it feels like to love and be loved, while also experiencing the loss of love.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, it was a fun and easy read. Meaning that you could follow along without much need to overthink or analyze the tale, just enjoy the ride. While some parts felt a bit drawn out, I understand why Maas chose to give the time to develop the characters and their interactions in the first half of the book before going forward. Maas did a great job of creating a steamy romance in a fictional world where violence, death and torture run wild.
Thanks for reading, until next time book buds!
Welcome Book Friends!
My name is Adrienne and I love to read and get lost in a good book. If I could read all day everyday I would, but alas real life calls.
Come follow along on my reading journey and lets share some thoughts.
I mostly read fiction and fantasy but will give any book a fair shot. If you have any good suggestions let me know!
My goal for 2021 is to read 40 books, I know it's not much compared to others but it's my goal and I'm happy with it.