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At the beginning of the year, I decided to make personal, professional and fitness/ health goals for 2021. I want to be able to look back at this year and realise how much I've achieved. Minus the huge goals of working hard and graduating, saving money for a dream bag, gaining industry experience or a work placement, and a fitness challenge for charity. I also wanted to achieve some smaller day in and day out goals, and this includes reading 21 books throughout 2021.

I wanted to inspire you in becoming a bookworm or helping you lose yourself in an altar universe, or even using this blog post as a motivator to start reading a chapter a day. Here are the 10 of the books I've got my eyes on through the first half of this year...


Expectations

The first book I read in 2021, was this utterly beautiful and moving novel by Anne Hope. It is a contemporary story of friendship, frustration and the crap that life forces you to negotiate. A tearjerker of a novel, of the highs and lows of friendship and love told by 3 best friends and their journey of womanhood; as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel.

This novel was a raw and honest read to start the new year, with pages that hurt my heart, that was gut-wrenching, lead me to tears and one I couldn't put it down.


The Heatwave

The second book of January, written by Kate Riordan, is a hot thriller, set in the summery landscape of France. The book gave me warm tingles, even under the British grey sky. The eerie storyline where the narrator, Sylvie returns to the crumbling family home of La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma and is haunted by the memories of the death of her first child, and the truth she has been hiding all those years.

This compelling, page-turner and gripping story kept me up all night, a book of summer escapism that we are all needing currently.


Ghosts

I read Dolly Alderton's award-winning memoir 'Everything I Know About Love' last summer, and instantly fell in love. So when I was sent a notification that her debut novel had been released, I was hooked line and sinker.

Ghosts is a funny, tender and painfully relatable novel, filled with whip-smart observations about relationships and the way we live today. The character 32-year-old Nina Dean's life is falling apart, who leans on dating apps and ends up being ghosted (multiple times.) We have all been ghosted in today's modern age. It is a perfect read for the month of Valentines.


The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***

For my sisters birthday at the end of last year, she asked this for book. And well, I can understand why.

Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? YES.

Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? YES.

Then it's time to stop giving a f**k.

This practical 'self care' book by Sarah Knight, is to help and inspire you to realise what *really* matters in life, and what to focus your energy and time on.

Things We Never Said

I'm ready to lose myself in this novel, exploring a love story and a heartbreak like no other before. I am prepared to full on sob into the pages of this story written by Nick Alexander. The plot; Catherine was the love of Sean’s life. But now she is gone. All that’s left is a box full of envelopes, each containing a snapshot and a cassette tape.

This honest storytelling in Catherines POV explores her secrets she hasn't shared and her painful truth and honesty in a relationship. Pass me the tissues now.


Klara and The Sun

It wouldn't be my book club without a dystopian novel recommendation. One of my favourite novels is The Handmaids Tale. And Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a book I cannot wait to bite my teeth into. Klara and the Sun explores the uncharted implications of Artificial Intelligence to human relationships and the abiding question of what it means to love.

If you loved Black Mirror, this is one to get your hands on when it is released next month. I cannot wait.


Fashionopolis

I was recommended this engaging book by an Insta pal and sustainable fashion advocate. Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas is an educational eye-opening and thought-provoking read and a comprehensive look at how to start making a change in the fashion industry. A Perfect non-fiction read to help guide me with my Final Major Project research.

I am always willing to learn more about sustainability in the industry. Last year I read the book How To Break Up With Fast Fashion by Lauren Bravo, and I am excited to further explore the topic. Thank you Christina.


Gucci Mane's Guide To Greatness

An inspiring follow up to his memoir, this autobiography (that I was kindly gifted for Christmas by a family friend) shares an unprecedented look at Gucci Mane's secrets to success, health, wealth and self-improvement, sharing his previous experience of violence, crime and addiction.

From Gucci: 'This book should touch people who are going through something.I want this book to keep you motivated.' This book is a must-read for anyone with big ambitions and bigger dreams. 2021 mood.

Tell Me Lies

Close your eyes, and dream of an idyylic summer, on a golden beach, tanning it up with a fresh mojito, all you need is this novel, it has been described as a beach bag necessity. Are you ready for the pending sunshine and an exciting twisted modern love story?

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering is a sexy, thrilling novel about that one person who still haunts you-the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn't let go of. The one you'll never forget. (Oh yes hunnies, we have all been there.)


City of Girls

This novel by Eliza Gilbert is set in the summer of 1940, in wartime New York that celebrates womanhood. The protagonist, 19-year-old Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new. Preach!

'At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is,' Vivian confides. Sheesh, this is going to be a good and powerful feminism summer read.


I can imagine you now on the other side of this screen, adding these books to your Amazon cart for next day delivery, and just in time as I finish typing my conclusion to this blog post. I hope you enjoy this variety of book recommendations for the first half of 2021. One of my favourite things to do is to loose myself in a novel, through the characters and their emotions, or learn about a subject or about myself from the pages of a book. If you have any book recommendations, make sure to share them with me.


See you soon guys, love Mols. x