My Must Read Books For January 2021

The last thing I need is another book to add to my TBR list, but it’s impossible to ignore all of the new, exciting releases for January. Here are some of the many books I can’t wait to get my hands on next month.

What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Let me know in the comments!


The Push by Ashley Audrain

Blythe Conner thinks there’s something terribly wrong with her newborn daughter, Violet. But does mother really know best? Or is it all in her head?

Release date: 1/5/2021

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The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

Two enslaved men find refuge in each other in the Deep South.

Straight from the publisher:

The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Release date: 1/5/2021

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Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

An educated slacker goes from being a Starbucks barista to a ruthless salesman.

Straight from the publisher:

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

Release date: 1/5/2021

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Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Fan of The Hate U Give and On The Come Up? Angie Thomas takes readers back to Garden Heights to tell the story of a young Maverick Carter trying to do his best in a world that doesn’t want to see him succeed.

Release date: 1/12/2021

The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin

A modern retelling of Cinderella where happily ever after doesn’t exist.

Straight from the publisher:

Nothing in it is quite what it seems, and the twists and turns of its magical, dark, swiftly shifting paths take us deep into the heart of what makes us unique, of romance and marriage, and of the very nature of storytelling.

Release date: 1/12/2021

Aftershock by Nadia Owusu

Straight from the publisher:

This poetic, genre-bending work—blending memoir with cultural history—from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.

Release date 1/12/2021

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Enslaved Pheby Brown is promised freedom on her 18th birthday. Instead, she’s sent to a jail where slaves are brutally tortured and where she becomes the mistress of the jail owner.

Release date: 1/12/2021

Shipped by Angie Hockman

A workaholic marketing manager is forced to vacation with her insufferable nemesis. Perfect for fans of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

Release date: 1/19/2021

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

The daughter of a con artist gets caught up in a bank heist. Unfortunately, the robbers have no idea who they’re dealing with.

Release date: 1/26/2021



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