Last year (2021) I began doing most anticipated release lists sorted by quarter. It felt like a good way to organize these lists instead of month by month because, as we know, publishing dates keep getting juggled during this pandemic. I was looking back on my unread books from 2021, seeing what I had read and what I hadn’t, and thought it might be fun to revisit this list with you all!
So, here we will be taking a look back at my most anticipated releases for the first quarter of 2021. If you would like to see my original post for this most anticipated list, you can find it here.
✔︎A Vow so Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3) by Brigid Kemmerer – Yes, I absolutely read this book last year. I love being able to check the first one on my list off. However, it was such a massive let down that I very nearly wrote Kemmerer off of my future reading lists entirely.
✔︎The Mask Falling (The Bone Season #4) by Samantha Shannon – Ya’ll, I loved this book. I love every book in Shannon’s The Bone Season series. Dystopian fantasy is my jam and this series feeds my soul.
✔︎A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas – Read it! Hated it. I am such trash for the series that my dumb butt will most definitely pick up the next book in the series but it has to be better than this garbage.
❌Bone Criers Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie – Uh, no. Didn’t get to this one. It is sitting my shelf, still waiting for a little attention. From where I sit at this exact moment I could just reach to my left and touch it. Why haven’t I read it yet? No idea.
✔︎The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I love this series. The first two books are absolute comfort reads for me and I have reread them multiple times. However, I can not see myself ever revising this particular installment. It was a massive let down.
❌We Free the Stars (Sand of Arawiya #2) by Hafsah Faizal – This book an I have a complicated relationship. It scares the crap out of me. I absolutely adored We Hunt the Flame. I read Flame at the beginning of the pandemic, during our very first lock down, and it was the book that gave me some mental and emotional peace during a very difficult time. I love it so much which makes me very nervous to read this second book. What if I don’t love it as much? What if I don’t get the same feelings from it?
❌A History of what Comes Next (Take Them to the Stars #2) by Sylvain Neuvel – I have no memory of this book. I don’t remember reading the description, I don’t remember the cover, nothing. But, it was on my list a year ago for some reason! Needless to say, I haven’t read it. It isn’t even on my Goodreads shelves. WTF was I doing?
✔︎An Unexpected Peril (Veronica Speedwell #6) by Deanna Raybourn – Read it, loved it, fantastic book, fantastic series. I have adored everything I have read by Raybourn (which at this point is 10 books) and she has never let me down.
✔︎Malice (Malice Duology #1) by Heather Walter – Here is another book I loved in 2021! I read an ARC of this and it just blew me away. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened it but this Maleficent origin story sucked me in and shattered me. I love when a book makes me feel and this one certainly did. Just as a point of note, this book ended up coming out in the second quarter of 2021 but I had compiled this list originally in 2020 so I feel relatively certain that the original publication date changed which bumped it to the next quarter. However, since it was on my list then I have included it here.
Overall, I read 6/9 books on my most anticipated list from first quarter 2021. You know, I don’t think that is too shabby considering I (confession time) usually don’t look back on these lists once I make them. Sure, I add the books (except the one we aren’t talking about here) to my TBR but that is about it.
That is a 66% read rate and I am more than pleased with that. I actually really enjoyed looking back on this list so I think I’ll try it again for the next quarter.
Do you keep track of your anticipated books? Are there any of them you wish you had read but just haven’t got to?
Happy reading! 🖤