Lit Squad: 2021 Reading List

Hello to my fellow book lovers! Welcome to my Lit Squad.

If I do nothing else while this domain and blog are still live it will be to log in and publish a reading list. Publishing a list keeps me accountable. So here I am with my 2021 reading list.

According to Goodreads, I read 39 books (14,481 pages) last year. I used last year’s list as a guide for my choices, but went off script. WAY OFF SCRIPT! However, I’m giving myself grace because of the whole pandemic thing. I am aiming for 40 books this year and I feel good about hitting my goal. If you’re looking for some recommendations keep reading and feel free to share your titles for any of these categories.

Lit Squad 2021 Reading List

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  1. A Productivity/ Personal Growth Book- Millenneagram: The Enneagram Guide for Discovering Your Truest, Baddest Self by Hannah Paasch
  2. A 2021 New Release – The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
  3. Book to Screen 2021- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  4. Goodreads Winner in 2020 –  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  5. A Book about a Social Justice Issue – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  6. A Book About Books – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
  7.  Set in the 1920s – Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
  8.  An Author Who Uses Initials – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  9.  Poetry – Home Body by Rupi Kaur
  10.  A 2020 Bestseller – Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride
  11.  Recommended by a Colleague – Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie
  12.  With a Number in the Title – Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  13.  An Afrofuturist book – The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin  
  14.   Reread a Favorite Book – The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  15.   Own Voices Story – Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
  16.  A Book Everyone Seems to Have Read But You – Normal People by Sally Rooney
  17.   Published in the 1800s – The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
  18.   Book by a Local Author – We Are All Good People Here: A Novel by Susan Rebecca White (ATL)
  19.   Longer Than 400 Pages – Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  20.  A Book by an Author who Shares Your Zodiac Sign – Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
  21. Book by a Muslim Author – Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
  22. Eye-Catching Cover – How Beautiful We Were: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue (March 9, 2021)
  23.  A Summer Read – The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (June 1, 2021)
  24.  A Book by a Native, First Nation or Indigenous Author – Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
  25. Coming of Age Story – A Crooked Tree: A Novel by Una Mannion
  26. Bestselling Memoir – One Life by Megan Rapinoe
  27. A Book About Friendship – Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  28. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels) – Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel)
  29. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc. – This Close to Okay: A Novel by Leesa Cross-Smith (February 2, 2021)
  30. A Book that Discusses Body Positivity – One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
  31. An Author You Love – While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory (July 13, 2021)
  32. Book that has Won the Women’s Prize for Fiction – Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  33. Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020 Book – Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
  34.  Oprah Winfrey Book Club Pick  – Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  35. Reese’s Book Club – Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  36. Psychological Thriller – The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  37. Title with Three Words – The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson
  38. Literary One Hit Wonder – Oreo by Fran Ross 
  39. You Own But Haven’t Read- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  40. Borrowed from a Friend – TBD

I’m still missing my borrowed from a friend pick. I’ll be looking at friends’ shelves during Zoom calls to find this pick and I’ll circle back to officially complete my reading list.

Some of the categories from my list were from the Popsugar Reading Challenge and others were just books I’ve seen people talking about on the interwebs. If you are planning to make a list feel free to use mine or mix and match to create your own. Girl XOXO has a fantastic master list of reading challenges.

What books are on your reading list this year?