Most Anticipated 2021 Summer Book Releases

Well, I already have approx 300 books on my TBR, adding a few more won’t change anything! 😀 So here are my most anticipated summer releases (there was a few more from march and april but I would categorize them as spring releases so that’s why they are not here, and the list would be so much longer anyway :D). We have many retellings this year which I loveee, and many author came out with diverse and queer main characters, which I also love and am happy about to see them represented. Lets take a look at them, shall we? 🙂

May 4.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find
by Joan He

Young Adult/Fantasy/Science Fiction

This novel is a beautiful story about a bond between sisters who separated by the sea in a futuristic setting , surrounding with climate change and natural disasters. Sounds intriguing!

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint


A retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur but with a female perspective of Ariadne? Yes please! I am a fan of Greek Myths and retelling, I loved Circe and A song of Achilles, so I can’t wait to pick this up!

May 11.

People We Meet on Vacation
by Emily Henry

Contemporary Romance

Poppy and Alex live far away from each other, but they are taking vacation together every summer for a decade, ever since a car share home from college many years ago when they first met. But two years ago they ruined everything and they haven’t spoken since. Poppy convince Alex to take one more vacation together and make it all right. Sounds like the perfect cozy summer read!

Cool for the summer
by Dahlia Adler


This is a sapphic story about a new love, self-discovery, acceptance and friendship. A cute bisexual rom-com love triangle on summer? Yes please! (Also, I love that cover!)

May 18.

The Soulmate Equation
by Christina Lauren

Contemporary Romance

This is such an interesting book! What if there was a new dating app that designed to help you find your soulmate by a DNA test that have a 98% compatibility? It’s a perfect summer romcom! It’s by Christina Lauren, and after reading the Unhoneymooners, Im ready to read more books from her!

May 25.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating
by Adiba Jaigirdar


I loved the Henna Wars from this author, so I am ready for the next new queer read! This is about two Bengali girl’s fake dating, one helping the other to be more popular, but after a while they start to develop real feelings for each other… sounds cute!

June 1.

Dead Dead Girls
by Nekesa Afia

Mystery/Historical Fiction/Thriller

This is the start of a new historical mystery series, set in 1920s Harlem. It’s about Louise Loyd, a young black woman who caught up in a series of murders, trying to live a simple life but her past haunts her. One day a girl turns up dead in front of her workplace, so she have to help the police solve the case, to save her own life and catch the killer. Sounds so interesting!

Malibu Rising
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Historical Fiction

After reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by TJR, no doubt I will pick this up. Cover and title is already intriguing, but if a book is by this author, I don’t even have to know the plot. 😀  But if you wanna know: It’s about a dysfunctional family drama set in 1983s Malibu that revolves around the Riva clan. Every year Nina Riva throws an annual end of summer party, but this year it will get out of hand. There’s everything you need in this book: tragedies, trauma, celebrities…it is a story about one unforgettable, alcohol and drug fuelled night that will change everything.

One Last Stop
by Casey McQuiston


This is a hilarious, heartwarming and sapphic romance story about August who’s just trying to get by in a new city and Jane, a punk lesbian displaced from the 70s, unable to leave the subway. The people are raving about this book on Goodreads, so I must pick it up! <3

The Tea Dragon Tapestry
by Kay O’Neill

Graphic Novel/Fantasy/Middle Grade/LGBT

This is the continuation, the third book of the Tea Dragon Society and Tea Dragon Festival graphic novel series, and I can’t wait to read it! It is such a wholesome and cute series!

June 3.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Young Adult Romance

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore, especially after one day a strange thing occurs. She witnessed a couple kissing and she had a vision of how their romance began and how it will end. Evie tries to understand why is this happening and she finds herself in a dance studio, learning to dance with a boy named X. They are a complete opposites to each other but they end up dancing together on a dance competition. Evie knows that every love ends eventually, but they slowly fall for each other, and she is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love.

June 8.

