It’s this time of the year again – when Best Ofs and Most Anticipated lists come out. I love reading those! So below are the books to be released in 2021 I am most looking forward to.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
January 19, 2021
This is a story about two girls falling in love in 1950s, one of them a Chinese-American whose father is in danger of being deported. This sounds like such a lovely and intense historical romance, I’m so looking forward to reading it!
A Dowry of Blood by C. L. Clark
January 31, 2021
This is a novella about Dracula’s bride and I heard “Sapphic yearning” and “vampires” and so here we are! This is a Gothic story about Dracula’s bride discovering his dark secrets.
We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman
February 9, 2021
This is the story of a queer playwright who suddenly finds herself in the middle of a scandal and moves away to reinvent herself. There, she meets a filmmaker and is quickly obsessed with her and the teenage girls she’s working with for a documentary. This is giving me Bunny and The Girls vibes and I’m SO intrigued.
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
February 16, 2021
I enjoyed Sarah Gailey’s Magic for Liars and look forward to reading more from her! This looks like a bit of a bonkers thriller about a woman’s clone killing her husband (???) and I expect it will be a fun read.
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
February 23, 2021
I honestly don’t know much about this story and as it’s a thriller, all I know is that it takes place in a sanatorium and perhaps there are ghosts!
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
February 23, 2021
This is a romance about a young woman who gets drunk in Vegas to celebrate getting her PhD in Astronomy and… ends up drunk-marrying a woman she never met before. This sounds CUTE and I heard “astronomy” and immediately added it to my TBR. It also comes out just in time for F/F February.
In the Quick by Kate Hope Day
March 2, 2021
This is a story about a young engineer trying to find a missing spacecraft and falling in love with another brilliant young woman. It sounds excellent and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
March 2, 2021
I loved Never Let Me Go and although the premise of this novel doesn’t excite me a lot, I think it will probably be brilliant and I will end up picking it up! It tells the story of an Artificial Intelligence who seems to be a sort of companion and wants to be bought by someone, anyone. I believe this is about technology, loneliness and love, and I’m intrigued!
How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
March 9, 2021
Whew, I still have to read Behold the Dreamers, which I own, but I also got an eARC for this one and it sounds so much more up my alley: it’s set in a fictional African city (perhaps based on Cameroon, as that’s where the author comes from) and it tells the story of “a community on the wrong end of Western greed” which sounds incredible. This deals also with colonization, and I need more books like that in my life.
Life Signs by James Lovegrove
March 16, 2021
I just read the first book in the Firefly series and I loved it! So I’ll definitely be continuing the series and eventually get to this one, which is the 5th book! (Also I love that Inara is on the cover, she’s !!! amazing!!! and gorgeous!)
The Unbroken by C. L. Clark
March 21, 2021
I don’t even need to know the plot, this cover sold it to me. But if you NEED to know, this is simply an amazing Sapphic political fantasy set in a desert empire and it owns my heart (I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds like perfection).
She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard
March 30, 2021
I don’t read a lot of YA, but I loved The Kill Club by this author, and I’m intrigued by the premise: it’s the story of an artist who falls in love with a girl during summer…. and then there’s lots of murder?? It’s all so mysterious and Sapphic. I’m in.
Permafrost by Eva Baltasar, translated by Julia Sanches
April 6, 2021
This is the debut novel by poet Eva Baltasar – and the poetic, introspective writing makes this book really stand out and I loved it. It tells the story of a young woman who has been contemplating suicide for a while. She is trying to find a reason to stay alive and also for something to get through the permafrost of her heart, remembering her many lovers (she’s a lesbian by the way) and the family issues she’s been through.
This One Sky Day by Leone Ross
April 15, 2021
I’ve heard this is amazing – it’s a meditative novel about addiction. I don’t know much more than that but I’m intrigued enough to read it, and luckily got an eARC for it!
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura
April 22, 2021
This sounds whimsical, touching and like such a unique read – I saw the blurb say it’s like Convenience Store Woman but with a fantasy twist, which got me really curious. I don’t see the name of the translator anywhere, but it’s translated from Japanese.
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
April 27, 2021
I adored Murderbot #1 and shamefully never picked up the rest – this is book 6 and I look forward to continuing this series and eventually picking up this volume! This is such a fun sci-fi series and each book is less than 200 pages, so I really have no excuse!
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (no cover yet)
May 4, 2021
I read that this is a Gothic sci-fi story – River Solomon always writes such fascinating books and I look so much forward to this one! It tells the story of a woman who gives birth to twins and faces “uncanny changes” on her body. She’s also being hunted down and needs to protect her family. I saw this being described as a genre-bending story which is also about the violent history of the US, and I’m very intrigued.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
May 4, 2021
I loved The Martian and found Artemis just ok, so I’m not sure if I will read this one – it’s about a man who’s the sole survivor of a mission but he has no memory of the mission or who he is. He’s just been awakened from a long sleep and has a dangerous task to save humanity.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
May 6, 2021
A retelling of Kate & Leopold but make it Sapphic? Yes, please. I loved Red, White and Royal Blue so I’m going with high expectations into this one!
A Master of Djinn (Fatma el-Sha’arawi) by P. Djèlí Clark
May 11, 2021
P. Djèlí Clark has been on my radar for a while now and this might just be the book that I pick up first by him (that or Ring Shout), it sounds incredible! It’s a story set in 1912 Cairo about murder, dangerous magic and with a Sapphic main character.
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
May 18, 2021
I enjoyed Bitter Orange, although I did not love it, so I have not decided if I will read this one: it’s the story of two siblings on their 50s who have always lived in complete isolation, away from society and modern times, but see themselves exposed after the death of their mother. This sounds haunting and so interseting!
