Coronavirus + Brexit nationalist = . We have nothing more to add to this one. You can thank us later.
This dropped on January 1, but ICYMI you missed this bit of fabulousness (or forgot all about it): Harry Styles + Phoebe Waller-Bridge + argyle sweaters + bling. Oh yeah, it’s a for his latest single ‘Treat People With Kindness’, but that’s entirely besides the point given all the eye candy.
: Panda vs Snowman. This is a slow-motion firework show that lasted… well over 150 years! Also: a doomed super-massive star 7,500 light-years away that went through a “Great Eruption” in the 1840s. We just like it because it’s pretty. : “Hrithik Roshan playing football.”
READING HABIT EDITOR'S NOTE I am so very delighted to introduce you to Anushree Kaushal, our very own books editor! An editor at Penguin Random House India for over five years, she quit her job to “do something entirely different,” as she puts it. And we’re glad that adding her considerable talent to the splainer team is part of her new life plan. We leave it to Anushree to take it from here. Hello readers, and welcome to Reading Habit, your bookish friend and guide through this tentatively hopeful year! This week, I have put together a list for a cool 2021 reading challenge. I’m seeing fewer new year resolutions in 2021 than I’ve ever seen before, and I can’t say I’m surprised. If you are in the mood for something less structured than our list, may I suggest reading as much, as widely and as diversely as possible be one of your resolutions? I also have a list of new and upcoming book releases. But before we begin, here is a handy, comprehensive literary calendar from , full of some of the biggest bookish events and releases occurring throughout the year. On to the books now. Keep reading, and support your local bookstores! A 2021 READING CHALLENGE Here is my personal take on the very cool for this year: two themes per month. If you prefer or need a lighter reading list, feel free to pick the option that appeals to you most. January Longlisted for the JCB Prize: * by Jahnavi Barua * by Ashoke Mukhopadhyay, tr. by Arunava Sinha Author from Eastern Europe: * by Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus) * by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland) February About incarceration: * by Bryan Stevenson * by Mohamedou Ould Slahi Cookbook by a woman of colour: * by Sonal Ved * by Chrissy Teigen March Protagonist older than 50: * by Emma Healey * by Jonas Jonasson South American author in translation: * by Sofía Segovia, tr. by Simon Bruni (Mexico) * by Isabel Allende, tr. by Magda Bogin (Chile) April Reread a favourite: * by Kate Atkinson * by Ian McEwan Memoir by an Indigenous Woman: * by Joy Harjo * by Terese Mailhot May By a Neurodivergent author: * by Helen Hoang * by Jen Wilde Crime novel or thriller in translation: * by Henning Mankell (Swedish) * by Hideo Yokoyama (Japanese) June About the natural world: * by Pranay Lal * by Robert Macfarlane Young adult novel by a Latinx author: * by Erika L Sánchez * by Elizabeth Acevedo July Poetry collection by a black woman: * : Thoughts for Boundless Living by Morgan Harper Nichols * by DaMaris B Hill Biracial protagonist: * by Jenny Han * by Rainbow Rowell August Muslim middle grade novel: * by Aisha Saeed * by Hena Khan A queer love story: * by Alexis Hall * by Meryl Wilsner September About a woman in politics: * by Kamala Harris * by Condoleezza Rice Rural Setting: * by Louise Erdrich * by Jason Reynolds October Cover designed by a woman: * by Rachel Kushner (UK, design by Suzanne Dean) * by Brit Bennett (US, design by Helen Yentus) Arab author in translation: * by Alaa al-Aswany (tr. Russell Harris) * by Naguib Mahfouz (tr. William Maynard Hutchins and Olive E. Kenny) November By a Trans author: * by Janet Mock * by Kacen Callender Fantasy novel by an Asian author: * by Tanaz Bhathena * by R F Kuang December Non-fiction focused on social justice: * by Robin DiAngelo * by Mikki Kendall Short story collection by a Caribbean author: * by Edwidge Danticat * by Ivelisse Rodriguez A LIST OF NEW RELEASES Fiction: * by Angie Thomas: One of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, the author of returns to Garden Heights with the story of Maverick Carter, Starr’s father, set 17 years before the events of the bestselling phenomenon. * by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: An exquisite tale of love, bravery and betrayal from the bestselling author of , this is the story of Jindan Kaur, the youngest—and last—queen of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. * by Keerthik Sasidharan: An extraordinary retelling of the Mahabharata war, the book takes the points of view of Bhishma, Draupadi and Arjuna to tell a familiar story in an entirely new light. The first in a trilogy, it is magnificently unique, highly readable and teaches you something new on every page. * by Max Porter: The highly innovative author of and turns his attention to the final days of a great painter, converting his final thoughts into paintings. * by Rachel Hawkins: Everything Hawkins does is immensely enjoyable, and this delicious, noir twist on Jane Eyre promises to be a sharp, addictive psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Ruth Fare and Lucy Foley. Non-fiction: * by George Saunders: For the last twenty years, the Booker–winner has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. Through this collection of seven essays paired with short stories from Russian greats, Saunders teaches us about the very real human connection one can make through reading and writing. * by Harsh Mander: One of the most conscientious and thought-provoking voices writing today, Mander brings us the stories of the least privileged of us, from the homeless to the migrant workers. He combines hard data with on-the-ground reporting to highlight the gravity of the humanitarian crisis that India is in the midst of today. * by Sonia Faleiro: In this astounding, revelatory work of investigative journalism, Faleiro tells the real story behind the tragic deaths of two teenage girls and an epidemic of violence against women. * by Yashaswini Chandra: Drawing a remarkable connection between Indian history, mythology, art, literature, folklore and popular belief through horses, this debut takes us on an astonishing journey across India and beyond, using an equine vantage point to write a new history of the region and its society, politics and people. * by Sathnam Sanghera: An illuminating new take on British history, showing how much of the modern Britain one knows and understands is rooted in its imperial past, an aspect which today somehow goes unnoticed. : Panda vs Snowman. This is a slow-motion firework show that lasted… well over 150 years! Also: a doomed super-massive star 7,500 light-years away that went through a “Great Eruption” in the 1840s. We just like it because it’s pretty. : “Hrithik Roshan playing football.”
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