#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!
Happy New Year!! Here’s to having a better year than the last one… We’re starting off 2021 with a #5OnMyTBR all about the 2021 releases coming. I’m so excited for so many, but I decided to choose this week’s titles based on what ones I’ll be reading the soonest – aka, which ones I currently have ARCs for and need to read in January!
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
This book has been on my TBR for ages as it was a book pushed back because of the pandemic last year, but it’s finally releasing in February so it is time to read the ARC! This is a West African inspired YA fantasy about a girl who discovers she is near-immortal when her blood runs gold rather than red during a blood ceremony, and goes to fight for the emperor rather than facing a fate worse than death in the village she grew up in.
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Sophie Gonzales’ Only Mostly Devastated was one of my favourite books of 2020 so when her 2021 release, Perfect on Paper, was on Read Now on NetGalley, I absolutely flew to grab a copy! I can’t wait to read her newest book that celebrates bisexuality! This biconic read is about a girl who runs an annoymous sex/relationship advice clinic at school and gets blackmailed to help someone get their ex back.
The Library of the Dead by T.L Huchu
I don’t know huge amounts about this one because I was pretty much sold on only “Zimbabwean magic”, “adult fantasy” and “set in Edinburgh” (which is very close to where I grew up in Scotland!) So of course I wanted to read the fantasy novel set there?! Especially when it’s all about ghosts because Edinburgh is one of the best settings for ghost stories. But it seems to be about a woman who can talk to the dead and carries messages from them the living and a new creature that is bewitching children and taking all their joy.
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
As much as I dislike this cover (seriously, what on earth is that?! It’s so bad?? It looks like one of the fake ones you do before the real cover release??), I have heard nothing but incredible things about this book. It has a bisexual mc and, I’ve been told, so much yearning we might all die. Also it’s a gothic novel set in a creepy mansion with a lord with a mysterious illness…
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Yes so this one doesn’t release until July and I have so many other ARCs I need to read before it, but there is NO WAY I can let this go unread until I’ve finished them all. I’m trying to be responsible and read the ones due in February/March first but really, I give me a week before I’ve caved and read this baby, my most anticipated book the year! It’s an adult fantasy reimagining of the rise to power of the founder of the Ming Dynasty. It’s tragic and queer and has a genderqueer lead and I literally will die the moment my eyes read the first words of this book.
And there’s a very short snippet of some of the 2021 releases I’m planning to read this month! They all sound absolutely exceptional and I think we’re going to have a really stand out year of books! What 2021 release are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!