There are so many great books coming out this year. I feel like I’ve already added more of them to my TBR than I will ever have time to read. But that doesn’t mean I can’t add even more, right? Today, I thought I’d share some of the books being released this spring that I’m interested in. I actually have a few ARCs and/or preorders of some of these, so I’ll definitely be reading at least two or three this year. But who knows? Maybe I’ll figure out how to read in my sleep so I can actually finish all of these. Someday, right?
But regardless of how many of these I will feasibly be able to get around to, here are the top ten spring 2021 releases on my radar:
The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion – April 6
This is the only nonfiction book on this list, but it is definitely one I’m very interested in. Recently, I have been trying to read more history books. Partly because I honestly miss being in school as a history major. And after reading We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter last year, I was definitely interested in learning more about the women who were part of the resistance during WWII. It just seems like one of those really cool historical tidbits that I wish I’d learned more about in school. But I didn’t, so now I’m just going to read books about it.
Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi – April 6
Helen Oyeyemi is one of those authors I keep coming back to even though I never end up loving her books. I’ve liked the two I’ve read so far (and I actually already have a third sitting on my shelves) but they just didn’t blow me away. But this one seems so bizarre that I feel like I kind of have to read it. There’s a mysterious (and possibly magical?) train and a pet mongoose and that is kind of all I need to know.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – May 4
It’s Andy Weir, so obviously I’m reading this. I didn’t love Artemis as much as I did The Martian (though I did love his weird fairy tale graphic novel), but this one still sounds pretty good. And I don’t think I have read a single sci-fi book yet this year, so I think this might be the one. It seems fairly similar to The Martian, so I’m curious to see if it’s as good. That book is definitely a tough act to follow.
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon – May 4
I haven’t yet read a River Solomon book, but I am really hoping to read one this year. It was going to be An Unkindness of Ghosts. But then I saw this one, and I think it might be a little bit more up my alley. It’s about a pregnant woman who escapes a religion compound (pretty sure this is code for cult) and gives birth to her twins in a forest. Its tagged on Goodreads as queer, fantasy, and horror, so I feel like I might really like this one. If you know me, you know I am already planning my Halloween reading list, and this might just be on it.
Katharine Parr: The Sixth Wife by Alison Weir – May 11
I feel like I’ve been talking about this series forever. But that’s just because it’s so good! I love that each of Henry VIII’s wives gets their own book, and think Weir does an incredible job of making each queen the hero of her own story. It’s just so well done. And I am very excited to read the final book in the series, even if I’m a little sad that it’ll be over. This is honestly the only series I have stuck with this long, and it has absolutely been worth it. I have an ARC of this, and I’m planning on reading it this month so I can discuss it in my wrap up before it is released.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – June 1
My birthday is May 31, so I’m basically considering all of the June 1 releases birthday presents to me (that’s a normal thing to do, right?). This one in particular is pretty high up on my list of books I’m excited to read this year. I actually already have a digital review copy, and preordered my physical copy. I really just love TJR’s books. Honestly, this story isn’t really something I’d gravitate towards, but if TJR can make me fall in love with a 70s rock band, I’m pretty sure she could write about anything and I’d love it (and probably cry over it).
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris – June 1
This is being marketed as “Get Out meets The Devil Wears Prada“, and that’s pretty much all I need to know. I have been really loving books that discuss race in unique ways, so this seems right up my alley. It’s basically The Devil Wears Prada, but a thriller. Tell me that doesn’t sound amazing. I haven’t reordered this one yet, but I think I just might.
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo – June 1
At the end of last year when I realized that the copyright for The Great Gatsby would be expiring and we’d be getting a lot of retellings, I kind of decided I wasn’t really all that interested. I liked The Great Gatsby, but I honestly don’t think it’s a story I would enjoy all that much in a different context. But that was before I saw this one, which is a retelling from Jordan Baker’s perspective. But in this version, she is Asian and queer (though she’s definitely a lesbian in the original book, at least in my head). This is the only Gatsby retelling I’m planning to read, because Jordan’s POV is really the only one that interests me. Unless Daisy decides to leave both her abusive husband and her creepy stalker, I’m not that into reading that story over and over again. But I will make an exception for this one.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston – June 1
You guys have no idea how long I have been waiting for this book. I have known about it since before it even had a title. By the time I get my hands on it, it will have been THREE YEARS (because apparently I am not worthy of an ARC, but whatever). This is basically Kate & Leopold, but queer and the time traveler is from the 1970s, not the 1870s. Which sounds amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!
The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker – June 8
I couldn’t make a list of new releases I want to read without including this one. I have been waiting for this for seven years. Ever since I read The Golem & the Jinni, which is one of my favorite books of all time, even though I don’t talk about it all that much. I am planning on rereading that book before I continue the series with The Hidden Palace, and I am really very excited for both of those things.
That’s it for this list! I am very excited to dive into these books. Every year it seems like there are more and more books I’m excited about, and this year is definitely no exception.
What spring 2021 releases are you excited about?