I wish I could create a post about books I read in 2020 that were my favorites, but I didn’t read enough to do that. My reading habits have plummeted this year. I checked my Good Reads and the last book I completed was in April. In August, I read a few pages of poetry for each day that month for the Sealey Challenge and that’s about it. I hope things change next year.
In an effort to inspire that change, I’ve been looking at a lot of the “Anticipated Reading 2021” lists to find books to read next year. Below are a few I found the most intriguing.
1. Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans.
The cover photo and the title immediately grabbed me. Then I saw it was poetry and was all in. And as if I needed more, this was on Oprah’s most anticipated list for LGBTQ books for 2021.
2. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris.
I’ve been the other Black girl. Called by the other Black girl’s name. More than once, so you could say I’m personally invested, despite this being a thriller. I don’t normally read thrillers, but I adored My Sister, the Serial Killer, so I’m hoping for the best.
3. Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer.
This seems like it will be fun to read, especially after seeing Brammer’s advice column that shares the same title.
4. The Librarian by Allie Morgan.
I probably don’t have to explain why I want to read this one. 🤓
5. Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor.
I’ve read my share of Okorafor’s books and enjoyed them, so I’m down to read more of her work, especially when the protagonists are teenagers.
6. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen.
I liked the central theme of this novel and after reading this article where Chen discussed inclusivity in his writing, I am ready to go on this adventure with him.
7. The Renunciations by Donika Kelly.
I read Kelly’s first collection of poems and admired them. I suspect that this one is going to be even better. Plus, most of the poetry books published by Greywolf Press that I’ve read have been great.
8. The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
I’m pretty sure I don’t actually want to read this one, but I saw it on almost every list of books to read in 2021. And then I saw a lot of Bookstagramers I follow speaking about it positively. And Kiese Laymon said this book would change how novels and love are made. So, I guess I have to read it, but books that are 400 pages aren’t my thing.
Books 9 & 10 were published in 2020, but since I received them as gifts for Christmas, I want to read them in 2021 too: The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans and Black Futures, edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham.
What books do you want to read in 2021?