10 books I’m excited to read in 2021

In 2020, I read a lot of books that circled around themes of self-discovery, self-awareness, and individuality. These were all great books that challenged me, moved me, and helped me. Stay tuned for a 2020 book review post. So, as 2021 springs along, I’m excited about a new literary adventure. While I’m excited to continue reading such themes in 2021, I’m also looking forward to reading genres that I may not naturally gravitate to. Time for a little switcheroo.

Here are 10 books I’m excited to read in 2021. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way!

  1. Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

“Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood. Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends, and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.”Goodreads

2. The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett

“The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?” Goodreads

3. American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins

“American Dirt is a novel by American author Jeanine Cummins, about the ordeal of a Mexican woman who had to leave behind her life and escape as an undocumented immigrant to the United States with her son.” – Wikipedia

4. Aftershock – Nadia Owusu

“In a literary landscape rich with diaspora memoirs, Owusu’s painful yet radiant story rises to the forefront. The daughter of an Armenian-American mother who abandoned her and a heroic Ghanaian father who died when she was thirteen, Nadia drifted across continents in a trek that she renders here with poetic, indelible prose.”The Oprah Magazine

5. Of Women and Salt – Gabriela Garcia

“From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia’s Of Women and Salt is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals—personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others—that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America’s most tangled, honest, human roots.” Google Books

6. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

“Cora is a slave in Georgia on a cotton plantation, living a life that no one should ever have to experience. When another slave, Ceasar, arrives from Virginia and tells Cora about the Underground Railroad, they both decide to take the risk and escape. As she flees to freedom, state by state, unplanned matters appear at every turn — all while being hunted.” – Best Products

7. No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood

“Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature.”Goodreads

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

“Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.”Goodreads

9. What Could Be SavedLiese O’Halloran Schwarz

An enthralling, redemptive novel set in Bangkok in 1972 and Washington, DC, in 2019 about an expatriate child who goes missing, whose family is contacted decades later by a man claiming to be the vanished boy.” – Goodreads

10. The Space Between Us – Thrity Umrigar

“Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years.” – Goodreads

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  1. January 9, 2021 / 3:55 am

    Liked & Shared. Thank you. Happy New Year.

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