I’m back with another book list (that took ages to compile)!
It’s always my goal to introduce you guys to books you haven’t heard of, and I hope this post could convince you to add at least a few new July – December 2021 releases to your TBR! I love doing anticipated releases posts because there are so many books I’m excited for, and doing the research for these posts leads me to discover new ones that sound amazing.
Also, I didn’t have any December books in this list, so I guess I’m just… full on clickbaiting you guys with that! (Sorry.) There were some releases I could find, but I wasn’t interested in any of them and didn’t want to put them in this post just for the sake of having books for December. Please forgive me.
All books are in order of release date, and all book covers link to Goodreads pages.
Rise to the Sun (Jul 6) ✧ I loved Leah Johnson’s debut, and I’m certain I’ll enjoy her next book about Black girls falling in love at a music festival when I read it soon! Her writing is truly full of heart.
Six Crimson Cranes (Jul 6) ✧ I haven’t loved all of Elizabeth Lim’s previous books, but I’m hoping this one with fairytale vibes and a focus on family (and a gorgeous cover) will be one I enjoy!
The Taking of Jake Livingston (Jul 13) ✧ I’m not usually one for horror, but this one sounds too good to pass up: ghosts, murder, and a Black queer teen at the front of it.
A Psalm for the Well-Built (Jul 13) ✧ This sci-fi novella with a non-binary monk protagonist asks “in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?”, and it sounds FANTASTIC.
Afterlove (Jul 22) ✧ With a British Indo-Guyanese lesbian protagonist, this YA paranormal romance is about first love and girl reapers and apparently the “lesbian love story you’ve been dying to read”!
A Lesson in Vengeance (Aug 3) ✧ If this sapphic dark academia book with witchcraft and an unreliable narrator is as good as Victoria Lee’s Feverwake books were, I’m going to absolutely adore this!
The Wild Ones (Aug 3) ✧ I enjoyed Nafiza Azad’s previous book, and I’m excited to read her beautiful writing again in this feminist fantasy with a magical girl group and (a genuinely stunning cover).
Redemptor (Aug 17) ✧ This sequel to Raybearer, a 2020 favorite of mine, is one of my most anticipated books out of this list. Raybearer was phenomenal and I think Redemptor will be even better.
The All-Consuming World (Aug 17) ✧ This sci-fi book is about a group of queer cyborg women criminals who have to band together to carry out one last mission, and it sounds so good!!
House of Glass Hearts (Aug 29) ✧ Jumping from colonial India to present-day America, this seems like such a unique book about family, secrets, and monsters. It’s about “how the horrors of the past continue to shape the lives of South Asians around the world”… perfection!
A Clash of Steel (Sep 7) ✧ First of all, that cover!! Second, I loved CB Lee’s Not Your Sidekick, and I think I’ll also love this Treasure Island retelling featuring sapphic Asian pirates and queer found family!
It All Comes Back to You (Sep 14) ✧ This Desi Muslim romcom is about exes who are reunited, with a focus on family, friendship, and grief! It seems like it will make me smile and cry simultaneously.
The Lost Girls (Sep 14) ✧ This book’s premise is: a girl who was turned into a vampire by a boy seeks to kill him and ends up falling in love with the boy’s latest victim… nice. I love vampire sapphics.
Iron Widow (Sep 21) ✧ I’ve heard absolutely fantastic things about this one already, from its expert fusion of historical events and futuristic sci-fi to its twist on love triangle by ending up with polyamory!!
The Bronzed Beasts (Sep 21) ✧ I am both excited and TERRIFIED to read the finale to the Gilded Wolves trilogy. The second book ended on such a great note for me and I think this one will be even better. I have a feeling it’s going to be both thrilling and absolutely devastating… can’t wait!
To Break a Covenant (Sep 21) ✧ I feel like this has the potential to be a new favorite? Again, I’m not usually a horror fan, but this one sounds amazing, with friendship, ghost hunters, and sapphics!!
Light from Uncommon Stars (Sep 28) ✧ My friend Skye, whose praises for this have convinced me to preorder this already, says this is “healing and queer/trans-affirming” and explores what it means to be human—truly sounds like a new favorite book for me.
For All Time (Sep 28) ✧ Reincarnated soulmates finding each other over and over again… tragic love story… this is going to hurt so much but I think I’m going to love every second of it!
Vial of Tears (Oct 5) ✧ This features two Lebanese American sisters trapped in the underworld, inspired by Phoenician mythology with shapeshifters and a god of death… HELLO this sounds so good!!!
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World (Oct 12) ✧ The first book means… so much to me, and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for a sequel. I’m excited (and scared…) to see where Ari and Dante’s story heads!
Jade Fire Gold (Oct 12) ✧ Inspired by Chinese mythology and Avatar: The Last Airbender-esque with a slowburn romance by a Southeast Asian author genuinely is everything I could ever ask for <33
The Keeper of Night (Oct 12) ✧ Soul collecting, morally grey girls (and a whole morally grey cast), goddess of death, and a biracial Japanese protagonist—sounds like the perfect book to me!!!
Destroyer of Light (Oct 5) ✧ Everyone’s always talking about wanting Persephone retellings… and this one is exactly that but Afro-futuristic and sci-fi with aliens and an exploration of humanity??
Girls of Fate and Fury (Nov 2) ✧ This trilogy is one I hold very dear in my heart despite being very disappointed by the second book. I’m really hoping it will end on a high note with this book!
The Bone Shard Emperor (Nov 9) ✧ I absolutely loved The Bone Shard Daughter and it promised so much for this sequel—cannot wait to get my mind blown again by Andrea G Stewart’s plot twists.
Noor (Nov 9) ✧ It’s a crime that I haven’t read Nnedi Okorafor’s books, but her new one looks so good, following an “unnatural” woman in an exploration of biotechnology and humanity in a futuristic Nigeria!
Year of the Reaper (Nov 9) ✧ Makiia Lucier’s Isle of Blood and Stone was super unique, so I’m excited to read her latest book, a murder mystery-esque fantasy with a protagonist who can see ghosts.
Our Violent Ends (Nov 16) ✧ I enjoyed These Violent Delights, and since Romeo & Juliet promises tragedy (and so does this title), I’m so interested and a bit scared to see how this series ends!
what are the July – December books you’re excited for? have you gotten the chance to read any of these? and since there are a lot more sequels than I expected on this list: what’s a sequel you’re excited for (2021 or not)?