I decided to compile a list of the books I most want to read this year that I own. I have ten books listed, which was difficult to do; I started out with 15 and then got it down to 11 before I cut one more and had 10. These are my top priority at the moment, but it could change as times goes on. Any of the books I own that I do not read in 2021 will be gotten rid of at the end of the year, so here are my top ten books I do not want to get rid of before I read them:
The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry – This is my TOP priority. I keep wanting to pick it up, but then never do. I really enjoyed Berry’s essay ‘Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer’ and have been craving more of his writing. Berry writes about the environment and slow living.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – I was hoping to read this last October, but I was in a massive reading slump at the time. I am so interested in reading this author’s works. It’s a Gothic novel about a newly married woman who moves into her husband’s home where she feels the lingering shadow of his late wife.
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff – As someone who lives in the United States, I feel that I do not know enough about this day. I’ve been slightly afraid of listening to it because I just know it’s going to be gut-wrenching.
Lovely War by Julie Berry -I’ve intentionally avoided hearing too much about this book, but I do know it involves both world wars, Greek mythology, and romance. I look forward to diving into this one.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – This book follows two characters whose stories intertwine during WWII in France. It sounds like it’s going to be an emotional read.
The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker – This book is set during WWII and sounds like a beautiful story about finding a family during dark times and the power of sacrifice.
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold – I am so excited to read this. Often when people talk about Jack the Ripper and other serial killers, the focus is on the murderer. This book explores the lives of the victims and gives them the attention they deserve.
The Mummy by Max Allan Collins – Yes, this is in fact a novelization of the 1999 film starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. It’s one of my favorite films and when I found out it was novelized I just had to get it.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I really do not know what this book is about except for space travel – and really, that’s enough for me.
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar – This sounds like everything I’ve ever wanted in a book. It follows a young girl who boards a pirate ship crewed by women and then goes on an adventure that includes creatures and magic.