I haven’t done a book tag in a while, so I was happy when Caro tagged me to do this! Check out her answers HERE! It actually came at the perfect time as I was thinking about how many 2021 releases I’ve read this year so far, and how many are left! Up until 2020, I never kept up with new releases, but then I felt like I wanted to at least try to read some new books. It’s still not a huge priority to me, as I am okay with reading backlist books, but reading with everyone else feels nice, you know?
A new release you’ve already read
Apparently, I read five 2021 releases! I would love it to be more, but I have limited resources, as I mainly use my library, and it doesn’t always have what I’m looking for. Out of these five, I loved one, really liked two, liked one, and felt neutral about one, so that’s great!
A new release that’s already come out but you haven’t read yet
There are so many but I decided to narrow it down to three. Last Night at the Telegraph Club is a sapphic historical romance set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare. Perfect on Paper is about a bi main character who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates. One Last Stop is a sapphic adult romance with time travel.
A new release you just found out about
I’ve seen Cheer Up first at Caro, and I immediately put it to my tbr. It’s a graphic novel about a trans girl and a lesbian girl who used to be friends and now they rekindle their friendship through cheerleading. The Passing Playbook is about a trans boy, who is not out in his new school, but due to something, he might have to come out. Soul Lanterns is a middle grade historical fiction about the effects of Hiroshima.
A new release you’re excited about from one of your favourite authors
I’m so excited to read Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid! She wrote one of my all-time favourite books, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so no wonder I’m hyped. This is historical fiction as well, set in 1983 Malibu.
A new release you’re excited about from a new-to-you author
As usual, there are more than these three books I’m excited for, but I don’t want this post to be never-ending. The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family is a middle grade story about two autistic sisters with a detective agency. Thanks a Lot, Universe is also middle grade, and it deals with anxiety and panic attacks. XOXO is a YA contemporary that involves k-pop, so you bet I’ll read it!
A new release you have no interest in
So many, lol. But just to mention some: Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater, The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee, Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli and Lore by Alexandra Bracken.
A new release you want to pick up soon
I talked about all of them in my Reading It Queer tbr, so check that out if you’re interested!
A new release that hasn’t come out yet but you can’t wait to read
Under the Whispering Door is my most anticipated release for the rest of 2021! I can’t even express how much I adored TJ Klune’s other book, The House in the Cerulean Sea. I’m hoping this one’s also going to be whimsical and wholesome.
A new release with an amazing cover
You’ve Reached Sam has such a breathtakingly beautiful cover, I can’t even… Obviously, there are more books with amazing covers, but this one is the highlight for me.
Your favourite new release you’ve read so far this year
Without a doubt, Lost in the Never Woods is my favourite 2021 release I’ve read so far. I just loved it so much, I am looking forward to rereading it in the near future!
🌟 A new release you’ve already read
🌟 A new release that’s already come out but you haven’t read yet
🌟 A new release you just found out about
🌟 A new release you’re excited about from one of your favourite authors
🌟 A new release you’re excited about from a new-to-you author
🌟 A new release you have no interest in
🌟 A new release you want to pick up soon
🌟 A new release that hasn’t come out yet but you can’t wait to read
🌟 A new release with an amazing cover
🌟 Your favourite new release you’ve read so far this year
Have you read any of these books? What is your most anticipated release for the rest of the year? Do you prioritise reading new books?