Happy 2021! If you’re a reader and you’re anything like me, you’ll likely have already set your Goodreads goal for 2021 and are thinking about how you can go about getting those first few books off the mark as soon as possible. Shorter books are a great way to start – not only are they generally quick reads as a whole, they’re also a great way of getting stuck into some reading and banishing that horrendous book slump that normally rears its ugly head at the start of the year. Short books are one way of ensuring you get a notch on your Goodreads post without it taking forever to achieve!
5 Short Books to Kickstart your 2021 Goodreads Goal
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez was a book I actually received in 2020 from my work colleagues – the vouchers they gave me for my birthday bought this and a couple of other books and I absolutely SPED through this collection of short stories. I was looking for something a little bit ‘spooky’ in time for Halloween and this was a recommendation – whilst I didn’t find the book particularly spooky, per se, it was a great collections of unnerving tales that all kind of linked together. It was a very quick read and it’s something you can quite easily dip in and out of when you have a few minutes as the individual stories are very short and can be read intermittently. It’s not an easygoing read, be warned, but if you like literary fiction then this is a great one for you.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I think I first read this collection of books by Stephanie Perkins, of which Anna and the French Kiss makes up the first book when I was 17 – a whole 10 years ago, when it was first published. It was a book everyone was raving about, and rightly so. This is the ORIGINAL YA contemporary romance and honestly, nothing I’ve really read since then has measured up completely to it. It’s very fast paced and the characters are all absolutely charming – you’ll fall in love with them just as quickly as I did, and you’ll be after the other books in the series too!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
An ~actual~ creepy book here and arguably one of my favourite books. I absolutely ADORE We Have Always Lived in the Castle – it’s sinister and unnerving and the characters truly give you the heebie-jeebies. It’s also a really short book that you’ll whizz through in absolutely no time at all. Once you’ve read the book, there’s also a movie adaptation of this one for you to enjoy – plus all of Shirley Jackson’s other books too, including The Haunting of Hill House.
Lullaby by Leila Slimani
More of a thriller reader? I’m a massive fan of books that leave you feeling all itchy and creeped out and Lullaby is certainly that. Translated from the French, this isn’t so much a ‘who-dunnit’ but a ‘why-has-she-dunnit’; a nanny kills the two children she is responsible for looking after, but there’s definitely more to it all than meets the eye.
Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
2020 was the year of the graphic novel for me – I read a fair few and easily the best series that I did read was Heartstopper – volume one is cutesy and warm and incredibly quick to read – you’ll be ordering the second volume as soon as you finish the first, that’s for sure. If you’re after a bit of LGBTQ+ rep in your reading, this is the one for you.
What books are you starting the year off with? Have you read any of these books as of yet? Do you prefer short books or longer books? Let me know in the comments!