Thoughtful Thursday: 2021 Books We Can’t Wait For! (Giveaway!)

Here are some of the books we can’t wait for in 2021!

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Which books are you looking forward to this year? One commenter wins a book from our stacks OR we’ll send you the Kindle version of your choice of one of these:

WINTERKEEP, Kristin CashoreA QUESTION OF NAVIGATION, Kevin HearnePROBABLE IMPOSSIBILITIES, Alan LightmanNEVER HAVE I EVER, Isabel YapTHE MEMORY THEATER, Karin TidbeckTHE ECHO WIFE, Sarah GaileyA DESOLATION CALLED PEACE, Arkady Martine KLARA AND THE SUN, Kazuo IshiguroMACHINEHOOD, S.B. DivyaONE DAY ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS, Adrian TchaikovskyTHE GHOST VARIATIONS, Kevin BrockmeierALL THE MURMURING BONES, A.G. SlatterTHE BONE MAKER, Sarah Beth DurstBIG DARK HOLE AND OTHER STORIES, Jeffrey FordWILD SIGN, Patricia BriggsTHE FALL OF KOLI, M.R. CareyPEACES, Helen OyeyemiVICTORIES GREATER THAN DEATH, Charlie Jane AndersFUGITIVE TELEMETRY, Martha WellsA MASTER OF DJINN, P. Djeli ClarkTHE ALBUM OF DR. MOREAU, Daryl GregoryTHE BLACKTONGUE THIEF, Christoper BuehlmanTHE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Nghi VoA CHORUS RISES, Bethany C. MorrowTHE WITNESS FOR THE DEAD, Katherine AddisonSTAR EATER, Kerstin HallPLAY OF SHADOWS, Sebastien de CastellTHE LAST GRADUATE: THE SCHOLOMANCE BOOK 2, Naomi NovikTHIS POISON HEART, Kalynn BayronTHE PAST IS RED, Catherynne M. ValenteA DESERT TORN ASUNDER, BRADLEY P. BEAULIEUMY HEART IS A CHAINSAW, Stephen Graham JonesTHE ESCAPEMENT, LAVIE TIDHARLEVIATHAN FALLS, James S.A. CoreyTHE GOD IS NOT WILLING , Steven Erickson

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81 comments

  1. I really am intrigued by S.B. Divya’s Machinehood. About two thirds of the books about which I’m excited will generally be spec-fic.

  2. Paul Connelly /

    Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee is my most awaited. Trilogy ender, much mayhem expected.

    Also Blackthorn Winter from Liz Williams (second book in a series), Engines of Oblivion from Karen Osborne (also a second book), and The Memory Theater from Karin Tidbeck. Hoping that Mark Lawrence’s The Girl and the Mountain is more involving than the first volume in that series (which wasn’t bad, but wasn’t on par with Red Sister as a series opener).

  3. Viki S. /

    I’m looking forward to reading WINTERKEEP.

  4. I have a bunch of pre-orders already!

    Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells
    The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison
    Saffron Alley, A.J. Demas
    Fireheart Tiger, Aliette de Bodard
    The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, Becky Chambers
    Winter’s Orbit, Everina Maxwell

    On the romance side, new books by K.M. Neuhold, K.J. Charles, Casey McQuiston, Roan Parrish.

    There’s a new Laurie R. King too set in eastern Europe.

    And a new Alison Bechdel!!

  5. E. J. Jones /

    I’m so excited for Winterkeep because Kristin Cashore’s books were such an influential part of my childhood/adolescence – I began a friendship with one of my closest high school friends because we learned we had both just finished Fire and we talked about it for two hours while running a lemonade stand as a band fundraiser.

  6. John Smith /

    I think Sarah Gailey’s “The Echo Wife” sounds particularly interesting!

  7. SandyG /

    I’m looking forward to Wildsign

  8. My “shortlist”:

    “The House of Always” by Jenn Lyons
    “The Broken God” by Gareth Hanrahan
    “The Dawn of the Coven” by Alexis Henderson
    “The Jasmine Throne” by Tasha Suri
    “Fugitive Telemetry” by Martha Wells
    “She Who Became the Sun” by Shelly Parker-Chan
    “The Blacktongue Thief” by Christopher Buehlman
    “House of Hollow” by Krystal Sutherland

    Like I said, shortlist.

  9. Jacqie Hasan /

    So many good books! New books by authors I love like Karin Tidback, Arkady Martine, Kazuo Ishiguro, S.B. Divya, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Angela Slatter, Martha Wells, Daryl Gregory, Sebastien de Castell, Stephen Graham Jones.

    I just discovered Jeffery Ford and want to try more from him. I also want to try The Chosen and the Beautiful and also This Poison Heart from authors I have not yet read.

  10. Skyward 3 (Brandon Sanderson) is the book I’m most looking forward to this year.

  11. Noneofyourbusiness /

    As I said on the Favorite Books of 2020 article, I’m most looking forward to the next Wayward Children book by Seanan McGuire, “Across the Green Grass Fields”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0PKwynZ__A

  12. “A Question of Navigation” (I love pretty much anything by Kevin Hearne!)
    “A Desolation Called Peace”
    “One Day All This Will Be Yours”
    Those books will make a good start to 2021…

  13. Real question is, which one of these am I NOT looking forward to? We keep getting awesome new releases and my tbr suffers sigh. Though I see The Chosen and the Beautiful there, which is one of my top anticipated!

