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I am probably a little bit late on the bandwagon to talk about books releasing at the start of 2021 since we are already into the second month of the year, but I have wanted to do a post like this for a while, so here goes!
I have so many books on my reading radar that are going to be published this year, so I’m going to do a post on this theme every 3 months just so the post isn’t incredibly long and I’m going to pick my top 5 books from each month (otherwise we would be here for a while). Tell me in the comments what books you are excited for this year!!
I realised as I was going through the Goodreads lists of books published every month that I was picking some really different books and I hope that I can pick some of those in this post, there are so many that I am excited about though, so I don’t know how well I will do.
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Science Fiction – Published 19th of January 2021 by Tor
This book called to me because of that gorgeous cover, I saw it mentioned on someone’s blog and when I read the blurb, I was pulled in. I also realised that this is written by the author of Binti that I want to read this year, so I am hoping I can get through this author’s backlist and to this one soon because I want to dive into science fiction more, and I think these would be the perfect books to do so with.
The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura
Nonfiction History – Published the 19th of January 2021 by W. W. Norton Company
This book is a little bit different for me, but I have decided to go all out and not pick only fantasy or historical fiction releases, because where would be the fun in that? Lately, I have been really interested in nonfiction books and especially anything to do with history, so when I came across this book, I was hooked. I have a few other nonfiction books on my radar for this year’s releases but they are WWII focused and I have a load of those already, so I’m going to try to focus on some women’s medical history and see what I can learn!
In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce
Historical Fiction Horror – Published the 19th of January 2021 by Berkley
Again, going a little bit out of my comfort zone with this one. I am a historical fiction junkie, but the addition of horror makes me hide lol! I read an amazing review for this book and my brain can’t remember on whose blog it was (I think it was a #reviewoftheday from @The_WriteReads, but I can’t find it!) and I immediately wanted to read it. I am a little bit obsessed with crime and serial killers, so just the first line of the blurb won me over to be fair and I can’t wait to read it!
Root Magic by Eden Royce
Middle Grade Fantasy Historical Fiction – Published the 5th of January 2021 by Walden Pond Press
Now, if you know me, you know that since I started co-hosting the Middle Grade Marvels book club with Holly and Noly, I have been obsessed with anything middle grade and I can’t believe it took me this long to realise I liked this genre. When I saw this book on the list, I pounced. I really want to get loads more middle grade books to read, so please give me your recs in the comments! I am excited for this one, it sounds so good!
Cast in Firelight (Wickery #1) by Dana Swift
YA Fantasy – Published the 19th of January 2021 by Delacorte Press
Well, I couldn’t make a “want to read” list without adding at least one YA fantasy, could I? I have seen this book on so many blogs lately and I am fascinated by the blurb and the cover. I love anything fantasy and magic, mixed with a bit of romance and royalty, and political intrigue, well, drop everything, I’m running to this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy because I think this will be a great first book in a new fantasy duology for me to explore!
A Court of Silver Flames (#4) by Sarah J. Maas
New Adult Fantasy – Published the 16th of February 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing
I have this book on pre-order and oh my goodness I cannot wait to receive it! If you know me, you know that ACOTAR is one of my favourite series, so when I heard last year that Nesta was FINALLY getting her book I nearly expired. I am so excited for this book although I hate the new covers and I know I will need to buy a new set so they all match, but, this is going to be great and I intend to reread the whole series soon so I can jump into this one!
Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger
Middle Grade Fantasy – To be published the 16th of February 2021 by Harper Collins
Now, I have to admit that the reason I first added this book to my list of anticipated releases was because of the cover, and then I read the blurb and I was sold. There is something about fantasy that just pulls me in, and when it’s MG fantasy, I know I’ll love it. This is actually blurbed as dark fantasy, so I am really interested in seeing exactly how that was executed in a MG book, but I’ve read a few darker MG stories and loved them, I have high hopes!
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Nonfiction History – Published the 2nd of February 2021 by One World
I have a massive obsession with history and learning about things that happened in the past, add that to anything to do with race, slavery, indigenous people etc, and I will literally trample you to get to it. I don’t know why, but I love learning about the past but from the eyes of people who suffered – not because I’m weird and morbid, but because I have no interest in the “fake” version. I think this is going to be hard to read but also eye-opening, and it is written by Black authors, I can’t wait.
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
YA Horror – Published the 2nd of February 2021 by FSG
Can you tell that I am trying to be brave and expand my reading horizons? I am literally chucking myself overboard and hoping that everything will be okay aha. I have seen this book on a few blogs already and have wanted to get into the horror genre more, this is a retelling, so it might be more my cup of tea, and the blurb hasn’t scared me off, so I think I’ll enjoy this book!
The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird
Science Fiction – To be published the 23rd of February 2021 by Doubleday Canada
It was so hard for me to pick the final book for the February list as I had a few science fiction books, a few mysteries and thrillers still on my list, but when I read this blurb I was like “YES”. Maybe not the best book to read right now as it is about a deadly virus that only affects men and basically starts killing off all the male population. Something about this book pulled me in and I really think I will enjoy it, it’s science fiction, but not TOO science fiction-y if you know what I mean, so I’m excited.
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
YA Fantasy – To be published 23rd of March 2021 by Swoon Reads
I am currently reading Cemetery Boys by this same author and when I saw that they were publishing another book that was YA fantasy and kind of loosely a retelling, I wanted it! the cover is absolutely stunning and I know I like the author’s writing style already, this one seems like it’s going to be dark, mysterious, high-stakes and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
Historical Fiction – To be published the 2nd of March 2021 by Park Row
This is my last historical fiction choice of this list and yes, the cover did draw me in, and yes, the blurb won me over. There is just something about books that focus on strong women who have to fight in the face of adversity, against discrimination, sexism, abuse and patriarchy that makes me want to stop everything and read. I think this is going to be a heavy story, but I also think it’s going to be beautiful.
The Lost Village by Camilla Sten
Horror Thriller – To be published the 23rd of March 2021 by Minotaur Books
When I first saw this book, I immediately shied away because this didn’t look like a book I would want to read. But lately, I have been in quite a weird reading mood and have been dabbling in different genres. I don’t think this is going to be a very scary book, but the blurb sounds fascinating. I love a good mystery and this book sounds atmospheric, dark and spooky, so maybe I’ll make sure to read it in the daytime.
Sidenote: March obviously has a thing for the word “lost” in the title aha!
Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green
Nonfiction True Crime – To be published the 9th of March 2021 by Celadon Books
Here I come again with my nonfiction and true crime obsession, I am starting to come across as very morbid but I am just fascinated by crime and since I was not brainy enough to pass maths and become a forensic scientist, I will live vicariously through these books. I hadn’t heard of this particular serial killer before, but the blurb sounds really interesting, so I am intrigued to find out more about the Last Call Killer!
Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology by Jess Zimmerman
Nonfiction Feminism – To be published the 9th of March 2021 by Beacon Press
The final book on my list for today is another nonfiction book, but this one based on feminism and the portrayal of women in Greek mythology. I love Greek mythology, and anything to do with stories and strong women, I think this is going to be a fascinating look at the way we portray all female roles in stories and what that means for the other characters. I also like that this book comes across more academic than some other nonfiction books I have on my list because I am a bit crazy and my university work and thesis research is apparently not enough academic reading for me!
Well, that wraps up this little (very big) impromptu list. I am very excited for the books on this list and I’ll try to pick a few up throughout the next months and see what I can read. I am excited for the next anticipated releases list I’ll be writing at the end of March, so stay tuned for that. And don’t forget to give me all your recs and tell me what books you are excited for this year, in the comments!
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! see you soon, stay safe,