As we start the new year, we’re all enveloped into a sense of great anticipation and curiosity of what 2021 will bring our way, especially after the collective trauma of 2020. However, amongst the unanswered questions and endless possibilities of the new year, there lies a promise of tons of great new books in 2021. Lucky for you, we have narrowed down the 15 most anticipated books.
Keep scrolling, you may even find your usher for the next year!
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“Mother. Daughter. Angel. Monster”. The first on this list is Ashley Audrain’s novel which explores the darkest nooks of motherhood. This psychological drama paints the journey of a mother’s internal struggles who questions her relationship with her newborn daughter. This book is a must-have on our list because we need more realistic representations of the various challenges motherhood brings and the repercussions of what happens when women are not believed.
2020 was arguably one of the most crucial years with respect to social justice and social upheaval. Especially with the Black Lives Matter movement that gained support around the world, this book is exactly what you need to learn about police brutality and the way society perceives activism. The story is centered around a teen social activist who is killed after attending a social justice rally in the war against police brutality. Her family is left recovering from the collective trauma they experienced and ponder over what being ‘one of the good ones‘ really means.
If you were a fan of Emma Lord’s “Tweet Cute” then you will absolutely love this! It’s the ultimate feel-good novel on family, friendship, romance, and, most importantly, sisterhood. The story follows the journey of two sisters who were separated at birth and reunite years later at summer camp (Are you also getting Parent Trap feels?) Two complete opposites work together to put the missing pieces of the puzzle together and find out why their parents gave one of them up for adoption. Their parents however have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.
Calling all The Hate U Give fans! This is another wonderful novel in Angie Thomas’ series which will take the readers to Garden Heights 17 years before the events in the first novel.
The Girls I’ve Been is about the daughter of a con woman, Nora. She is caught in a bank heist and is fearlessly determined to get herself, her girlfriend, and her ex/best friend out safely. This is also soon to be a Netflix film starring Millie Bobby Brown and Jason Bateman. Bookmark this novel before watching the actual film!
Rachel Ricketts’ Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy tackles anti-racism from a spiritual level. This novel is an essential guidebook on how to fight racial injustice and white supremacy. I’m really looking forward to this book so that I can practice spiritual activism and understand what it really means to be an ally from the perspective of a Black woman.
Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds is set in Texas during the era of The Great Depression. It’s an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.
Bill Gates’ book How To Avoid A Climate Disaster comes at a time where the human race is in a state of an ongoing global climate crisis, and therefore, is in its utmost need. In the year 2020 we experienced one of the most devastating climate disasters some of which were the 79 day long Australian wildfires, the Caribbean Earthquake and the wildfires in California. With such catastrophic events taking place within a span of one year, we require a thorough understanding of breakthroughs that can prevent a climate disaster altogether.
Science Fiction. Artificial friend. Human Betrayal. Need I say more? I am incredibly excited to read this book which follows the story of an artificial friend, Klara. She stays at a store and remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her, but when she learns that her circumstances may change forever, Klara wonders what it means to love.
If you are a fan of Stephen King’s novels then Later will without doubt soon become your favorite book! The publisher has stated that, “Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel IT, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.”
Sitara Zamani migrated to America following the staged coup in her home of Afghanistan. It was during this tragic event that her entire family was assassinated. Forty years later, she meets a soldier who may have been responsible for her family’s death. Upon meeting him, she urgently returns to her home town, desperate for answers and closure.
This book right is here is my absolute favorite on this list! 2021 comes with a bit of anticipation, but this book is the ultimate companion for the spectrum of emotions that one may feel next year. ‘A collection of essays and illustrations, divided into phases of the sky – twilight, golden hour, night, and dawn.’ In this insightful and warm book, Mari Andrew explores all the emotions that make up a life, offering insights about trauma and healing.
A romantic comedy about a Muslim woman is undoubtedly one of the few things I am looking forward to next year. Reena Manji fakes an engagement to the boy next door in the hopes of winning couples cooking contest. The boy next door also happens to be the potential suitor her parents have found for her. A delightful satire on arranged marriages, love, and baked goods, Accidentally Engaged is for sure going to end up becoming one of my favorite romantic comedies.
An incredible story following two sisters, both deaf and raised in cultlike seclusion by deaf parents, and the shattering consequences that unfold when that isolation comes to an end.
If you are looking for a novel packed with drama, then this book is it. Nina Riva and her three famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer, but over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever. Before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.
Lucky for us we have all of these books ranging from thriller, romantic comedy, psychological drama, and social justice to look forward to in the coming year.
If you need me next year, I will be escaping to the world of books and magic and I hope to find you there too!
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