Need some new book recommendations to keep you turning the pages? Here are my current favorites as of February 2021.
In 2020, I made it my main goal to read more and scroll social media less. I set what I thought at the time was a pretty lofty goal of 40 books for the year. Joke was on me, though, since we ended up in a lockdown and I had loads of extra time to read. I’m pretty proud of the fact that I read all 40 of those books, too.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think spending time on social media is necessarily bad, but…I don’t feel particularly productive after spending hours there.
After last year’s success, I thought I’d carry the same goal over to this year. I feel a lot better replacing some of that screen time with a good book. Also, I’ve enjoyed some amazing books this year that I never would have read otherwise.
Since I started this goal and became vocal about it on Instagram, I’ve noticed a lot of other people trying to read more, too. (Isn’t it funny how that happens? You start to notice something when it becomes relevant to you, and suddenly, it’s everywhere!) I shared some of my favorite page turners last year, and people seemed to like those, so I thought I’d share some of my current reads!
Keep reading for my top book recommendations based on my current reads.
Current Reads: My Top Book Recommendations!
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Here’s a short list of book recommendations to add to your reading list this year! Find a mix of newer books, thrillers, historical fiction, and just plain feel-good stories.
I’ll admit, the premise for this book was a bit out there. In fact, when I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure if I would read it. I mean, how do you take such a well-known figure as Jesus and write something so far from what we’ve all been taught?!
But, curiosity got the better of me and it ended up being my first book of 2021. You guys…I loved it. Admittedly, I’m a huge historical fiction fan anyway, so this was right up my alley.
The book is an account of a fictional character named Ana – a woman from Sepphoris raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, who just so happens to fall in love with a man named Jesus.
Don’t let that throw you, though. This story is Ana’s story, and I think the author did a beautiful job of portraying life for women during that time period, as well as bringing some humanity to a very well-known and well-loved figure. The writing was absolutely beautiful. I also thought the author’s note at the end (which I almost never read) brought so much more depth to the story. So, if you pick this one as one of your 2021 reads, consider reading that part as well!
If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, this is one I highly recommend.
I discovered Colleen Hoover towards the end of last year, and haven’t read a book of hers I didn’t enjoy, but this was my favorite so far. It absolutely messes with your mind, but not in a “ghosts-in-the-closet” way. I didn’t have trouble sleeping or turning off the lights after this one, but I also didn’t want to put it down until I finished.
This book is about a struggling writer who agrees to do some work for a well-known author. While trying to complete the job, she finds an unfinished autobiography that was never intended to be read. There’s romance, there’s intrigue, and some twists that’ll leave you unable to put it down. I think I read this one in 2 days!
I’ve always been a fan of Kristin Hannah, and this book just reminded me how much I love her writing.
Based in 1974, right after the Vietnam war, this story follows the daughter of a POW who’s come home a changed man. He impulsively moves his family to Alaska to live off the grid in a tiny, secluded town where they know no one.
It’s a story that depicts how we can rise above in the most unlikely circumstances, and really shows the strength of the human spirit.
I do feel obligated to add a trigger warning to this recommendation, though, because it does include domestic violence. It was a hard read, but sometimes, I feel like those are the stories I need to get through the most.
Another historical fiction (notice a pattern here) based on WWII. For some reason, I can’t seem to get enough from this time period, especially when it comes to the “behind the scenes” stories.
This book follows one family through the increasing hardships threatening the Jews in Poland. As the story unfolds, the family becomes more and more separated, and we follow each sibling through their own unique journey through the trials they face.
By the end of this book, I felt so attached to each individual character. I cried and hoped and yearned for their family right along to the very end.
After the list I just shared, I feel like this book recommendation comes way out of left field. It’s different from most of the books I enjoy, but I still loved it. I felt a kind of kinship with Eleanor, and also strangely fascinated by her at the same time.
Eleanor is socially awkward, has a hard time making friends, and leads a perfectly predictable life. That is, until someone new enters and completely shakes things up.
This book is so much more than it appears, though. It started as just a simple book about a quirky heroine who enjoys way too much vodka and pizza. How was I supposed to know how utterly unprepared I was to read about her life?
It doesn’t really fit in my “normal” genres, but it has stuck with me for a long time. It was one of the most well-written novels I’ve read in a long time.
Book Recommendations: My Favorite Current Reads
I’m far from a book critic. In fact, I normally read other people’s reviews in awe at how eloquently they can share their thoughts on a book. For me personally, it’s more of a gut thing. I either liked it or I didn’t. But, I love sharing book recommendations with other readers, so I still think these lists are fun!
Hopefully, this list helped you add to your to-be-read pile and gave you some good ideas. I’d love to hear some of your current favorites too!
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