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This week’s Top Five Tuesday topic is Books I Haven’t Read Yet in 2021. This was a very difficult list to write because there are so many books that I wanted to read in 2021, but I didn’t get to. So, to narrow this post down to five books, I’m focusing on five romance novels that came out in 2021 that I haven’t read yet. Of course, I’d love to squeeze these in before the end of the year, but realistically, that’s not going to happen.
First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel – This book is a companion novel to The Trouble with Hating You, which was one of my favourite romance books of 2020. My memory is a bit hazy on what happened in The Trouble with Hating You, but I remember meeting Preeti and liking her, and I’m looking forward to reading a book where she’s the main character. It also looks like this book features the second chance romance trope, which is a trope that has been growing on me a lot lately.
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne – As you probably know, The Hating Game is one of my favourite books, and I need more Sally Thorne in my life. The premise of this book sounds like it’s going to have some laugh-out-loud moments, and I’m looking forward to that. From some of the reviews I’ve skimmed, it looks like the romance in this book is a slow burn, which is always appreciated.
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary – I adored The Flatshare, and I’m looking forward to reading another book by Beth O’Leary. Even if I didn’t adore The Flatshare, this book would end up on my TBR because it features forced proximity and possibly a second chance romance. In real life, the idea of exes having to carpool to a wedding would make me cringe, but on the page, I’m here for it. I’m looking forward to the awkward moments, the tension, and everything else that comes with the forced proximity trope.
Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle – This was one of my most anticipated romance books of 2021, but I haven’t picked it up yet. Twice Shy features a hopeless romantic character who finds out that she has to share the house she inherited from her great-Aunt with the grumpy groundskeeper. The grumpy sunshine trope is one of my favourites, and it’s one of the many tropes that I need more of in my life. I also have a feeling that this book will make me laugh-out-loud because You Deserve Each Other was full of laugh-out-loud moments.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – This book is everywhere, and I want to read it to see if it’s worth all of the hype. This book features fake dating, which is a trope that I have mixed feelings about, but when it’s done well, it is such a great trope. It also looks like the main male character in this book falls into the grumpy category, which I find enjoyable. I also like that this book has an academic setting and features characters who work in STEM.
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