Last year was the first year I really kept track of my reading, as I shared each book I read in real-time on my Instagram Stories and kept a list updated here on Pocketful of Joules. I ended up reading 113 books in 2020 and you can find the full list of them here: 2020 Book List.
I decided to keep it up for 2021, but wanted to improve my list by incorporating my mini-reviews. Feel free to bookmark this page, as I will keep it updated as I finish each book. I’ll also stick a link to this post over on the right sidebar for easy access.
Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2021:
|Book #, Information & Link||Mini Book Review|
|Book #1 of 2021: |
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
|Oh my gosh, this one was AMAZING! A plus-sized fashion blogger is the new star of Main Squeeze, a Bachelorette-type reality show. This book was so, so, so, so good! Add it to your MUST READ list now!|
|Book #2 of 2021:|
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
|I haven’t seen the movie and wanted to give the book a try. All in all, I didn’t enjoy it and thought it was a boring name-dropping slog. Money, money, rich people, money. Just repetitive and rather boring.|
|Book #3 of 2021: |
I Hate Your Face (and other things I wish I could tell my coworkers) by Connie O’Reyes
|I wanted to love this book of short stories about office-life…but it just sounded like stories I’ve heard 1,000 times before and to me the book fell flat.|
|Book #4 of 2021:|
Hadley & Grace by Suzanne Redfearn
|A ‘Thelma & Louise’ type caper story about two moms who find themselves on the run with their kids. Overall pretty entertaining and a fun ride!|
|Book #5 of 2021: Widowish by Melissa Gould||I thought this book would focus on her journey after her husband passed… but it was brutal to read about them falling in love, him in the hospital, and her having to make the difficult decision to let him go.|
|Book #6 of 2021: |
Please Like Me (But Keep Away) by Mindy Kaling
|I thought this was a whole book, but it was just 2 short stories. Super relatable and funny. I wish it were longer! (It looks like Amazon broke “Nothing Like I Imagined” into a bunch of shorter stories.)|
|Book #7 of 2021:|
Chosen (Warrior Chronicles 1) by K.F. Breene
|The start of the Warrior Chronicles and it was fantastic. I love a strong kickass female lead! Fantastic world building and interesting characters throughout. Can’t wait to start the next one!|
|Book #8 of 2021:||…Coming Soon…|
Many of my books are borrowed using Kindle Unlimited (you can read my full review from 2015 here). If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited yet, it’s like an all-you-can-read for books and I’ve been using it for the last few years: Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans.
I’ve also recently started using the free OverDrive Library, through my local library website. If you have a library card, be sure to check your library’s website to see if they work with an online partner. I mean, FREE BOOKS!
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