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The Most Anticipated Books of 2021
It’s here, a list of the most anticipated books of the year!
Are you a book lover (like yours truly)? Can’t wait to add a few amazing titles to your to-be-read list? Have you already made room on your bookshelf?
You’ll need it, because 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for books and specifically for nonfiction (which just happens to be our favourite).
We’ve put together a list of the 10 most anticipated nonfiction books of the year to inspire you to start living your very best life in 2021, pandemic or not (in order of release date and now available for pre-order).
Ready to get your read on? Us too!
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE YEAR (NONFICTION)
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2021
A Promised Land (2020)
RELEASE DATE: NOV.17, 2020
Get your copy of A Promised Land.
A Promised Land (#1 New York Times bestseller and #1 bestseller on Amazon charts) was technically released at the end of 2020, but was so highly anticipated that we’re including it here too (on our list of most anticipated books of the year). We loved Michelle Obama’s Becoming, so can’t wait to get our hands on this. It’s considered one of the best books of the year by many respected publications and reviewers. It’s the first of two planned volumes (and so we’re already looking forward to more from Barack).
“A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making – from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in striking personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency – a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.” – www.amazon.com.
Need more from the Obama’s? Check out our book feature on Michelle Obama’s Becoming, and our posts on Barack Obama’s favourite books, music, and television/films of the year.
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History Of African America, 1619-2019 (2021)
IBRAM X. KENDI and KEISHA N. BLAIN (EDITORS)
RELEASE DATE: FEB. 2, 2021
Get your copy of Four Hundred Souls.
Edited by the bestselling author of How To Be An Anti-Racist (one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Of 2020), Kendi’s newest title Four Hundred Souls (edited alongside author and historian Keisha N. Blain) is a #1 New York Times bestseller even before its release.
I hope you will join me this year in acting upon the lessons of the Black Lives Matter movement, racial inequality and social injustices highlighted by 2020. We can start by listening, reading and learning (and supporting Black voices, authors, and stories, especially those of women). I will be starting here this year, with Four Hundred Souls.
“Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, this collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith—instead it unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness.” – www.amazon.com.
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir Of A Life Interrupted (2021)
RELEASE DATE: FEB. 9, 2021
Get your copy of Between Two Kingdoms.
An incredible memoir (immersing myself in someone’s life story, experiences, and views of the world) is my favourite kind of reading. Between Two Kingdoms caught my attention after reading praise of this work from two authors I admire, Elizabeth Gilbert and Tara Westover (it’s no doubt one of the most anticipated books of 2021).
“A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery … Jaouad embarked—with her new best friend, Oscar, a scruffy terrier mutt—on a 100-day, 15,000-mile road trip across the country … What she learned on this trip is that the divide between sick and well is porous, that the vast majority of us will travel back and forth between these realms throughout our lives. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.” – www.amazon.com.
Need another breathtaking memoir? Check out our book feature on Untamed, by Glennon Doyle.
How To Avoid A Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have And The Breakthroughs We Need (2021)
RELEASE DATE: FEB. 16, 2021
Get your copy of How To Avoid A Climate Disaster.
Climate change, one of the most critical issues of our time. What are you doing about it? Do you know everything you need to know? I vow to be better informed and contribute to leaving a better world for my children (and future grandchildren) with the help of Gates’ How To Avoid A Climate Disaster (an Amazon #1 bestseller in climatology).
“In this urgent, singularly authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical–and accessible–plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid an irreversible climate catastrophe. In this book, he not only gathers together all the information we need to fully grasp how important it is that we work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases but also details exactly what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.” – www.amazon.com.
Becoming: Adapted For Young Readers (2021)
RELEASE DATE: MAR. 2, 2021
Get your copy of Becoming: Adapted For Young Readers.
One of our favourite books of recent times (by one of the most inspiring women), Michelle Obama’s Becoming was love beauty thrive’s first ever monthly book feature selection (not to mention a #1 New York Times bestseller). We couldn’t be more thrilled with the upcoming release of Becoming: Adapted For Young Readers. Do you have a special young girl in your life? Make sure this book is on her shelf. All young people should read it.
“Michelle Obama’s worldwide bestselling memoir, Becoming, is now adapted for young readers . . . this volume for young people is an honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life led by example. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. In telling her story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become?” – www.amazon.com.
