Most Anticipated Releases for first half of 2021

Its the New Year which means new releases and there are so many I am very excited to read. So, I thought I’ll share just a few of them which are coming out in the first half of the year.


I’ve never read a South Asian based sci-fi novel, so Rise of the Red Hand seems very interesting and I can’t wait to see how this world is built.

Molly Greeley’s debut The Clergyman’s Wife was a lovely emotional read, so I’m highly anticipating The Heiress and I’m particularly excited to know better the author’s version of Anne de Bourgh.

The Poppy War trilogy in particular has really increased my interest in wanting to know more about Chinese history, so I have been very excited to read The World Turned Upside Down which is about the cultural revolution, and I have heard great things about the author.


Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame is a middle grade historical fiction set before India’s independence and that setting itself is enough to make me wanna read it immediately.

I’ve read a couple of novellas by Aliette de Bodard which were beautiful, so when I saw the stunning cover of Fireheart Tiger, I couldn’t resist.

Alisha Rai is my favorite romance author and I’m so so excited to read the finale First Comes Like, from my favorite romance trilogy in recent times.


I don’t know much about Shakespeare’s works but That Way Madness Lies is an anthology of his retellings, and I’m quite interested to see how these stories turn out.

The Unbroken is queer and rebellious and everyone on twitter has already been discussing those amazing arms from the cover.. what more do I need to be excited to read this one.

As per Bardugo, this is probably the last of the Grishaverse, so Rule of Wolves really is gonna be a very special read.


To be honest, I dont know much about To Love and to Loathe. I just think it’ll be fun to read a historical romance with lots of banter.

Fugitive Telemetry…. another Murderbot novella… thats it..!!!


If you’ve seen any of my end of the year posts, you know how much I am obsessed with Clark’s Cairo books. So, A Master of Djinn is obviously on top of my highly anticipated lists of this year.

I don’t need to know much about Sister of the Bollywood Bride except that it’s Nandini Bajpai’s sophomore novel. I know it’s gonna be lot of fun.

Luck of the Titanic promises a new story aboard the infamous ship and I cant wait to read.


A War of Swallowed Stars is undoubtedly my most anticipated book of this year and I’m ready for my heart to be torn to pieces.

The Chariot at Dusk is another finale that I am very interested in and wanna know where this story is going.

Rising Like a Storm promises to be an exciting sequel and I’m so waiting for it to drop.

Tasha’s new series, The Jasmine Throne is gonna be here soon and I’m awaiting this sapphic fantasy with all my heart.

I can’t say I am a fan of The Great Gatsby, but The Chosen and the Beautiful is a queer reimagining of the classic featuring and immigrant heroine and I can’t wait to see what magic Nghi Vo is gonna bring to this story.

Are you anticipating any of these books? Are there any other exciting new releases which you feel I am missing out on? Give me all your recommendations in the comments below…

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  1. I hope you end up loving all of these. I’m pretty curious about This Way Lies Madness although I do hope that the retellings aren’t written in Shakespearen language.
    I’m also super excited for The Jasmine Throne as it sounds incredible 😍😍

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  2. I want to read every single book in the June lineup! 😍 This is an amazing list, Sahi. Especially the Chinese history book you mentioned in January – I’m interested in that too. Thanks for adding to my TBR. πŸ˜…

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    1. I put off reading Memory called empire coz some others I know didn’t enjoy it.. but I also saw your glowing thoughts about it, so it’s definitely still on my tbr 😊😊
      I’m so so excited for Jasmine throne and more Murderbot 😍😍

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      1. I really liked Memory as it was basically a court intrigue novel mashed with a murder mystery. I know some people bounced off how much poetry was discussed, but the poetry was tied to a larger discussion of linguistics and colonization and what certain words mean in different languages and it’s the kind of thing I found fascinating to parse in between assassination attempts.

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