Most Anticipated Reads for 2021

1: Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

Milk Fed deals with an unexpected love story alongside the sharp edge of body image, considering what it means to break the calorie-counting habit and an obsession with food as a means of maintaining control. This is a novel that is described as ‘scathingly funny’ and a ‘heart-breaking story of self-discovery.’

Release Date: 4th March

2: Friends and Dark Shapes by Kavita Bedford

A group of young housemates navigate relationships, work and loss and are confronted with their own privileges in the process. This is a debut novel that is thoroughly modern through its exploration of burnout and what it means to be young today.

Release Date: 2nd March

3: Women of a Certain Rage by Liz Byrski

This book is collection of writings about rage by 20 different Australian women from varying backgrounds, races, beliefs and identites. This is set to be a deeply insightful look at the relationship women have anger.

Release Date: 2nd February

4: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Melinda Lo

In the midst of the Red Scare, Lily is falling for a girl in her class while her immigrant dad comes under scrutiny by the government over suspected ties to the communist party.

Release Date: 19th January

5: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

When Jane meets Eddie she can’t believe her luck; he’s rich, handsome and recently widowed, whereas she’s a broke dog-walker who’s new in town. Eddie can give her everything she’s ever wanted, but there’s a mystery around his wife’s death that just won’t stay buried. This novel sounds like a perfect mix of dark humour, twisted love and suspenseful murder.

Release Date: 29th April

The Reading Rush 2020

The Start

The 2020 Reading Rush starts next week (20th-26th July) and so I decided to write a post of my plans for it. I have chosen a different book for all seven challenges, but I highly doubt I will read seven books so take this with a pinch of salt and don’t be surprised if I’ve combined some of the challenges in next week’s post.

Challenge 1: Read a book where the cover matches your birthstone.

  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
  • My birthstone is garnet for January, which can be several different colours, including red or orange so I picked Exciting Times for this one as it’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while.

Challenge 2: Read a book that starts with the word ‘The’.

  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
  • It turns out I have surprisingly few books starting with ‘the’ on my bookcase, fortunately this was a recent purchase that I’ve been looking forward to.

Challenge 3: Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • This might have been the hardest challenge to find a book for. If I know a film is based on a book I usually try to read the book first but after a quick google search I settled for Crazy Rich Asians, a fun film that will hopefully be a fairly easy read.

Challenge 4: Read the first book you touch.

  • Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
  • After picking several unread books off my shelf I closed my eyes and my hand landed on this collection of short stories.

Challenge 5: Read a book completely outside your house.

  • Almost Love by Louise O’Neill
  • Louise O’Neill is one of my favourite authors so I knew that if I could include this then I would and I had a gap for this challenge.

Challenge 6: Read a genre you don’t normally read.

  • The War of Worlds by HG Wells
  • I’m not generally a fan of SciFi but my girlfriend has left her copy of this book with me and it’s a really lovely copy so I thought I’d give it a go.

Challenge 7: Read a book that takes place on a different continent.

  • Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • A book I recently bought on a whim that happens to fit this challenge perfectly.

So that’s my impossibly ambitious selection of books, keep an eye out for my post-Reading Rush update to find out how many I get through and what I thought of the ones I actually manage to read. And if you’re interested in taking part in the Reading Rush then simply visit their website to find out more about it.