Bookstr’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021

Hello again, book-reading fam! Hopefully you caught our favorite books of the year list, and if you did, you are probably wondering what are we looking forward to reading next year. Every new year comes with a list of exciting book releases and books we immediately add to our TBR lists, but we all have that book (or couple of books) for which the wait feels excruciating. Here are some of the books the Bookstr team is looking forward the most in 2021.


Nidhi Malkan, Executive Editor

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Most anticipated book of 2021: Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

Blurb/Synopsis: Ten pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.

Here are six pieces written in 1968 from the “Points West” Saturday Evening Post column Joan Didion shared from 1964 to 1969 with her husband, John Gregory Dunne about: American newspapers; a session with Gamblers Anonymous; a visit to San Simeon; being rejected by Stanford; dropping in on Nancy Reagan, wife of the then-governor of California, while a TV crew filmed her at home; and an evening at the annual reunion of WWII veterans from the 101st Airborne Association at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Here too is a 1976 piece from the New York Times magazine on “Why I Write”; a piece about short stories from New West in 1978; and from The New Yorker, a piece on Hemingway from 1998, and on Martha Stewart from 2000. Each one is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: I love everything that Didion writes. The Year Of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights were heart-breaking as they were breath-taking. I have her Essay on Keeping a Notebook glued to my bookshelves and on bookmark on my laptop. I’d read literally anything she writes!


Saoirse Hanley, EDitorial team

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A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 4) by [Sarah J. Maas]

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Most anticipated book of 2021: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Blurb/Synopsis: Sarah J. Maas’s sexy, richly imagined series continues with the journey of Feyre’s fiery sister, Nesta.

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: I was so so so late on the Sarah J. Maas train, but A Court of Thorns and Roses was a total quarantine read. Now that I’ve finished the massive sequels, and am currently reading the companion novella, I can’t wait to see what comes next! I have some abandonment issues with it being Nesta-centric rather than Feyre, but I still have high hopes!

Racquel Daniels, Editorial Team

Instagram handle: @racquel_daniels

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 4) by [Sarah J. Maas]

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A Court of Silver and Flames is also Raquel’s most anticipated book of the year!

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: It’s SJM, need I say more?!



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This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart, #1) by Kalynn Bayron

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Most anticipated book of 2021: This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Blurb/Synopsis: The novel is about a young woman named Briseis who can grow plants with a single touch. After her aunt’s death, she and her parents move into her old estate only to find something sinister going on.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: I’ve become a fan of the author Kalynn Bayron after I read Cinderella Is Dead. She’s an awesome Black author who writes fantasy I wished I got the read when I was younger.

Camila Fagen, Editorial Team

Instagram handle: @camilafagen

The Last Graduate: A Novel (The Scholomance Book 2) by [Naomi Novik]

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Most anticipated book of 2021: The Last Graduate (The Scholomance #2) by Naomi Novik

Blurb/Synopsis: (Book #1 Synopsis) A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.

There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die. The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.

El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: Can’t say much about the actual book because of spoilers, but I really enjoyed reading the first one! Naomi Novik is one of my favorite fantasy writers and this book has all the magic school shenanigans you can imagine, the magic system is very interesting, plus it addresses privilege and education inequality in a super real and interesting way. It also has a huge cliffhanger at the end so I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Sammie Jones, Editorial team

Instagram handle: @sammieraesreads

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Most anticipated book of 2021: A Vow So Bold And Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

Blurb/Synopsis: A retelling of Beauty and the Beast; medieval tradition mixed with modern day. As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to best-selling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: I have read both previous books in the series, and I’m excited to see how this blend of contemporary fiction and medieval fantasy epic will play out. Kemmerer’s characters are full of life, and their relationships are dynamic, imperfect and engaging.


Ainsley Bowar, editorial team

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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

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Most anticipated book of 2021: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Blurb/Synopsis: A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: Women empowering each other with a mystic twist. Sign me up!


Richard Lopez, editorial Team

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Survive the Night: A Novel by [Riley Sager]

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Most anticipated book of 2021: Survive The Night by Riley Sager

Blurb/Synopsis: Takes place in 1991, where two strangers who met through their campus ride board decide to ride together back to Ohio, a girl named Charlie and a guy named Josh. Charlie is feeling grief and guilty over the murder of her best friend by serial killer dubbed, “The Campus Killer” and Josh wants to go and take care of his sick father. However, during their long trip to Ohio, because of suspicious behavior and his answers not adding up, Charlie starts to become suspicious of Josh.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: My favorite stories are mystery/thrillers/horror type stories that are filled with tense and suspenseful energy. With the innocuous setup of a long ride to return home from campus and injecting “this person riding with you might be a murderer” into the equation is such a interesting dynamic. Similar to that excellent scene in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ where the audience and Peter Parker know that his prom date’s father is The Vulture, but are waiting for The Vulture to slowly come to the realization that Peter is Spider-Man. It takes the idea of, “you never know who you might be with,” and marinades it over time.



Delaney Del Gallo, GRAPHIC TEAM

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The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood And Ash Series Book 3) by [Jennifer L. Armentrout]

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Most anticipated book of 2021: The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blurb/Synopsis: (Book #1 Synopsis) Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: She is one of my favorite authors and the first two books were so much fun to read! They are the perfect mix of adventure, romance and spice!

Allison Amodie, Editorial Team

Instagram handle: @aamodie

Aetherbound by [E.K. Johnston]

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Most anticipated book of 2021: Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston

Blurb/Synopsis: Set on a family-run interstellar freighter called the Harland and a mysterious remote space station, E. K. Johnston’s latest is story of survival and self-determination.

Pendt Harland’s family sees her as a waste of food on their long-haul space cruiser when her genes reveal an undesirable mutation. But if she plays her cards right she might have a chance to do much more than survive. During a space-station layover, Pendt escapes and forms a lucky bond with the Brannick twins, the teenage heirs of the powerful family that owns the station. Against all odds, the trio hatches a long-shot scheme to take over the station and thwart the destinies they never wished for.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: E.K. is probably best known for her YA Star Wars Novels including Ahsoka, Queen’s Shadow, and Queen’s Peril, and as a Star Wars fan, I’ve loved those. I’ve also loved her other YA books. Aetherbound is a sci-fi, space opera with elements of Fisher King from Arthurian Legends, Jupiter Ascending, genetics, magic, found family, and it’s LGBT. It really has something for everyone so I’m excited to see how all these elements mix together!

Craig Klein, Editorial Team

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Blurb/Synopsis: The son of a struggling mother, Jamie Conklin, was born with the ability to see the dead, and is recruited by an NYPD detective to pursue a serial killer.

Why It Is Their Most Anticipated: I don’t read many contemporary books, so really the only reason I’m anticipating Later is because it’s by Stephen King and it’s a general rule that I’ll enjoy whatever he writes.


What are your most anticipated titles of 2021?

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