2021 Most Anticipated vs What I Read

Happy Friday book friends! Is everyone ready for the Holiday weekend? My work has been closed the past week due to lockdown, but we still did some cleaning up. It was honestly super fun and I’m a bit sad I won’t see my coworkers until next year.

On the plus side, I’m hoping to get lots of reading done the next two weeks! And who knows, maybe the lockdown will be extended (again) and I get to read even more. On that note, you all know I overshot my reading goal by quite a lot. But how many of my most anticipated 2021 releases did I actually read this year? Let’s find out!

At the end of 2020, I made a list of my most anticipated 2021 releases, like I do every year. I was meant to update the list throughout the year, because sometimes surprise books come out, or I find out about a new title. Uhm, but I didn’t update it. I added some books in the beginning and then couldn’t be bothered anymore. But for some reason I did make a handwritten list that’s a lot more complete, so I’ll be going off of that! So here’s the list of my 2021 most anticipated releases:

The List

  • A Vow so Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer
  • We Free the Stars – Hafsah Faizal
  • Lore – Alexandra Bracken
  • Crown of Bones – A.K. Wilder
  • A Court of Silver Flames – Sarah J. Maas
  • The Iron Raven – Julie Kagawa
  • The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna
  • All the Tides of Fate – Adalyn Grace
  • Chain of Iron – Cassandra Clare
  • Rule of Wolves – Leigh Bardugo
  • Bridge of Souls – Victoria Schwab
  • Lost in the Never Woods – Aiden Thomas
  • The Crown of Gilded Bones – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Witches Steeped in Gold – Ciannon Smart
  • The Serpent’s Curse – Lisa Maxwell
  • These Feathered Flames – Alexandra Overy
  • Witchshadow – Susan Dennard
  • Small Favors – Erin A. Craig
  • She Who Became the Sun – Shelley Parker-Chan
  • These Hollow Vows – Lexi Ryan
  • Gods & Monsters – Shelby Mahurin
  • Empire of the Vampire – Jay Kristoff
  • Defy the Night – Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Bronzed Beasts – Roshani Chokshi
  • Thronebreakers – Rebecca Coffindaffer
  • Kingdom of the Cursed – Kerri Maniscalco
  • All of us Villains – Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
  • Our Violent Ends – Chloe Gong
  • Once Upon a Broken Heart – Stephanie Garber
  • Cytonic – Brandon Sanderson
  • Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao
  • A Shadow in the Ember – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Vespertine – Margaret Rogerson
  • Aurora’s End – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • The Righteous – Renée Ahdieh
  • Blood of the Chosen – Django Wexler
  • Realmbreaker – Victoria Aveyard
  • The Shadow of the Gods – John Gwynne
  • Son of the Storm – Suyi Davis Okungbowa
  • Mister Impossible – Maggie Stiefvater

What did I end up reading?

So this list ended up being quite long. However, I ended up not doing as well as I could have, because I read a whopping total of 21 of these books. Keep in mind this list is 42 books long, so I barely managed to get 50%. Last year I did a lot better, but my list of anticipated releases also was only 16 books long for some reason? So I’m going to cut myself some slack this time around lol. Anyway, below you will find the books I did manage to read this year!

List of what I read in 2021

Thankfully I enjoyed all of the 2021 releases I did end up reading! There were quite a few on this list that I had been dying to read since last year, so I’m happy to say that I actually read them. I discovered some new favorites, too!

Unfortunately, I also discovered that my reading preferences have completely changed. There were quite some books on the original anticipated releases list that I am honestly no longer interested in. Many of them are YA marketed toward slightly younger teens. For some reason I’m now mainly interested in middle grade, or adult, with hardly any middle ground. My collection of adult fantasy and science fiction books has also grown quite a lot the past year. Oh well, we can’t forever remain the same, can we?

And that’s it! Keep your eye out for my most anticipated releases of 2022 post. I think that list is going to be slightly smaller than this one… Also let me know how many of your 2021 most anticipated releases you ended up reading!

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