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Favourite Books of 2021 So Far! – Part One

Now that we are officially halfway through the year, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my favourites books of 2021 so far with you all. I’ve read 54 books at the time of writing this blog post and wanted to share my top 10 so far. I’m going to split this into two posts with 5 books on each post. Here is part one of my favourite books of 2021 so far!

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father

This is the first book that I gave 5 stars to in 2021. I had high hopes for this book and it exceeded all of them. Angie Thomas’ writing has somehow managed to improved and captivate me even more than it has done in the past. This book is heart-breaking, heart-warming and extraordinary and if you haven’t read it already I cannot recommend it enough.


Gut Feelings by C.G. Moore

At school, I learned that words,
More than weapons,
Could destroy bodies,
Could break hearts
More than fists or fury.

This is the story of Chris, what happened to him at age eleven and how that would change the rest of his life. A life-affirming and powerful coming of age verse novel that shines a light on chronic illness, who we are and how we live.

I flew through this book in a matter of hours and for good reason. This is the first book I’ve read by C.G. Moore but it certainly won’t be my last. Their writing is extraordinary, raw and poignant. This book will no doubt teach you something I’m sure of it. I wrote an entire post with 5 reasons to read this book which you can find here.


This Can Never Not Be Real by Sera Milano

FIVE TEENAGERS
WITH NOTHING IN COMMON,
THROWN TOGETHER
BY AN ACT OF TERRORISM,
CAN’T SURVIVE THE NIGHT
WITHOUT EACH OTHER.

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.

When this book arrived at my house unexpectedly I did not know what to expect. I was not expecting a 5 star read that I won’t be forgetting any time soon. This book is extraordinary, heart-breaking, thrilling and incredibly fast-paced. I read it in a couple of sittings and then immediately passed it onto a friend because I needed to discuss it with someone. If you haven’t read this book yet I highly recommend it! My full review of this one can be found here.


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.

This book surprised me massively. When I started reading it I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this book and how quickly I flew through reading it. It has the enemies to lovers trope, a bodyguard trope and royal tropes. It is an incredible book that I would highly recommend. My full review of this book can be found here.


Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.

Sometimes you just need the comfort of your favourite author and this book was just that. It was such a fun and entertaining read that brought a smile to my face and it brought me the comfort that I needed. If you are looking for a fun book that discusses some difficult topics whilst still bringing you comfort then this is one for you. My full review for this book can be found here.

There you have it, the first 5 of my favourite books from 2021 so far! Keep an eye out for part two coming very soon. What have been your favourite books of this year so far? Let me know in the comments below!

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