Hello my lovely lemons! I hope you’re having a wonderful time and 2021 is treating you well so far! I know this is probably the millionth anticipated releases post you’ve seen in your reader lately, but I swear I have some fresh content so please keep reading. 😅 I was actually debating whether to even make one of these posts but there are so many truly incredible books coming out this year (most of them by queer, BIPOC, trans and nonbinary authors) and it would be remiss of me to not shove them all in your faces. What’s the point of this platform if I don’t boost books? And let me tell you now – I am REALLY excited for all of these.
I was going to do a post for all of 2021, but there are a LOT of books on my radar and I balked at even the thought of putting that post together. (All of you who have managed that, I saulte you.) Instead I decided to break it down into managable chunks of 2 months at a time, so I have the room to let every book shine! I spent a lot of time deliberating over this decision, if you’re wondering why this post is so late 😅
Okay, starting this off by saying I’m clearly late with this post so the first couple books on this list are already out. But the good news is, that means if you see any you like they’re already available! Just a lil reminder that adding books to Goodreads, sharing them on social media, and pre-ording or requesting at your library are all huge helps to authors! 🙂
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite | January 5th 🍋 Grieving sisters, police brutality, and a powerful exploration of the way we’re remembered. This sounds like a powerful, hard-hitting novel and I can’t wait to be blown away by it.
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht | January 5th 🍋 A space opera set on a backwater planet, with a mainly queer, female, and non-binary cast? About the owner of a bar and the head of a criminal gang? Yes. Please.
The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan | January 7th 🍋 I’m actually reading an ARC of this at the moment, and so far I’ve been totally enthralled. The story is told by Haley, recounting her childhood and life as her town’s witchling: healer, midwife, and carrier of souls to the underworld. It’s spooky, magical, and incredibly atomspheric.
Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink | January 12th 🍋 A historical YA set during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Told through the eyes of two teenagers, this sounds like another really powerful and emotional read.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo | January 19th 🍋 Another historical fiction, this one is a sapphic romance set in 1950s San Francisco Chinatown. This sounds powerful, emotional, and like a great opportunity to learn about queer and Chinese-American history.
The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings | January 21st 🍋 This is a graphic novel about anxious ghosts, and honestly that sounds so adorable and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado | February 2nd 🍋 A contemporary coming-of-age story about a Fat brown girl, which deals with self-esteem, body standards, friendship, anxiety and loving yourself unapologetically despite the world telling you to change. This cover is gorgeous and the story sounds equally beautiful and empowering.
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le | February 9th 🍋 A budding romance between two Vietnamese-American teens who each work at their familes’ competing neighbourhood pho restaurants? This sounds adorable, food-centric, and I’m getting grumpy/sunshine pairing vibes.
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth | February 23rd 🍋 Sometimes I’m really bad at summing up stories, so I’ll save us all the trouble and just gie you this snippet from the blurb: “this thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans.” Plus the cover looks really badass, so I’m in.
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers | February 23rd 🍋 Two women who’ve never met get drunkenly married one night in Vegas. Then they decide to move in together and see where the relationship goes. This is my favourite fanfiction trope, y’all. And now I’ve got a whole book of it, and it’s an F/F pairing? 2021 really has blessed me.
Well, would you look at all these beautiful books just from the first two months of the year? We really are being blessed in 2021. I can’t wait to carry on doing these lists throughout the year, because there are truly SO MANY books I want to share with you. I’m certainly excited.
Have you found anything new here to put on your TBR? What’s on your anticipated releases list? Let me know in the comments!