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Most Anticipated Books of the First Half of 2021

This week’s theme over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl for Top Ten Tuesday is the books we are looking forward to the most in the first half of the year. And I hope that I actually end up reading the books I pick!!

(Almost) all these books caught my eye on NetGalley; and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get those here so I can get to reading sooner than later.

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So here are my

Most Anticipated Books of the First Half of 2021

Bringing Up Bookmonsters

Bringing Up Bookmonsters
The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless, Ravenous Reader

by Amber Ankowski, Andy Ankowski
The Experiment
Parenting & Families
Pub Date 27 Apr 2021
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While my children (now teens) are thankfully book monsters in their own right (one more than the other), I always enjoy reading books about how to get people to read. And this sounds perfect!

The Paris Library

The Paris Library
A Novel
by Janet Skeslien Charles
Atria Books
Historical Fiction
Pub Date 09 Feb 2021
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This cover and the title say it all!! And it is historical fiction, a genre I adore…

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
by George Saunders
Random House
Nonfiction (Adult) | Reference
Pub Date 12 Jan 2021
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A book about writing, using examples of great Russian authors?! Count me in…

First Comes Like

First Comes Like
A Novel
by Alisha Rai
Avon
General Fiction (Adult) | Multicultural Interest | Romance
Pub Date 16 Feb 2021
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Bollywood beckons, and I heed the call!

The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock

The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock – An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense
by Edward White
W. W. Norton & Company
Biographies & Memoirs | Entertainment | Nonfiction (Adult)
Pub Date 13 Apr 2021
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Considering how often we have watched (and re-watch) Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as all the master’s movies, adding this book to my TBR was a given.

Real

Real
by Carol Cujec, Peyton Goddard
Shadow Mountain
Children’s Fiction
Pub Date 02 Feb 2021
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The History of Sweets

The History of Sweets
by Paul Chrystal
Pen & Sword History
Cooking, Food & Wine | History | Nonfiction (Adult)
Pub Date 31 Mar 2021
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With my sweet tooth, and considering I do not seem to want to stop reading nonfiction after the marathon nonfiction reading for the Cybils, this book has to be here. And that cover makes it soooo tempting, right?

The Soul of a Woman

The Soul of a Woman
by Isabel Allende
Ballantine Books
Biographies & Memoirs | Nonfiction (Adult)
Pub Date 02 Mar 2021
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Simply because I need to get started on reading Allende, and this sounds perfect!

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls
by Kaela Rivera
HarperCollins
Children’s Fiction | Middle Grade | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 13 Apr 2021
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Magical read for young readers, and me!

Clues to the Universe

Clues to the Universe
by Christina Li
Quill Tree Books
Children’s Fiction | Middle Grade | OwnVoices
Pub Date 12 Jan 2021
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One that is sure to tug at heartstrings, and strongly at that.. and I know I want to read this

Breathing Underwater

Breathing Underwater
by Sarah Allen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Children’s Fiction | Middle Grade
Pub Date 30 Mar 2021
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All about family… and road-trips… and a camera!!

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World
A Novel
by Laura Imai Messina
The Overlook Press
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 09 Mar 2021
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I knew I had to read this book the moment I saw what it was about — inspired by a real phone booth in Japan with its disconnected “wind” phone, a place of pilgrimage and solace since the 2011 tsunami

The Ladies of the Secret Circus

The Ladies of the Secret Circus
by Constance Sayers
Redhook Books
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 23 Mar 2021
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Circus! Secret! Yes, I am going to read this one.

World Travel

World Travel
An Irreverent Guide
by Anthony Bourdain; Laurie Woolever
Ecco
Biographies & Memoirs | Nonfiction (Adult) | Travel
Pub Date 20 Apr 2021
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We binged on Bourdain’s show on Netflix a while ago; and then rewatched some of our favorites. And the cover!!

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Dear reader, are any of these Most Anticipated Books of the First Half of 2021 on your radar? If not, which ones among these would you add to your TBR? And what are the books you are looking forward to this year? Would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!

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