Book recommendations for 2021

Being stuck in a third lockdown, what else is there to do than to get back on the reading game and increase your book collection for 2021?

Why not get involved with GoodRead’s 2021 Reading Challenge? It’s a great way to set yourself reading targets and to look back on what you’ve read at the end of the year.

Five Leaves Bookshop, an independent bookshop based in Nottingham, are here to help you with their tips and tricks on how to get your head stuck in a book; whether you’re a book lover or have never picked up one in your life!

Five Leaves Bookshop is currently closed, but they are still offering services online

Although they are currently shut at the moment, they are still sending out £50 ‘mystery boxes’ – give them a clue on what sort of books you enjoy and they’ll “do the rest!” by sending you a selection of hand-picked books.

Start with something you know a little bit about
Look into a subject that you’re interested in and dig a bit deeper. This could be a hobby, a TV show, or something which you want to educate yourself a bit more on.

Five Leaves recommends: ‘Black and British’ by David Olusoga. “This is a great book to learn more about British history. It’s great for black people, but if you’re white perhaps even more so”.

You’ve watched the show… so read the book!
If you’ve recently watched a TV show which got you hooked, then there’s a high chance you’ll enjoy the book too. How many times have you heard the saying “the book was better than the show?”.

Five Leaves recommends: ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney. “The TV Show was great, and the book is even better”.

If you’re going somewhere, get clued up on it
Lockdown may be stopping all current travel plans, but that’s not to say you can get planning for the future. If there’s a place that really interests you or you have been dying to visit, why not get clued up on it in advance?

Five Leaves recommends: ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns. “This book will definitely help you to get to know more of Northern Ireland. If you’re planning on going abroad (not anytime soon!) read a book set in that country before you go”.

Ask for recommendations
It can be hard to know where to get started if you haven’t read many books yourself. Ask your family members and friends what their favourite book is – most people will have one.

In case you’re already stuck, here are a few of my own recommendations to get you started.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens. 

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, Delia Owens

This book has amazing reviews, which is what drew me to buying it. Set in the 1960’s, it takes the reader on a journey of Kya the ‘marsh girl’ as she grows and learns more about life through her interactions with other people.

The five people you meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom 

‘The five people you meet in Heaven’ Mitch Albom

A book which instantly makes you question your perspective on life and how to live it. It is an inspiring and personal take on an individuals idea of the moment between death and after-life. It was really easy to read and is a book that I think that everyone should read at least once in their life.

The tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris 

Perhaps more of a sad read, but this book is definitely up there in my top three of all time. It is a testament of true love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions. I couldn’t put this book down and I’m pretty sure I cried until the last page.

Check out Five Leaves Bookshop here, and get yourselves signed up to the Goodreads 2021 reading challenge!