How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole
May 25, 2021
Alyssa Cole is my favorite romance writer, so I saw her name and saw “Sapphic Princess” and immediately pre-ordered this. If I’m not mistaken this is about a girl who finds out she’s a princess and is pushed into a fake-marriage situation but ends up falling in love with the investigator who found out she’s a princess in the first place. It sounds like fun!
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
May 25, 2021
I have an eARC of this one, and Natasha Pulley has been on my radar for a while (I really want to read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street) so I am very excited to read this! It’s a alternative history/sci-fi mystery and I don’t know much more than that.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
May 25, 2021
It says “Taylor Jenkins Reid”, so I will obviously read this! It is the story of a group of famous, glamorous siblings who meet for their annual end-of-summer party and secrets will be spilled. Sounds fun and intriguing – I love a good family drama.
While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams
May 25, 2021
This is a court/politics thriller and I never read a Stacey Abrams book before, so I am very intrigued!
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
June 1, 2021
I first heard about this through a podcast (I don’t remember which, but probably Reading Women or Get Booked) and I was immediately curious when I heard “Get Out meets Devil Wears Prada”.
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
June 1, 2021
I am not usually a fan of retellings but this sounds incredible (it’s both queer and fantasy!), so considering Nghi Vo has been on my radar for a while plus this has a blurb from R. F. Kuang – I am sold. It reimagines The Great Gatsby with an Asian queer young woman as protagonist and with magic. Sounds truly amazing.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
June 10, 2021
On its own the synopsis of this trilogy sounds like any other fantasy: throne the evil emperor, fall in love along the way. But! I’ve heard this has a wonderful Sapphic romance with Lots of yearning, plus the world is based on India (which sounds incredible) and it’s by an author I’ve heard amazing things about from her other trilogy Empire of Sand, so she’s been on my radar for a while.
The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
June 22, 2021
This is book 2 of The Goblin Emperor, which is on my TBR and I had no idea was going to have a sequel??? I should do a Goblin readathon, that’s what.
The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
June 29, 2021
I haven’t read the first book yet, but it sounds like a perfect match for my taste in magic school stories (not to mention I’ve loved all Naomi Novik’s books I’ve read so far) and I’m sure this will be added to my TBR.
Survive the Night by Riley Sager
July 6, 2021
I’ll read almost anything Riley Sager writes – I’m hoping to love this as much as Lock Every Door! This is about a girl who’s suffering from grief over the murder of her best friend by a serial killer and driving home with a guy she just met on campus – until she realizes there’s something off about him and he could be the killer. This sounds tense, claustrophobic and I’m super intrigued!
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
July 20, 2021
This is blurbed as “Mulan meets Song of Achilles” and from the plot it does remind me a lot of Mulan! It also has several LGBT+ characters (both protagonists as well) and generally sounds really epic.
The Luminous Novel Mario Levrero, translated by Annie McDermott August 3, 2021
This is supposed to be Levrero’s best book and a literary masterpiece about a writer who’s procrastinating instead of writing. I’m curious and luckily got an eARC for this! Also the author is from Uruguay, which is super cool.
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
August 17, 2021
I loved the first two books of this series and look forward to this one! Nothing like a cute contemporary to sweeten life, even better if it’s by Helen Hoang.
Brickmakers by Selva Amada, trans. by Annie McDermott
I’ve had Selva Amada’s books on my radar for a while (and I bought one recently!) so when I saw this, I was immediately interested: this is a rural tragedy about rivalry between two characters, which sounds so unique and different from what I usually read! I’m really looking forward to this release.
Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee
This is one of my favorite series of all time, it’s just absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to read the final installment. The Green Bone Saga is an urban fantasy where Jade gives powers to people who are trained to use it, or may drive you to insanity if you aren’t properly trained. It’s politics-heavy and full of martial art, family drama and it’s not only one of the most well-rounded fantasies out there, it also has an incredibly vibrant world and an exciting plot, plus the best characters.
The Split by Laura Kay
This one is just vaguely on my radar, but it sounds like a sweet romance and I sometimes feel in the mood for one! It tells the story of a woman who’s been dumped by her girlfriend and joins forces with a guy her parents force her to “date” to get their exes back by running a half marathon. To prepare for it, they hire a gorgeous, athletic woman. I love running and I’m all her for Sapphic content, so I absolutely think this will make its way to my reading list!
Alex Stern #2 Leigh Bardugo
The first book came out in 2019 so I’m so excited this finally comes out! The first book was longlisted on our women’s prize squad, and it’s a dark academia new adult series full of magic, secrets and around a million trigger warnings.
Moon Witch, Night Devil by Marlon James (no cover yet)
I gave the first book 5 stars and this book is through the point of view of the witch, and I’m really looking forward! It’s not clear if this book comes out on 2021 at all, but I’m crossing fingers. This is a very dark, gory fantasy about a group of people who mistrust each other and go to a mission to save a boy – except the boy is now dead, and each one is telling a different version of what happened.
Of Trust & Heart by Charlotte Anne Hamilton (no cover yet)
All I know is that this is an F/F historical romance set in the 1920s Scotland and it sounds cute.
Alecto the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (no cover yet)
I am adding this to the list although I am not confident it comes out on 2021, but since as of now we don’t really have a release date, I’m manifesting that it will! The Locked Tomb Trilogy is about necromancers in space who are sent to a Gothic manor to go through trials to become Lyctors – kind of an all-powerful, undying necromancer. This is the last book of the series, and it’s an incredible, hilarious, gory, twisty story that will make your brain explode, probably.