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21 books I want to read in 2021

These are the 21 books I want to read in 2021. Let me know in the comments what you hope to read, or what you thought of any of these.

See my reading goals for 2021 here
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Non-Fiction and Memoir

know my name by Chanel Miller

Known to the world as Emily Doe in her letter, Chanel Miller’s impact statement following the disgusting act of Brock Turner and the horrendous court case that followed caught everyone’s attention. know my name is Miller’s story of trauma as she reclaims her identity.

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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Following an abusive same-sex relationship, Carmen Maria Machado struggled for years with how to articulate what she went through. This memoir is her way of bringing life to her story, approaching it with both wit, and classic horror themes.

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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves is an unusually formatted book that follows a family whose house is larger on the inside than the outside. Written with multiple layers from different narrators, the book is said to delve into different facets of horror.

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The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their childhood comes back to haunt them, leaving them struggling for their lives!

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Bunny by Mona Awad

After being accepted to a highly selective program at a New England school, Samantha finds that all is not what it seems at this elite school.

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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

A missing god and a library which holds the secrets to the universe, The Library at Mount Char has a large cast of characters, each with their own secrets.

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The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian Wilderness. After taking a shortcut, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare that they may not escape.

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Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

This YA Horror is set in a small town in the USA that doesn’t know where it stands after the local factory shut down. It looks as though the town is about to destroy itself when the clown mascot for Baypen decides to take matters into his own hands.

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The Devil all the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia in the 1960s, The Devil all the Time follows a cast of characters as their lives take turns for the worse.

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The first in the Wheel of Time series, this fantasy series spans 14 books, a prequel novel, and two companion books, along with two authors. Known for its detailed world, well-developed magic system, and large character cast, this is an epic fantasy series that cannot be rivaled.

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Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooks

This political fantasy is by the wonderful Elliot Brooks on youtube. Thirty years have passed since the War of Fire, however, all is not as peaceful as it seems across this large cast of characters.

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

This is a short story collection that acts as the first in The Witcher series. Geralt is a witcher, a man with magical powers that have made him a merciless fighter and assassin.

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The Library of the Unwritten by A.J.Hackwith

All unfinished books reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, where the characters restlessly wait. However, head librarian Claire is about to find how hard it can be when one character escapes in an effort to track down his author.

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Magical Realism

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Set in an America similar to the one we know, this America has been shaped by magic, monsters, and legends. Elatsoe can raise the ghosts of dead animals, something that she finds can come in handy when her beloved cousin is murdered!

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

If you could visit a library at the edge of the universe and find not only the book of your life, but the book of what your life could have been had you made a different choice, would you read it? Nora Seed finds herself in this conundrum when she is on the peak of changing her life forever.

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Before the Coffee gets Cold: Tales from the Café by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

The sequel to Before the Coffee gets Cold, Tales from the Café follows the stories of four more visitors to the Café, each with their own reason for going back in time.

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Historical Fiction

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Bridie Devine is a female detective Extraordinaire. Following the kidnapping of a peculiar child with supernatural powers, Bridie finds herself in the darkest parts of Victorian London.

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The Binding by Bridget Collins

Books are dangerous things in this 19th century alternate England. When haunted by a memory people can visit a book binder who can weave their memories into the pages of a book, wiping the slate clean. One day an apprentice book binder finds a book with his own name on it, and must answer the question of whether to read it or not!

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Following a deal with the Devil, a young lady is delighted to discover she can never die, however, no-one will ever remember her from that moment on. After almost 300 years she meets someone who surprisingly can remember her!

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas is one adventure that interlocks six lives, stretching across the globe, time, and language.

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The Killing by David Hewson

Based on the hit T.V. show, we follow Sara Lund as she investigates the brutal murder of 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen. Weaving political intrigue into the narrative, Nanna’s death is further reaching than initially thought.

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