5 Books We’re Reading in 2021

New year, new me books.

Every January like clockwork, that nerdy part of me comes out and I sit down and pick out my must-read books for the year. With some great new releases on the horizon and a couple of older titles I’ve been waiting to get to, 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for reading, relaxing and recharging. 

If you’re looking for a little bookish inspo, check out what’s on my TBR and let me know in the comments what book you’re most excited to pick up this year.

A little wrap-up

These are books that were supposed to be on this 2021 list but I’ve already read them because I have no self control when it comes to books.

Keep an eye out on our monthly reading wrap-ups to see their reviews.

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Gilded One by Namina Forna | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Project by Courtney Summers | ⭐⭐⭐

On my 2021 TBR

While I always have good intentions to watch less Netflix and read more books, sometimes life and true-crime docos just get in the way. No matter how much of a shit-show this year turns out to be, below are the 5 books I’m determined to read this year – even if it’s in the last week of December.

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction, romance.

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I’m already a few chapters into this and it is a truly beautiful read.

V.E. Schwab penned one of my favourite fantasy series so I was admittedly surprised when I picked this up and found it to be lyrical in style. With a whimsical concept and an already stellar lead character, I have no doubt that this might be one of my favourite books of the year.


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A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Contemporary, fiction, romance.

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One of my all time favourite authors, I’m excited to pick up her latest book Malibu Rising. The last three books I read of hers were all 5 stars, so I’m expecting big things from this book. 

While we’re on the topic, if you haven’t read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones and the Six, I highly recommend them. They’re two of my all time fave reads and I’d give them all the stars in the universe if I could.

Four 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.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But 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.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Genre: Historical fiction, young adult, LGBTQI+

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I just need this okay? Like now!

From what I’ve read, this is a gooey, all in your feels kind of book. I’m not a huge romance reader but every now and then I enjoy getting sucked into a love story. I’m excited to dive into this book that has great potential to be a top pick for the year.

“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Genre: Fiction, contemporary, African lit.

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I read Homecoming last year and honestly it was a transformative experience.

Yaa Gyasi writes beautiful character driven novels that deal with a number of themes throughout. As a reader, it’s a true delight to live in her world and experience every heartwarming and heartbreaking moment alongside her characters.  


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Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.

But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi’s phenomenal debut.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Genre: Fiction, romance, LGBTQI+

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So I haven’t heard too much about this book just yet, but I’m in love with the cover and am ready to go on what appears to be a life-altering journey with lead character Grace.


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With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.

This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.

Written by Monique Renee

Usually barefoot and deep in wanderlust mode, Mon loves binging Netflix, cuddling babies and stalking through Instagram looking for boho decor inspo and hotties with man buns. You’ll usually find her on holiday, planning a holiday or thinking about holidays.

Favourite Instagram to follow: @the_female_lead


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