Happy summer! ☀️ (And all of a sudden it really feels like it! 😎) I’m a little later with this post than I was intending, and have consequently already picked up my absolute most anticipated read of the season (Hannah Whitten’s debut novel, For the Wolf, which came out a few days ago), but oh well! That just gives me more room to talk about other exciting books… and there certainly are a lot of them! Here are the ones I’m most looking forward to this June, July & August:
[All dates are taken from Goodreads unless stated otherwise, and are correct as of 8/6/2021.]
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell (6th July)
The final book in the Simon Snow series, which is one of my all-time favourites! 💕 I didn’t think that Wayward Son quite lived up to the perfection that was Carry On, but it also didn’t feel like its storyline was really complete, so I’m excited to see how everything wraps up here. Excitement level: 7/10
Reputation by Lex Croucher (8th July)
A Regency-era rom-com from YouTuber Lex Croucher, following a middle-class girl who falls in with a group of wealthy, popular friends, with potentially scandalous results. I haven’t had the greatest of luck with YouTuber books so far, and I tend to be picky about historical romances, so this may end up being a hard miss for me… but I’ve always found Croucher hilarious, and I’m really hoping that that will come through in her writing, too. Fingers crossed! 🤞 Excitement level: 6/10
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (20th July)
A debut fantasy that re-imagines the founding of the Ming Dynasty in China, following the second daughter of the Zhu family, who disguises herself as her dead brother in order to achieve the great destiny that was predicted for him. This has been pitched by Tor as Mulan meets The Song of Achilles, which is super-exciting on its own, but I’ve also seen almost nothing but praise from early reviewers… and just look at how epic that cover is! 😆 I’ll probably be picking this up on release day, and hopefully reading it shortly after! 😊 Excitement level: 9/10
The Rookery by Deborah Hewitt (22nd July)
The follow-up to The Nightjar, in which Alice begins her magical training in earnest, only to find herself continually sabotaged along the way. I really loved the Finnish-mythology-inspired world that Hewitt created in The Nightjar, and I’m excited that it seems like that’ll be something that we’ll be delving more into in the sequel… and although my feelings on The Nightjar‘s storyline were somewhat mixed, it left off on a real high note, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things will continue to develop. 😁 Excitement level: 7/10
- Darling by K. Ancrum (22nd June) – a dark re-imagining of Peter Pan as a contemporary thriller.
- Suki, Alone by Faith Erin Hicks (22nd June) – a new standalone comic from the world of Avatar: the Last Airbender.
- The Desert Prince by Peter V. Brett (3rd August) – a new standalone (I think) set in the world of The Demon Cycle.
- The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (3rd August) – a YA supernatural mystery from a debut author.