As the year is wrapping up with the final showdown of December snow, it’s time to compile the most awaited list for the reading community – The Must-Read books of 2021. 5 might seem like a small number when hundreds of books released since January have managed to catch my eye and so many of my favorites didn’t make the cut. However, I can assure you that the books listed below certainly deserve to be read at least once in your lifetime. It took days of scrutinizing and research to align the community and my personal choices so grab your notebooks and bookmark the page because these might as well be your calling to the literary dimension!

1. Crying in H-Mart

Book Cover (Crying in H-Mart)

Michelle Zauner’s work feels like the story of a lifetime sewed in only 256 pages for the audience to live through and cherish, maybe shed a tear or two every few minutes as well. The book is in the form of a memoir, depicting the author’s journey as she grows up on the west coast of Oregon, centered on the complicated relationship she shares with her mother that blossoms with bonding over food through various stages of life. Crying in H-Mart is frank, full of humor, and painfully real, as much as it’ll leave you heartbroken, you’ll want to read it again and again. You will want to look out for certain trigger warnings before diving into this emotional whirlwind!

2. Poeple We Meet on Vacation

Book cover of People We Meet on Vacation

“I wish I could bottle this moment and wear it like a perfume. It would always be with me. Everywhere I went, he’d be there too, and so I’d always feel like myself.”

This slow-burn romance features Alex and Poppy, two best friends who have nothing in common but every summer, they take a week of vacation together. On the basis of community reviews and my fellow reader’s enthusiastic persuasion, I can assure you this is the right pick if you are into friends-to-lovers, second chances, and traveling troupes.

3. The Judege’s List

Book cover of The Judge’s List

The second installment to the worldwide celebrated ‘The Whistler’ came out in October 2021 and left the mystery/thriller readers satisfied and in awe, yet again. Grisham’s beloved protagonist of the duology, judicial investigator Lacy Stoltz is all set to retire from her rip-roaring job when she meets a mysterious woman who is investigating what might be the most-difficult criminal in all of Florida – a judge who keeps a list of his victims, all who have offended him and is fixated on revenge. If you are a fan of modern-day crimes and legal thrillers you’ll want to check this one out!

4. Whereabouts

Book cover of Whereabouts

Jhumpa Lahiri makes another astonishing comeback with her soul-touching short novel. The book first published in Italian follows the journey of a woman through solitude, pain, and fear, conflict with herself and everyone around her as she traces the landmarks of her town – stores, bridges, sidewalks, and 50 other vignettes in the form of chapters that sound like diary entries. The vague and powerful plotline will leave you in nothing but praise for Lahiri’s beautifully penned work, and in tears too.

5. Beautiful World, Where Are You

Book cover of Beautiful World, Where Are You

“It’s still better to love something than nothing, better to love someone than no one, and I’m here, living in the world, not wishing for a moment that I wasn’t.”

It’s fair to say that Sally Rooney won millions of hearts with her mature debut in the latest book Beautiful World, Where Are You. The story opens with Alice, a novelist meeting Felix, a warehouse worker, with whom she travels to Rome where her best friend Eileen is rebounding with her childhood friend Simon. Led by two terrific protagonists, the story deals with strong themes like mental health issues, finding yourself in an abyss of an endless void, and chasing on life again.

What were your favorite reads from 2021? Comment below and don’t forget to check out The Thinking Cloud for more!

2 thoughts on “5 MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2021

  1. drdhanyasreenath December 7, 2021 — 6:56 pm

    Will definitely try to read your collection Shubhangi..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Dhanya! Hope you enjoy the reading experience!

      Liked by 1 person

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