You Should Read: Our favorite 2021 reads so far (with Kathy Coe!)


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Hi, Should-Heads! We are here to discuss our favorite reads of 2021 so far, and it was hard to narrow it down to five each! We're also joined by our friend (and tastemaker of the pod) Kathy Coe! While we could each have easily named another five books each (or 10, or 20), we're pleased with this list. No matter your taste, there's definitely something for everyone on here.

Kelly's Poe socks:

Kelly's bookmark came from here:

Currently reading:

Julia: Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid) and If the Shoe Fits (Julie Murphy)
Kelly: Ace of Spades (Faridah Abike Iyimide)
Rachael: Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout), Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid) and Jay's Gay Agenda (Jason June)

Recent acquisitions:

Julia: Skye Falling (Mia McKenzie), The Other Black Girl (Zakiya Dalila Harris) and Half Sick of Shadows (Laura Sebastian)
Kelly: I Am Not a Wolf (Dan Sheehan) and Bath Haus (PJ Vernon)
Rachael: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires (Grady Hendrix) and If the Shoe Fits (Julie Murphy)

Our Favorites of 2021:

Kathy: A Mouthful of Forevers (Clementine von Radics), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid), The House in the Cerulean Sea (TJ Klune), Blackout (Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon) and Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

Julia: Concrete Rose (Angie Thomas), That Summer (Jennifer Weiner), Meet Me In Another Life (Catriona Silvey), Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir), Pumpkin (Julie Murphy)

Kelly: Wish You Were Here (Jodi Picoult), That Summer (Jennifer Weiner), Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers), We Are Inevitable (Gayle Forman) and Outlawed (Anna North)

Rachael: Concrete Rose (Angie Thomas), The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey), That Summer (Jennifer Weiner), Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier) and Pumpkin (Julie Murphy)

Follow Kathy Coe:
Twitter: @kathycoe
Instagram: @glassofwine81

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Don't forget about our next book club! We're discussing The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell in August! You can email your thoughts or find us on social media! We're really excited for this one--and its special guest!

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