Top 10 Tuesday

2021 Releases I Still Need to Read!

January 18, 2022


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

It’s been over a year since my last Top Ten Tuesday post, and I’ve really been missing writing these! I don’t think I’ll return to participating every single week, but I’ll definitely be joining in for the themes that speak to me the most — and as someone who didn’t read almost any of my most anticipated releases last year, I had to join in for this week’s prompt! 

I decided to pick 10 books that I was REALLY anticipating the release of in 2021 and am genuinely shocked I haven’t read yet!

1. A Court of Silver Flames  I couldn’t possibly NOT start this list with what was my most anticipated release of 2021: the newest installment in the ACOTAR series!
2. Vespertine  Another book from an author I already love so much, and fully thought I would’ve read during 2021.
The Mask Falling The funny thing about the latest book in The Bone Season series, is that I actually DID start reading this, and set it aside due to a slump. I almost didn’t include it in the list for that reason, but given that I’m bummed I haven’t picked it back up yet, I think it counts!
4. Rise to the Sun Leah Johnson’s debut You Should See Me in a Crown was one of my favorite reads of 2020 and a new all-time favorite YA romance, so I was really eager to check this out until I heard a LOT of my friends who loved YSSMIAC say this was a huge letdown, and it put a big damper on my excitement. I still plan on reading it soon, though!
5. Queen of Teeth  I have no good reason at all for why I haven’t read this yet, given that: 1) I pre-ordered a copy, 2) I love the synopsis, and 3) Hailey is a delight and I adore her writing!

6. Empire of the Vampire  I feel like I waited so long for this book, yet I haven’t read it yet! A little spoiler for an upcoming TBR, though, is that I’m planning on reading this VERY soon. 👀
7. Dark Rise  Another one from an author I already know I love.
In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future I’m a tremendous fan of horror/sci-fi crossover stories, so an entire anthology fitting that theme is one I should have read by now, and hopefully will VERY soon!
9. We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire Blood Water Paint by this author was one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read in my life. I think a part of me is just nervous that I won’t love this one as much as I loved that book!
10. Horseman I literally did that whole covers-mouth-with-hands-and-screams-a-little thing when I saw the announcement for this book, because I love the story of Sleepy Hollow so much and I LOVE Christina Henry’s retellings, so HOW have I not devoured this book already?!

What are some of the 2021 releases you meant to read, but didn’t get to? Let me know in the comments, or drop a link to your T10T post for the week!



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  • Reply Ellyn January 18, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Yes there are so many 2021 releases never got around to! ACOSF, The Mask Falling, Dark Rise & Horseman. I meant to get to them all but read none!

  • Reply Annemieke January 18, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Ugh I really need to get back on reading The Bone Season series. I read the first book years ago and have the next 2 but I can’t remember anything

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:11 am

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the series if/when you do pick it back up! I had to re-read book 1 before continuing the series, because I feel like each book is just so action-packed!

  • Reply The Book Lover's Sanctuary January 18, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Empire of the Vampire is still on my tbr… I think because I’d read Dracula and Carnilla last year, I had had enough vamps for 2021!

    This is my list of books I didn’t quite get time to read last year.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:11 am

      That’s very fair! I still need to read Carmilla, and I haven’t read Dracula in so long that I remember very little of it!

      • Reply The Book Lover's Sanctuary January 21, 2022 at 10:28 am

        It was an audible performance I listened to – mainly because it was free and I do love Dracula!

  • Reply thecritiquesofafangirl January 18, 2022 at 2:37 am

    ACOSF was such a great book, i hope you love it when you get around to reading it

  • Reply Mareli Thalwitzer January 18, 2022 at 4:56 am

    Wow, Horseman has the most gorgeous cover! Need to check it out for sure. I’ve just started with ACOTAR, so A court of silver flames are still a long way off.

    Happy TTT and I also don’t do TTT every week, just as the prompt tickles my fancy.

    Elza Reads

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:12 am

      Horseman is so gorgeous! Christina Henry often has the prettiest covers, especially the UK editions, too. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the Court series!!

  • Reply dinipandareads January 18, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Great list! I’m keen to check out Vespertine (still waiting on my copy to come in from overseas though lol!) but I’m also tempted by Dark Rise and ACOSF! I hope you enjoy all these books whenever you get to them 😊

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:14 am

      I hope your copy of Vespertine arrives soon, and that you enjoy it when it gets there! 😀 Thank you so much.

  • Reply masterspj January 18, 2022 at 6:40 am

    I have Horseman on my TBR, it’s actually waiting for me to pick it up from the library right now. I just have so many other books I want to read that I may have to wait a bit longer.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:15 am

      I hope you love Horseman when you get the chance to read it! It sounds wonderful and I’ve loved the other books of hers that I’ve read.

