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Books I’m Looking Forward to Second Half of 2021

I am so behind on my reading list but that doesn’t stop me from making lists about more books I want to read. 2021 has had a ton of books being released and the second half is sure not to disappoint.

We’ll see how many I’ll actually read in a timely matter. Anyone have a superpower to slow time so I can read more books?

(June 1st) The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

I’ve been challenging myself to read more books outside my normal genres and to read more stories written and about by POC. The Other Black Girl is a thriller (definitely not my usual read) and a story filled with social commentary. It’s about Nella Rogers who is the only Black employee at Wagner Books until another POC employee starts. But things turn quickly when she starts receiving threatening notes at her desk. I can’t wait to read it, but probably not before bed.

(June 8th) Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Put witch in the title and you have my attention. Why? I’ve loved the new stories about witches especially in the past decade. They are painted less and less as these enemies and horrible people and more as people that had to do what they had to do in life. And even when they’re not, the stories have great power behind them. Like this book, it’s about a woman being accused of being a witch and having to defend herself. I can’t wait for it to come out.

(July 6th) The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel

Okay don’t @ me on this but once again a cover suckered me into wanting to read something. But it also has a few other things that I also get suckered by: historical fiction and women using their knowledge to her advantage. The story is about a young woman who helps Jewish refugees escape the Nazis in WWII after being raised in the wilderness for years.

(September 7th) So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow

Little Women is a classic staple for any booktuber, but this remix looks fantastic with four young Black sisters coming to age during the American Civil War and I am so excited. Like I said I’m pushing myself to read more POC novels and twisting classic narratives to fit new voices is so good. I can’t wait to pick this novel up. And the cover is just beautiful.

(September 7th) Major Detours: A Choices Novel by Zachary Sergi

I’ve read a lot of Zachary Sergi’s work but all of them were part of the Choice of Games choose your own adventure situation. I’ve loved his work and I also love choose your own adventure novels. I haven’t read many in the past few years and can’t wait to read this one. He also came out with his latest Versus installation and I’m going to read that this coming weekend. I might do a whole post or two on choose your own adventures and Choice of Games because they are great options to story telling. I definitely wouldn’t have picked this book up without being introduced to him with Choice of Games.

(October 5th) A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

Another reimagining of a classic. This time Sleeping Beauty. I have to be honest. Sleeping Beauty has never been my most favorite story, but I have been loving the retellings. The cover itself looks fantastic and made me stop. I can’t wait to read this one and it might end up one of my favorite retellings…but only times will tell.

(December 7th) The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

A snow cloaked kingdom, witches, enchantresses, and fantasy. The concept of this novel is basically my classic reading style. Plus this seems like a fantastic novel to finish out the year with an LGBT plot, romance, adventure, fantasy. Love it.

And here is where I stop. I need to get a move on reading so I can clear off my schedule for these books.

Let me know in the comments below any books you’re excited about this year. I’ll go check them out as well.

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