Most Anticipated Reads of 2021

We all know (and are tired of talking about) how unusual and terrible 2020 was in so many different ways. But the world has continued to spin and books were continuously published, and some great ones at that. This year, with things looking up and there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel to a brighter future (okay, I’ll stop with the cliches now), even more amazing books are going to be published this year. It was so incredibly hard to try and narrow down my list of most anticipated reads (which will, more than likely, be updated midway through the year when even more fall releases are announced), that this was the best I could do. I cannot wait and hope to read most, if not all of these books by the end of this year. I’m just so excited for it all.

Here are my most anticipated books of 2021! (Not all books are pictured since some still do not have covers, and all release dates are noted if known. Also, links to every book’s Goodreads page is included so you can add them to your TBR too.)

(Note: There are a bunch of books that I’m interested in that are coming out, but these are the books that I’m definitely grabbing as soon as they’re published. Also, as the year goes on and more titles are announced, this list may change.)

January 

5 – Roman and Jewel: Dana L. Davis
5 – Lore: Alexandra Bracken
12 – Chlorine Sky: Mahogany L. Browne
12 – Tales from the Hinterland (The Hazel Wood: 2.5): Melissa Albert
12 – Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give: 0): Angie Thomas
12 – Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children: 6): Seanan McGuire
12 – City of the Plague GodSarwat Chadda
19 – Last Night at the Telegraph Club: Malinda Lo
19 – We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya: 2): Hafsah Faizal
19 – Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigators: 1): B.B. Alston
26 – Wings of Ebony (Wings of Ebony: 1): J. Elle
26 – The Mask Falling (The Bone Season: 4): Samantha Shannon

February 

2 – Make Up Break Up: Lily Menon
2 – A History of What Comes Next (Take Them to the Stars: 1): Sylvain Neuvel
2 – Love is a Revolution: Renée Watson
2 – The Project: Courtney Summers
2 – What Big TeethRose Szabo
2 – This Golden Flame: Emily Victoria
2 – Muse (Muse: 1): Brittney Cavallaro
9 – The Electric Kingdom: David Arnold
9 – The Gilded Ones (Deathless: 1): Namina Forna
9 – The Witch’s Heart: Genevieve Gornichec
16 – A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses: 4): Sarah J. Maas
16 – Reaper of Souls (Kingdom of Souls: 2): Rena Barron
23 – A Dark and Hollow Star (A Dark and Hollow Star: 1): Ashley Shuttleworth

March

2 – Phoenix Flame (Havenfall: 2): Sara Holland
2 – Yolk: Mary H.K. Choi
2 – Chain of Iron (The Last Hours: 2): Cassandra Clare
2 – Firekeeper’s Daughter: Angeline Boulley
2 – Down Comes the Night: Allison Saft
9 – Act Your Age, Eve Brown (Brown Sisters: 3): Talia Hibbert
9 – City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place: 2): Alexandra Christo
16 – A Queen of Gilded Horns (A River of Royal Blood: 2): Amanda Joy
16 – Namesake (Fable: 2): Adrienne Young
16 – That Way Madness Lies: Fifteen of Shakespeare’s Most Notable Works ReimaginedDahlia Adler [editor]
23 – Lost in the Never Woods: Aiden Thomas
30 – Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology: 2): Leigh Bardugo

April

6 – First, Become Ashes: K.M. Szpara
6 – Go the Distance (Twisted Tales: 11): Jen Calonita
6 – Oculta (A Forgery of Magic: 2): Maya Motayne
6 – The Infinity Courts (The Infinity Courts: 1): Akemi Dawn Bowman
13 – The Mary Shelley Club: Goldy Moldavsky
13 – The Serpent’s Curse (The Last Magician: 3): Lisa Maxwell
13 – Malice: Heather Walter
13 – The Prison Healer (The Prison Healer: 1): Lynette Noni
20 – She Drives Me Crazy: Kelly Quindlen
20 – Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold: 1): Ciannon Smart
27 – Anna K Away (Anna K: 2): Jenny Lee
27 – Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores: 3): Danielle L. Jensen

May

4 – Sorrowland: Rivers Solomon
4 – Take Me Home Tonight: Morgan Matson
4 – Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith: 1): Tricia Levenseller
4 – Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker: 1): Victoria Aveyard
4 – Hurricane Summer: Asha Bromfield
4 – The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga: 1): John Gwynne
11 – Illusionary (Hollow Crown: 2): Zoraida Córdova
11 – Cool for the Summer: Dahlia Adler
11 – The House of Always (A Chorus of Dragons: 4): Jenn Lyons
18 – The Soulmate Equation: Christina Lauren
25 – Pumpkin (Dumplin’: 3)Julie Murphy
25 – Tokyo Ever After: Emiko Jean

June

1 – The Darkness Outside Us: Eliot Schrefer
1 – One Last Stop: Casey McQuiston
1 – The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Night: 1): T.L. Huchu
1 – The Chosen and the Beautiful: Nghi Vo
1 – The Ghosts We Keep: Mason Deaver
1 – Ace of Spades: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
1 – A Chorus Rises (A Song Below Water: 2): Bethany C. Morrow
1 – An Emotion of Great Delight: Tahereh Mafi
8 – The Wolf and the Woodsman: Ava Reid
8 – The Hidden Palace (The Golem and the Jinni: 2): Helene Wecker
15 – Blood Like Magic (Blood Like Magic: 1): Liselle Sambury
22 – Blackout: Dhonielle Clyaton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon
22 – Darling: K. Ancrum
22 – Star Eater: Kerstin Hall

July 

6 – This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart: 1): Kalynn Baron
6 – Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow: 3): Rainbow Rowell
6 – The Last Graduate (Scholomance: 2): Naomi Novik
6 – Rise to the Sun: Leah Johnson
13 – The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom: Clint, Griffin, Travis & Justin McElroy & Carey Pietsch
13 – A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot: 1): Becky Chambers
13 – It Happened One Summer: Tessa Bailey
20 – Red Wolf: Rachel Vincent
20 – These Hollow Vows: Lexi Ryan

August

3 – Suns Will Rise (The System Divine: 3): Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
3 – Gods & Monsters (Serpent & Dove: 3): Shelby Mahurin
3 – If the Shoe Fits (Meant to Be: 1): Julie Murphy
10 – In the Wild Light: Jeff Zentner
17 – Cazadora (Wolves of No World: 2): Romina Garber
24 – When Night Breaks (Kingdom of Cards: 2): Janella Angeles
31 – A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin: 2): Rosanne A. Brown

September 

7 – Beautiful World, Where Are YouSally Rooney
7 – Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire: 1): Jay Kristoff
7 – Portrait of a Scotsman (A League of Extraordinary Woman: 3): Evie Dunmore
21 – Under the Whispering Door: T.J. Klune
28 – Once Upon a Broken Heart: Stephanie Garber

October

5 – Little Thieves: Margaret Owen
12 – I Am Margaret Moore: Hannah Capin

November

2 – The Veiled Throne (The Dandelion Dynasty: 3): Ken Liu
2 – Girls of Fate and Fury (Girls of Paper and Fire: 3): Natasha Ngan

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