10 Books I Am Determined to Finally Read in 2021

10 Books I Am Determined to Finally Read in 2021

Happy Tuesday friends! 👋🏻

It is no secret that I am a terrible procrastinator. I procrastinated my way through school, sixth form, and university, and still got top marks. I procrastinate, sleeping, eating, drinking water, all sorts of things. And I definitely procrastinate reading certain books.

I think we all do this to some degree; it’s not a common book blogger thing to say that your TBR will never shrink for no reason. We all get really excited for new releases and then completely forget about them for months or even years if you’re like me.

I have a few reasons for procrastinating certain books: the hype is too intense, I’m not in the right mood for it, it’s very intimidating, or I just plain forgot that it even existed. If there is a reason, I will have cited it at one point or another.

For this list, I’ve separated it into 5 YA books, and 5 classics because the YA titles are ones that I either forgot about or just keep pushing back, and the classics are books that I purposely put off reading because classics are intimidating and I’m not the pretentious teenager that I used to be.


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Let me tell you all something: I pre-ordered this book and got it on release day and it has sat on my bedside ever since the day I got it. Why do I keep pushing it back on my TBR? I have absolutely no idea but I keep doing it. Since the sequel comes out this year I am determined to finally read it and hopefully go into it with the first book fresh in my mind.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m not really a werewolf girl because I largely prefer scary An American Werewolf in London style werewolves over the literal wolf type werewolves, but I’ve really enjoyed this series. I think I’ve put off reading this final book because I don’t really want it to be over, but I do have a small soft spot for Cole and Isabel’s relationship.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer – Similarly to Sinner, I really have a soft spot for the characters in this series, but, unlike Sinner, I am excited to see how this story ends. I had originally planned to read this book in November for Sci-Fi Month but my copy didn’t arrive until halfway through the month and I don’t like to change my TBR once I’ve decided on it.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – It has been so long since I bought this book that I can’t even remember when it came out, and I’m pretty sure that I bought it not long after it was first published. I constantly tell myself that I’m going to read this book, but the thickness of it (especially for the first book in a series) combined with the fact that I am not in a fantasy mood very often means that it keeps getting pushed back. But not this year!

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey – I am currently reading this book but I’m taking it a little slow because the chapters are so long and I’m the kind of reader who likes to read a set amount of chapters in a day. It’s difficult to do that when the book is 434 pages long and has only 13 chapters. And I don’t want to pressure myself with this book since I did name my blog after it and want to be able to enjoy it properly.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – This is one of my mum’s favourite books ever and I got my copy from the Bronte priory in Yorkshire which means that it is very special, and I don’t like having nice copies of books that I don’t intend to read because it just feels wasteful to me. The length of this one is intimidating, but when I finally get around to it, I’ll make sure to take it steady so I don’t end up getting burnt out by the fifth chapter.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I’ve been meaning to read Wuthering Heights for actual years now and even though I’ve been told by a lot of people that the old Yorkshire dialect is difficult, I think I’ll be able to manage it. If I can read through entire texts written in Scots, then I can very likely get to grips with old Yorkshire dialect.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – I can’t remember how long I’ve had this book for, but I think I got it when I was trying to build up a good collection of classic Gothic novels and then just forgot that I had it. Surprisingly, this is one of the very few Gothic books that I know of, but I don’t know what exactly happens in it without reading so I’m very interested to see what actually goes on here.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – This book I got for my birthday last year, and while I haven’t been actively putting off reading it, it does look like that will eventually happen. Obviously, I have to make it a priority before I completely forget.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – I originally planned to read this book in October but I got very swept up in taking part in 31 Days of Horror (which I ended up watching about 35 movies for) so the majority of my October TBR got kind of forgotten. This one isn’t too long for a classic so I think that makes it a little more accessible, but it is translated so I’m still going to take my time.


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Do you have a priority TBR for 2021? What books have you been procrastinating reading for the longest time?


  1. January 12, 2021 / 12:54 pm

    I procrastinate, too. You’re not alone there. 🙂

    My post.

    • Louise
      January 15, 2021 / 2:38 pm

      Always great to know that we procrastinators aren’t alone 🙂

  2. January 12, 2021 / 1:17 pm

    Those are some great classics on your list!! The Phantom and Jane Eyre have special places in my heart <3. Good luck on reading all ten this year.

