2021 Books I’m Still Dying to Read

July 22, 2021

As you can imagine, there are tons of new books I want to read. This includes already released AND yet to come titles of 2021. It has been a good year so far, both in terms of long awaited sequels, new and refreshing worlds and a much needed upgrade in cultural diversity. Personally, I’ve been a fan of Asian folklore for years and I’m so happy to see more Asian authors on the popular book lists! Likewise, the African roots dealing with witches and magic in recent releases is phenomenal! Cutting down my 2021 TBR list has been a challenge, so I’ve decided to split this post into two parts. I hope you enjoy this first list of 2021 books I’m still dying to read!

luck of the titanic by stacey lee

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

I’m extremely excited to read about a group of people who has been completely left out of the Titanic story as we know it. Stacey Lee sheds light on the Chinese passengers on the great ocean liner through the eyes of Valora Luck. Being Chinese apparently meant you were not allowed passage into New York at the time, so Valora must hurry to find help before they arrive. However, as we know, one night will change her priorities and only one thing will be important – to survive.

Release date: May 4th
Goodreads rating: 3.84
Pages: 368

Aurora’s End by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The last book of the Aurora Cycle is highly anticipated by many readers. While the authors have shown some unfortunate behaviour, I love the Aurora crew too much to not finish this series. I won’t spoil the story so far but I will absolutely recommend it to anyone. You can also check out my review of Aurora Rising (the first book). This series truly has it all. Mystery, magic, space travels, romance, action, fun banter and a weird crew you can’t help but love. This one is by far my most anticipated sequel of the year!

Release date: November 9th
Goodreads rating: 4.22 (early rating)
Pages: 384

the box in the woods by maureen johnson

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Another anticipated sequel – and a surprise one! The Truly Devious series started with a trilogy taking place at Ellingham Academy, a special school with a violent history located in Vermont. Now, our main character Stevie Bell has to find a new murder mystery to solve outside of the Ellingham walls. Sometimes, author’s should stop while they’re ahead but I’m positive this fourth surprise instalment will only be a fresh new take on Stevie’s amateur detective career.

Release date: June 15th
Goodreads rating: 4.26
Pages: 400

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

The strongest competitor to Asian folklore is for sure Greek mythology. There is just something about the ancient gods, the passionate relationships and the glorious wars that hits deep every time. I have read many different accounts of Troy and the Odysse and I can’t wait to begin a new adventure from this era. This time the story features a female warrior, siblings Artemis and Apollo, the Minotaur, Theseus and more legendary characters. I need this book ASAP!

Release date: June 8th
Goodreads rating: 3.97
Pages: 375

daughter of sparta by claire andrews
the ones we're meant to find by joan he

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

This one seems.. weird and disturbing in the best of ways. The story deals with sisters, one being stuck on a deserted island and another trying to fight climate change in an eco-city. They both know they have a sister somewhere and their goal is to find that missing piece of themselves. However, one has a broken memory and the other is starting to give up hope. I’m expecting yet another page-turner with lots of mystery, secrets and family drama.


Release date: May 4th
Goodreads rating: 3.78
Pages: 384

My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

From the author trio that brought us the Lady Janies comes a new and probably very funny series about famous Maries. I very much enjoyed the extremely weird retellings of known characters (such as Jane Eyre) but I also thought the books were too long and a bit too superficial. Why am I dying to read this book then? I absolutely love Mary of Scots! From nonfiction books to movies such as Mary Queen of Scots and series like Reign – I soak it all up. It will be very entertaining to follow a Mary who’s a shapeshifter – yes, a shapeshifter – as she lives out her dramatic life.

Release date: June 22nd
Goodreads rating: 4.01
Pages: 512

my contrary mary
defy the night by brigid kemmerer

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer is well known for birthing the series Cursebreakers which I have yet to read – and now she is releasing another fantasy series involving royalty. Kandala is a crumbling kingdom ruled by two merciless brothers, King Harristan and Prince Corrick. Enter Tessa Kade. Tessa is sick of seeing people die while the royals ignore the sickness spreading through their country. She will attempt the impossible: sneak into the palace and set things right. It sounds like a classic YA fantasy with a bad-ass heroine. I’m just hoping she won’t be yet another female MC who loses her brain at the first sight of a dashing anti-hero with a sword and a sneer.

Release date: September 14th
Goodreads rating: 4.54 (early rating)
Pages: 496

The Project by Courtney Summers

I remember how hard it was to finish Sadie and how long it stayed with me afterwards. It left a strong impression of a competent author which is why I’m excited to read The Project. It’s another tough story about a girl who will not accept losing her final bit of family and will face any obstacle to prevent it. On top of everything, it seems to involve shady authorities and cult activities. I’m sure this will be quite the page-turner.

Release date: February 2nd
Goodreads rating: 3.56
Pages: 352

the project by courtney summers

The end.. for now

As I mentioned in the beginning, this is just part one of my 2021 TBR list. There are so many books I want to read! It would be quite unmanageable to include all of them in one post so I’m splitting it up into two parts. Maybe even three – if I just can’t control myself. What a tough life to be a reader, right guys?

As always, you can find me on social media with the links below. I’m ALWAYS up for a bookish chat or hearing your recommendations. Until next time bookworms!

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