Daastan is back with some great book recommendations! This month we’ll be talking about the most anticipated reads of 2021. Moreover, we will be revisiting some preloved books that are making their way back into the spotlight.
Choosing the Most Anticipated Reads
Do you know approximately 2.2 million books are published globally every year? That is an insane amount of books, right? Imagine scrolling endlessly through a list of all the yearly book releases and finding a good one among them. It absolutely sounds like a difficult task. Therefore, the recommendation list is narrowed down to the Most Anticipated Reads. However, the question arises, what makes a good book? Worry not! We have got you covered. From contemporary fiction and fantasy to non-fiction, Daastan brings you the best of literary world.
People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry
People We Meet on Vacation is written by the NY Times bestselling author of Beach Read. With Beach Read being a public favourite, the stakes for this one are also high. Released in January 2021, People We Meet on Vacation is available in ebook as well as paperback now. The bookstagrammers and booktokers constantly raving about it. But, what is it about? Emily Henry’s book is a young adult contemporary fiction. It also features the friends-to-lovers trope. Moreover, it’s your ultimate feel good book with humour and emotional rollercoaster.
Now, let’s talk about the plot. Set in dual timelines, People We Meet on Vacation follows the story of two friends Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy are polar opposites brought together by fate.
“She’s wearing a neon orange and pink floral jumpsuit from the ‘70s; he’s in khakis. He’s looking for the library; she’s seeking out a party.”
An unexpected turn of events give birth to their friendship which years later transform into a beautiful love story.
We Hunt the Flame Series – Hafsa Faizal
We Hunt the Flames is the first book in The Sands of Arawiya Duo-logy. Hafsah Faizal, an American Muslim is the author of this series. The Sands of Arawiya is a young adult fantasy book set in the midst of old Arabia. The series revolve around two living legends, Zafira the Hunter and Nasir who is the Prince of Death. The paths of Zafira and Nasir entwine and they find themselves on the same mission. Part I of the series came out in May 2019. However, the sequel was released in January 2021. Therefore, if you have not read the first book yet, now is the perfect time to binge-read this series.
The Anthropocene Reviewed – John Green
The Anthropecene Reviewed is among one of the most anticipated non-fiction releases of the year. The author to this collection of “human centred essays” is John Green. Therefore, it’s evident why it already ranks second on the NewYork Times Bestseller list. Order your copy of the Anthropocene Reviewed today and begin the journey of unraveling the human condition with John Green.
About Anthropocene Reviewed,
“Makes the wondrous small…and the small wondrous.” –San Francisco Chronicle
These Violent Delights Series – Chloe Gong
“These violent delights have violent ends.” If you are familiar with Shakespeare’s works, you must know that these famous words are from Romeo and Juliet. These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai. The book is marketed as a young adult fantasy as it retells the story with a supernatural twist. It is a duology with second book set to be released in November 2021. Chloe Gong has won the hearts of millions with this historical fiction. The readers describe Chloe’s book as fun to read, extremely gripping, but a tear jerker.
In addition to that, this book also features the enemies-to-lovers trope. Andream Beach from the Common Sense Media says, “This is a strong, epic debut novel from promising college undergraduate Chloe Gong, who does an especially good job of bringing Shanghai in 1926 vividly to life”.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
If you are looking for a good cry, read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. It is a young adult fantasy with a mysterious female protagonist who has made a deal with the devil out of desperation. Sounds promising, right? However, if you are still on the fence let us convince you. Published in October 2020, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue has constantly been a bestseller and top-shelf read.
“The latest tour de force from fantasy master V.E. Schwab, begins in 1714, as Addie, a dreamer and artist, tries to finagle her way out of an impending marriage. Therefore, she makes a deal with Luc, the god of darkness, to free herself forever from belonging to anyone. Luc grants Addie immortality and liberty in exchange for her soul. But Addie soon learns the consequences of dealing with darkness.” – The Washington Post
After the success of the Shadow and Bone netflix adaptation, Leigh Bardugo’s books are constantly in demand. One can say that Leigh’s books are marking 2021 as their own era. Being best sellers already, the Grishaverse books are famous among the readers. Recently, Ninth House made it to the top-shelf reads once again.
Ninth House is a 3-in-1 mystery, thriller and fantasy book. The setting of the book is eerie and full of suspense that keeps the reader intrigued. The story revolves around a young girl who is the only survivor of an unsolved homicide. On a hospital bed when she is close to losing everything in her life, something strange takes place that turns around her whole life.
“This phenomenal and mature adult debut from a popular young adult author Leigh Bardugo is more twisty-turny-absorbing mystery than spine-tingling ghost story.” – Common Sense Media.
We hope you enjoyed our rundown of Most Anticipated Reads of 2021. For more literary goodness, stay tuned.