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The Best Books to Read in 2021


The Best Books to Read in 2021

I had SO much fun with my 100 Book Challenge last year, that I decided I was going to track them again. I am not giving myself a goal this year, because I think I was able to read so many last year because of Covid, and how many hours I spent pumping. I am going to add a new section though for upcoming releases, in case you want to order the book and read it with me! Then I’ll just move those titles up with my thoughts once I read them!

Books to Read in 2021



The Good Sister

by Sally Hepworth 

Conversations with Friends

by Sally Rooney





The Coddling of the American Mind 

by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

12 Rules for Life

by Jordan Peterson 

Milk Fed 

by Melissa Broder

Every Last Fear 

by Alex Finlay

Pretty Girls 

by Karin Slaughter



The Searcher

by Tana French


This is a slow-build thriller, which I usually don’t love but this is so well written, I didn’t want it to end. 

One Day You’ll Thank Me

by Cameran Eubanks Wimberly


Cameran is one of my favorite reality tv stars, and my love goes way farther back than Southern Charm. I am one of those unicorns who has seen every single season of The Real World, and she and Brad were my JAM on Real World San Diego. Her book approaches motherhood in such an honest and vulnerable way, I found it to be so relatable. 

How to Fail at Flirting 

by Denise Williams 


This was the January pick for The Readheads Book Club – I got it on Audible which I usually never do for fiction books, but it was kind of a nice pace. 



Books I Read:

Virus Hunters 

by Bobby Akart


Call me a glutton for punishment for reading this in our 10th month of a global pandemic, but It felt timely and relevant. To make matters worse, a big portion of this book is set in Nevada – so the entire thing hit very close to home. But it was super interesting to read about how the beginnings of a pandemic transpire – despite it being fiction. This is a series, and I’ll definitely be continuing on. 7/10.

The Last Sister 

by Kendra Elliott


For whatever reason, I could not get into this book. To be fair, it could be because of the state of the world and how distracted I am with everything that’s going on – but it wasn’t enough to pull me in given the circumstances. 5/10.


The Wife Upstairs

by Rachel Hawkins


Wow – I don’t normally love books based on classics (in this case, Jane Eyre) – but I could not put this down. I still don’t think I even know what exactly happened, or what I’m supposed to believe. I don’t want to say too much more without giving anything away, but read this ASAP. 9/10. 

One of the Good Ones 

by Maika Moulite 


This book was incredibly emotional and timely. Although it is fiction, I didn’t feel like it was. If you’re looking for a fiction book based on current events, definitely check this out. 

Girl With No Job: The Crazy Beautiful Life of an Instagram Thirst Monster

by Claudia Oshry 



I stayed up until midnight waiting for this to be delivered to my Kindle, and then finished it up in Audible on the tread the next morning. And as Claudia would say, it was “everything of the sort.” Loved getting an inside glimpse into my favorite podcaster’s past, cancellation and working her way back up during her epic comeback. 

The Death of Expertise

by Tom Nichols


Emily’s therapist recommended this book and I’m only one chapter in but it is FASCINATING. 


Upcoming Releases:


Black Buck 

by Mateo Askaripour – January 5th

Concrete Rose 

by Angie Thomas – January 5th

The Perfect Guests

by Emma Rous- January 12th

You Have a Match 

by Emma Lord – January 12th

Siri, Who Am I?

by Sam Tschida – January 12th

The Ex Talk

by Rachel Lynn Solomon  – January 26th

The Four Winds

by Kristin Hannah – February 2nd

Girls with Bright Futures

by Wendy Katzman – February 2nd

Makeup Breakup 

by Lily Menon – February 2nd

The Project 

by Courtney Summers – February 2nd

The Marriage Pass 

by Briana Cole – February 23rd

Firekeeper’s Daughter

by Angeline Boulley – March 16th

Every Vow you Break 

by Peter Swanson – March 23rd

You Love Me

by Caroline Kepnes – Apr 6

The Newcomer

by Mary Kay Andrews – May 4th

Family Reunion 

by Nancy Thayer – May 4th

The Summer of Lost and Found

by Mary Alice Monroe – May 11th

People We Meet on Vacation

by Emily Henry – May 11th

The Hunting Wives

by May Cobb – May 18th

Malibu Rising 

by Taylor Jenkins Reid – May 25th

Golden Girl

by Elin Hilderbrand – June 1st

Survive the Night 

by Riley Sager – June 29th

The Therapist 

by B.A. Paris – June 29th

The Woods are Always Watching 

by Stephanie Perkins – August 3rd





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