Anticipated Releases

2021 Releases by Black Authors I’m Excited for πŸ“š

2021 Releases Black

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’• I sadly didn’t get to write this post during Black History Month like I had intended, but now that my exams are over, I can finally change that! I love talking about anticipated releases and thought it would be a nice idea to do a spotlight post highlighting 2021 Releases by Black Authors (some of them already released, other publishing later this ywar) that I’m very excited for! Today I’m talking about the 10 Books I’m looking forward to the most, but I’ve also included some links to other recommendation/releases posts and added some honorable mentions at the end of the post as well πŸ₯° Note: All covers link back to the books’s Goodreads page!

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Already Mentioned in my Most Anticipated Releases Post

  1. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
  2. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas


One of the Good Ones (Maika & Maritza Moulite) πŸ“š Published January 5th ➽ This book is the story of Happi whose activist sister was killed at a rally under strange circumstances and now is picking up the pieces of her life. It’s a story commenting on how only ‘good’ people are deemed worthy of grief and how the media tries to paint an idealized picture of Happi’s sister! πŸ˜” It’s such a sad reality that often people who made mistakes are twisted into deserving their death and suffering, so I’m interested to read the commentary this book will provide!

The Meet Cute Project (Rhiannon Richardson) πŸ“š Published January 12th ➽ Okay, this sounds like it could be a super cute and romantic story! The main character is not a big fan of romcoms but when she needs a date to her sister’s wedding, her friends set out on a missing to get her a true Meet Cute! This has so much potential to explore romcom cliches, friendships and romance, so I’m very excited to be reading this book πŸ’—

Wings of Ebony (J. Elle) πŸ“š Published January 26th ➽ This book caught my eye because it’s about a half-god, half-human girl who is trying to protect her sister and neighborhood with her newfound magical powers! I need more books about demigod characters in my life and this sounds good, especially as it seems to draw parallels to our life with people thriving on human suffering. My library got the e-book, so I hope to read this one soon! πŸ’•

The Gilded Ones (Namina Forna) πŸ“š Published February 9th ➽ I got a digitial Arc of this book that I wasn’t able to read yet, so it’s currently on the top of my priority list!! I’m really excited for this book because it’s an action-packed West-African inspired Fantasy book discussing feminism and power. I’ve already heard such good things about this book from both the community and friends which makes me even more excited to pick this one up soon! πŸ₯°



Game Changer (Neal Shusterman) πŸ“š Published February 9th ➽ This is another book I got an eArc of but haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I adore Shusterman’s sci-fi/dystopian books, they always have such good commentary and discussions, so I was intrigued by the premise of parallel worlds. I’m a tiny bit unsure of how this will go, as the author is trying to tackle a lot of important topics – and does so through the eyes of a white teen – so we’ll see how I end up liking that! πŸ™

Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers) πŸ“š Published February 23rd ➽ Originally this book wasn’t even on my radar (This is the only Adult book on my list), but then I saw so much love for it on social media and in the community, that I got very intrigued!! It’s about a 28 year old overachiever who feels weighed down by the pressues and expectations of society, something that Immediately caught my eye. There’s also an impulse marriage with another woman involved, a trope I haven’t read much of, but would like to ❀

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry (Joya Goffney) πŸ“š Expected Publication: May 4th ➽ This book immediately intrigued me because it has a list-making character who writes down all her biggest fears in order to deal with them and that sounds very relatable to me! There’s also a blackmailer in the background threatening to expose her journal if she doesn’t face some of her deepest fears. It sounds like a very unique and emotional story! ❀


Ace of Spades (Faridah Γ€bΓ­kΓ©-ÍyΓ­mΓ­dΓ©) πŸ“š Expected Publication: June 10th ➽ This book isn’t even out yet but I’ve already heard such fantastic things about it! Ace of Spades is a thriller discussing power, privilege and institutionalized racism! I have been wanting to read more thriller books and this one sounds really engaging with secrets getting exposed by a mysterious figure called Aces, who might be playing a more dangerous game πŸ‘€ After all the praise I’ve seen I’ve become more and more excited for this book as I enjoy a good mystery!

