One of the things I’ve learned about myself this year, especially since the lockdown, is that I’m very good at getting excited about upcoming books, but not necessarily as good at actually following through and reading them. I literally have 8 full pages on Goodreads (20 books per page) of upcoming releases due out 2021 or later! I was very excited for this week’s topic because it was a great excuse to look again at some of the books coming out later this year, but I knew it would be a huge challenge to narrow it down. It’s a bit weird to me that I have more books on my TBR from 2021 or later than I do from November or December of this year, and I’m not entirely sure how that happened. I don’t know if there are just few book releases around that time, but I’d imagine before the holidays would be a great time to publish new releases. The list below is just a few of the books I’m most excited for, and I generally excluded any that I felt like I’d already mentioned repeatedly, just for the sake of variety.
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1) Loveless by Alice Oseman (July 9)
This is one of the few, and possibly the only, book on this list that I’m actively planning to read this year if I can. I read Radio Silence late last year and immediately decided that I needed to read more of Alice Oseman’s books. This one is about a girl named Georgia who has never been in a relationship or even had a crush on anyone, and she worries that something might be wrong with her. When she moves to university, she is determined to find love, and begins to wonder why it seems to be so difficult for her when it is so easy for everyone else. As far as I know, this book is ultimately about Georgia coming to terms with being on the asexual spectrum, and I’m very excited to give it a try. I loved Alice Oseman’s writing style and characters in Radio Silence, and I’ve been looking forward to trying another of her books. This one sounds absolutely amazing, and I get the feeling I will relate quite a bit to Georgia since I never really had crushes when I was younger either.
2) The End of Her by Shari Lapena (July 23)
I’ve been stocking up on Shari Lapena’s books since they all sound great! I’ve read only two of her books so far, and really enjoyed them both, although neither of them quite reached a full 5 stars for me. To be fair, An Unwanted Guest came pretty close! This book is her upcoming release about a couple, Stephanie and Patrick, who are adjusting to their new life with baby twins. When Erica, a woman from Patrick’s past who raises questions about his late first wife, suddenly shows up, Stephanie is quick to support her husband, despite Erica’s threats to go to the police. Patrick worries that his job and reputation will be on the line, but as the police start digging into Erica’s claims, Stephanie’s belief in him begins to waver and she has to decide what to do and who to believe, in order to keep her daughters safe. This is the kind of thriller storyline that I tend to love, and I’m looking forward to giving this one a try.
3) The Night Swim by Megan Goldin (August 4)
I guess it’s a little silly to have this as one of my most anticipated books when I haven’t even read the first one by this author yet, but it sounds so interesting! I’m planning to read The Escape Room pretty early in July too, and I’m expecting to love it. This one is about a woman named Rachel who runs a true crime podcast that has made her a household name. She receives a mysterious note on her windshield asking for help on an unsolved case, involving the town’s golden boy who has been accused of raping the police chief’s granddaughter. Under pressure to make the new season of her podcast as successful as the first, Rachel decides to dive into the investigation, but soon realizes that someone is following her, and they want her to find out what happened to another woman, who died in an apparent drowning accident 25 years before. As Rachel starts to notice surprising connections between the two cases, she realizes solving the older mystery may change the course of the current trial too. I’m hoping to love Megan Goldin’s writing as much as I expect, because her plots always sound so good!
4) The Assignmentby Liza M. Wiemer (August 25)
I’ve had this book on my list since I first heard about it in March 2019! It is about two high school seniors, Logan and Cade, who are horrified when their teacher assigns a group of students to argue in favour of the Nazi’s Final Solution. They are shocked that their teacher would expect students to work on such an assignment, and decide to take a stand to force the school and the community to face the issue. I am very interested to see how the author delves into this topic and especially the teacher’s reasons for giving the assignment. Aside from the topic of the book itself, I’m also very interested because it’s great to see a book set in high school that does not seem to be primarily focused on romance and/or getting into college. I have seen quite a few stories in the news over the past few years of people speaking out against schoolwork that seemed inappropriate or discriminatory, so it is definitely a very relevant topic. I am very intrigued by this one and if I don’t get to it this year, it will be high on my list for next year.
5) Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (September 15)
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, Tiffany D. Jackson has quickly become one of my new favourite YA authors. I was very excited to see that she has a new book due out later this year. It is about an aspiring singer named Enchanted, who gets drawn into the professional music world by Korey Fields, a famous R&B artist, after he sees her audition. Enchanted soon realizes that her dreams are not what she expects, due to Korey’s control and rage. When Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and no memory of the night before, only to learn that Korey had died that night, all signs seem to indicate that she killed him. I’m not usually interested in stories about fame, but this one sounds amazing! I’ve heard that it is loosely based on R. Kelly’s case, which is very interesting. I’ve loved all of Tiffany D. Jackson’s books so far so this one was one that immediately jumped out as one of my most anticipated books of the year. It’s another one that I might not get to pick up before the end of the year, but if not, it will be right at the top of my list for 2021.
