Now that we are over halfway through 2021 – which I can barely fathom, where has the time gone?? – I thought I’d share some of the books I’m highly anticipating for the second half of this year!
2021 has already had some really brilliant releases (e.g Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, my absolute beloved) so I’m really hoping that these live up to my expectations. Also, to keep this post as short as I could, I had to narrow it down to 12 books, so there’s a bunch more books coming this year that I’m looking forward to as well 💛
★ Mysteries/Thrillers ★
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass [July 13th]
I pretty much pre-ordered this as soon as I saw the cover. It looks so terrifying that I have to read this; add in the fact that the main character can see ghosts and that there’s a vengeful ghost haunting him, well I just have to find out what happens.
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee [August 3rd]
I mentioned this book in my list of fave mysteries and anticipated releases that I’m so eager to read this. I adore reading dark academia and this one sounds so good, not to mention this is sapphic as well!!
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould [August 3rd]
This is another book I spoke about in my post about anticipated mysteries. I’m so intrigued about this book and its spooky atmosphere. I’ve been approved for this ARC (!!!) which I’m starting sometime in July, and am hopeful it’ll live up to my expectations.
The Girls are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh [September 7th]
This novel focuses on a character named Dare (what a name!!) who runs a paranormal investigations podcast. I absolutely love spooky podcasts, so this has me so interested in finding out what happens. The fact she’s a sceptic too gives me The Magnus Archives vibes (one of my fave podcasts!) and I’m always a sucker for a classic haunted house backdrop, so this sounds like my cup of tea.
★ Fantasy ★
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova [September 7th]
Zoraida Córdova is amazing with creating stories and bringing to life magic in her books, so I’m thrilled to see she’s writing a new novel. I’m looking forward to reading about a new/different magic system – the one she set in place in her Brooklyn Brujas series was so cool, and I really want to see what else she comes up with!), as well as see more Latinx culture.
Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers [August 10th]
This is yet another gorgeous cover that drew me in quickly. Another thing that caught my attention is in the blurb it says that the main character, Matilda has magic and ‘isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity.’ Personally, I find it so rare to see a main character who is so self-involved/selfish, so that I’m intrigued on how this will be executed. Plus, magic mixed with horror? Sign me up.
★ Historical Fiction ★
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan [July 20th]
Described as Mulan meets The Song of Achilles, I knew I have to read this as soon as possible. It sounds like everything I would want in a book, and I’m beyond excited for its release.
Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong [November 16th]
I am, somehow, simultaneously excited and terrified to read this. This is the much anticipated sequel to These Violent Delights, and the conclusion to this duology, and I know in my bones I’m going to be devastated by the end but that I’ll also love it.
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz [October 12th]
Speaking of highly anticipated sequels – at last the long-awaited sequel to Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe is being released. I remember the sheer joy about it being announced a couple years ago now, and to think it’s right around the corner is just so unbelievable. This another one I’m terrified for, mostly because I loved the first book so I’m not sure what I’ll make of its’ sequel, so I’m trying to maintain my expectations as low as I can. Also, can we talk about the fact that it’s supposedly 500+ pages??
★ Contemporaries ★
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao [November 2nd]
This is another book that I know is going to break my heart. From the sound of it, it delves a lot into grief as the main character Julie is suddenly able to her late boyfriend Sam when he miraculously picks up the phone. I have the ARC for this but haven’t started it yet, but I know I’m going to be a puddle of tears once I do.
Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins [August 3rd]
First of all, can we talk about how gorgeous that cover is? 2021 is doing the most with some of these covers. This book’s got romance and fake dating and sounds like it’s going to be so fun and cute !!
If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy [August 3rd]
I’m a big fan of Murphy’s books – her books Ramona Blue and Dumplin’ are wonderful novels that are fun and fat-positive, and I’m so happy to see she’s written another novel. And it’s a Cinderella retelling too! It looks like such a fun read, and I can’t wait to get to it.
Thank you for reading! What releases are you looking forward to this year?