Books Releasing In the First Half of 2021 That I Will Do Anything to Read // Ft. Me Flailing About New Books (Again!)

2021 is almost here.

And I’m so excited for it! That’s why I’m sharing some new book releases (aka more books to add to your TBR)!

I’ve actually been putting off this post for a while now, but I really needed to share these new books and just yell about them in general.

There are so many diverse books coming out next year that I just had to scream over some even though I have absolutely NO time to read all of them, but still desperately need to.

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be dazzled by ryan la sala

QUEERS AND COSPLAY. I repeat, QUEERS AND COSPLAY. Me, *hyperventilating* I may…need this… slightly 😳 This sounds so cute and fluffy <33

happily ever afters by elise bryant

This one’s been on my TBR since…I think April, when I first heard about it? Basically, a very long time πŸ₯Ί I like the cover, but I love the premise even more. It’s a debut, and I’m very eager to get my hands on this!

wings of ebony by j. elle

Who wouldn’t want a book about a black girl who finds out she’s half-human, half-god, and uses her magic to save both her worlds?? The cover is literal perfection and I NEED IT.

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a dark and hollow star by ashley shuttleworth

An urban fantasy? A serial killer? And a queer cast of characters?? This book sounds dark and angsty and just absolutely AMAZING.

all the tides of fate by adalyn grace

I have been waiting for this for what seems like forever. All the Stars and Teeth didn’t end on a painful cliffhanger, but I’m still excited to see what’ll be happening in this one!!

the gilded ones by namina forna

I have an unhealthy obsession with this cover. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover that I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH SINCE THE MOMENT I FIRST SAW IT. Also it is a west-African fantasy that sounds so amazing I NEED!!

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the mirror season by anna-marie mclemore

Anna-Marie Mclemore has some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever seen, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. Just three more months until it comes out!!

can’t take that away by steven salvatore

This is about an enby who’s cast as a female role in a musical and they fight against discrimination. I’ve already heard amazing things about this and I am so intrigued!

lost in the never woods by aiden thomas

Another release from one of my favorite authors!! I loved their debut, Cemetery Boys, and I (somehow) got an eARC of this which I am so excited to get to!

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ravage the dark by tara sim

I’m putting all my trust in Tara Sim to make this a good sequel! After the delight that was Scavenge the Stars, I can’t wait to read more of Amara & Cayo’s story.

bone crier’s dawn by kathryn purdie

yES ANOTHER SEQUEL. I’ve been waiting for this for months. And IT’S STILL NOT IN MY HANDS. And I may or may not be reading this just for the gorgeous Charlie Bowater cover…

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forest of stolen girls by june hur

I just recently learned about this one, and I am completely sold by it already. It’s a historical mystery that’s set in Joseon, Korea. And how can I not be excited by this (because, if you don’t already know, I’m Korean)!

the infinity courts by akemi dawn bowman

Do I need to explain why I picked this one. NO. Bowman’s writing is some of the best I’ve seen and I’m so excited for this one. I loved Starfish and after I read this, I’ll probably need therapy, not gonna lie.

witches steeped in gold by ciannon smart

A Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut with witches from enemy castes who form an alliance because they want revenge!! Exactly what I want to read about. TAKE MY MONEY.

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hani and ishu’s guide to fake dating by adiba jaigirdar

I’ve read The Henna Wars (the author’s debut), and I’m so excited for this one! Sapphic fake dating! Asian rep! Aka everything I want in a book! πŸ˜ŒπŸ‘Œ So hello I am completely sold by this (and that cover).

meet cute diary by emery lee

I love this already! It just sounds so good and the cover screams cuteness (everything about this is adorable–the serotonin ahhh!!). AND it’s full of tropes I love–fake dating, meet cutes, enemies-to-lovers, mutual pining! I’m so hyped up for this 😚 Edelweiss I am looking at you to approve my request πŸ€”

some girls do by jennifer dugan

This one is a contemporary with sapphics. That’s literally all it takes for me to add it to my TBR ❀️

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counting down with you by tashie bhuiyan

Everything about this book sounds ABSOLUTELY perfect. And to add onto that, there’s ownvoices anxiety rep, a South-Asian MC, and the cover (of course there is a cover but it’s giving me FEELS because I’m soft)!!

made in korea by sarah suk

Another book with Korean rep?? But this time about two teens and rival K-beauty businesses?? PLEASE I WILL DO ANYTHING FOR THIS.

the ones we’re meant to find by joan he

The Asian girls on this cover could step on me and I’d thank them for their time. This sounds so interesting and I am READY TO EXPERIENCE PAIN. I haven’t read any books by Joan He yet, but I’m very eager to pick up this one!

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gearbreakers by zoe hana mikuta

It honestly should be illegal to have to wait this long for a book. It has everything I want–Asian sapphics, found family, and enemies-to-lovers!! AHHH I CAN’T πŸ₯Ί

an emotion of great delight by tahereh mafi

This was originally described by the author as “a very sad book,” and when the title was finally announced, I was very intrigued πŸ€¨πŸ™Œ I loved the Shatter Me series (even if it took forever to read), and her other standalone.

darling by k. ancrum

K. Ancrum is out there really giving us readers everything we want, and this time, it’s a queer peter pan retelling set in Chicago!!

fifteen hundred miles from the sun by jonny garza villa

I’ve had my eyes on this book since the dawn of time (yes, I was there). THIS SOUNDS SO QUEER AND SOFT AND SAD AND AMAZING. Also the cover isn’t even out yet and I need to seeee it πŸ‘€

what are some of your most anticipated releases of 2021?? have you read any of these already?

