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  • Writer's pictureAnnika Pillai

my most anticipated books of 2021

Since 2021 has just started, and I have a Goodreads goal of 100 books this year (yes, I’m very much a masochist), I decided that I would write a list of my six most anticipated books of 2021––which I am actually really excited for, since there are a lot of exciting books coming out this year!


Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

The first book on my list is Act Your Age Eve Brown, by Talia Hibbert, and I don’t think this should come as much of a shock, since this book is probably on everyone’s list. This is third and final book in the Brown Sister’s trilogy, and words can’t even describe how excited I am for this book. I haven’t actually read the first two books––which I am going to try to do before this one comes out––but it really doesn’t matter, since this can be read as a standalone.


Act Your Age, Eve Brown follows the youngest Brown sister, Eve, who is also the most flightiest. She is a certified hot mess, and when she accidentally ruins an expensive wedding, her parents draw the line, and force her to get her shit together––this leads her to finding a job at a Bed and Breakfast. The only issue is the owner of said B&B really does not like her. What could possibly go wrong?


I’m so excited for this book, oh my goodness. Eve sounds like she would be such an interesting heroine, and I have heard literally nothing but good things about Talia Hibbert’s writing, so I don’t know how I would not like this. Also, I am loving the black, and plus-size representation!


Release Date: March 9, 2021


People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

A lot of my friends haven’t really liked Beach Read by Emily Henry, despite it getting a lot of love, so I have been slightly deterred by reading it. That, and the fact that the summary doesn’t sound like it’d be the most interesting thing.


That being said, I am a sucker for a friends-to-lovers romance, which is why I am so excited for People We Meet on Vacation, Emily Henry's upcoming release. The story follows Alex and Poppy, who have been best friends for ten years; every summer, they go on one epic vacation. Until two years ago, when everything changed––and Poppy and Alex haven’t spoken since.


Poppy has everything she should want in her life right now, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, that it was the last time she was with Alex, and so, she decides to convince him to take one more vacation together—which he agrees. Now, she has one week to fix everything between them. What could go wrong?


Like I said before, I am a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers romance, so I am beyond excited for this book, and I just know that I’m going to love it.


Release Date: May 11, 2021


It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

I literally love the high-maintenance, rich girl trope in books, but I feel like we rarely ever see it? It’s why when I saw the synopsis for Tessa Bailey’s upcoming release, I literally squealed. It was kind of embarrassing.


It Happened One Summer follows Piper and Brendan––Piper is a high-maintenance rich socialite, who is often in the paparazzi for all of the wrong reasons. When Piper accidentally gets herself arrested, her step-father finally draws the line, cutting her off, and sending her and her sister to Westport, Washington to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar. In Westport is where she meets Brendan, a bearded sea captain who thinks she won’t last a week outside Beverly Hills.


It seems like everywhere she goes, she runs into him, and though they are complete opposites, Brendan very quickly catches her heart.


I am so excited for this book––I love small towns, I love Washington, and I love grumpy heroes, so I feel like I will just adore this book. Unfortunately, it is not coming out until July. Sigh.


Release Date: July 13, 2021


Exposed by Kristen Callahan

I think that this might be my only indie-published romance on this list, which is kind of surprising––but I also think that this is the book that I am most excited for, to be honest.


Exposed is the fourth book in the VIP series by Kristen Callahan, which follows a rock band. I have been waiting for this book, since the first book in the series was released, and I am so excited that it is finally coming out this year.


Exposed follows Rye, the bassist for Kill John, and Brenna, his publicist. They have been at each other’s throats for years, making working together incredibly difficult. Brenna is dead set on avoiding him…until he overhears something he shouldn’t; now he is offering her the greatest temptation of all––him.


Rye and Brenna have been hinted at us since the first book in the series––it is so obvious that they have painful history, and I am literally counting days until this book is released, I am so excited.


Release Date: July 13, 2021


Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Every Last Fear is the only thriller on this list, and I am actually really intrigued by it so much! I came across this book when I was scrolling through Goodreads, and it sounded so interesting, oh my goodness.


The story follows the Pine family––specifically Matt Pine. After a late night of partying, Matt comes home to find out that this entire family has been found dead due to an apparent gas leak in Mexico. The police claim that this was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.


This wouldn’t be that strange if it was any other family––however this is not the first time Matt’s family has been thrust into the spotlight.  Matt’s older brother, Danny––who is serving time for the murder of his high-school girlfriend––was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt is not so sure of his innocence––the truth is, the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.


When Matt returns home, he is faced with a never-ending stream of media reporters––forcing him to realize that he must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison, confronting his every last fear in the process.


I have never read a synopsis of a book like this before? The premise is so unique, and with how common true crime documentaries are these days, I’m so excited to be reading about it in a book. I love thrillers, and I just can’t wait for this release.


Release Date: March 2, 2021


The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

The last book on my list is a book I have been seeing on everyone’s "most anticipated reads" list––and it is none other than The Heart Principle, by Helen Hoang. Helen Hoang is such a well-known name in the romance community, so any book she releases is going to get an insane amount of hype. The Heart Principle is the third book in The Kiss Quotient series, and although I have not read the first two books yet, I am hoping to get to it before this one comes out.


The Heart Principle follows Quan and Anna––Anna is a very successful violinist who is currently experiencing a burn-out. To make matters worse, her long-term boyfriend has told her that he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment. Angry, Anna decides to embark on a series of one-night stands, which is where Quan comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as done their second, but it doesn’t really matter, because Anna very quickly realizes that Quan understands her on an emotional level, and there may be more at stake here.


The cover of this book is so pretty, the synopsis sounds so interesting, and the buzz that this book has gotten is insane––I really don’t see how I won’t love it.


Release Date: August 31, 2021


I'm going to be honest, the odds that I actually read all these books by the end of the year is pretty slim, but I don't care––half the fun of reading, is being excited for upcoming books. Still, I'm going to do my best to actually read all these books.

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