Most Anticipated Books in 2021
So many amazing sounding books are coming out in 2021! My TBR list is growing every time I open the Goodreads app. I’ve picked some of my most anticipated books to share with you. Of course, I know that as soon as I hit publish on this post, I’m going to be adding a dozen more books. But what a fabulous problem to have, right?
My most anticipated books of 2021Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida
Published by Quirk Books on January 12, 2021
Also by this author: Siri, Who Am I?
Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida
My first most anticipated book is by a new-to-me author – Sam Tschida. The premise of Siri, Who Am I? sounds like a zany, madcap adventure waiting to happen. Coming out in January 2021.
From Goodreads: Mia might look like a Millennial but she was born yesterday. Emerging from a coma with short-term amnesia after an accident, Mia can’t remember her own name until the Siri assistant on her iPhone provides it. Based on her cool hairstyle (undercut with glamorous waves), dress (Prada), and signature lipstick (Chanel), she senses she’s wealthy, but the only way to know for sure is to retrace her steps once she leaves the hospital. Using Instagram and Uber, she arrives at the pink duplex she calls home in posts but finds Max, a cute, off-duty postdoc supplementing his income with a house-sitting gig. He tells her the house belongs to JP, a billionaire with a chocolate empire. A few texts later, JP confirms her wildest dreams: they’re in love, Mia is living the good life, and he’ll be back that weekend.The Queen's Weapons by Anne Bishop
Published by Ace on March 9, 2021
Also by this author: The Queen's Bargain
The Queen’s Weapons by Anne Bishop
I have loved the Black Jewels series for over two decades! A few years ago, Anne Bishop said she was done writing the series. And to be fair, it was at a natural conclusion. But I still missed the characters I’d grown to love. So last year, when a new book, The Queen’s Bargain dropped, such excitement and grabby hands happened! Looking forward to The Queen’s Weapons in February 2021.
From Goodreads: Daemonar Yaslana knows how to be bossy yet supportive–traits he shares with his father, the Demon Prince, and his uncle, the High Lord of Hell. Within his generation of the family, he assumes the role of protector, supporting his sister Titian’s artistic efforts and curbing his cousin Jaenelle Saetien’s more adventurous ideas. A young Eyrien Queen, someone Titian thought was a friend, inflicts an emotional wound. And Daemonar’s counterattack brings him under the tutelage of Witch, the Queen known only to a select few.
As Daemonar confronts troubling changes within and around the family. He sees warnings that a taint in the Blood might be reappearing. Daemonar, along with his father and uncle, must uncover the source of a familiar evil. Daemon Sadi, the High Lord of Hell, may be forced into making a terrible choice.
Published by Park Row on March 2, 2021
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
This cover is stunning! I can’t wait to see a physical copy of The Lost Apothecary by debut author Sarah Penner. Plus the dual timeline is giving me a Discovery of Witches vibe. Reading about an apothecary who helps women rid themselves of problematic men sounds fascinating. This lovely arrives in March 2021.
From Goodreads: One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose. She sells well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But her new patron is a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning. Their unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.
In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.
Published by Tordotcom on April 27, 2021
Genres: Science fiction
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
The Murderbot Diaries give me absolute life. A cranky cyborg who would rather be left alone to engage with its favorite shows than interact with humans. Oh, how I identify! I discovered the series this year. Devoured the first four novellas then waited IMPATIENTLY for the first novel to come out in the spring. Read my gushing review of Network Effect.
Now I’m back to waiting even more IMPATIENTLY for the new novella, Fugitive Telemetry, due in April 2021.
From Goodreads: When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security. Determine who the body is (was). How they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least). And why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?).
Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!
Published by Ballantine on May 4, 2021
Genres: Science fiction
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
I adored The Martian. Devoured it in one sitting then recommended it to anyone and everyone. So I was prepped and ready to love Andy Weir’s second book, Artemis. Except I didn’t. Fingers crossed that Project Hail Mary gets back to what I love. A nerdy dude science-ing the heck out of space problems to survive. Project Hail Mary drops in May 2021.
From Goodreads: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission. And if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he just woke up to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet. Hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
Those are five of my most anticipated books coming out in 2021. What books are you really looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments below!