  14. Greg Ryerson /

    How on EARTH do I choose just one to comment about?! If I HAVE to, I’ll choose “Never Have I Ever” by Isabel Yap!

  15. Now that I see there’s a new Ishiguro coming out, that one! Also, this one: The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

  16. Peta-Gay /

    I’m looking forward to This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

  17. Flossie /

    Gah, I want to read all of these!! Really looking forward to Klara and the Sun, Master of Djinn, the new Valente, the new Murderbot book. Just… So much. What a great year for books! But that’s every year, I guess.

  18. Ugochi Agoawike /

    Oh my gosh, there are so many books I’m excited about! Top on my list would probably be Levithan Falls and Star Eater. I’ve been getting back into sci-fi (more obsessed with it, really), and with the Expanse coming to an end this year, I’m ecstatic to immerse myself in more sci-fi and science fantasy :)

  19. So excited for A Desolation Called Peace ( I already have it ordered). I’d forgotten about Witness for the Dead, but am suddenly very impatient. And of course The Echo Wife and a new Murderbot! It’s going to be a great year in fiction.

  20. Good start to 2021

  21. Alex Pendergrass /

    Leviathan Falls!

  22. Mollie W /

    Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

  23. Linda Myers /

    My first purchase from this list will definitely be Kevin Hearne’s A Question of Navigation. I like his writing style and world building. The characters in Kevin’s stories are always beautifully 3 dimensional. (This may make the aliens scarier)

  24. Susan Emans /

    Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells, The Scavenger Door by Suzanne Palmer(which is delayed until August), Traitor’s Folly by Marie Andreas, The Vanished Pearls of Orloff by Odessa Moon. A lot of great indie books have already been released, too.

  25. Heather /

    My Heart is a Chainsaw sounds absolutely fascinating but I’d read all of these.

  26. Jackie Fallis /

    I’m looking most forward to A Desolation Called Peace, but so many of these sound good.

  27. So many choices! I’m looking forward to The Blacktongue Thief.

  28. The Echo Wife, The Bone Maker, and The Blacktongue Thief are high on my list, but Play of Shadows is my must-read!

  29. They all look like fun!

  30. Leijten /

    One Day All This Will Be Yours, because I want to read everything I can get my hands on by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Loved his Shadows of the Apt series and Children of Time series and his most recent sci-fi works.

  31. Katherine Rossero /

    Winterkeep and Never Have I Ever are the main ones on my radar right now! But also Fugitive Telemetry. So many of these are going to be great books. Winterkeep, though, is something I’ve wanted to exist for years!

  32. Matt Brantley /

    The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik for sure! She’s a new fave!

  33. Paul Connelly /

    What is it with all the titles that have the word “bone” in them the last few years? It’s getting so there are more titles like that than the formerly popular “The City of [noun2] and [noun3]” (and the more generic “The [noun1] of [noun2] and [noun3]”). Is something making bones more fashionable these days?

  34. Adam Schiller /

    It has to be the Adrian Tchaikovsky novel. I’m a big fan, reading Bear Head at the moment. Really looking forward to this one.

  35. Would love to read Peaces!

  36. Sarah-Louise Alsop /

    Need to read the Fall of Koli. Loved the first one and his previous books 😍

  37. Allison K /

    So many good books are coming out this year!

    A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
    The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst
    The Unbroken by C. L. Clark
    The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
    For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
    She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

    2021 is shaping up to be a great year for books!

  38. Elis Aaron /

    If I had to make a top three, it’d be The Ghost Variations, Big Dark Hole, and The Fall of Koli, but there are so many good ones, it’s hard to even choose a top 3!

  39. I’m looking forward to several. Dealbreaker by LX Beckett. The Expert System’s Champion by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Machinehood by S.B. Divya. Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha. Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine.

    And more still. And more as I learn about them later in the year.

  40. I would most likely pick FALL OF KOLI because I love Mike Carey’s work, but the cover for A DESERT TORN ASUNDER makes me want to read that whole series

  41. Lady Morar /

    I heard of Winterkeep recently via Instagram, and it sounds good! But so does everything on this post.

  42. The Distinguished Professor /

    “Leviathan Falls”: a lot of anticipation for the final book of “The Expanse”. Will the fans love the ending or hate it?

  43. Tom Moore /

    Desolation called peace please

  44. Van P. /

    I’m loving forward to The Chosen and the Beautiful!

  45. Rebecca /

    A Chorus Rises by Bethany morrow.

  46. Fugitive telemetry by Martha Wells and The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

  47. Yvanna Saint-Fort /

    Looking forward to This Poison Heart and a Chorus Rises!

  48. Beth Derochea /

    So many! But specifically The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison, because I love that world, and A Master of the Djinn by P. Djeli Clark, again, because I love the world. Both have vibrant believable worlds created by these wonderful authors and I’m really looking forward to reading them!

  49. Two: A Master of Djinn and Peace! But holy moly, all of these look amazing.

  50. The Witness for the Dead and The Last Graduate

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