2021 releases I’m excited for

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Today I’m doing a post I don’t normally do, an anticipated releases post! I never know which books are being released and generally just wait for them to get hype in the community.

But, I actually have some books on my TBR that aren’t out yet (according to Goodreads). So that’s what we’re talking about today!

Don’t forget, I’m hosting an international giveaway! See this post for how to enter!


One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (June 2021)

A 23-year-old realises her subway crush is displaced from 1970’s Brooklyn, and she must do everything in her power to help her – and try not to fall in love with the girl lost in time – before it’s too late.

I loved Red, White & Royal Blue, McQuiston’s debut. It was so cute and so fun, and I really enjoyed it. So I will be reading anything McQuiston writes, especially anything sapphic. This sounds right up my alley: the 70s, time travel, girls in love, public transit. All my interests in one book.


She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen (April 2021)

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

This also sounds adorable. I’ve never read anything by Quindlen, but I’ve heard good things. And I am 100% here for sapphic enemies-to-lovers who are FAKE DATING. I literally could not ask for more.


She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard (March 2021)

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.

You might see a theme with these first three: ~*~ sapphic ~*~. I just always want to support my gals. And this one is sapphic, psychological Dorian Gray? Yes please. This is everything I want, with a particularly gorgeous cover. I mean, have you ever seen a pretty cover? No.


Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (March 2021)

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

I’m always here for more Indigenous YA novels, and this one sounds fantastic. YA mystery/thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but this one sounds really interesting, and I’ve never read one written by an Indigenous author. So I am very very excited for this.


The Project by Courtney Summers (February 2021)

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying–and failing–to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can’t, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her–to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.

I love cults, so I will read any book with a cult. I also think investigative journalism is really interesting, and read a couple of books this year about journalists and really enjoyed them. AND I loved Summers’ other book, Sadie. So I’m really excited for this book. I’ve heard mixed things, but I still think it’ll be great.


The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe (January 2021)

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…

Okay so in this book we have: sapphics, a bank robbery, con artists. What more could you want in a book? Not much tbh. Again, YA mystery/thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but this one sounds really interesting.


Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (January 2021)

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

I loved THUG, and honestly wasn’t all that intrigued by On the Come Up. But I am very intrigued by this one. I think reading about a teen father trying to make life better for his family will be really powerful, so I’m very excited about this one.


Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (February 2021)

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.

This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.

Ummm a Black, sapphic astronomy major who marries a random artist in Vegas? Sign me the fuck up please. This sounds like everything I could ever want in a book, and it also has a gorgeous cover (those colours 😍). I cannot wait for this.


Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce (March 2021)

1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper’s daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path to the good life, socializing with celebrities like Louis Armstrong and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. But Chicago is also awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose.

2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree Dalcour, still reeling from a devastating loss that has taken him right to the brink. Sawyer has rested all his hope on this frail but formidable woman, the only living link to the legendary Oscar Micheaux. If he’s right–if she can fill in the blanks in his research, perhaps he can complete his thesis and begin a new chapter in his life. But the links Honoree makes are not ones he’s expecting . . .

Piece by piece, Honoree reveals her past and her secrets, while Sawyer fights tooth and nail to keep his. It’s a story of courage and ambition, hot jazz and illicit passions. And as past meets present, for Honoree, it’s a final chance to be truly heard and seen before it’s too late. No matter the cost .

A dual timeline book about a film student and historical film stars, and Chicago in the 20s? Please. 2021 is really giving us everything we could ever want in books. This sounds so intriguing, and has a ton of elements I love. And ANOTHER gorgeous cover, with a Black flapper! Here 👏🏼 for 👏🏼 it 👏🏼👏🏼

So those are some 2021 releases on my TBR that I am very excited for! What about you? What 2021 releases are you looking forward to? Any of these? Any I should know about? Let me know!

Ally xx


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