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If you haven’t read these 2021 releases, you should!

Hello👋I just got back from uni where the same girl who said I reminded her of a “golden retriever who’s just happy to be here” a couple of weeks ago, today said I reminded her of a “languid capybara”. I have many questions, the main one being: Am I being bullied and I just don’t realise or care??

I’ve sent this question circling around my friends but I just wanted to share that here as well because I’m still confused and trying to process.

Anyways, moving away from the animals I apparently remind people of, I’m here to talk about 2021 releases you should read if you haven’t already!!

I did this for 2020 releases just a couple of months ago. I was also planning on leaving this post til the end of the year but I’ve already read a bunch of 2021 releases I want to recommend. I’ve got even more on my TBR so this is probably part one, with part two coming later in the year.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston – The chances of people being tired of hearing about this book are high, but just suffer through it once more please. This book is a bit more slow going then I was anticipating but when it eventually got going I couldn’t get enough. My favourite aspect was the found family with August and her housemates and the overall sense of community. It was like a warm hug, interpret that as you wish.

Afterlove by Tanya Byrne – I finally picked this up last month and was so glad it lived up to my expectations. That being said, I went into this expecting cute gay grim reapers. Instead I was bombarded with emotions! If you’re ever in the mood for something that will tug on your heartstrings but keep you reading even still, pick this one up!

Fools in Love by Ashley Herring Blake & Rebecca Podos – Anthologies are usually a good time but this one was the best of times. It’s essentially just a collection of meet cutes but they’re so much fun, also the majority of them are f/f. The specific one I remember is one girl getting in a car thinking it’s her Uber but actually it’s another girl just driving her dads car and being too awkward to say anything so she drives her to her destination anyways.

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre – I recommend this for maybe younger readers but I definitely do recommend it! It’s got rivals-to-lovers with them having to team up for a film contest. Where at first I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters being young it ended up being a strength as various plot points became conceivable because they were so young. In the end it was quite wholesome.

If This Get’s Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich – My new mission in life is to get my friends to read this. No luck yet but I make sure to point it out every time we’re in Waterstones. This was one of my favourite books of last year and I’m still hyped about it. The romance and the communication between them was on point, and I always love a book about Hollywood or rockstar life, especially when it also touches on the downsides that sometimes go under the radar.

Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn – Another of my favourites from last year. It’s Erin Hahn though, I wasn’t expecting anything less! Like always these characters were so much fun to read about. The authors passion, this time for religion and kind of critising purity culture and having her characters work through their religious trauma, shines through. Just talking about it makes me excited and want to re-read.

*All of these are grumpy/sunshine. This should be reason enough*

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – One of the funniest books I’ve ever read! This book dragged me giggling and cackling out of the book slump I was in a couple of months ago. I’d say it was definitely my favourite of the series and you should check out this third book even if you’re not interested in the other two.

The Fine Print by Lauren Asher – TikTok really pulled through with this one and I’m forever grateful. Like I keep saying #EatTheRich but also this book about a billionaire who owns the fictional equivalent of Disney was so much fun! Zahra was a ray of sunshine who wasn’t scared of saying what was on her mind and Rowan was a grumpy lil shit who softened and DREW FOR HER!!

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – Me finding out this was Reylo inspired was what pushed me over the edge to read it despite never having watched Star Wars. I thought this was a fun time. The STEM setting was super unique and I liked seeing this super stoic dude falling fast for Olive the chatterbox.

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee – If you’re going to read this, read it in Winter/Autumn because the overall vibes made me drink so much tea during the process of reading it! While I had a few issues with this book I did think it was a good time. Mysterious and thought-provoking. A good read for the colder months

Lore by Alexandra Bracken – I put off reading this because I’d heard mixed reviews but this was a blast. A feel good action movie mashed with Greek mythology. It even has a guide to help keep track of the gods, factions etc. I’m pointing this out because I didn’t realise this until too late.

The One’s We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – Even if you don’t totally understand whats happening with this book, it’s still a super intriguing read. It poses a lot of cool questions about climate change and life after that. I actually brought this book up in one of my creative-writing seminars a couple of weeks back. I also think the end revelation is totally worth any confusion. It lowkey blew my mind.

So there we have my first round of 2021 releases you should read if you haven’t already. There definitely will be a part two coming towards the end of the year like I said just because I plan on reading and loving a lot more.

I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any of these books, aswell as any other 2021 releases you think are worth the read. Also, if anyone has any insight into how I should the whole “languid capybara” thing, I’d appreciate it. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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