Kellee’s #MustReadin2021


I love the Must Read challenge! I took part in 2015-2019, so I am so glad that it is back for 2021! Thank you to Carrie at There’s A Book for That for starting this challenge and to Leigh Ann of A Day in the Life and Cheriee of Library Matters for co-hosting the revival.

For those of you new to the challenge, #mustreadin2021 has you take a look at the books you wanted to read in 2020, but for whatever reason, did not get to them.  You then make your own personal list of books you want to commit to reading in 2021.

There is no set number of books and books can be published from any year, in any genre or format, and in any category. These books will not be the only ones you read this year but will be the ones included in your personal challenge.

If you’d like to see others taking part, visit the #MustReadin2021 Round Up!

For my #MustReadin2021 challenge this year, I am going to mix it up a bit! I’m going to have two parts to it:


The first part will be my traditional #MustReadin2021 list although I am not going to include any 2021 titles on it to keep with the description of the challenge. I particularly looked at MG and YA books that came out over my time on the Schneider Award committee and try to read what I’ve missed, but like always it’ll be a mish-mash of things and will probably be WAY too long.

  • #NoEscape by Gretchen McNeil
  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Rainée
  • Alex Rider: Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz
  • Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  • Apple by Eric Gansworth
  • Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  • Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Hello from Renn Lake by Michele Weber Hurwitz
  • Jackpot by Nic Stone
  • Killing November by Adriana Mather
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
  • Land of Cranes by Aida Salazar
  • Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
  • Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen
  • On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
  • Once Upon an Eid Edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
  • Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza
  • Shuri by Nic Stone
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • The Cousins by Karen McManus
  • The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
  • The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep by Allan Wolf
  • This is My America by Kim Johnson
  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
  • War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
  • Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson


When Goodreads first started, groups were really big, and I helped moderate an amazing group called Wild Things for YA which had all sorts of fun reading challenges, so when I saw the #BitAboutBooks Winter 2021 challenge, I knew I had to take part! So, for the second part of my #MustReadin2021 challenge, I want to challenge myself to take part in some other fun challenges like this during the year. I might even do some read-a-thons or other fun things.

Here is my #BitAboutBooks Winter 2021 Challenge plan:

  • Any book of my choice: Tales of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer
  • Any book with 100-200 pages: Diana Princess of the Amazon by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
  • A book with one word in the title: Starfish by Lisa Fipps
  • An author’s debut book: From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • A book with with an animal main character: The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
  • A book that has a direction in the title: The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung
  • A book published in 2021: That Weekend by Kara Thomas
  • A book set in a country that is not where you currently live: The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
  • A book that won an award: All of the Schneider Family Book Award winners 🙂
  • A book with a name in the title: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Two books by the same author: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy and Here We Are both edited by Kelly Jensen

Here’s to an awesome year of reading!


7 thoughts on “Kellee’s #MustReadin2021”

  1. Your list is wonderful. The ones I have read were wonderful. I’m excited to see Bloom by Kenneth Oppel. It’s a series that’s addicting! I see that we have a few in common this year, but you also have a bunch that are new to me.
    I’ve almost got my #BitAboutBooks accomplished – just a couple more to complete.
    Happy reading this year.

  2. I have only read two on your list: The Night Diary and The Astonishing Color of After. And I loved both of them! Such a great list! Happy reading!


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