Monday, January 4, 2021

A Year in Books '20 - '21

Okay, get ready for it - I say it every year. This is my favorite list of the year!

I looove looking back at the books I've read and plotting what I hope to read in 2021 (even though it never, ever goes the way I plan it). That's okay. Time spent researching and plotting with books is never time wasted, to me.

Alright, ready? First up: all the books I read in 2020.

Books I read in 2020 & Books I want to read in 2021 | www.jennrych.com

1. The Shift by Wayne Dyer
2. Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi
3. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
4. The Farm by Joanne Ramos
5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
6. You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman &
8. American Royals by Katharine McGee
9. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
10. Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash
11. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith
12. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli
13. The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
14. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
15. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
16. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
17. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
18. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
19. Becoming by Michelle Obama
20. Open Book by Jessica Simpson
21. Moment of Truth by Kasie West
22. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
23. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
24. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim
25. Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton
26. If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
27. A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger Von Oech
28. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
29. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
30. Beach Read by Emily Henry
31. The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
32. The Bro Code by Elizabeth A Seibert
33. We Are Called to Be A Movement by William J Barber II
34. Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
35. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
36. The Noticer by Andy Andrews
37. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
38. You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
39. The Switch by Beth O'Leary
40. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
41. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
42. Well Met by Jen DeLuca
43. Self Care for Virgos by Constance Stellas
44. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
45. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
46. Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein
47. For Everyone by Jason Reynolds
48. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
49. Summer in the Invisible City by Juliana Romano
50. What You Wish For by Katherine Center
51. A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
52. Almost Everything by Anne Lamott
53. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
54. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
55. How I Resist (Anthology)
56. Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider
57. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
58. Gumption by Nick Offerman
59. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
60. Melania and Me by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
61. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
62. Nothing Like I Imagined by Mindy Kaling
63. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg
64. The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kaufman (and others)
65. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
66. The Return by Nicholas Sparks
67. This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
68. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
69. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
70. Home Body by Rupi Kaur
71. A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday
72. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
73. Normal People by Sally Rooney
74. The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere
75. Majesty by Katharine McGee
76. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (again)
77. The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek
78. The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
79. Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
80. The Cosmic Power Within You by Joseph Murphy

I said it in my post of my favorite books that I read in 2020, but this was an awesome, record-breaking year for me - even with a pandemic reading lull nestled in there! I attribute that to: my BOTM subscription, the Reading Rush, listening to audiobooks because the library isn't fully open, getting inspired/new ideas from a new bookish friend, aaand you know - lots of time at home. Like, all the time.

2020 Stats:
59 Novels
19 Non-fiction/memoir
2 poetry
14 ebooks
11 audiobooks


Allllll The Books I Want to Read In 2021


2021 Books

BOTM Books I Have Waiting
1. What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis
2. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
3. The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
4. Outlawed by Anna North
5. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
6. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
7. A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore
8. The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
9. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Other Books I Have Waiting
10. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
14. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
15. Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center
16. The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
17. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
18. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
19. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
20. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
21. Anne + Henry by Dawn Ius
22. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
23. The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Kohen
24. Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt
25. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
26. Crosstalk by Connie Willis
27. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
28. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
29. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
30. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
31. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
32. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
33. Atomic Habits by James Clear
34. Curiosities of the Finger Lakes by Melanie Zimmer
35. What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
36. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
37. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
38. Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker
39. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


New 2021 Releases

New 2021 Books I'd Love to Read
40. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (May 11)
41. Much Ado About You by Samantha Young (Feb 2)
42. Shipped by Angie Hockman (Jan 19)
43. Float Plan by Trish Doller (Mar 2)
44. Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau (Apr 6)
45. The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan (Apr 6)
46. The Layover by Lacie Waldon (June 15)
47. To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters (Apr 6)
48. Love Songs for Skeptics by Christina Pishiris (Jan 5)
49. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Jan 26)
50. You Have a Match by Emma Lord (Jan 12)
51. Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle (Apr 6)
52. The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (May 18)
53. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (Aug 17)
54. A ​Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (Feb 16)
55. Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli (Apr 20)
56. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (May 25)
57. A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin (May 11)
58. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (June 1)
59. Sunkissed by Kasie West (May 4)


Brand New 2021 Books

Backlist Books I'd Love to Read
60. Accidentally in Love by Belinda Missen
61. Love in Lockdown by Chloe James
62. The Spark by Jules Wake
63. Christmas Island by Natalie Normann
64. The Roommate by Rosie Danan
65. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
66. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
67. Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras
68. The Player Next Door by KA Tucker
69. The Simple Wild by KA Tucker
70. Wild At Heart by KA Tucker
71. Forever Wild by KA Tucker


So, that's a little bit of a weird number to leave it on but - I know that the Reading Rush and releases later in the year will fill in the gaps and likely, take over some of the picks above. Plus, I have 11 more book boxes coming to me from BOTM in 2021, so I'm going to leave it there. My goal is to hit 100 books in 2021...I've never done it before but I've really, really wanted to so...I'm gonna try, baby.

If I missed something that you think I need to read in 2021, do tell!


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