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4 Reads To Kick Off Your 2021

Paired perfectly with a warm drink on a cold January night.

POSTEDBYMARESE O'HAGAN

The beginning of a new year brings the opportunity for a fresh start. A lot of the time, this can feel overwhelming. Healthy grocery delivery services splashed across your TV, gym membership advertisements on the radio, and fifty random Instagrammers shilling the same multi-level marketing scheme all bring promises of a New You. We’ve scaled it back here, and created a list of 4 books to help you kick-start your new year. This list could’ve been much longer, but dedicating yourself to reading 4 books seems a lot more doable than an overestimation of 10, or 15 books. Although some of these books were released before 2020, their presence on this list speaks to their longevity. You’ll be coming back to these reads again and again.

If you’re looking for a mental health read:

No Such Thing as Normal
Author: Bryony Gordon

Bryony Gordon’s works are a great place to start for mental health reading. A celebrated British journalist and author, her previous works include Glorious Rock Bottom, which recounts her struggle with alcoholism, and Mad Girl, a novel about her issues with mental health. In No Such Thing as Normal, Bryony offers pragmatic advice on anxiety, self-image, and more. Although it has not been released yet, we’re sure it will live up to the calibre of Gordon’s previous triumphs. A read not to be missed.  

No Such Thing as Normal, $16.40. Available on January 7th 2021. Shop here.

 

If you’re looking for a contemporary thriller:

Where The Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

A multi-million bestseller, readers have been raving about Where The Crawdads Sing since its release in 2019. You’ll be engulfed in the town of Barkley Cove, North Carolina, where rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have encircled for years. When a popular local is found dead, all suspicions turn to Kya Clark, the Marsh Girl herself. The visual descriptions Kya’s marsh home are deft and exciting, placing you right in the centre of the mystery. A tremendous read for anyone looking to escape the aftershocks of 2020 (at least for a little while).

Where The Crawdads Sing, $8.20. Shop here. Also soon to be a feature film.

 

If you’re looking for a memoir:

Uncanny Valley

Author: Anna Wiener 

Uncanny Valley focuses on Wiener’s change in career from book publishing to a tech startup in San Francisco. At the height of the technological revolution, Wiener becomes disillusioned with startup culture and our dependence on technology. Charming, sharp, and ruthless, Uncanny Valley chronicles the journey of the tech industry with a coming-of-age slant.

Uncanny Valley, $18.60. Shop here.

 

If you’re looking for a love story:

Exciting Times 

Author: Naoise Dolan

Dolan’s debut novel revolves around Ava, a bright 22-year-old who moves to Hong Kong to teach. Ava meets Julian, a British banker who treats her to the high life. When Julian returns to London, Ava is unsure of where their relationship stands. Enter lawyer and Hong Kong native Edith, who is just as enticing to Ava as Julian was. Playfully interweaving the difficulties of modern relationships with pitfalls like social media and power play, Dolan provides an entertaining narrative on modern love with a grounding predisposition.

Exciting Times, $16.20. Shop here.

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