Top Priority Reads on my TBR for 2021

Hey everyone, and welcome back to my 2020 wrap up! Now that 2020 is over, and we have entered into a new (and hopefully, more generous!) year, I thought it would be a good idea to show off my top priority reads for the new reading year. These are all books currently sitting on my shelves that I fully intend on reading before the end of 2021. 

Note, this list will not include any books that are going to be released in 2021. I plan on making another post about my most anticipated reads of 2021, which will include any top priority 2021 releases. Let’s get into the list! These will be in order from least priority to top priorty.

The Cruel Prince // Holly Black

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I own all three books in this trilogy, but I got The Cruel Prince pretty soon after its release. I still have yet to get to it, but it is one of my top priority series to binge this year. It’s been quite some time since I read a fantasy series all the way through, and although there’s a certain duology later on in this list that I plan on filling that void with first, I would like to get to this trilogy sooner rather than later. 

There’s Someone Inside Your House // Stephanie Perkins


There’s Someone Inside Your House is not a book I expect to read really soon, but I fully expect to read it by the end of 2021. I meant to read it around Halloween this year, but that never happened, so I’m hoping to redeem myself by reading it this Halloween. While this book has mixed reviews, it seems like something I’d really like and find pretty entertaining. 

Cress // Marissa Meyer

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It has been a long time since I read Cinder and Scarlet, both of which I enjoyed. However, I think that after crushing some large reads in 2020, I’m ready to read the last two books in the Lunar Chronicles. I’ve heard Cress is the best installment, and I fully expect to love it. I hope that the fact that its been close to 5 years (yikes!) since I read the first two doesn’t impact my enjoyment too much. 

One Was Lost // Natalie D. Richards 


At the end of 2020, I read and enjoyed Five Total Strangers, also by Natalie D. Richards. That was her most recent release, and I found it to be super entertaining. I’ve purchased One Was Lost on my Kindle for cheap earlier this year, but after enjoying a book by the same author, I’m really motivated to pick this one up soon. I expect the same sort of solid entertainment. 

Last Seen Leaving // Caleb Roehrig

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I read White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig a couple of years ago and thought it was a solid mystery. I certainly wasn’t clamoring to read another book by Caleb Roehrig, but I found Last Seen Leaving interesting enough to pick it up. I am expecting the same sort of solid read from this one that I got from White Rabbit, although I would love if it wows me a bit more, and I have a hunch it might. 

Goodbye Days // Jeff Zentner

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Goodbye Days has been at the top of my TBR for so long that it’s embarrassing I haven’t yet gotten to it. This seems like exactly the type of contemporary novel I’d enjoy. Emotional, relatable, and overall, thoughtful. I have very high expectations for this one, and I really hope I’m not let down.

One by One // Ruth Ware

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I lucked out in 2020 on Goodreads giveaways. In addition to winning an ARC of Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, I won a final copy of One by One, one of my most anticipated 2020 releases. That said, I have yet to get to One by One, but I plan on reading it very soon. I’ve become increasingly interested in reading adult mystery/thrillers, and Ruth Ware is an author that has a lot of well-received work in that field. I fully expect to love this. 

Out of the Easy // Ruta Sepetys


Salt to the Sea was my second favorite book of 2020, and it’s one of the six books I consider an all-time favorite of mine. I have yet to read any of her other books, but I did purchase a copy of Out of the Easy soon after loving STTS. Historical fiction has never been a genre I’ve gravitated towards, so I am a little nervous I could get let down despite loving one of Ruta Sepetys’s other works. 

Six of Crows // Leigh Bardugo


Six of Crows, and its sequel, Crooked Kingdom have been at the top of my TBR for years. Up until 2020, I found myself shying away from large, dense fantasy books due to their size. However, now that I’ve got past that, I think I will get to these books soon; perhaps even in January. I know I’ll love them, as I already liked the Grisha trilogy and these are even more popular.

Let me know your top priority reads in the comments!

-Sean, bookbloggingbooks


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