Summer Reading List 2021
As ever, I thought I would share a hopeful reading list for the upcoming season. This is my Summer Reading List for 2021. I’ve got a few new books on my shelf, as well as some old ones I really should tick off my reading list.
After reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett last year my friends recommended I read Passing by Nella Larson. Passing is a novella about a black woman passing as white, which is very similar to the plot of The Vanishing Half. Except, Passing is set in the 20th Century, not the 21st so the civil rights stakes were much more tense.
Detransition Baby caused quite a stir recently by being included on the Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist. Torrey Peters is a transgender woman, who some feel shouldn’t be included on a longlist of female writers. That is rubbish, and I cannot wait to show my support by reading this book.
I have a weak spot for Nicholas Sparks novels, although they’re technically Christian fiction which is not my usual vibe. I enjoyed the movie adaptation of The Choice and I already have a copy so I’m looking forward to chilling one afternoon on the sofa, with a glass of Pimms and a copy of this book.
Can’t Even is on my list of 21 books to read in 2021. It’s an extension of a viral essay all about burnout in the millennial age.
After reading the entire Bridgerton series in two months I can gladly say that Julia Quinn has become somewhat of a guilty pleasure author. Because of Miss Bridgerton is a prequel to her bestselling Bridgerton series, and follows the Rokesby family.
Would this really be my reading list if I didn’t include a greek myth retelling? Pat Barker wrote The Silence of the Girls which I read and enjoyed last year. This a follow-up about the other women of Troy, from Hecuba the Queen of Troy to Helen and Cassandra.
And finally, I really need to read Where the Crawdads Sing not only because I only ever hear good things about it, but because I want to read it before the TV adaptation comes out next year.
What’s on your Summer Reading List for 2021? Let me know in the comments below.