Happy New Year! Since we have entered 2021, it seems only fitting to write about the books that I’m excited to be released this year. There are a lot of really great books coming out as well as some anticipated sequels. I’ve narrowed my list down to 11 but I’m sure there are way more than this that I’ve probably forgotten about.
The Thursday Murder Club 2 by Richard Osman
The title of this book hasn’t been released yet. But I loved the first one a lot and will be picking this up as soon as it’s out. It’s the sequel to the hilarious best-selling crime novel of 2020. The first book takes places in a small village where four retired friends enjoy meeting weekly to solve unsolved murders. After a murder takes place where they live, they can’t help but get involved. It’s a really fun story and I can’t wait to see what else happens in the next novel.
Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton
After receiving a message from a friend from her past, Cadie Kessler ends up back at her childhood home. The pair have to face a secret that previously ended their close friendship.
This mystery sounds really intriguing. By the sound of the blurb there is a lot of connection between the main character and nature in the novel. It says, “Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.”
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
I adored Angie Thomas’ other books and she has become an auto-buy author for me.
This book takes place in Garden Heights, 17 years before The Hate U Give takes place. It follows the story of Maverick Carter, who deals for the King Lords. But his life takes an unexpected turn when he finds out he’s about to become a father.
It will be really interesting to see the story from Maverick’s point of view as we’ve already heard his daughter’s story.
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
This book is apparently a gothic twist on the classic Jane Eyre. The protagonist Jane arrives in Alabama with no money, earning a living as a dog walker for the rich families. Jane sees an opportunity when she meets Eddie, a wealthy widow, who’s wife died in a boating accident. As time passes, Jane is haunted by his former wife.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Nella is tired of the micro aggressions she faces at her job as the only black employee. But when Hazel joins the company, she’s thrilled to have someone to talk to. After a while Nella starts to receive horrible messages on her desk, threatening her. Soon she becomes the most hated person in the office, while Hazel is the favourite. This thriller has been compared to the film Get Out crossed over with The Devil Wears Prada.
Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
This is another young adult novel about 18-year-old Daunis who has never felt like she fits in anywhere. She can’t wait to start over in college. But when an awful tragedy happens, she’s forced to stay home and look after her mother. She meets her brother’s friend Jamie, but not all is what it seems.
Daunis witnesses a murder and ends up at the heart of an FBI investigation. She agrees to go undercover to help them find out more details of a new lethal drug but as time goes by she starts to see that they’re more focussed on punishing people than helping the victims. This book seems like it will be a diverting read from start to finish.
Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson
Nana meets Ty at a party and finds herself pretending to be someone else in this young adult novel. He’s an activist in the community and she would rather nothing more than spending time at home watching films. As she falls in love, she begins to find it even harder to keep up with all of her lies. This novel is all about promoting self-love and it sounds like a great read.
On a Night Like This by Lindsey Kelk
I adore this author and the fact she said a lot of this novel was inspired by one of my favourite songs ever (Enchanted by Taylor Swift) really intrigues me.
Fran Cooper accepts a job as a PA to a famous singer, Juliette. She has to get the star to a big event on a Mediterranean island. During the course of the evening Fran’s whole world changes forever, stepping out of the sidelines. This has a lot of modern Cinderella vibes.
The Paper and Hearts Society: Bookishly Ever After by Lucy Powrie
This is the third and final instalment in The Paper and Heart Society series. Ed lands himself a job at an independent bookshop but the job isn’t as easy as he imagined it to be. He has to come to terms with his mother dating again after his parents split. The blurb also says he gains a new friend in Hannah at the bookshop but he finds himself confused by his feelings.
A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
This follows on from the other two books in the series, taking us on another whirlwind adventure with Harper, Rhen and Grey. I don’t want to say what the blurb says for this one as it will spoil the plot of the other books for those who have not read them yet. But the series is basically a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a twist.
Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper is a graphic novel collection following the lives of Nick and Charlie who fall in love. This volume focusses on Nick and his fears about coming out to his dad. It also picks up where we left them after their trip to France where Nick began to be increasingly worried that Charlie might have an eating disorder. This is a wonderful series that highlights a lot of topics and issues that many teenagers deal with while at school. I’m sure this next volume will not disappoint.
What books are you excited to read this year? Let me know by commenting below. I’m also on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest- @bookwormgirl_24