Friday, January 1, 2021

Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2021!


Hi, everyone! Every year (usually January 1st), I post all the Picture Books, Middle Grade, YA, Adult, Graphic Novels, and Non-Fiction that I'm looking forward to reading in that year. I have so much fun putting this post together every year! One, because I love getting a opportunity to see all the books I'm looking forward to reading together in one post! Two, because it makes me so happy when someone reads this list and they tell me they added books to their TBR list because of it!

As always, I want to say a few things first! 

I will read books other than the ones listed here! 

I know I missed some books, simply because I know I always miss at least a couple. But I'm really happy with how the list turned out this year!

Books are organized by category (PB, MG, YA, etc.) and by authors last name.

Books with a * next to them are debut books! It's easier to find and support debut authors this way.

I apologize if I got any titles, covers, release dates, etc. wrong. If I did, please let me know and I'll try to fix it!

Here we go! :)

Picture Books

The Bookmobile by Shannon Hale, illustrated by Tracy Subisak

The Bruce Swap by Ryan T. Higgins 

Spring Stinks (Mother Bruce) by Ryan T. Higgins

Happy Dreams, Little Bunny by Leah Hong  *

Set Your Alarm, Sloth!: More Advice for Troubled Animals from Dr. Glider by Jess Keating, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Oh Look, a Cake! by Jonathan McKee

I Love My Fur! by Kelly Leigh Miller

Not So Fast, Max: A Rosh Hashanah Visit With Grandma by Annette Schottenfeld *

Obi's Mud Bath by Annette Schottenfeld (Not on Goodreads yet.) *

(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper, illustrated by Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor

The Tossy-Turny Princess and the Pesky Pea: A Fairy Tale to Help You Fall Asleep by Susan Verde, illustrated by Jay Fleck

Middle Grade

Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch (Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch #2) by Julie Abe

The Last Windwitch by Jennifer Adam *

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus *

Upstaged by Diana Harmon Asher

Generation Misfits (Generation Misfits #1) by Akemi Dawn Bowman 

Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne *

I Speak Boy by Jessica Brody

Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3) by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Retake by Jen Calonita

The Rise of Flynnigan Rider (Mischief Makers) by Jen Calonita 

Summer Lifeguards (Summer Lifeguards #1) by Elizabeth Doyle Carey, illustrated by Judit Mallol

365 Days to Alaska by Cathy Carr *

Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery (Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor #2) by Ally Carter 

Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier  *

The Gilded Girl by Alyssa Colman *

WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS by Lindsay Currie 

War and Millie McGonigle by Karen Cushman 

Mine by Delilah S. Dawson *

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Road Trip by Melissa de la Cruz 

The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle, illustrated by Jo Rioux 

Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann *

Nightingale by Deva Fagan

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore #1) by Amanda Foody 

Alone by Megan E. Freeman  *

Everywhere Blue by Joanne Rossmassler Fritz

Violet and the Pie of Life by Debra Green

Danger at the Iron Dragon (Nancy Drew Diaries #21) by Carolyn Keene

A Capitol Crime (Nancy Drew Diaries # 22) by Carolyn Keene

That Thing About Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar

Squad Goals by Erika J Kendrick *

The List of Unspeakable Fears by J. Kasper Kramer

Much Ado About Baseball by Rajani LaRocca 

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

Manatee's Best Friend by Sylvia Liu

Untitled (Keeper of the Lost Cities #9) by Shannon Messenger

Across the Pond by Joy McCullough 

Legend of the Realm (Seekers of the Wild Realm, #2) by Alexandra Ott

Summer of Brave by Amy Noelle Parks *

Better With Butter by Victoria Piontek

Everything Starts with Nothing by Mae Respicio 

Karma Moon: Ghost Hunter by Melissa Savage

The Ice House by Monica Sherwood *

Barakah Beats by Maleeha Siddiqui *

Clique Here: A Wish Novel by Anna Staniszewski 

Summer of Stolen Secrets by Julie Sternberg

Second Star to the Fright (Disney Chills #3) by Vera Strange

Out of Water by Stephanie Kate Strohm 

The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker, Stacy Davidowitz 

The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity *

The Kate In Between by Claire Swinarski


Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi *

Love in English by Maria E. Andreu 

Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan *

The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer  *

Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce *

Lore by Alexandra Bracken 

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant *

Go the Distance: A Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita 

This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey 

Between You, Me, and the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs 

Mazie by Melanie Crowder

The Ivies by Alexa Donne 

10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston

Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves 

How Not to Fall in Love by Jacqueline Firkins

Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney *

Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira *

In the Same Boat by Holly Green

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

11 Paper Hearts by Kelsey Hartwell

Spice Road (The Spice Road Trilogy #1) by Maiya Ibrahim 

The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland *

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Speak for Yourself by Lana Wood Johnson 

