Books I'm Buying in 2021

When I saw yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I couldn't wait to share my list. But it's a day late because I scheduled it for the wrong date – whoops! This post is limited to the first half of the year, but I'm excited about too many releases to limit it to ten. So, you're getting twenty instead! I focused on new books from favorite authors, though I have many on my "Upcoming" shelf on Goodreads from new-to-me authors.

Sixteen books I can't wait to read from favorite authors:

1. You Have a Match by Emma Lord (January 12) – Tweet Cute was such a delightful 2020 release, and it reminded me of what I love about the YA contemporary genre. I have this for review and will be reading it this week!

2. The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon (January 26) – It feels like it's been so long since I read the previous Bone Season books that I probably need to re-read to refresh my memory, but I'm still hyped for this one.

3. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (February 16) – This is my most-anticipated 2021 sequel, and I'm counting down the days til I get it! Until then, an ACOTAR trilogy re-read on audio will satisfy me.

4. Love at First by Kate Clayborn (February 23) – I loved Clayborn's Chance of a Lifetime series but wasn't as crazy about Love Lettering, so I'm nervously excited for this release. I hope it's as delightful as the summary.

5. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (March 2) – A Good Girl's Guide to Murder was a surprise favorite of 2020, so I'm very excited for another investigation with Pippa and Ravi. Maybe I'll re-read the first, too?

6. An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn (March 2) – This series brings me so much joy, and I love listening to them on audio with narrator Angele Masters. I can't wait to see what Speedwell and Stoker do next.

7. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (March 9) – Quinn is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, and I'm really looking forward to another WWII story from her. But I've got to mentally prepare for all 656 pages!

8. Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson (April 6) – Jackon's first foray into domestic suspense, Never Have I Ever, was a win for me. So, I was happy to learn she was releasing another book in the same genre. 

9. Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle (April 6) – Hogle's witty and sarcastic writing really worked for me in You Deserve Each Other, so I'm excited to read more from her this year. The summary sounds fantastic, so I can't wait!

10. Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez (April 6) – The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist both made my "Best Of" lists in the years I read them,  and I'm expecting this release to be on 2021's list.

11. Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane (May 4) – This is my most anticipated 2021 standalone! I'd be President of McFarlane's fan club if one existed. This sounds like everything I've come to know and love from her books.
12. The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (May 4) – I loved Cleeton's first Cuba book, wasn't a fan of the second, and just recently enjoyed the third. I'm hoping the fourth will rival the first as my favorite! 

13. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (May 11) – While I haven't read Henry's YA backlist, my love for Beach Read has me itching to read another contemporary romance from her. So glad I don't have to wait long!

14. A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin (May 11) – My love for Happy & You Know It caught me by surprise, and it instantly made me want more from Hankin. I'm hoping this one cements her as a favorite.

15. The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (May 25) – Ever since Oakley's debut, I've been a huge fan! I'm always so emotionally invested in her stories, and this one sounds like it will be more of the same.

16. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (May 25) – I love Reid's writing, despite my unpopular opinion on Evelyn Hugo, and am excited she's got a new book in 2021. This one sounds so different from her last two.

And four books on my radar from new-to-me authors:

17. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (January 26) – It's a bit of a stretch to include this book because Solomon isn't totally new-to-me, but she's new to adult contemporary romance so I'm counting it. This sounds great!

18. Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (February 2) – This is on my radar after I read a rave review of it by Kayla (@idlewildreads) on Instagram. Mysteries have really appealed to me lately, so I'm excited for a new one.

19. Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price (April 6) – Am I sucker for any kind of Pride and Prejudice retelling? Absolutely. But give it a clever title, beautiful cover, AND add in murder, and my expectations are high!

20. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (May 4) – I've really wanted more books inspired by Greek mythology after loving Julie Berry's Lovely War and Madeline Miller's Circe. This one seems very promising, and I hope it delivers.

What 2021 releases are you excited to read?


  1. You Have a Match sounds like such a good read.

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  2. I've already preordered a copy of Malibu Rising!

    1. I'm so excited for a new TJR! Hope we both love it :)

  3. The first three books on your list were definitely some of my most highly anticipated reads, and along with The Ex Talk, I've loved them all! Life's Too Short and People We Meet on Vacation are two books that I'm eager to get my hands on ;)


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