Hi everyone! It’s a new year and it’s also time for a new feature here on Bookish Wanderess called On My Radar, where I talk about books that I have heard a lot about and I’m curious about, but they are outside of my comfort zone and I’m not sure if I should give them a chance. My idea is that hopefully, you all can help me decide which books are worth reading because I would like to read a few books outside my comfort zone in 2021.
For this first post, I chose books that I have seen in other people’s lists of favorite books of 2020. At the end of a year, I always end up with so many new books on my tbr because other people loved them and recommended them, and a lot of time they are not books that I would usually pick up. This list is full of those books, beloved by others but not books I would usually pick up, and I want your help deciding if I should give them a chance!
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas: This was the first book that came to mind when I came up with the theme for this post, because I saw in so many lists of best books of 2020 but I also saw it in so many lists of worst books of 2020.
I’m curious about this book because it sounds like a gothic, dark academia book but weirder. I’m not someone who loves weird books, but I have loved some of them and I have liked the gothic stories I have read so far, so I think I may like this even if it is outside my comfort zone.
Bunny by Mona Awad: Another weird book that I’m on the fence about. I heard someone describe this as Mean Girls but weird and that sounds so interesting and intriguing to me. But I have also heard so many people say this is the weirdest book they have ever read and that makes me hesitant to pick it up. I think it may be a bit too weird for me.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: I haven’t been reading that much YA Fantasy because I haven’t loved that many of the ones that I have read recently. But this book has me so curious, the concept of a secret society of descendants of King Arthur’s knights sounds really interesting and all my friends and people I follow who have read it loved it.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: I don’t read literary fiction often, it’s not a genre that I’m drawn to, but I have seen this book everywhere and everyone seems to love it, so I’m curious. Also, I know it deals with performative activism and that sounds interesting and it’s a subject that I would definitely want to read more about.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell: this sounds like something I would never want to read, it’s literary fiction and it’s dark and sad. But so many people love this book and it deals with a predatory relationships which sounds interesting. I’m curious but I don’t know if that’s enough to make me pick up this book since I think it’s going to be a very disturbing read.