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5 Random Book Recommendations – 2021 Releases

Today, I wanted to share with you 5 recommendations that I have picked at random from the 2021 releases I’ve read so far. Here are 5 random book recommendations that have been released in 2021!

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

I picked this one up even though it was outside of my comfort zone and I am so glad that I did. It is such a fun and sweet book that explores a lot of interesting topics. It has an enemies to loves trope which I hadn’t really read before this book but will be reading about a lot now. This book is well worth the read! If you like books with royalty storylines and enemies to lovers then this is the book for you.

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud,” to all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing…

An anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn’t know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett—the last known person to have her journal—in a race against time to track down the blackmailer.

I’d heard a lot of incredible things about this book and had to purchase myself a copy. I flew through reading this book in just a couple of sittings. I loved watching Quinn the main characters of this book grow, learn about herself and become who she wants to be. It has heart-break, humour and a whole lot of love and it is a joy to read. I really recommend this book if you are in search for one that will make you cry and then have the biggest smile on your face.

This Can Never Not Be Real by Sera Milano


In the unremarkable town of Amberside, the unthinkable has happened: Terrorists have attacked a local festival. No one knows why, and no one knows who the attackers are, but that doesn’t matter. What matters first is survival. And what matters after that is survival, too.

This book deserves all the love and every single award that there is out there. It is spectacular, heart-breaking, tragic and hopeful. I will not be forgetting about this book for a long time and actually want to re-read it already. I wrote a full review of this book which you can find here. I highly recommend this book, it will blow you away.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.

As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X. X is everything that Evie is not: adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything–including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he’s only just met.

Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind. If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it’s that no one escapes love unscathed. But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In the end, is love worth the risk?

I finished this just a few days ago and cannot wait for it to be out in the world. Nicola Yoon has done it again and written yet another heart-breaking, beautiful and hopeful novel that so many people are going to love. It is the first book in a long time that has made me cry and they were hopeful tears which were lovely. It is a spectacular novel and I cannot recommend it and its beauty enough!

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…

This book is due to be made into a movie very soon and I highly recommend you give it a read before then! It is a thrilling, fast-paced and adventurous novel that I could not put down. If you are intrigued by bank robberies, con artists and crime novels then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it!

There you have it, 5 random recommendations of books released in 2021! What are some 2021 releases that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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