The Best Novels Released in 2021 So Far

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There has been a great number of brilliant books released this year. Fantasy in particular is having its moment across ages and cultures. If you’re looking for something new, that’s understandable. We all need some escapism right now. The bestselling novels are all great additions to any library, but here are our picks for the ones you should read as soon as possible.

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The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Relatable to every bibliophile, The Midnight Library is a fantasy novel wherein Purgatory presents itself as a library. The novel from the author of The Humans and How to Stop Time is a poignant novel focusing on the idea of hope and forgiveness, that balances out its less positive ideas with warmth and humour.

Nora Seeds finds herself in The Midnight Library, allowing her the chance to make things right. Using the books of the library to allow her to live as if she had done things differently, she seeks out to mend her relationships that she is plagued with guilt about.

But her choices have consequences, as most attempts to fix the past do, and she finds that her attempts to straighten out the past are putting her and the library itself in danger.

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

Richard Osman’s biting wit and killer one-liners take a front seat in this novel about a murder mystery sweeping a town of knitting grannies whose biggest problem is what their neighbours are up to.

The Have I Got News for You regular and Pointless co-presenter showcases his humour in his first novel that sees four unlikely friends having weekly meetings to investigate unsolved murders, like we all enjoy doing with a podcast or a Netflix documentary on a Friday night. That or some time on the online slots Netbet app.

But things get a little too hot for the pensioner team when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep. Suddenly The Thursday Murder Club find themselves caught in their first live case.

Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas

Following on the success of her first two novels, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, the former of which was turned into a movie starring Amanda Stenberg, Angie Thomas gives us Concrete Rose.

Stepping away from her usually fiercely powerful teenage girl protagonists, we follow Starr’s father and his journey 17 years before the events of The Hate U Give. From the original novel, we know that Starr’s grandfather ruled the streets of Garden Heights, expecting his son to take over when he lands in jail. 17-year-old Maverick Carter survives the only way he knows how: by dealing. That is, until he finds out he is going to be a father and suddenly that doesn’t seem like a viable way to live.

The prequel is a story of dragging yourself out of the depths of an awful situation. And if it’s anything like The Hate U Give, Maverick will sway you with his strict warmth and undying love for his family. But when your family is King Lord, it’s not easy to do what’s best for them.                                    

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