25 Books to Keep You Occupied For The Rest of The Year
09th December, 2020
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Need to revive your reading streak? Or looking for new books for your TBR pile? Here are some popular titles book lovers all over are reading right now. Whether you are a fan of swooning romances, thrilling Sci-fi, captivating non-fiction, or juicy mysteries, there’s no denying that books are the ultimate mode of escapism. Wherever you are, books are portable traveling machines. If you’ve been thinking about catching up on your ever-increasing TBR list, let us help you with some new and yet-to-be-released titles that every bibliophile is talking about right now.
All That Glitters by Danielle Steel books.apple.com
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All That Glitters by Danielle Steel
If you’re a fan of the author or would like some comfort reading, All That Glitters is for you. This is great for when you want a light read. It is a typical Danielle Steel story of a glamorous young woman who makes bad romantic choices, goes through a tragic loss, and finds a happily ever after. It is fast-paced and has a predictable but engaging plot.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman chaptersofmay.com
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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
From the #1 bestselling author of the charming book A Man Called Ove, comes another poignant tale. But this time, it is about a crime that never takes place. Or does it? A failed bank robber hijacks an open house and takes everyone hostage. A motley group of eight anxious strangers begin to bond with one another and reveal their own dark truths.
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi www.goodreads.com
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Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
Nominated for the Booker Prize 2020 longlist, Burnt Sugar was a work in progress for nearly seven years! The book revolves around Tara and her daughter, Antara. Tara had been an indifferent mother. With her cognitive abilities declining, she is looked after by Antara, who still despises her for not caring enough. If you’re interested in complex familial relationships, this book by Avni Doshi is for you.
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson www.vulture.com
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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
In August 2020, Oprah sent copies of a book to 500 leaders and CEOs. The book was author Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent. The book is an examination of the invisible caste system in America, and how this hierarchy of human division still has an impact today. Oprah’s Book Club was launched with this book; that’s how important and relevant this book is.
Daylight by David Baldacci twitter.com
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Daylight by David Baldacci
FBI agent Atlee Pine is back! This time, she is looking for Mercy, her twin sister, who disappeared almost 20 years ago. At the same time, John Puller, a military investigator, is chasing a high-stakes case. As Pine and Puller are forced to come together, they’re inadvertently pulled deeper into sinister global conspiracy. David Baldacci’s new book is sure to keep you on edge.
Dearly - New Poems by Margaret Atwood thewandererliteraryjournal.wordpress.com
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Dearly - New Poems by Margaret Atwood
If you’re a fan of Margaret Atwood’s work or a poetry lover, Dearly: New Poem is a must-read. This collection of poetry from the master storyteller covers a wide range of themes from nature, passage of time, love, and… zombies! Timeless and ground-breaking, like all her previous works, Dearly: New Poems reminds us why Margaret Atwood is one accomplished writer.
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell beverleyhasread.wordpress.com
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Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Winner of 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell is a story of loss. The story derives from the author’s fascination with Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. The story begins with Agnes, a formidable and intelligent woman, who settles down with her husband in Stratford. They have three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. After the 11-year-old Hamnet dies, Agnes’s husband writes an enigmatic play.
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang chireviewofbooks.com
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How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
Set during the American Gold Rush, this debut novel tells the story of a Chinese-American immigrant family. Sam and Lucy are siblings who have been recently orphaned. They are on the run through the country, looking for a way to bury their father to set them all free from their past. This haunting and stunning adventurous story explores race, immigration, family, and the constant yearning for a home.
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor twitter.com
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Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor
A witch, a murder, and unreliable narrators. Hurricane Season promises to keep you at the edge of your seat or up all night. Fernanda Melchor’s stupefying book is set in a Mexican village, and is reminiscent of Faulkner and Roberto Bolano’s 2666. The story is infused with mythology, terror, and violence as the village is propelled as the investigations for a murder begin to unfold.
Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward thebookerprizes.com
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Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
Get ready to experience and explore some of the best thought experiments in fictional form. This unique story is about a married couple, Eliza and Rachel, who are planning for a baby. Everything is fine until one night, Rachel wakes up, screaming that an ant is stuck in her eye. As a scientist, Eliza doesn’t believe Rachel. What follows is a complex narrative of love conflicting with reason.
Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz www.amazon.in
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Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Craving for an old-school murder mystery? Don’t miss out on Anthony Horowitz’s Moonflower Mystery. This is the sequel to his superbly popular Magpie Murders. This new book sees the return of publisher Susan Ryeland once again donning the hat of an amateur detective. With a clever idea of incorporating the plot from another book, Moonflower Murders will leave you captivated with relentless suspense.
Real Life by Brandon Taylor www.whatjamesread.com
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Real Life by Brandon Taylor
If you loved Catcher in the Rye, Brandon Taylor’s debut novel might impress you. The book chronicles the life of Wallace, a gay, black college student, working on a degree in bio-chem. But the world around him is at odds with the world inside him. A tale of isolation and conflict, Real World will startle you with its honest portrayal of violence, intimacy, and mercy.