The Wolf and the Woodsman
by Ava Reid

Historical Fiction/ Adult Fantasy

As a Hungarian, I am very intrigued by this book, because it’s inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology! In this debut novel we follow a young pagan woman, Évike with hidden powers and Gáspár, and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen. When monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, killing everyone but Évike and the captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other, and make a plan to thwart a tyrant. Sadly, I don’t see many Hungarian story based book out there, so I’m happy that an author picked up on it. I hope the story is good, can’t wait to read it!

Daughter of Sparta
by Claire M. Andrews

YA Fantasy/Mithology/Retelling

Yep, we have another retelling this summer, yaay! But this is also an “enemies to lovers to enemies” which i rarely see, we need more of that!! Amiright? 😀 All 17 year old Daphne wants is to be a true Spartan warrior, and to be accepted by the people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis places her in the service of the gods, and she have a quest to save Olympus and the world. She must find nine objects that were stolen from Olympus or the gods’ powers will fade away and chaos will rule in the mortal world.

June 15.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
by India Holton

Historical Fiction/Romance

Cecilia is the ideal Victorian lady with a dark past and an overbearing aunt, and she is also a thief. She is living her best life like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, until Ned, her assassin shows up. Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save her aunt, (meantime they grab every chance they get to kill each other, lol) hopefully proving, that she’s as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them and teaching a lesson to never underestimate a woman.

The Maidens
by Alex Michaelides


This one has strong dark academia vibes which I love, with a secret society of female students, known The Maidens. One member of the society found murdered in Cambridge, and Mariana, who is a troubled group therapist, becomes fixated on The Maidens. She was once herself a student at the university, so she’s quickly becoming suspicious, and she’s convinced she knows who was the murderer.

June 29.

This Poison Heart
by Kalynn Bayron

YA Fantasy/Retelling

From the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead comes a new exciting book, inspired by The Secret Garden and Greek Mythology. Briseis has a gift, she can grow plants from seeds to blooms with a single touch, but she have to learn to control her power. After her aunt’s death they go to New York for the summer, where is an apothecary and a garden filled with the deadliest botanicals, that can only be entered by those who have Bri’s family lineage. Bri learns she is talented for creating tinctures and elixirs as strangers begin to arrive on their doorstep, asking for them. There are more mysteries coming to the surface and Bri is determined to uncover the secrets, until a group comes to her. They are searching for a rare and dangerous immortality elixir, and she must harness her gift to protect herself and her family…

July 6.

Survive the Night
by Riley Sager

Mystery Thriller/Horror

A new Riley Sager book that is on my TBR list. And I have yet to read Home Before Dark, (and all of his novel actually, Im very intrigued by them) which is on my list forever. I hope this year I can get to it! 😀 This is a suspense-driven Mystery Thriller, we are in 1991 November. Josh Baxter and Charlie met at the campus ride board, and they sharing a long drive home to Ohio. Charlie’s best friend got murdered, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. As they travel an empty highway at night, Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. So she’s questioning if Josh truly dangerous or it’s only her imagination? A game of cat-and-mouse follows the night, played out on the roads and in neon-lit parking lots where there’s nowhere to run and hide, in an age when you can only use pay phones for help…

July 13.

XOXO by Axie Oh

Contemporary Romance/ Young Adult

K-pop fans, attention! 😀 The book follows Jenny and Jaewoo who meet unexpectedly in Los Angeles at Jenny’s uncle karaoke bar and they had an unforgettable night of adventure together before Jaewoo suddenly left. Three months later, Jenny and her mother move to South Korea to care for her grandmother. She’s enrolled in Seoul’s most prestigious arts academy, and when she arrives at the school, she unexpectedly runs into Jaewoo who turns out to be a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world, XOXO, but he is forbidden from dating…

So as you can see there are some romance reads that are perfect for warm summer nights, there’s some mystery/thrillers to read on the beach in the shadows with a mojito in the hand, some fantasy to read until 4 am because it’s impossible to put it down. Me, possibly I will read sweating from the heat on my couch 😀 Coz it doesn’t look like we goin’ anywhere this year because of the Corona virus, so… I’ll go prepare some ice cold limonade! 🙂

What about you guys, do you have any good books you’ve picked up??? Shoot me with your recommendations! 😀