Thought I’d put together a little list of upcoming releases for the rest of the year – there’s only a bit of 2021 left, but still lots of exciting books are still to come. I am not allowed to buy any new books SO I AM LIVING VICARIOUSLY through this list. As per usual, I read Literary Fiction, Fantasy and Romance, so this list might be heavier on those BECAUSE THIS IS ALL ABOUT ME. At the beginning of the year, I did a big post on new releases for the first half(ish) of the year, so you can check that out for more 2021 releases!
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Release Date: September 7th
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Goodreads summary: Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world.
This is probably my most anticipated read of the year and I already read and loved it (review is coming!). This is possibly my favorite book of the year and also my favorite romance novel of the year AND THAT’S ALL I’LL SAY ON THAT. Rooney discourse is prohibited. You are, however, allowed to make fun of the bucket hat.
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
Release Date: September 21st
Publisher: Tor Books
Goodreads summary: When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.
But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.
When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.
By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.
I really loved The House in the Cerulean Sea – it was such a comforting read, and I am hoping this one brings all the same feels. I also quite enjoy the concept of it, so excited to check it out when I need serotonin.
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Release Date: September 28th
Publisher: Tor Dot Com
Goodreads summary: Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers, until Eddie left Andrew behind to start his graduate program at Vanderbilt. Six months later, only days before Andrew was to join him in Nashville, Eddie dies of an apparent suicide. He leaves Andrew a horrible inheritance: a roommate he doesn’t know, friends he never asked for, and a gruesome phantom with bleeding wrists that mutters of revenge.
As Andrew searches for the truth of Eddie’s death, he uncovers the lies and secrets left behind by the person he trusted most, discovering a family history soaked in blood and death. Whirling between the backstabbing academic world where Eddie spent his days and the circle of hot boys, fast cars, and hard drugs that ruled Eddie’s nights, the walls Andrew has built against the world begin to crumble, letting in the phantom that hungers for him
This book is giving all the Raven Cycle vibes, so it very much passes the vibe check. I also love anything Tor Dot Com does so another vibe check passed. Super excited for this one. Oh, and the cover? SLAPS.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Release Date: September 14th
Goodreads summary: As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.
That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.
Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope..
I am either gonna love this fake dating academia/science romance, or I am gonna hate it. Love the ambiguity, I thrive on it. But this does look cute and like my kind of romance so! optimistic! Even though the cover does not spark joy.
Snowflake by Louise Nealon
Release Date: September 7th
Goodreads summary: Eighteen-year-old Debbie was raised on her family’s rural dairy farm, forty minutes and a world away from Dublin. She lives with her mother, Maeve, a skittish woman who takes to her bed for days on end, claims not to know who Debbie’s father is, and believes her dreams are prophecies. Rounding out their small family is Maeve’s brother Billy, who lives in a caravan behind their house, drinks too much, and likes to impersonate famous dead writers online. Though they may have their quirks, the Whites’ fierce love for one another is never in doubt.
But Debbie’s life is changing. Earning a place at Trinity College Dublin, she commutes to her classes a few days a week. Outside the sheltered bubble of her childhood for the first time, Debbie finds herself both overwhelmed and disappointed by her fellow students and the pace and anonymity of city life. While the familiarity of the farm offers comfort, Debbie still finds herself pulling away from it. Yet just as she begins to ponder the possibilities the future holds, a resurgence of strange dreams raises her fears that she may share Maeve’s fate. Then a tragic accident upends the family’s equilibrium, and Debbie discovers her next steps may no longer be hers to choose.
Gorgeous and beautifully wrought, Snowflake is an affecting coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to navigate a world that constantly challenges her sense of self.
This is described as a mix between Sally Rooney (it’s mostly compared to Normal People) and Colm Tóibín AND it’s about a (possibly) depressed girl moving through the world, which is my favorite genre. Looking forward to this one!
Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn
Release Date: September 7th
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Goodreads summary: In just over a year’s time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick—not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name.
For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster—the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her down…but even the most powerful men can be defeated.
Ryia’s path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster’s stronghold, and against every instinct she has, it’s not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers, and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves very carefully. If she succeeds, her freedom is won once and for all…but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is, and they all have plans of their own.
I LOVE A GOOD FANTASY. This has all the buzz words of having a main female character that’s an assassin? a thief? with a secret. Also the world is giving all the classic fantasy vibes. We love to see it.
I Love You, But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins
Release Date: October 5th
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Goodreads summary: Since my baby was born, I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things. a) As much as I ever did. b) Not quite as much now. c) Not so much now. d) Not at all. Leaving behind her husband and their baby daughter, a writer gets on a flight for a speaking engagement in Reno, not carrying much besides a breast pump and a spiraling case of postpartum depression. Her temporary escape from domestic duties and an opportunity to reconnect with old friends mutates into an extended romp away from the confines of marriage and motherhood, and a seemingly bottomless descent into the past. Deep in the Mojave Desert where she grew up, she meets her ghosts at every turn: the first love whose self-destruction still haunts her; her father, a member of the most famous cult in American history; her mother, whose native spark gutters with every passing year. She can’t go back in time to make any of it right, but what exactly is her way forward? Alone in the wilderness, at last she begins to make herself at home in the world.
A messy woman book! We love to see it and we also love the title and the cover here. SHE’S A WHOLE PACKAGE.
A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske
Release Date: November 2nd
Publisher: Tor Dot Com
Goodreads summary: Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.
Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it–not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.
Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles–and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.
This was also included in my previous new releases post BUT we know have a synopsis and the best cover EVER, so ENJOY.
Burntcoat by Sarah Hall
Release Date: November 2nd
Publisher: Custom House
Goodreads summary: In an unnamed British city, the virus is spreading, and like everyone else, the celebrated sculptor Edith Harkness retreats inside. She isolates herself in her immense studio, Burntcoat, with Halit, the lover she barely knows. As life outside changes irreparably, inside Burntcoat Edith and Halit find themselves changed as well: by the histories and responsibilities each carries and bears, by the fears and dangers of the world outside, and by the progressions of their new relationship. And Burntcoat will be transformed too, into a new and feverish world, a place in which Edith comes to an understanding of how we survive the impossible—and what is left after we have.
Pandemic book! The synopsis also reads like it’s very character focused and very interior, so sounds GOOD to me.
OKAY, so those are the upcoming releases I am most looking forward to. AM I MISSING ANY? Please let me know and tell me if any of these are on your TBR as well!
In the meantime, happy reading
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