june tbr list + anticipated releases

Hello everyone! I I hope everyone has had a wonderful May 💛

So first off, how is almost June already? Almost half of 2021 has flown by, which is very different to how 2020 dragged on. With a new month comes many new releases I want to read, as well as a lot of already released books that I want to finally get around to reading once June begins.

I’m a little apprehensive about making this post because I rarely stick to tbr lists, but I am going to try my best! So, without further ado, here is my to read list for June.

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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Release date: June 1st 2021
Age-range / genre: New Adult / Contemporary, Romance, LGBT+
Links: Goodreads / Bookdepository / Bookshop.org / Storygraph

I think this is on everyone’s tbr list at this point. It’s been one of my most anticipated releases since Casey announced it. I loved their debut novel Red White and Royal Blue, so I read a sapphic novel by them. Some of my friends have already read it and adored it, and it’s made me even more excited to start it. Believe me, as soon as June starts I’m jumping into it straight away.

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

Release date: June 1st 2021
Age-Range / Genre: Young Adult / LBGT+, Romance
Links: Goodreads / Bookdepository / Bookshop.org / Storygraph

I read Deaver’s debut novel I Wish you All the Best last year, and it filled my heart with joy. I had never read a book with a non-binary MC until then, and I felt so seen throughout it. I’m so eager to read their next novel, it sounds like such a powerful book exploring grief and moving on.

Ace of Spdes by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Release date: 10th June 2021
Age-range / Genre: Young Adult / Dark Academia, LGBT+, Mystery-Thriller
Links: Goodreads / Bookdepository / Bookshop.org / Storygraph

As mentioned in my post about thrillers & anticipated releases, this has been on my radar for a while and I’m so eager to start it. I adore the dark academia genre, but I feel like so far it’s been dominated with mostly White main characters. It’s so wonderful to see a dark academia novel that includes not only suspense but also the inherent white classism of academia. Not to mention, it’s queer as well! I’m incredibly excited for this book’s release.

Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan

Release date: 1st April 2021
Age-Range / Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary, Romance, LGBT+
Links: Goodreads / Bookdepository / Bookshop.org / Storygraph

While I haven’t read the author’s debut novel The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, I’ve heard only good things about it, and I’m excited to read her newest novel Zara Hossain Is Here. I mean, queer muslim rep? Sign me up. I started this book in Ramadhan but it got a bit too Much for me, so I’m looking forward to jumping into it again.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Release Date: 5 May 2020
Age-Range / Genre: Young Adult / Poetry, LGBT+, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads / Bookdepository / Bookshop.org / Storygraph

This is another one that’s been on my tbr for forever and only now I’m getting around to starting. I adored Poet X, it was lyrical and moving, and I really want to read more prose by Elizabeth Acevedo. Not to mention, I’m a sucker for dual POVs, so the fact this alternates perspectives between sisters has me SO intrigued to read.

What We Devour by Linsey Miller

Release date: 6th July 2021
Age-range / Genre: Young Adult / Dark Fantasy, Magical Realism, LGBT+
Links: Goodreads / Bookdepository / Bookshop.org / Storygraph

I really need to get a move on with reading the ARCs I have, and this is at the top of my list. I’m not one to read a lot of epic fantasy, but dark fantasy is a genre I’m fascinated with. Plus, with the supernatural elements I got from the blurb, I’m thrilled I got approved for this ARC and to start reading this soon.

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Release date: 29th June 2021
Age-range / Genre: Young Adult / Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk, LGBT+
Links: Goodreads / Bookdepository / Bookshop.org / Storygraph

I’ll be honest, this is one of the books that I just saw the cover (it’s so beautiful!!) and the genres and immediately added it to my to-read list. I don’t typically read a lot of sci-fi, but seeing that it’s specifically cyberpunk and there is mecha fighting machines involved means I just have to know more about this worldbuilding. Not to mention, it’s got elements of the enemies to lovers trope, so you know I have to check it out for that. But, this book doesn’t come out until the end of June, so the chances of me being able to finish it before the end of the month are slim, though I’m very well going to try !

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Thank you for reading my tbr for this month (which I may or may not actually be able to complete, who knows)!

What are you planning to read in June?

21 thoughts on “june tbr list + anticipated releases

  1. ahhh Saima this is such a great TBR!! i hope you enjoy most, if not all, of these reads – you mentioned so many amazing books 🤩 i’m also planning on reading One Last Stop as soon as my preorder arrives hehe, i have a feeling it’ll become a favorite for me :)) and i’m also planning to read Ace of Spades and Clap When You Land!

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  2. ahh loved reading this, saima 💖 many of these are on my tbr, so I hope you enjoy these!! I’m impatiently waiting for OLS and the ghosts we keep too!!
    I hope you have a wonderful june 🌼❤️ Happy pride!! 🌈

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  3. Looking forward to reading Zara Hossain Is Here, thanks for the lovely post Saima! Also could you share tips on how to receive copies to review?

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