Hey all, Dani here.
I can’t believe that it is time to do this post again. It feels like I just made the last one; then again, it also feels like I made the last one forever ago. Time in 2020 has been extremely weird.
Anyway, each quarter/season, I like to sit down and look ahead at the next few months of releases and share the books that I am most looking forward to. Every time I look back at one of these, I realize exactly how many books I miss because I don’t discover them until later, but hey, that’s what browsing at bookstores is for.
I’ve actually updated how I keep track of my book releases. For the past few years I have been using pages in my blogging notebooks, or a section of my blogging day planner to keep up with book release dates and all that. Well, last month I decided to set up a spreadsheet using Google Sheet to keep track of book titles, their authors, and their release days. The added benefit to this is that I am able to access it anywhere, because before I had to make sure I looked at my notebook or day planner before book shopping. Also, this spreadsheet is easier to share with others if needed for bookish birthday or holiday gifting. I have enjoyed deleting rows after I’ve purchased books. Something about that just feels great.
For the record, my spreadsheet has titles up to November 2021 already.
So, for today’s look ahead at book releases, I will be focusing on those winter months: December, January, and February. I’m excited to share what books I’m looking forward to reading and hopefully getting my own copies of in the next few months.
Let’s start with December. I always find December to be an interesting month for me when I look at book releases, because I usually only find a few. What this often means is that when I get a bookstore gift card for Christmas, I mostly use it for January releases. But there are seven books that I am looking forward to next month.
King of the Rising by Kacen Callender (Dec 1), The Last Lies of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides (Dec 1), Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke (Dec 1), Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Vol 6 by Hiro Mashima & Atsuo Aeda (Dec 1), My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero’s Vol 3 by Matsuri Akai & Hiroyuki Aigamo (Dec 22), Edens Zero Vol 10 by Hiro Mashima (Dec 29), and The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman (Dec 29).
I think this is a pretty nice selection of fantasy reads. There are a couple series conclusions, a couple series continuations, and a few manga. I know it’s silly to be excited for the third Ardor Benn book when I’m still in the middle of reading the first one, but I have enjoyed what I’ve read, and I already own the second book, so I might as well be excited about wrapping up the trilogy. And I’m really behind on the Invisible Library series, but I’m still excited for this upcoming seventh release in the series. Maybe I should do a books about books/books about libraries readathon during National Library Week in 2021. Would anyone be interested in something like that?
Let’s move on to January. Now, January usually has a bunch of releases I’m excited for, and it looks like 2021 is definitely starting off strong. My bank account may not be pleased by this, but I’m certainly going to be a happy bookworm.
Black Clover Vol 24 by Yuki Tabata (Jan 5), My Hero Academia Vol 26 by Kohei Horikoshi (Jan 5), Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Jan 5), You Have a Match by Emma Lord (Jan 5), Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (Jan 5), Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (Jan 12), A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Jan 12), Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Jan 12), The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner (Jan 12), We Lie with Death by Devin Madson (Jan 12), We Free the Stars by Jafsah Faizal (Jan 19), Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor (Jan 19), The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick (Jan 19), Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long (Jan 19), Wench by Maxine Kaplan (Jan 19), and Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (Jan 26).
At the moment I only have one of these as a digital ARC through NetGalley, and that’s the new Emma Lord book, which I am super excited about. I adored Tweet Cute, so I have high hopes for this one. I do have some requests pending on NetGalley, so I might still get a chance to read some of these early as well. We’ll just have to see what happens. I think this selection has about four contemporary reads, a contemporary romance, a sci-fi, a couple manga, and as always a bunch of fantasy. Plus, look at all of the gorgeous covers. I’m so excited to curl up indoors and read in the month of January…though how is that any different from most of 2020?
Finally, let’s take a peek at February’s releases. Actually one of my February anticipated releases is a book I read months ago, before the publication date was pushed back, so I’ll definitely be getting a review for it up on my blog sometime in early January.
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec (Feb 9), The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (Feb 9), Game Changer by Neal Shusterman (Feb 9), Voidbreaker by David Dalglish (Feb 9), The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa (Feb 9), The Jade Bones by Lani Forbes (Feb 16), We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor (Feb 16), and Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron (Feb 16).
The NetGalley ARC I’ve mentioned as already having read is for The Gilded Ones and it was a really interesting fantasy. Honestly though, there’s a couple other February releases that I’m more excited about. There’s a new Neal Shusterman book, and Julie Kagawa is finally returning to the world of the Iron Fey with a Puck focused series, and I am very excited about the Norse inspired The Witch’s Heart. Is it February yet?
All right, well I do believe that is all from me for today. Are there any releases in the next few months that you’re eagerly anticipating? Let’s chat about books in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.