American Books I Liked So Far in 2021

July 4th was yesterday, so it seems like a good time to think about the books from the US I’ve loved so far in 2021. I will admit, not a lot of the authors I’ve read this year were American. But, I still have a great selection for you to check out.

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Review: This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.

Blurb:

Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.

She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.

Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

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Review: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.

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Review: Majesty by Katharine McGee

Challenge prompt: A book you meant to read last year but didn’t.

Blurb:

Beatrice Washington now rules America as its first ever queen, but her family are more concerned about rushing through her arranged marriage to a man she barely knows. No one can know that her heart really belongs to her bodyguard – but even their love is under threat.

Meanwhile, Princess Samantha is under more scrutiny than ever before – and she still longs to be with her sister’s fiancee. But with no sign of Bea’s wedding being called off, she’s surprised to find someone else catching her eye.

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The Best YA Books I Read in 2020

I did shy away from YA fiction a little in 2020 – but that isn’t to say I didn’t read it at all. There were in fact quite a few YA books I read last year, and some of them really resonated with me.

If you’re an avid YA reader, or looking for somewhere to start, these are some great books to try out in 2021. Why not give one of them a try?

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