A couple of days ago I shared some of my favourite books of 2021 so far. There have been so many amazing books released this year and I’ve read so many incredible books too. I’m going to share the rest of them with you today. You can find part one with the first 5 of my favourite books of 2021 so far here. Here is part two of my favourite books of 2021 so far!
Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
SYNOPSIS FROM VOLUME ONE TO AVOID SPOILERS!
Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
Of course this book made it onto my list of favourite books so far this year, it is an Alice Oseman book! This volume is adorable and brought such a huge smile to my face. I already cannot wait for the next book in the series and I’m even more excited for the TV series. If you haven’t read this series already I cannot recommend it enough.
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.
I adore Nicola Yoon books and this one is particular is incredible. This is the first book in a long time that has made me sob. It is heart-breaking, hopeful and it has such a heart-warming storyline. Nicola Yoon is such an incredible author and although this has only been out a few weeks I cannot wait for her next book. You can find my full review of this book here and enjoy more of me pouring my heart out about this book.
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.
I read this book very recently and have been recommending it to so many people ever since. Adiba Jaigirdar is an author to really keep your eyes on. Her books are extraordinary and I seem to fly through them in a couple of sittings. If you haven’t read a book by Adiba yet you are really missing out. I wrote a full review of this book which you can find here!
Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin
Derry. Summer 2016. Aidan and Iona, now eighteen, were both born on the day of the Northern Ireland peace deal.
Aidan is Catholic, Irish, and Republican. With his ex-political prisoner father gone and his mother dead, Aidan’s hope is pinned on exam results earning him a one-way ticket out of Derry. To anywhere.
Iona, Protestant and British, has a brother and father in the police. She’s got university ambitions, a strong faith and a fervent belief that boys without one track minds are a myth.
At a post-exam party, Aidan wanders alone across the Peace Bridge and becomes the victim of a brutal sectarian attack. Iona witnessed the attack; picked up Aidan’s phone and filmed what happened, and gets in touch with him to return the phone. When the two meet, alone and on neutral territory, the differences between them seem insurmountable.
This book is incredible and deserves so much more love than it is getting. I wouldn’t have known about this book if it wasn’t recommended to be by my best friend Sarah and I’m so thankful she brought the book to my attention. If you are a fan of YA but with older characters then this is the book for you.
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
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 one that took me by surprise. I bought it after hearing a lot of amazing review for the book and it really lived up to the hype. I read it so quickly and immediately wanted to read more books by Tess Sharpe. This one is being made into a movie and I am so excited to watch that when it is out. I would highly recommend this one!
There you have it, the next 5 of my favourite books from 2021 so far! Be sure to check out part one with the first 5 books I’ve loved this year here. What have been your favourite books of this year so far? Let me know in the comments below!