10/10 Reading Update for 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

At the start of the year, I decided to use Goodreads’s annual reading challenge in a new way to help alleviate some of the pressure that comes with trying to pick a reasonable goal for a year’s worth of reading. My scaling goal was set at a reasonable 10 books, and now that I’ve hit that marker, it’s bumping up to 20!

As a celebration of sorts, I’m posting a brand new list of reads I hope to squeeze in this year.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

This classic has been lurking on my TBR for too long! I plan to audiobook it during my spring cleaning this month and finally see what everyone’s been raving about.

GLITTER GETS EVERYWHERE by Yvette Clark

Glitter Gets Everywhere by Yvette Clark

I’m delighted to have an ARC copy of this exciting debut title from Yvette Clark. I’ve been told the main character shares my obsession with color, which makes me all the more excited to jump in.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Highly recommended by a trusted source (thanks, mom!) I know this book is going to be a humorous friendship story with neurodivergent characters. I’ll probably blow through Rules in one afternoon. I love reading contemporary titles when it gets summery-hot, so this should hit the spot.

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Which to enjoy first, the film adaptation or the novel? I’ve never been one to stick to any particular order, but I do know binging Enola Holmes mysteries is destined to be part of my summer.

Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne

Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne

My luck must be on the rise because I won an ARC copy of Josephine Against the Sea! This book is set in the Caribbean and the main character is a cricket player, so I’m bursting at the seams to give it a read.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

I keep hearing amazing things about this book– and, frankly, anything illustrated by Brett Helquist has got to be good–so Chasing Vermeer is one I think I’m bound to love.

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

I can’t find a reasonable explanation why I haven’t gotten around to The Witch Boy graphic novels yet. They look spooky, and quirky, and intriguing, which is everything I like!

Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

To be honest, the main thing I know about this book is that the cover is gorgeous and I think the setting must be neat with the swampy vibes it gives off. Yeah. Summaries, shmummaries.

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie

Continuing my quest for spooky/scary Middle Grade titles, I’m excited to pick up Scritch Scratch, which got a lot of great mentions around Halloween last year.

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

I haven’t revisited Dragon Rider in ages. This was one of my favorite Fantasy books as a kid, so I can’t wait to return to the comfort of familiar characters and thrill of half-forgotten plot twists.

Are any of these reads on your 2021 TBR?

  • Share what books you’re excited to read in the comments below!
  • Recommend a book you think I’d like based on this round of selections.
  • Have a Middle Grade book coming out soon? Send me an ARC review request via my contact page.

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