Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

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As always, I don’t know exactly when I’ll be reading these books. So much depends on if or when they arrive at my local library!

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor book cover. Image on cover is of a woman's face that is also a large forest.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Release Date: January 19

Why I Want to Read It: I’m always interested in checking out Ms. Okorafor’s new stories.

 

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin book cover. Image on cover is of two yellow roses in bloom.

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

Release Date: February 18

Why I Want to Read It: Intergenerational friendships always catch my eye.

 

Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann book cover. Image on cover is a drawing of a skeptical young woman looking to the side.

Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann

Release Date: February 23

Why I Want to Read It: The title makes me giggle.

 

The Salt in Our Blood  by Ava Morgyn book cover. Image on cover shows young girl holding a lantern against a stylized night sky that includes swirls of red, orange, purple, and blue.

The Salt in Our Blood  by Ava Morgyn

Release Date: March 2

Why I Want to Read It: It sounds like something I would have loved to read as a teenager.

 

The Conductors by Nicole Glover book cover. Image on cover shows young woman holding a lantern. There is an illustrated celestial map superimposed on the trees behind her.

The Conductors by Nicole Glover

Release Date: March 2

Why I Want to Read It: The Underground Railroad is one of those historical topics that isn’t talked about enough in fiction.

 

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town  by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock book cover. Image on cover shows two people standing in a parking lot between a diner and a truck.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town  by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Release Date: April 1

Why I Want to Read It: I grew up in various small towns. While that wasn’t the lifestyle for me, I do have a soft spot for books that accurately describe what it’s like to be part of such an insular and tight-knit community.

 

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O'Neal book cover. Image on coer shows young woman and wolf both wearing blue sunglasses.

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal

Release Date: April 27

Why I Want to Read It: I enjoy the occasional werewolf story and am quite curious to see how the main character’s Lyme Disease affects the course of the plot.

 

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary book cover. Image on cover shows sketch of back of car driving away on a road trip.

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Release Date: April 29

Why I Want to Read It: Oh, how I miss road trips! Maybe I can live vicariously through this one until it’s safe to do them again.

 

 

The Ones We're Meant to Find  by Joan He book cover. Image on cover shows two young woman closing their eyes and touching their heads together.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find  by Joan He

Release Date: May 4

Why I Want to Read It: I love the idea of characters using science to help humanity.

 

Jay's Gay Agenda  by Jason June book cover. Image on cover is a drawing of two young men standing in a park gazing into each other's eyes.

Jay’s Gay Agenda  by Jason June

Release Date: June 1

Why I Want to Read It: The title made me giggle. Yes, funny titles are something that can easily convince me to give a book a try.

91 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

  1. Fab list, Lydia! So many on here that I hadn’t heard of but I’m immediately adding to my TBR cos they sound so good! Like Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses and Everyone Dies Famous in A Small Town! I’m quite excited for The Conductors and The Road Trip as well 😍 I hope you enjoy all of these!

  2. I’m really intrigued by Remote Control, can’t wait to check it out.The Salt in Our Blood also really catches my eye with that cover, and The Conductors also sounds great! The Ones We’re Meant to Find has also been catching my eye for a while. Hope you get to read all of these!

  3. I definitely want to read Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town. I loved this author’s novel The Smell of Other People’s Houses, and have been waiting for her to write something new! So many great choices here. I need a copy of Remote Control!

  4. I hadn’t heard of Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illness or Love is for Losers before, but both sound like something I’d be interested in!

  5. I hadn’t heard of The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot but the cover really catches my eye

  6. I need to read Okarafor- been meaning to. Everyone Dies sounds great too- I like the idea of the stories set in the small town environment.

  7. So many great-sounding books on your list! I wanted to include my reasons for putting mine on my list, but I ran out of time. I liked reading your reasons. I knew this would happen — that I would see books I should have included on my own list — but I’m behind on Nnedi Okorafor’s books so I can’t (yet) include her on my list of books I’ll drop everything else to read first.

  8. I hadn’t heard of any of these yet, but I’ll have to add The Salt in Our Blood and Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town to my TBR! Both of these caught my attention immediately. I hope you’re able to get around to all of these sooner rather than later!

  9. Everyone Dies Famous sounds cool, and I grew up in a small town as well; and I loved Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad so definitely want to read The Conductors

  10. This is an interesting list. Added Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses
    , The Road Trip, Jay’s Gay Agenda, and Love is for Losers on my list! The Conductors like something I’ll pick too. I totally forgot Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town! Loved this! 💖

  11. I have a hard enough time catching up with old books, some written decades before I was born, to have much time for new books!

    One that I do look forward to is the second in a trilogy which goes from the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, to the present day, and will now launch into the future!

    https://www.paulkingsnorth.net/alexandria

    Yes, I hope the independent bookshop will be open so I can learn what the future holds!

    • If only we all had endless time to read, eh?

      Alexandria definitely sounds like a good read. I’ve added it to my TBR, so thank you for mentioning it.

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