5 Books to Look Out for in 2021 (January to June)

 Here's wishing all our lovely readers and followers from across the globe a very happy and blessed new year. I hope and pray that 2021 brings in positivity, new opportunities, and happiness in your life. For my first post in a brand new year, I wanted to share a list of books that I am looking forward to reading in 2021, or should I rather say - the most anticipated titles that I am waiting to get my hands on in the year ahead. All of us can do with a good read, or two (maybe lots more for bibliophiles like some of us). 

So, get your wish-list ready and take notes:

Unfinished - A memoir 

Author: Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Launch Date: February 9, 2021

Of course, this one's for all the fans of our very own desi girl! While some bibliophiles might think otherwise, I - for one, strongly believe that a lot of entertainment aficionados are looking forward to this memoir, which promises to highlight some key aspects from the international icon's life. From her dual-continent twenty-year-long career as an actor and producer to her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, from losing her beloved father to cancer to marrying Nick Jonas; Chopra-Jonas' wants to inspire her fans and the younger generations with her personal story and experiences, with an aim to gather their courage, embrace their ambition and to work hard towards their dream.

Klara and the Sun

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Launch Date: March 2, 2021 

Acclaimed author Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel since the winning the Nobel Prize in 2017 - Klara and the Sun promises to introduce the readers to a technologically advanced world. A future packed with dystopian elements, and an insight into our rapidly changing world, through the eyes of an interesting narrator. The story focuses on Klara, an 'Artificial Friend' with outstanding observational qualities. Fans of Ishiguro are excited to experience his 'sci-fi' return, and have been patiently waiting for the launch.

First Person Singular Stories

Author: Haruki Murakami

Launch Date: April 6, 2021

A much anticipated collection of eight first-person short stories by best selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The stories span across various themes and experiences - from memories of youth, ardent love of baseball, to dreamlike scenarios and invented jazz albums; all with the signature Murakami twist. The collection aims to challenge the boundaries between our minds and the exterior world. However, it promises to pose an integral question. - Is it a memoir or fiction? Well, apparently - this is something the reader gets to decide.


Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Launch Date: April 27, 2021

Close to a decade post the release of acclaimed author Jhumpa Lahiri’s last novel The Lowland - we’ve got a brand new novel. Whereabouts focuses on a woman, who navigates the complexities of work, love and life. Shuffling between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties, until one day, a day at the sea changes her perspective forever. It makes the reader ponder as to what ‘Transformation’ truly means. Brimming with the impulse to cross barriers; this would be Lahiri’s first novel to be written in Italian, and translated into English. We are quite excited already!

Great Circle

Author: Maggie Shipstead

Launch Date: May 4, 2021

Set during the Prohibition-era Montana, and spanning across the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles - author Maggie Shipstead’s Great Circle moves across decades, with daredevil female protagonists (living in different times) at the centre. The women, both ambitious and destined to determine their own futures, are determined to chart their own course in life, at any cost. This would be Shipstead’s third novel, which took about two years to write, as it took a lot of research and traveling for the author to put together the novel.

So, which book are you excited to read? Any titles outside of this list that are you looking forward to reading this year?

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Priya Adivarekar - Founder and Creative Director at Diary of a Dancebee. She is also a renowned Voice Actress and award winning artiste, with serious passion for dance. When not working round the clock, she can be seen reading, enjoying a movie-binge or listening to music.
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