I am so excited to finally be bringing you this post today. I have been sitting on this one since September just waiting to get close enough to the end of the year for this to be relevant, and here we are!
So today is all about what I want to read more of in 2021—we’re talking genres, authors, and more specifics elements as well. Let’s go!
More Diverse Historical Settings
In the past I’ve always read a lot of WWII books. This year sparked my love for Regency romances. But in 2021 I want to try and read from a few different periods. I’ve enjoyed the few Highlander books I’ve read, so I think that is going to be my jumping off point.
I’m one of those readers who tends to shy away from big books, though I usually make a few exceptions in the year. But in 2021 I really want to focus on getting some of the big books over my TBR that have been on there for years. My plans right now include; The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, SPQR by Mary Beard and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Diversity is something I try and be aware of in my reading, and usually about half the books I read in a year have some form of diversity—whether that’s authors/characters of colour, LGBTQ+ or disability rep. But in saying that, I know that I haven’t read many books by trans authors or featuring trans characters. With all the transphobia that’s been happening online this year, it’s important for me to be able to support trans voices in this way, and in other ways as well. Cait @ Paper Fury recently tweeted out this list, but if you have any recommendations of your own, please share them!
I’ve never really been super interested in nature-related books. There isn’t really a reason why, but it just wasn’t a genre I reached for. But as get further into my art history degree, I realise how much flora and fauna, in particular, plays a role in art history. If nothing else, it would be nice to learn more about flowers and other plants that appear often in paintings, or that may have been used to create pigments and such throughout history.
Speaking of art history, I’ve recently become obsessed with Whitney Chadwick, who is an art historian and academic. In November, I read Women, Art and Society by her, and I’ve also collected a number of other books by her that I hope to get to in 2021.
And for the final one, Margaret Atwood. Atwood is one of my favourite authors, I’ve read something like 7 or 8 of hers already but I have another 5 just waiting for me on my shelves. That’s ignoring the like 20 others of hers that I’d like to eventually own and read. So yes, definitely hoping to read at least three of those five, if not more.
This, of course, is bound to change over the year as my mood changes with what I’m reading and whatever 2021 brings for us all. What are some of your reading plans for the upcoming year? And if you’re not already, please consider following me on here, Twitter and my booktube channel!