38 thoughts on “Books Releasing In the First Half of 2021 That I Will Do Anything to Read // Ft. Me Flailing About New Books (Again!)

  1. LOVE THIS, KATIE!! The Infinity Courts, Witches Steeped in Gold, and The Ones We’re Meant to Find can all take my money too πŸ˜€ I’ve already heard of so many of these books as well, and I absolutely agree, we need them like…right now. Please and thank you. πŸ˜‚ Anyways, I hope you enjoy these (when they finally come out), Katie!! Happy reading!!

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  2. Oh my goodness, so many amazing looking books! and so? many? of these? have the most gorgeous covers? 2021 is really serving us some beautiful books ahhhh. I’m so excited for Can’t Take That Away, and also for Between Perfect and Real, which seems to have a similar premiseβ€”im a theatre kid so I need those queer theatre kids pls and thank you

    I’m also losing my mind at just how many adorable looking romcoms with fake dating are coming out in may, that is truly going to be a god tier month I think πŸ‘€

    This post was smooch fun to read <33

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  3. ahh thank you for writing this wonderful post, i added so many books to my TBR as a result haha. there are SO many amazing books coming out in 2021 and i’m so excited!! 🀩 i’m really looking forward to Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating because i read The Henna Wars and enjoyed it as well ☺️ and i can’t wait for Lost in the Never Woods, although i still have to read Cemetery Boys (i’ve heard it’s absolutely amazing and i MUST get around to it).

    also i’m a new follower of your blog – looking forward to your future posts! i love your blog’s design, it’s so pretty 😊

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  4. OMG I LOVE THIS LIST!!! Ahhh Katiee what are you doing to my tbrπŸ˜­πŸ˜‚ How did I not know about some of these?!?! shame on me.
    Also I can’t wait for you to read A Dark and Hollow Star!!! It’s just so amazingπŸ₯ΊπŸ’•

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  5. i’m also super excited about all the diverse books coming out! witches steeped in gold is high on my list since i’ve seen so many authors and bloggers raving about it ?? also i will literally read anything tahereh mafi writes – she’s so incredible.

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  6. This is an AMAZING list, Katie!! I really want to read Be Dazzled by Ryan la Sala. Witches Steeped in Gold has been on my TBR since forever, and I’m looking forward to that, Anna-Marie McLemore + Adiba Jaigiardar’s new books!

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  7. This list looks so good! I’m really excited for Future Feeling by Joss Lake (trans rep!) and waaay too many others! Your list made me realize that I have only gone through ADULT 2021 releases so far, so thanks for the reminder to check out the YA market too!

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  8. I loved this list Katie!! Thanks so much for it, I really appreciate it with how helpful it is in diversifying my tbr for 2021! I’m looking forward to An Emotion of Great Delight, The Ones We’re Meant to Find and Infinity Courts (omg this cover is beautiful) especially!! Lovely post! πŸ’›

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  9. THIS LIST = PERFECTION.
    Seriously, I love reading about upcoming releases SO MUCH and I’m not sure why but thank you for thissss! I added a lot of these to my tbr. I reaaally want to read Into the Neverwoods–so cool that you got an ARC! Of course you know I want ATF.
    Okay seriously I read ‘Queer Peter Pan retelling based in Chicago’ and I legitimately teared up (no seriously is there something with those words specifically that trigger that tearing-up feeling in me because it happened again when I wrote those words. That’s never happened before, weeeeird). IT SOUNDS SO GOOD AAAAAAH.
    Again, great post, loved this ❀️

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  10. loved this list! I’m so excited for Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating, I loved Adiba’s debut this year so I can’t wait to see her take on fake dating. Now I have even more awesome releases on my radar, great post ❀

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  11. I had quite a few of these on my TBR already, but there were also some I hadn’t even known about. Thank you!

    I was shocked when I saw that Tahereh Mafi has a new book coming out. I loved a lot of her books so I have no clue how I missed this one. Gearbreakers also sounds amazing!

    I love when books are pretty, and also sound so promising! Thank you for sharing this list. My TBR grew a bit d:

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  12. Book covers honestly get prettier and prettier every year!! These are all stunning – especially the Gilded Ones and The Infinity Courts wow🀩 Made in Korea also sounds so good! I love reading about rivalries so I think this will be right up my street. I read Tweet Cute with the rival business aspect and really enjoyed it – and The Henna Wars is also on my tbr! Can’t wait for all of these to be released and I love how diverse your list is. Loved this post!

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  13. we have the same 2021 anticipated releases, katie!! i would do anything to read any of these atm! i’m especially excited for counting down with you and made in korea as contemporaries rarely interest me but these sound so good?! great post ❀

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  14. Oh. MY GOSH!!! HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIIISSS???
    I need to find An Emotion of Great Delight!!! I absolutely loved A Very Large Expanse of Sea, and this one sounds beautiful! Also the cover! Sign me the hell up!!

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  15. ahh i loved this list, katie!! there are so many amazing books i can’t wait to read on here!! i love how your list is so diverse, and reading it definitely made me add a few books to my tbr!! can i just add that all the covers are so gorgeous!! i can’t wait for these releases, and i loved reading through this post ❀✨

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