So, I’ve said previously that I tend not to look forward to new releases. In a single year, I usually have only a handful of new books I’m excited to read. However, I do like to try to keep up with authors I’ve enjoyed before to see if I like their new books as well. So today is going to be more of a test post for myself. I’m going to list books releasing soon by authors I’ve enjoyed before. I’m going to at least attempt to read all these books this year and see if I enjoyed reading them.
I’m hoping to do a follow-up post when I’ve finished all these books to see if I like an author in general, or just certain books by them. So here are some books I’m hoping to read this year by authors I’ve enjoyed previously.
Title: Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
Release Date: May 4, 2021
Anyways, Stacey Lee authored one of my favorite books of last year, Outrun the Moon, and she’s an author I’ve wanted to read more of but just didn’t have time to. So when I saw this book was coming out soon, I was really excited and curious to read it.
As the title suggests, the book centers around the ill-fated ship the Titanic in 1912. It follows British-Chinese Valora Luck as she smuggles herself aboard the Titanic in hopes of finding her twin brother, only to get into 1st class while her brother is in 3rd class. The book seems to deal with issues of classism as well as, naturally, the tragedy of the Titanic.
I honestly cannot resist anything having to do with the Titanic, so I’m really excited to get my hands on this book!
Title: A Peculiar Combination (Electra McDonnell #1) by Ashley Weaver
Release date: May 11, 2021
I’ve been a big fan of Ashley Weaver’s Amory Ames Mystery series, set in the 1930s and following wealthy married couple Amory and Milo Ames as they stumble upon mysteries. I was really excited to see Weaver is coming out with a new series, this one set during WWII.
This book follows Electra McDonnell, a British woman who isn’t exactly above the law. When she is caught trying to steal a safe full of jewels, authorities offer her an ultimatum: steal blueprints crucial in helping Britain against Germany, or be arrested for her crime. She takes the offer, and when the German spy also looking for the blueprints is found dead and the blueprints are nowhere to be found, she must solve the case.
It sounds really good! Though I do feel like WWII is definitely overused in historical fiction. But we’ll see if I enjoy it as much as her previous series.
Title: My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Release date: June 22, 2021
There are three authors in one, but they co-authored The Lady Janies series comprised of My Lady Jane, My Plain Jane, and My Calamity Jane. I loved the first two and while I had mixed feelings about the third, I still enjoyed it for the most part. So I’m happy to see they are continuing on in the series with another name: Mary.
This book follows Mary, queen of Scotland, during the Renaissance Era as she attempts to navigate the French court while keeping her horrible secret: she’s a shapeshifter with a tail. With the help of her betrothed Francis, she must try to stay alive and uncover dastardly plots.
Let me just say, the Jane series had little semblance to history, so I won’t be going into this book expecting historical accuracy. But I’ve enjoyed the previous series by these authors, so I hope to enjoy this book as well!
Title: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
Release date: June 29, 2021
I’ve read three of Marie Benedict’s books and loved two of them. Carnegie’s Maid and Lady Clementine were both great books, but I had mixed feelings about The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. So this one has odds to be good, but there is one in three chance that it is not. Saying that, I’ve never read anything by Victoria Christopher Murray and it appears she mostly writes romance…which isn’t exactly my cup of tea. So we’ll see.
This book follows the personal librarian of J.P. Morgan, who if you didn’t know was one of the most powerful bankers in New York City during the Gilded Age. Belle de Costa Greene must work her way into power as his personal librarian, while hiding her secret that she is in fact half black, despite her skin being light enough to pass as white.
I’ve really intrigued by a book examining the fight for black equality as well as anything having to do with libraries, so it looks really good on the surface!
Title: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Release date: July 13, 2021
If anyone is able to mix horror and comedy perfectly, it’s Grady Hendrix. He is the author of Horrorstor, which is pretty much about a haunted Ikea store and it’s awesome! I’ve been really wanting to read more of his books, but I just haven’t had the time. So this year, I want to read this book, which is dropping in July.
Lynnette Tarkington is a final girl, alone surviving a massacre twenty-two years ago. She’s now part of a therapy group with five other final girls like her. However, when one of the girls goes missing, these girls’ darkest dreams are about to come alive as someone is intent on destroying all of them.
It sounds intriguing, and I love a book which plays on common horror tropes.
In a few months, after the final book comes out, I’m hoping to read all of these and get back to you if I enjoyed them or not.
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