Bookish Item| Did I Read Them? Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

Every year Isabelle and I write a post with our most anticipated releases for the first half of the year. It’s always hard to narrow them down, because so many books seem to release every year. Last week Isabelle decided to revisit that list to see if see how many of her anticipated releases she had read so far. I was curious and scared to do this as well, but I wanted to know. How many of my most anticipated releases have I read so far? Keep on reading to find out!

Happily Ever Afters – Elise Bryant
January 5th

Our main character gets love block and hopes to fix this with having her own love story. What haven’t I read this yet?!? I was really looking forward to it and I need to make sure to read this before the end of the year.

The Ex Talk – Rachel Lynn Solomon
January 26th
Owned – Read

The Ex Talk is a book I read last year and loved! Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and Rachel Lynn Solomon writes amazing characters. I recently got an e-arc of her next book and I hope to dive in soon.

Hot British Boyfriend – Kristy Boyce
February 9th

Hot British Boyfriend was a fast and fun read and definitely took us on an adventure in England. It wasn’t a favorite of mine though, because in the end I actually enjoyed the side characters more than the main character. All in all, it was still fun!

The Project – Courtney Summers
February 2nd

The Project is one I still need to get to. Isabelle read it and was a bit disappointed, so maybe that’s why I haven’t picked it up yet. Our main character’s sister seems to have ended up in a group that really sounds like a cult. This may be a perfect Halloween read.

Perfect on Paper – Sophie Gonzales
March 9th
Owned – Unread

After reading Only Mostly Devastated I got even more excited for Perfect on Paper. I have an e-arc and own the paperback (oops…). This seems like the type of book I won’t want to put down once I start reading.

The Cost of Knowing – Brittney Morris
April 6th
Owned – Unread

Another one I really should’ve already read. I loved Slay and The Cost of Knowing sounds heartbreaking, but amazing. I can’t imagine what it’s like to see someone’s future. He just didn’t expect to see his brother’s death.

Kate in Waiting – Becky Albertalli
April 20th

Becky Albertalli is an author that writes contemporary stories that I’ve really come to love. Kate in Waiting was one I was really looking forward to, but kind of overbooked myself near its release. Best friends have a crush on the same person, so that’s going to get interesting.

Shipped – Meredith Tate
May 18th

Two real life enemies that end up talking online about a shared fandom without realizing it. We all know that them meeting in real life is going to get complicated. I love stories with fandoms and when characters talk to each other online. So hopefully Shipped lives up to my expectations.

Last Chance Books – Kelsey Rodkey
May 18th

Last Chance Books has books and bookstores. I can’t say no to that. I just need to make sure I actually pick it up and read it soon, haha. This cover is amazing and I’m hoping for this to be a fast and really fun read.

One Last Stop – Casey McQuiston
June 1st
Owned – Read

Casey McQuiston blew me away with Red, White & Royal Blue, so I was anxiously awaiting another book by this author. One Last Stop was fun and cute, but I didn’t love it as much as I did Red, White & Royal Blue. It was still a lot of fun and the characters were interesting and fun.


End Result:
Read: 3/10 – 30%
Unread: 7/10 – 70%

Okay, so I definitely read more than I expected, but I’m definitely not happy I haven’t read more. I still want to read every single one of these books, haha. Have you read any of these? What unread book(s) should I start with first? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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