Books to Read in 2021: 21 Must-Read Books for 2021 Recommended By Book Lovers by 30Seconds Mom

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Books to Read in 2021: 21 Must-Read Books for 2021 Recommended By Book Lovers

When you get caught reading this year, what book will you have in hand? This was the talk between some of the 30Seconds tribe members as the new year rolled in. Here are 21 books that made the 2021 must-read list. What's on yours? Tell us the books you'll be reading this year in the comments section below.

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Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain $15
Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, her dream of a career in art is put on hold – until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will get her released from prison immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to be free, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence and a conspiracy of small town secrets.
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
A Promised Land by Barack Obama $24
In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency – a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins $17
Already being hailed as "a Grapes of Wrath for our times" and "a new American classic," Jeanine Cummins's "American Dirt" is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline $17
Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, "Ready Player Two" takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie $10
"Before and After" includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children’s Home Society reunion ... with extraordinary results.
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim $17
"Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" is Alison Arngrim’s comic memoir of growing up as one of television’s most memorable characters – the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, this book is a must for fans of everything Little House.
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger $11
Over the course of one summer, these four orphans journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, "This Tender Land" is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams and makes us whole.
The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee
The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee $12
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel $24
An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of "The Lost Girls of Paris" and "The Alice Network," The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.
Eleanor by David Michaelis
Eleanor by David Michaelis $20
In the first single-volume cradle-to-grave portrait in six decades, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis delivers a stunning account of Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life of transformation.
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey $18
“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did — and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand.”—Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena $13
Maybe you don't know your neighbors as well as you thought you did...
Justice for Bonnie by Karen Foster and I.J. Schecter
Justice for Bonnie by Karen Foster and I.J. Schecter $10
Here is the chilling tale of a mother’s unflagging fight to track down the monster who stole her daughter’s life — and the battle to ensure that he, and others like him, would no longer be able to evade justice.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle $13
Perfect for fans of "Me Before You" and "One Day" — a striking, powerful, and moving love story following an ambitious lawyer who experiences an astonishing vision that could change her life forever. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy $13
Epic and intimate, heartbreaking and galvanizing, Charlotte McConaghy's "Migrations" is an ode to a disappearing world and a breathtaking page-turner about the possibility of hope against all odds.
A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
A Time for Mercy by John Grisham $17
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, "A Time for Mercy" is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett $17
Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, "The Vanishing Half" considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman $14
Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), "Anxious People" is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness and hope — the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.
Bridgerton Series
Bridgerton Series $8 & Up
From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
News of the World by Paulette Jiles $13
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor and trust. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah $25
From Kristin Hannah, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Nightingale" and "The Great Alone," comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras – the Great Depression.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig $18
A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of "Reasons to Stay Alive" and "How To Stop Time."

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Cassiday
I have been wanting to read American Dirt. Thanks for the reminder.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
So many great books here, but I know where I want to start: A Promised Land. Can't wait to read it, thanks!

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