20/20 Reading Update for 2021

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

At the start of the year, I decided to use a scaling goal to track my year of reading. My original goal of 10 books bumped up to 20, and thanks to #BookADayMay and a surprisingly productive summer reading session, I’ve blown through that goal and then some with a total of 50 books!

I’m bumping up my Goodreads goal to 60, and highlighting some more books on my To-Read pile for 2021!

A Touch of Ruckus by Ash Van Otterloo

A Touch of Ruckus by Ash Van Otterloo

Spooky season is coming in hot, and I’m so excited to have received an ARC of this mystical, magical, southern-inspired ghost story!

Midsummer's Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca

Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca

I love a story that involves sweet treats! This one blends up Shakespearean tie-ins and a cooking contest, which promises to be a real treat.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

After enjoying All’s Faire in Middle School, I’m intrigued to see a roller derby inspired story from this bestselling graphic novelist! Sports aren’t normally my thing, but I have a feeling this will be a smashing exception.

Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson

Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson

This is a classic case of “the cover looks great” and I need no further information. Aloof boarding school headmistress, check. Sneaky-thief(?) girl, check. Cute-and-tiny mouse companion, check. Enough said.

Spell Sweeper by Lee Edward Födi

Spell Sweeper by Lee Edward Födi

Humorous adventures are always my favorite, and I have a strong feeling Spell Sweeper will hit the spot. Magic dust, Japanese-inspired elements, and a misfit girl with a job to do can only add up to good things! I’m super grateful to have received an ARC of this one so I can enjoy it ASAP.

Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis

Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis

Another case of love-goggles for the book cover! This contemporary title promises some Capital-D-Drama, so I’m wholeheartedly prepared to read this one from cover to cover in one seating. Many thanks to the fantastic Tanita S. Davis for providing me with an advance copy!

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

I love contemporary stories in which kids are encouraged to embrace their differences, and this one has been highly recommended for delivering just that. I’ve loved Sarah Weeks’ writing in the past, so I’m really looking forward to digging into Save Me a Seat!

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

I feel way overdue to read See You in the Cosmos after hearing nothing but praise over this book for awhile now, so this is my time! Gorgeous cover, a nerdy main character, and themes of grief and family? I have a feeling I’m going to like this one.

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

I absolutely loved Erin Dionne’s quick-paced, humorous, heartfelt writing in Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, so this Shakespearean school drama has been high on my TBR. I expect a lot of laugh-out-loud moments from girl-Hamlet.

Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell

Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell

As a fan of Steampunk-Fantasy vibes and girl power themes, I’m excited to have an ARC of this fresh-faced Fantasy. Hot air balloonists, a touch of espionage, and an unlikely friendship. Plus, a gorgeous cover I can’t stop staring at. It’s all I can do to tear my eyes away.

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.
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