It’s not always easy to choose a book among the thousands of new releases every year—and that’s without even counting the vast backlist available to us as readers! We’re here to help, with some examples of big books from 2020 and what you might enjoy from this year’s offerings of related audiobooks. Read on for our recommendations on what to read next!
If you liked Uncanny Valley, you’ll love Fake Accounts.
If you liked reading about the tech industry in the memoir Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener, you might want to explore the role of technology in our lives from another angle in the novel Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler.
“It’s a fun story with lots to say about the incessant self-branding and impossible unreliability of our lives spent increasingly online.”Edward, bookseller at The Literate Lizard bookstore
If you liked My Dark Vanessa, you’ll love Dark Horses.
“[a] heart-pounding, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it debut novel.”O, The Oprah Magazine
If you liked Set My Heart to Five, you’ll love Remote Control.
“[Nnedi Okorafor’s] amazing ability to blend traditional African stories and themes with hardcore science fiction is spectacular.”Annie, bookseller at The Neverending Bookshop
If you liked The Last Story of Mina Lee, you’ll love Infinite Country.
Themes of family and immigration are explored beautifully in both The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim and Patricia Engel’s 2021 novel, Infinite Country. It was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from Esquire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, New York Post, The Millions, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, AARP, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Autostraddle, She Reads, Alma, and more.
“An exquisitely told story of family, war, and migration, this is a novel our increasingly divided country wants and needs to read.”R.O. Kwon, Electric Literature
If you liked Weather, you’ll love Sorrow and Bliss.
If experimental fiction and existential crises are your jam, you’ll likely have enjoyed Weather by Jenny Offill. If you haven’t yet picked up Normal People by Sally Rooney, grab that quick, and your next read afterwards should be Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason.
“Brutal, tender, funny….I saw myself here. I saw the people I love. I am changed by this book.”Mary Beth Keane, author
If you liked Clap When You Land, you’ll love Chlorine Sky.
“Mahogany L. Browne’s debut YA is an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless.”Elizabeth Acevedo, author
If you liked Me and White Supremacy, you’ll love Do Better.
“a healing balm for a society that has long needed a new perspective and approach to an ancient problem that has been ignored, denied, un-addressed, and unhealed.”Inyala Vanzant, author
If you liked Long Bright River, you’ll love Girl A.
If grizzly thrillers about a disappeared young girl are your thing, you probably loved Long Bright River by Liz Moore. In 2021, try Girl A by Abigail Dean, called “a stunning debut” by the Washington Post.
“Fantastic—I loved it.”Paula Hawkins, author
“[Cicely Tyson] tells her story the way only a Black woman can: in all of its dazzling authenticity, heels off and voice undulating, shifting between anguish and exuberance.”Viola Davis, actress and producer
If you liked The Office of Historical Corrections, you’ll love Milk Blood Heat.
“With widely differing characters, voices, and settings, each story makes its own unique contribution to the collection, yet each propels the reader onward in turn. Dantiel W. Moniz is a jaw-dropping new star on the literary stage.”Audrey, bookseller at River Bend Bookshop
You can find even more 2021 reads to look forward to on our list of 18 Books to Pre-Order Before This Spring.