  • Reply lydiaschoch January 18, 2022 at 7:28 am

    I haven’t read Rise to the Sun yet either.

    My post:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:16 am

      I hope we both like it whenever we get around to it! 😀 So many books, so little time, lol.

  • Reply Tammy January 18, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Empire of the Vampire made my list as well😁

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:18 am

      I hope we both get to it soon! I think its length is probably a big part of why I didn’t read it yet, but I’ve been getting away from novellas and back into full-length novels a lot more this month. 🙂

  • Reply Marianna January 18, 2022 at 10:52 am

    In Darkness Delight sound cool. I will add that to my tbr.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:19 am

      I’m really excited for it! It’s a series of horror anthologies, and I really enjoyed the first anthology, but haven’t gotten to the 2nd one or the 3rd one (which is the one in this list) yet.

  • Reply frayedbooks January 18, 2022 at 10:58 am

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Empire of the Vampire. That’s a beast of a book, I’m glad I got to it in 2021 as that was one of my goals before the end of the year~

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    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:22 am

      It’s ginormous haha! I think the length is a big part of why I haven’t read it yet. I spent 2020 and 2021 mostly reading novellas, but I’ve been picking up more full-length novels so far this year, which has been nice. 😀

      • Reply frayedbooks January 21, 2022 at 9:28 am

        I picked it up and put it down so many times, it took me at least 2 months to read it just because it was SO BIG! But I hope you can get to it this year~ 🙂

  • Reply iloveheartlandx January 18, 2022 at 11:23 am

    We’re in the same boat with The Mask Falling, I read a good chunk in 2021 but put it down due to a slump. Hopefully I can get back to it without having to start over again! Vespertine was also on my list this week.
    My TTT:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:23 am

      Oh no, I’m sorry you got into a slump while reading The Mask Falling, too! I hope we can both pick it back up soon. I think I will probably restart it, but it’s not too bad for me, because I’m pretty sure I only read the first 30-40pg of it the first time around. I hope you don’t have to restart it! 🙂

      • Reply iloveheartlandx January 25, 2022 at 2:07 pm

        I think I’ll probably just read a recap if I need to, I was over 300 pages through, so I really don’t want to restart it!

  • Reply Lori January 18, 2022 at 11:47 am

    I have a friend who NEEDS to see In Darkness Delight.

    My list is here:

    Happy TTT!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:25 am

      I’m sure it’s going to be a great anthology! I really liked the other anthology I read from these editors. 🙂 Happy TTT, Lori!

  • Reply Leslie January 18, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how that happens?! Books that I’m so hyped and excited for and then never pick them up!! I still have to read Empire of the Vampire too!

    My Top Ten

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:26 am

      It really is! Sometimes I’m like, HOW did I not read this yet after I was THAT excited for it?! Lol!

      • Reply Leslie January 21, 2022 at 7:34 pm

        I know. I don’t understand myself sometimes. haha

  • Reply evelynreads1 January 18, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    I hope you will get to all of these this year!
    I also still need to read Vespertine! Empire of the Vampire was one of my favourite reads of last year!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:28 am

      Thank you, Evelyn!! I’m so glad you loved Empire of the Vampire so much – I can’t wait to read it!

  • Reply Susan January 18, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Welcome back to TTT! It’s such a fun meme 🙂 I haven’t read any of these books, but I hope you enjoy them when you get to them.

    Happy TTT!


  • Reply Poinsettia January 18, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    I hope you enjoy these when you get the chance! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  • Reply Caro @ bookcheshirecat January 19, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Oh I have so many 2021 releases I didn’t get to, some from favorite authors 🙈😅 I wish had read Vespertine, as I love Margaret Rogerson and was so excited that we finally got another book from her! Hopefully it’ll happen this year 🙏🏻

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 21, 2022 at 12:35 am

      I feel this so much! I’m planning on reading Vespertine in February and I am SO EXCITED. I hope you get the chance to read it soon, too!

  • Reply Kit @ Metaphors and Moonlight January 23, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    I still need to read Dark Rise too, but I’m hoping my library will get the audio at some point!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 3, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      I hope your library gets it soon! Do they allow you to request books? I know even that is hit-and-miss at my library, though 😅

  • Reply Marie January 26, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Ah this is a lovely list! I haven’t read Leah Johnson’s debut or this next book, either, but both are on my TBR and I heard great things about them, so I can’t wait to read them! I hope you’ll get a chance to read all of these soon! 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 3, 2022 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you! You Should See Me in a Crown was absolutely delightful and I really think you would enjoy it based on some of the YA romances you’ve rated highly – I hope you do like it when you get the chance 🥰

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