Sixteen Scandals by Sophie Jordan

Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau 

Wench by Maxine Kaplan 

From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Kuhn

Prom Theory by Ann LaBar *

City of Villains by Estelle Laure 

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le *

The Girl Least Likely by Katy Loutzenhiser 

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1) by Tricia Levenseller

You Have a Match by Emma Lord 

The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney *

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado *

Five Ways To Fall Out of Love by Emily Martin

Your Life Has Been Delayed by Michelle I. Mason *

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Of Princes and Promises (St. Rosetta's Academy #2) by Sandhya Menon

Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke 

Our Way Back To Always by Nina Moreno 

It's Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill

Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories about Living Fabulously Fat edited by Cassandra Newbould

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O'Neal  *

XOXO by Axie Oh

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter *

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park 

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks *

Lia and Beckett's Abracadabra by Amy Noelle Parks *

Fools in Love edited by Rebecca Podos 

Pride and Premeditation (Jane Austen Murder Mystery #1) by Tirzah Price 

Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margo Rabb 

The Flipside of Perfect by Liz Reinhardt

Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud 

My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway

Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey *

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross 

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft *

All I Want for Christmas Is Drew by Tiffany Schmidt

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma

Up All Night: 13 Stories between Sunset and Sunrise edited by Laura Silverman

Made in Korea by Sarah Suk *

Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift 

Shipped by Meredith Tate 

The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk *

Sunkissed by Kasie West

What's Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

If You, Then Me by Yvonne Woon

A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen *


Miss Lattimore's Letter by Suzanne Allain

The Rocky Road to Ruin (Ice Cream Shop Mysteries #1) by Meri Allen

Talk Bookish to Me: A Novel by Kate Bromley 

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca 

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

A Lady's Formula for Love (The Secret Scientists of London #1) by Elizabeth Everett

A Fiancee's Guide to First Wives and Murder (Countess of Harleigh Mystery #4) by Dianne Freeman

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Shipped by Angie Hockman

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

No Ordinary Duchess (Greycourt #3) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson

To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne

The Dating Dare (A Sweet Mess #2) by Jayci Lee

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

If the Shoe Fits (Meant To Be #1) by Julie Murphy

Battle Royal (Palace Insiders #1) by Lucy Parker 

Not the Kind of Earl You Marry (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair #1) by Kate Pembrooke *

The Duke Heist (The Wild Wynchesters #1) by Erica Ridley 

Silence in the Library: A Lily Adler Mystery by Katharine Schellman 

Anne of Manhattan: A Novel by Brina Starler *

The Broken Spine (Beloved Bookroom Mystery #1) by Dorothy St. James

A Rogue to Remember (League of Scoundrels #1) by Emily Sullivan 

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne 

Plot Twist by Bethany Turner

To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters

The Nature of a Lady (The Secrets of the Isles #1) by Roseanna M. White 

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Graphic Novels

Call Me Iggy by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado 

Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend by Alys Arden, illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon 

Himawari House by Harmony Becker

Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel by Alexandra Bracken, adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kit Seaton

Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani

Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman, illustrated by Sean Chiki 

Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Juliana Moon

ParaNorthern: And the Chaos Bunny A-hop-calypse by Stephanie Cooke 

The Backups: A Summer of Stardom by Alex de Campi, illustrated by Lara Margarida

Disney Tangled: The Story of the Movie in Comics by Disney

Yummy by Victoria Grace Elliott

Long Distance by Whitney Gardner 

Secrets of Camp Whatever Vol. 1 by Chris Grine

Girl & Flamingo by Guojing 

Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau

Bunbun Bonbon: Hoppy Go Lucky by Jess Keating

Captain Bun Super Bonbon by Jess Keating

Linney by Lucy Knisley

Coral by Jade Feng Lee *

Shark Summer by Ira Marcks

Allergic: A Graphic Novel by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew by Multiple Authors

Lemonade Code by Jarod Pratt

No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest by Robin Robinson

The Mystery Monster by Amy Marie Stadelmann

The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner

Choose Your Own Adventure Eighth Grade Witch by E.L. Thomas and Andrew Gaska, illustrated by Valerio Chiola 

Scaredy Squirrel in a Nutshell by Mélanie Watt

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 10, Vol. 1 by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Andy Price 

The Unstoppable Wasp: A.I.M. Escape! by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Gurihiru

Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Ten Times I Fell Off My Horse by Kristin Varner


Everything I Know, I Learned from Archie by Buzzpop

Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites by Jamie Michalak and Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Yuko Jones

When Water Makes Mud: A Story of Refugee Children by Janie Reinart (No Goodreads yet.) *

Freaky, Funky Fish: Odd Facts about Fascinating Fish by Debra Kempf Shumaker, illustrated by Claire Powell 

What books are you looking forward to in 2021? :)


  1. wow! Just added LOTS of books to my TBR :)

  2. Fantastic list! Great job putting all of this together and so excited to see TOO GOOD TO BE REAL included! Cheers!

  3. Amazing list! I'm adding many on my list of books to read in 2021! Thank you for including NOT SO FAST MAX and OBI'S MUD BATH!


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