    • Louise
      January 15, 2021 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks Tashenna! 😀 I think I’m going to need lots of luck, haha.

    • Louise
      January 15, 2021 / 2:47 pm

      I hope so too! I think there are a couple that I’ll deinitely get to 😀

  3. January 12, 2021 / 10:02 pm

    Ooh there are two books on this list that I have read: Children of Blood and Bone and Rebecca, both of which I really enjoyed. I never got around to the sequel of Children of Blood and Bone though. I also tried reading The Picture of Dorian Gray once, but I had to return it to the library before I could get more than a few pages into it and I just never thought to try and borrow it again. One day soon though… hopefully…
    As for my 2021 TBR, I have set up a challenge for myself to read 25 specific sequels, because I’ve become really bad at continuing series (as I have already demonstrated in this short comment, lol).
    Good luck reading all these books, Louise! 🙂

    • Louise
      January 15, 2021 / 3:10 pm

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Children of Blood and Bone and Rebecca! I’m definitely excited to read them but I have to find a way to squeeze them onto my TBR first, haha 😅 And I’m really bad at continuing series too unless it’s a series that I really love.

  4. January 13, 2021 / 6:59 am

    I’m still super curious about the Monstrumologist. It sounds super interesting but I’ve never really picked up a copy of it. Interesting to hear what you think of it.

    • Louise
      January 15, 2021 / 3:11 pm

      I’m not very far into The Monstrumologist right now but I like what I’ve read so far! 🙂

  5. January 13, 2021 / 2:00 pm

    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on The Monstrumologist. I also need to get to Sinner and King of Scars. Dorian Gray and Rebecca are a couple of my favorite classic books. Happy reading!

    • Louise
      January 15, 2021 / 3:12 pm

      I really like what I’ve read of The Monstrumologist so far and I can’t wait to continue on with it 😀

  6. January 13, 2021 / 3:47 pm

    Good luck with all of these! I definitely have some classics that I’d like to read at some point. I really loved The Picture of Dorian Gray.


    • Louise
      January 15, 2021 / 3:12 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy those classics when you get around to them 🙂

    • Louise
      January 16, 2021 / 11:42 am

      That’s great to hear! I’m definitely excited for it 🙂

  7. January 15, 2021 / 10:58 pm

    I also bought Children of Blood and Bone not long after release and still haven’t read it. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon! I just feel like I heard so many good things about it that I’m worried it won’t meet my expectations.
    And I definitely highly recommend Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Rebecca! They’re all some of my favourite books!

    • Louise
      January 16, 2021 / 11:48 am

      I’m glad to hear that they’re some of your favourites 🙂 I do have high hopes for them since they’re so highly regarded so I hope I enjoy them too 🙂

  8. January 16, 2021 / 3:45 am

    Omg that gif 😂😂 can’t stop staring at it hahaha!

    There’s somuch i procrastinate.. some on my shelf that I just « erh » everytime and even consider un-hauling it; and some that I tell myself i wanna read but procrastinate buying because I dont feel like it (starfish, bookish & the beast, Sadie..)

    • Louise
      January 16, 2021 / 12:06 pm

      I’m glad someone thought to make it because I think of that scene every time I put off doing something 😂 I have so many books that I’m considering un-hauling, but I’m procrastinating even that, oops.

  9. January 17, 2021 / 6:58 pm

    I feel the same way, when the hype gets too much I back down hehe especially with Sinner and Children of Blood and Bone! The classics are as you say, just a bit intimidating, but I’ve read The Picture of Dorian Gray and it is truly a favourite of mine 🤩

    • Louise
      January 20, 2021 / 6:36 pm

      I feel like backing away and waiting for the hype to die down is a good way to avoid getting overwhelmed haha 😂

  10. January 18, 2021 / 12:37 pm

    I procrastinate reading books so much sometimes, you’re not alone 😂😂 I also want to continue reading that Marissa Meyer series, I remember really liking the first book 🙂

    • Louise
      January 20, 2021 / 6:41 pm

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the Renegades series if you pick it up 🙂

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