Top Ten Tuesday | 2021 releases I didn’t get to


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is ‘2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To’, and I have oh so many of those. I finally started Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne over the weekend and I’m already certain I’m going to love it, but there are so many other releases I didn’t find the time to get to…

The Unbroken by C.L. Clark: The sapphic trifecta was everywhere in 2021 and I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of The Unbroken which I started and got about 20% of the way through before I stopped reading. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it, I just sucked at reading in 2021. I need to get to it this year!

A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark: I love Clark’s alternate version of early 20th century Cairo, but this is another one I haven’t read even though I did start it. Hopefully I can get to it this year.

Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: You all know by now how much I love Moreno-Garcia’s work, but I wasn’t in a thriller mood in 2021.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers: I really want to read Chambers’ latest novella, I just don’t want to spend over £7 for the ebook.

The Councillor by E.J. Beaton: This novel sounds so up my street – it’s political and Machiavellian and written by an Australian author – but it’s another eARC I didn’t manage to get to in 2021.

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson: I love stories about nuns and I’m here for the aroace rep, so I need to get to this one soon.

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart: I’ll never not be attracted to stories about witches, and I was intrigued enough by this one to pre-order the eoook, but I’ve since seen fairly lukewarm reviews which haven’t inspired me to pick it up.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire: There’s a severe lack of unicorns and centaurs in fantasy so it’s ridiculous that I still haven’t read this novella.

Glass Coffin by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch: I never see this Middle Grade series talked about on the blogosphere (but in all fairness, I need to follow more bloggers who read a lot of MG!) but it’s such a fun one. It’s inspired by fairy tales, but feels far more Shrek than Disney, with some really sweet queer rep in there, too. I need to read this third book!

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao: I’ve seen so many people sing this book’s praises and it’s another ebook I preordered, I simply haven’t been in much of a sci-fi mood recently. I’m so excited to pick it up this year, though!

Which books made your list this week?

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | 2021 releases I didn’t get to

  1. imyril @ There's Always Room For One More says:

    Some great reads here and some shared ‘must catch up on that’ titles too. Having just read A Psalm For The Wild-Built I’m a rare dissenter who didn’t enjoy it (acknowledging that I’m a very grumpy reader in January 2022) so I support your choice not to spend £7 on it! I have the same problem with Wayward Children – I loved the first one, hated the third, and resent the price tag too much to take the risk on the rest…

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  2. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits says:

    Velvet Was the Night and A Master of Djinn are on my “why haven’t I read this yet?” list too. Though I see two novellas on your list—Psalm for the Wild-Built and Across the Green Grass Fields—so those should be quick reads when you’re ready for them, at least!

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  3. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies says:

    I read A Psalm for the Wild-Built at the beginning of this month, and thought it was just beautiful! (Doesn’t hurt that it’s nice and short…) I love the Wayward Children books too, and really liked Across the Green Grass Fields. Good luck getting to all of these!
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    1. Louise says:

      Great list! You’ve got some I loved here (The Councillor, Vespertine, Across the Green Grass Fields) and some I really meant to try at some point too (The Jasmine Throne, A Master of Djinn). You’ve got me considering Glass Coffin too!

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  4. dinipandareads says:

    I can’t wait to read Iron Widow and Psalm for the Wild Built! I’ve seen glowing reviews for both and since they’ll both be new authors for me I’m excited to hopefully discover two new faves 😃 I was pretty excited about Witches Steeped in Gold but as you said, those lukewarm reviews are making me hesitate. I hope you enjoy all of these whenever you get to them though!


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