5 Books to Add to Your Summer 2021 Reading List
If you are an avid reader or have a goal to read more this year, here is a list of books to start with in 2021. I would also love to know what books you have on your own list!
5 Highly-Anticipated Books of 2021 to Read This Summer
These book recommendations come from Literary Hub where they examined all the summer reading lists out there and compiled them into one giant list, starting with the books most recommended or the books of the most lists. We took the top 5 from their list. You can check out more of what everyone is reading on their website: lithub.com.
1. The Other Black Girl: A Novel by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Parade, Goodreads, Fortune, and BBC. Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.
2. Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford
Somebody’s Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she embarks on a powerful journey to find the threads between who she is and what she was born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.
3. Malibu Rising: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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. Read Malibu Rising: A Novel today.
4. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
From the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy, One Last Stop, that will stop readers in their tracks.
5. The Maidens: A Novel by Alex Michaelides
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements “Michaelides as a major player in the field” (Publishers Weekly). Read The Maidens today!
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5 Recommended Self-Help and Empowerment Books for 2021
1. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
Contrary to popular belief, external rewards are not the best way to motivate people. Sure, this carrot-and-stick approach may work short-term, but once the shine of the prize wears off, the drive will simply fizzle out. Leveraging 40 years’ worth of research, Pink brings to light the three elements that are absolutely key to human motivation.
2. The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
Many of us struggle with juggling our career, romantic partnership, parenting, and our own personal health. Oftentimes, there’s one area that really gets neglected: our friendships. If you want to maintain deep connections with people outside of your immediate family, you must continuously show up for them. In this book, learn how to take care of friendships—and yourself.
3. I Will Teach You to Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi
If you’ve ever been told to stop buying fancy coffee in order to accumulate wealth, I’m here to break the good news to you: That advice is just plain wrong. “Wealth wizard” Ramit Sethi’s six-week program will teach you how to automate your finances, avoid (and get out of) late fees, conquer your debt, build a rockstar savings account, and so much more—all while still buying the things you like (like that five-dollar seasonal latte).
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4. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
In the book, Brown rejects the idea that vulnerability is a sign of weakness, and instead argues that it is a measure of courage. Vulnerability, she writes, can come from both a place of fear, as well as a place of empathy that can spark innovation and creativity.
“It really drives home why vulnerability can be transformative in all areas of our life,” Sheehan says. “For those who can’t find the time to read right now — me! — I also recommend her podcast.”
5. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
5 Highly Anticipated Novels in 2021
1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Eve has tried to straighten out her life. Really, she has. But no matter what she does, she finds – or often creates – disaster at every turn. So, when she accidentally ruins an expensive wedding and unintentionally runs into the B&B owner with her car, she finds herself scrambling, once again, to clean up the mess. Jacob’s arm is broken and Eve, he swears, is hellbent on ruing his life. But as she flutters around trying to make everything better, he can’t help it. He’s falling for the crazy lady before him and he will fight that feeling with everything he’s got.
Hilarious, witty, and so much fun – this rom-com is a great way to start off the new year.
2. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
It’s the 1940s and England is on the brink of war with the Nazis, just as three very different women answer their country’s call to Bletchley Park, a top-secret location where the best minds in the business have come together to break German military codes. Osla, a wealthy socialite; Mab, from the impoverished east end of London; and Beth, a local spinster, defy all odds as they face the impossible demands of war. An encrypted letter, royal affair, and an asylum are just some of the obstacles the trio will face.
Kate Quinn does it again with this gripping historical fiction and you won’t want to put it down.
3. Dog Flowers: A Memoir by Danielle Geller
In this moving memoir, Danielle Geller returns home to the Navajo reservation after her mother’s death, to uncover her mother’s life story through traditions, heritage, shared stories and photographs. Geller uses her experience as a librarian and archivist to string together her family’s troubled history.
You’ll be instantly sucked into Geller’s family story through her vulnerability and transparent writing style.
4. A Million Reasons Why by Jessica Strawser
Caroline has everything she’s ever wanted. The big, happy family, a great career, and an adoring husband. But when DNA test results force her to question every reality she’s ever known, her life is flipped upside-down. Sela suffers from kidney failure and she’s reeling from her mother’s recent death. Her only hope is her half-sister, who she just discovered thanks to a mail-in DNA test. But just as Sela finds a glimmer of hope at a new life, Caroline finds hers slipping away. Can forgiveness come in time to save a life?
You’ll love this exploration of family, motherhood, and the power of compassion.
5. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
The narrative biography covers the German princess who became empress and ruled over Russia for 34 years — longer than any other woman in Russian history — through her own determination.
“Of course she was a princess and already privileged when she went to Russia, but she turned the country around as someone who overcame every social stigma in her world,” Robichaux says. “It’s an inspiring tale of leadership and sheer force of will.”
There you have it! The top books for 2021, if you read any of these, I would love to know your opinion. What’s great about this list is that many of these books are on audible. I love using audible to listen to books because I hardly have time to sit and read! Right now, you can score 30 days free on audible!
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