Need more from Michelle Obama? Check out our book feature on Becoming and our post on her fitness playlist.
But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are Redefining Adulthood (2021)
RELEASE DATE: MAR. 2, 2021
Get your copy of But You’re Still So Young.
As a thirtysomething, But You’re Still So Young caught my interest right away (I can’t wait to have it on my shelf). It’s one of the books I am most looking forward to this year (and I’m not the only one). It’s already considered by several credible publications to be one of the best, most anticipated, and biggest ‘must-reads’ of 2021.
“A look at what it means to be in your thirties, and to navigate some of the biggest milestones of adult life . . . and how it is more okay than ever to not have every box checked off . . . why are we measuring “adulthood” by the same metrics that were relied upon fifty years ago? Kayleen uses her smart narrative framing, her relatable voice, and her own story to show how the thirties have changed from the cultural stereotypes around them, and how they are a radically different experience for Americans now than it was for any other generation. And as she and her sources show, not being able to do everything isn’t a sign of a life gone wrong. Being open to going sideways or upside down or backward, means it has gone right: you found meaning and value in many different ways of living.” – www.amazon.com.
The Home Edit Workbook: Prompts, Activities, and Gold Stars To Help You Contain The Chaos (2021)
CLEA SHEARER and JOANNA TEPLIN
RELEASE DATE: MAR. 2, 2021
Get your copy of The Home Edit Workbook.
We are all about The Home Edit (so obviously can’t wait for The Home Edit Workbook). Already Amazon’s #1 new release in DIY, home improvement, home cleaning and caretaking, it includes weekly challenges, tips and tricks, checklists and activities to help you organize all aspects of your life.
“The New York Times bestselling authors of The Home Edit and stars of the Netflix series Get Organized with The Home Edit help you organize every aspect of your life with the 52 home-editing challenges in this must-have workbook. Clea and Joanna are here to help you home edit your life and keep it that way.” – www.amazon.com
Need more of The Home Edit? Check out our post on the five steps to organizing The Home Edit way.
The Soul Of A Woman (2021)
RELEASE DATE: MAR. 2, 2021
Get your copy of The Soul Of A Woman.
What does it mean to be a woman? Allende’s The Soul Of A Woman is already Amazon’s #1 bestselling book in feminist theory (even before its March 2, 2021 release). It will be my first introduction to this New York Times bestselling author’s work and to this type of feminist literature. I hope you will join me.
“From the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea comes a passionate and inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman. So what feeds the soul of feminists—and all women—today? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work yet to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.” – www.amazon.com.
How To Do The Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal From Your Past, and Create Your Self (2021)
DR. NICOLE LEPERA
RELEASE DATE: MAR. 9, 2021
Get your copy of How To Do The Work.
Described as “a manifesto of self healing” and “an essential guide to creating a more vibrant, auhentic, and joyful life” How To Do The Work is written by holistic psychologist Dr. LePera (an Amazon #1 bestseller in interpersonal relations). A serious fan of all nonfiction, I especially love reads focused on self growth. Empowerment and creating your authentic self is the best kind of work.
“From Dr. Nicole LePera, creator of “the holistic psychologist”—the online phenomenon with more than two million Instagram followers—comes a revolutionary approach to healing that harnesses the power of the self to produce lasting change. In How to Do the Work, Dr. LePera offers readers the support and tools that will allow them to break free from destructive behaviors to reclaim and recreate their lives. Nothing short of a paradigm shift, this is a celebration of empowerment that will forever change the way we approach mental wellness and self-care.” – www.amazon.com
Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How To Break The Cycles Of Worry & Fear To Heal Your Mind (2021)
DR. JUDSON BREWER
RELEASE DATE: MAR. 9, 2021
Get your copy of Unwinding Anxiety.
In these unprecedented times of the pandemic, we’re more focused than ever on the importance of mental and emotional health. Many of us may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or worried. Unwinding Anxiety can give us the proven tools (including mindfulness and more) to help. Take the time to take care of yourself.
“A step-by-step plan clinically proven to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits. Distilling more than 20 years of research and hands-on work with thousands of patients, including Olympic athletes and coaches, and leaders in government and business, Dr. Brewer has created a clear, solution-oriented program that anyone can use to feel better – no matter how anxious they feel.” – www.amazon.com.
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