My Reading List for 2021

Happy New Year! 

I know we rang in 2021 almost two weeks ago but between siblings still being home from college and Ben having surgery, this is the first day things feel like we can get back into a routine. 

For the last week or so I’ve been working on putting together my reading list for 2021. I don’t hold myself to reading everything on here but it is a good starting place for library holds or picking the next book. I’ve sorted things into a few of the different categories I try to be reading at any given time: fiction, self-help, non-fiction or religious.

How I picked books for my 2021 reading list

I took about 15 books off of last year’s reading list that I never finished. I’ve also been saving book recommendations to a folder of posts on Instagram for most of the year. I grabbed a few off of “best books I read in 2020” blog posts floating around and then I asked on Instagram over the weekend what YOUR best book or two in 2020 was and put those on my list. 

2021 Reading List 

Here is what I’m excited to be reading: 


  1. The Idea of You by Robinne Lee 
  2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  3. The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – this one has been on so many best of 2020 lists that I can’t skip it 
  4. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (I listened to this on my cross country drive – a lot more language than I bargained for – but did keep me engaged / awake for the drive )
  5. Beach Read by Emily Henry
  6. The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin
  7. Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters
  8. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  9. The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker
  10. The Golden Hour by Beatrice Williams
  11. The Farm by Joanne Raoms
  12. The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 
  13. We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride
  14. Lovely War by Julie Berry
  15. The Lost Man by Jane Harper


  1. Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch – this has been dowloaded on Scribd for over a year but I haven’t read it yet! 
  2. Peaceful Parent Happy kids by Laura Markham – my favorite parenting book I plan on re-reading each January 
  3. The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
  4. The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine
  5. The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy By Kim West, LCSW-C with Joanne Kenen
  6. UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World By Dr. Michele Borba
  7. No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls By Katie Hurley
  8. The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World
  9. The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud – another one that comes highly highly recommended from friends


  1. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou – I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet! 
  2. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  3. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards
  4. Built to Sell by John Warrilow
  5. The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy 
  6. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  7. Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman

Self Help + Relationships 

  1. The All-or-nothing Marriage by Eli J. Finkel
  2. The Argument Hangover: Empowering Couples to Fight Smarter & Overcome Communication Pitfalls By Jocelyn & Aaron Freeman
  3. Codependent No More by Melody Beattie (I’m most excited about this one – codependency is something I have struggled with in relationships since I was a teenager) 
  4. The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
  5. Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis
  6. Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  7. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  8. Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
  9. The Likeability Trap by Alicia Menendez
  10. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – Ben recommended this one 


  1. Wearing God by Lauren Winner  – I’ve been reading this one bit by bit over the last two years and am committing to finally finishing it 
  2. Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra
  3. The Inevitable Apostacy by Tad R. Callister
  4. The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister
  5. The Christ Who Heals by Terryl Givens – a reread – one of my favorites of all time 
  6. That We May Be One by Tom Christofferson
  7. The Enoch Letters by Neal A Maxwell
  8. The Priesthood Power of Women by Barbara Morgan Gardner
  9. Seekers Wanted by Anthony Sweat 
  10. Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman – another re-read but it has been 15 years 

Other Non Fiction


What is on your reading list right now? 

Any favorite recent reads I should add? 



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