6) The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (September 22)
I was surprised to see that Jodi Picoult had a new book due out later this year! It’s been two years since A Spark of Light, which I enjoyed but it wasn’t my favourite of hers. To be honest, it took me a couple of tries to figure out what this book was really about, but when I did, it sounded really cool. It is about a woman named Dawn who is on a flight home, when the flight attendant announces that they are preparing for a crash landing. Dawn is shocked to realize that her first thoughts of Wyatt Armstrong, a man she has not seen in 15 years, instead of her own husband. Surviving the crash, Dawn begins to wonder whether she’s made the right decisions in her life, and faces the choice of going home to her husband and daughter, or returning to the archaeological site in Egypt that she left years ago, to reconnect with Wyatt and continue their research. Egyptian history and mythology has always been very interesting to me, and I’d love to see how Jodi Picoult weaves it into her book. I always look forward to her new releases.
7) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (October 6)
feel like I’ve been hearing about this book for years, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was finally coming out! This is a book that V.E. Schwab has been working on for absolutely ages. It is about a young woman named Addie LaRue who makes a deal with the devil to live forever, but she is cursed to be forgotten by everyone that she meets. After nearly 300 years of trying to leave her mark on the world, Addie meets a young man who remembers her name. V.E. Schwab is another of my favourite authors, and her books are all automatically added to my TBR. Luckily, this one comes out just before my birthday, so it’s definitely going to be at the top of my wishlist too! I have heard such incredible things about it from people who have read the ARCs so far, but I’ve also intentionally avoided looking for too much detail about it because I want it to be a surprise. I can’t wait to pick this one up!
8) Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Malloy (October 13)
I loved The Perfect Mother, so I was very excited to see a new release by the same author! This one is about a newly married couple, Sam and Annie, who are excited to be starting their lives together in Sam’s hometown. Unfortunately, Annie soon realizes that her life is not what she expected, with Sam working long hours as a therapist in his office downstairs, while she is left mostly alone and jealous of his mostly female clients. Sam also doesn’t realize that his sessions can be overheard through the vent in the ceiling. Everything seems to be okay until Sam decides to go out one day and doesn’t come back. I don’t know too much more about this one, but I’ve seen a few comparisons to Stephen King’s Misery, which is very intriguing. I don’t particularly love Stephen King’s writing, but Misery was a very interesting and creepy story, so I’d love to see how this one compares.
9) One by One by Ruth Ware (November 12)
Like Shari Lapena, Ruth Ware is another author I’ve been stocking up on, although her books have also been solid 4 stars for me. This one reminded me quite a bit of Shari Lapena’s An Unwanted Guest, and I was actually a bit surprised to see another similar story so soon. This one is about a group of people who get snowed in together at a mountain chalet due to an avalanche during a company retreat. When one of the employees is found dead in their room, the others begin to suspect that they were killed, which must mean that there is still a killer among them. I’ve been really getting into these kinds of locked-door mysteries, so it’s great to have another one coming out later on this year. Ruth Ware’s books always sound so good, and I’m hoping that this will be the one to finally reach a full 5 stars!
10) The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley (December 1)
I’ve only read one of Robin Talley’s books so far, but I keep meaning to read more! This is her upcoming release due out right at the end of this year, which is about a girl named Melody, who is the stage manager for her high school musical. Melody always has a plan for every possible problem on stage, but is not so successful when it comes to her love life. Every time she falls for someone during a performance, both the romance and the show go wrong, so she decides to swear off any romances until their current production of Les Mis is over. Unfortunately for her, she soon means Odile Rose, a rising star who is auditioning for the performance, and realizes she may be falling for her! This book just sounds adorable and as much as I don’t care for stories about fame, I somehow always seem to enjoy books about theatre productions. I definitely need to read more of Robin Talley’s books.
Since it was so hard to narrow down, here are some more of the books that I’m really looking forward to this year:
- Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (July 7)
- The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert (July 7)
- Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon (July 14)
- What You Wish For by Katherine Center (July 14)
- 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon (July 21)
- Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (August 6)
- Recommended for You by Laura Silverman (September 1)
- Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (September 1)
- Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh (September 22)
- Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds (September 22)
- Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (September 29)
- Breathless by Jennifer Niven (September 29)
- The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (October 6)
- The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White (November 10)
- Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon (November 17)