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler www.optionstheedge.com
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Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
Enjoyed reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion? Go ahead and read Pulitzer-winning author Anne Tyler’s Redhead by the Side of the Road. The book is about Micah Mortimer and his perfectly scheduled mundane life. The series of sudden events threatens to throw Micah’s life out of gear, changing him forever. With her perfect wit and piercing observation, Tyler tells a joyful, funny, and compassionate tale.
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan aniehart.com
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Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
If you had fun reading Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, Sex and Vanity must feature in your TBR list. The book explores quintessential Kevin Kwan’s extravagant fashion, decadent food, and uber-rich characters, romping about in their summer playgrounds of privilege. This hilarious comedy of manners is a modern ode to E.M Forster’s A Room With A View.
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart gulfnews.com
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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Based in the early ‘80s Glasgow, Douglas Stuart’s debut novel follows Shuggie, a young boy. This book is set in a time when Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies put everyone out of work, telling the story of a working-class family. It is a heartbreaking tale of love, sexuality, and addiction as a young, lonely boy desperately tries to be normal despite an alcoholic mother and a philandering father.
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid magazine.foriowa.org
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Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Inspired by her personal experiences, Kiley Reid wrote her debut novel Such A Fun Age. The novel follows a young black woman, Emira, who works as a babysitter for her white employer, Alix Chamberlain. The story begins when Emira is accused of kidnapping Alix’s son at a high-end supermarket. From there on, the plot exposes insidious racism instances that don’t have violent endings but exist in everyday life.
The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara books.apple.com
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The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara
A rewriting of the epic poem Martin Fierro from a feminist and LGBT perspective, Cámara’s book is a fun romp across the Pampas and the Argentinian landscape. The story follows Mrs. China Iron, the wife of Martin Fierro, and her companion, as they travel in an ox-drawn wagon. Imbued with hilarity and incisive criticism of societies, The Adventures of China Iron will take you on a wild ride.
The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld www.womanandhome.com
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The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
The winner of the International Booker Prize 2020, The Discomfort of Evening, makes for a radical reading experience. Its narrator and protagonist is Jas, a young girl from a deeply religious family living on a Dutch farm. When she learns that her father is about to slaughter her pet rabbit, she fervently prays to God to take away her older brother instead. All hell breaks loose when her brother disappears.
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa time.com
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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
For those who are hooked on Orwellian narratives, Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police is a must-read. The story, set in an unnamed island, starts with the sudden disappearance of everyday objects. But the inhabitants of the island don’t remember ever having these objects around. The Memory Police narrates the surreal story about the trauma of loss and the power of memory.
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel www.booktopia.com.au
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The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
After a dry spell of nearly eight years, Hilary Mantel finally gives us the finale to her trilogy. It is quite fascinating to note that The Mirror and the Light was nominated for the Booker Prize 2020. This ultimate novel in the series follows the final years of the powerful minister in Henry the VIII’s court after Anne Boyle’s execution.
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook variety.com
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The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
If you like speculative nature-based fiction, this one is for you. Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness looks at the world severely affected by climate change. Agnes and her mother Bea enter the Wilderness State, a city forbidden for humans, to study whether nature and humans can co-exist. But underneath simmer complex relationships between the two, primate and urban, community and city.
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste time.com
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The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
Love to explore historical fiction? Mengiste’s second book is what you must look out for. It is about Hirut, a young orphan woman who lives as a servant. As the second Italo-Ethiopian war rages and Ethiopia is invaded, Hirut takes up arms and goes to defend her country under the Shadow King. Through Hirut, the book serves as a memorial for forgotten women soldiers and their struggles.
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga bombmagazine.org
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This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga
This Mournable Body following Dangarembga’s debut novel, Nervous Conditions, which was written 30 years ago. It explores the middle-aged life of Tambu. In Nervous Conditions, Tambu had to deal with sexism and racism imposed during the pre-independent Rhodesia. In this book, she comes in conflict with her African heritage against white values, as she is subjected to humiliation.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi brittlepaper.com
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Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Transcendental Kingdom, an astonishing follow-up to the novel Homecoming, is yet another hit by Yaa Gyasi. The exquisite narrative follows Gifty, a young Ghanaian woman, who is dealing with the grief of losing a brother to addiction. While she is ambitiously working towards finding a scientific connection to suffering, she grapples with her faith and the evangelical church of her childhood.
Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze thebookerprizes.com
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Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze
If you are a fan of literary non-fiction, Krauze’s debut novel must be on the top of your TBR list! Who They Was explores the somber city of London in a way that has hardly been seen before. In this electrifying debut, the author goes on a nostalgic dive as he looks back at his life with his fascination for the lives of gangsters.