Blood Like Magic (Liselle Sambury) πŸ“š Expected Publication: June 15th ➽ WITCHES are one of my biggest buzzwords, so I was very excited to discover this book! It’s about a young witch who fails her magical ‘Calling’ which means that her family will lose their magic … unless she kills her first love 😱 I found this premise to be really intriguing as it seems to have a big family element and also the moral implications of killing someone that you’ve grown to care about. I cannot wait to start this new series!

The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass) πŸ“š Expected Publication: July 13th ➽ This only recently appeared on my radar, as I’ve been wanting to read more books with a light horror element! This is about a boy named Jake who can see the dead. Mostly they are harmless but then he gets caught in the game of a serial killer ghost who is turning everything into a game of survival. I already have a feeling that this is going to be such an atmospheric book full of tension!! πŸ‘»


Honorable Mentions πŸ’•

  • When You Look Like Us by Pamela Harris πŸ“š Published January 5th
  • The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris πŸ“š Expected Publication: April 6th
  • Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee πŸ“š Expected Publication: May 4th
  • Off the Record by Camryn Garrett πŸ“š Expected Publication: May 18th


  • Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud πŸ“š Expected Publication: June 1st
  • Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis πŸ“š Expected Publication: August 24th
  • The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley πŸ“š Expected Publication: September 7th

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What’s are your most anticipated 2021 releases written by Black Author? Did you have the chance to read some of the January/February releases? πŸ“š

19 thoughts on “2021 Releases by Black Authors I’m Excited for πŸ“š

  1. Ahhh SO many incredible books on this list! (Also, all these covers?? GORGEOUS.) Honey Girl is high on my TBR thanks to all the hype I’ve heard about it, and I have an arc of Blood Like Magic that I can’t wait to get to. The Taking of Jake Livingston also sounds so creepy and amazing! Thanks for this list, Caro πŸ˜€

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    1. I’m SO excited for all of them and the covers truly make them look even better πŸ₯° I keep hearing soo much praise for Honey Girl, so I hope to read it this year and see what all the hype is about! I hope you end up enjoying Blood Like Magic!! I’m usually not even a horror person but The Taking of Jake Livingston sounds so interesting, I cannot wait for it to get published 😊 Thank you for reading! ❀


  2. There are SO MANY books I’m excited for on this list!! Ace of Spades sounds so intriguing and unique, and Meet Cute Diary is one of my most anticipated books of the year. I’m also interested in trying Off the Record even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s first book, but it sounds too good to miss. Fabulous list πŸ™‚

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    1. So happy to hear that! I’m SO excited for Ace of Spades and Meet Cute Diary, I’ve heard some good things about them already and they sound like I could really enjoy them πŸ₯° I haven’t read Full Disclosure yet, but I hope you like Off the Record better! Thank you ❀

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  3. What an AMAZING LIST Caro ahh so many exciting releases here πŸ₯° I can’t wait to read Happily Ever Afters and Honey Girl as well, they both sound amazing! I got lucky enough to read Ace of Spades and am SO excited for you to get a copy. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie!! πŸ₯° I’m honestly SO excited for Happily Ever Afters and Honey Girl, I have heard such good things about both of them already! I’m happy to hear that you liked Ace of Spades so much, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy! ❀

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  4. Fantastic list, Caro! I own but have yet to read The Gilded Ones and Wings of Ebony, and an ARC copy of The Taking of Jake Livingston arrived this week that I can’t wait to dive into! I also am being lulled into wanting to read Honey Girl even though it isn’t something I would normally read.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kal! I have a digital Arc of The Gilded Ones that I wasn’t able to read before, so I hope to catch up on that πŸ₯° Omg that’s so exciting!! I hope you enjoy The Taking of Jake Livingston, I have high hopes for this one πŸ™‚ Same here, Honey Girl wasn’t even on my radar, but then everyone started raving about it πŸ‘€

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