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20 eagerly awaited books hitting shelves in 2021
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20 eagerly awaited books hitting shelves in 2021


Whatever 2021 may bring, it will definitely be filled with new books. Here’s a roundup of 20 of the year’s most eagerly awaited new titles, ranging from famous names to prestige-award winners to highly anticipated first-timers.

There’s surely something here for everyone. May it be a year of happy reading for us all.

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