Books I Want to Read Until the End of 2021

There are only three full months left in 2021, and I’m falling behind in my reading challenge. In order to complete it, I will have to finish the eight books that I’m truly eager to read until the year is over. The list features both novels, short story collections and poetry. Some authors are new to me, while others are old acquaintances. Some books are massive, others are tiny. In terms of genres, they are as diverse.


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

I’ve only recently started reading The Luminaries and don’t have a strong opinion about it yet. As I don’t think I’ll DNF it, though, it is one of the books I want to finish until the end of the year. Set in 1866, it follows Walter Moody as he arrives in New Zealand to try his luck at the goldfields and to search for his father, who disappeared from Scotland. At the Crown Hotel, he encounters a group of twelve people who are discussing a series of crimes.


Não Se Pode Morar nos Olhos de um Gato by Ana Margarida de Carvalho

Set at the end of the 19th century, this novel by the Portuguese author Ana Margarida de Carvalho has been on my wish list for years. The time has come to finally read it. After the abolition of slavery, a boat illegally carrying slaves sinks near the coast of Brazil, but a group of people manages to survive. They are the main focus of this book, which seems to be most of all a character study.


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

After enjoying reading Ship of Magic recently, I’m even more certain that I want to read The Mad Ship, the second book in The Liveship Traders Trilogy, before the end of the year. I’m eager to discover how the various Vestrits are going to overcome their respective problems and how the liveships truly came about.


O Amante do Crato by Maria Velho da Costa

To have a first taste of Maria Velho da Costa’s work, I chose the short story collection O Amante do Crato. It is a very short book, featuring four stories, which are supposed to be written in a lyrical and ironic tone.


O Círculo Virtuoso by Maria Isabel Barreno

After not finishing a novel by the Portuguese author Maria Isabel Barreno a couple of years ago, I decided to give her work a second chance. Maybe I will enjoy her writing style more in a collection of short stories like O Círculo Virtuoso.


Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

Although I have read various novels by Margaret Atwood, I still haven’t read any of her short story collections. During #MARM in November, I want to read Moral Disorder, a collection of interconnected stories about the various points in life of a woman.


The Door by Margaret Atwood

In order to have a better grasp of Atwood’s work, I also want to read her poetry. I plan to start with The Door, a collection that supposedly mixes political with personal observations, using both a lyric and an ironic tone.


Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I’m so intrigued by the dreamlike quality of Piranesi that, no matter what, I’ll read it this year. The main and title character lives alone in a house full of wonders. After a while, strange messages start appearing on the pavements.


Have you read any of these books? What books do you want to read until the end of the year? Tell me in the comments!


9 thoughts on “Books I Want to Read Until the End of 2021

  1. Janakay | YouMightAsWellRead says:

    Isn’t it amazing, how quickly the year is disappearing? I’m afraid I’m so far behind in my own challenges (I’ve done much of the reading but, alas, have done little posting) that I’m afraid it’s hopeless. I wish you much better luck!
    I really haven’t read any of your challenge books, although like you I hope to get to Clark’s Piranesi sooner rather than later (my unread copy is glaring at me, even as I type). I’m a big Atwood fan, although I’ve read more of her novels than her short stories, criticism or poetry. I do, however, dip into her poetry from time to time; I enjoy her clarity and insight very much. One short story collection of hers that I like a great deal is Stone Mattress, a fairly recent one. Although some of the stories are stronger than others, they’re all really good and the title story is one of my all-time favorites.
    I’ll be very interested to see what you make of Catton’s The Luminaries. I was very eager to read it, the year it won the Booker; made a very sincere attempt to do so but . . . . got bored about three-quarters of the way through, skipped to the end and never returned! The book just never caught on for me. I hasten to add that my opinion was very much a minority one; there have also been many books that I initially didn’t like or finish and yet, later, found them very worthwhile. I have an almost mystical belief that, when the reader is ready, the book will be there (it’s patient!).

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    • Susana_S_F says:

      Stone Mattress is on my vast list of Atwood’s books to read one day!
      The Luminaries is remembering me of Charles Dickens, whose books I tend to enjoy but it takes me a while to become invested in them. I’m reading it very slowly so far.


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