First off, let me just say I apologize for my silence. Juggling one toooooo many things has never been a good look for me but there is no reason for me not to make this blog more of a priority. So with that said, I am going to hold myself accountable and make this space more of a priority. Even if it isn’t one post a week, I will do my due diligence to make sure it’s at least 2-3 times a month, even if it is a list, it’s still a post… If you know me in Real Life, help *clap* hold *clap* me *clap* accountable *clap*!

With that being said…WHEWWWWWWWWWWWW CHILLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEE WE MADE IT! Now, we may not have made it completely unscathed but if you are reading this right now, YOU MADE IT OUT OF 2020! To say the least, 2020 was a momentous dumpster fire…hopefully if 2021 decides to be a fire, it better provide us with bonfire good vibes and warmth (lettuce pray it does)!

One thing that we know that WON’T be a dumpster fire is the books that are finna drop this year and CHILE, my bank account is NOT READY! POC authors are doing their part to make sure we are well equipped & thank Gawd for them (but we gotta pray for our pockets). So, here is a list of *mostly* YA books that are coming out (the adult and MG books will be noted), their projected release dates (don’t be married to these dates doe) as well as if they are sequels so you know when *cough* buying *cough*, I mean looking into it. I’ll also continuously update this list as I find out about more books! So without further Ado, here is the list!

  • January
    • One of The Good Ones by Maritza Moulite & Maika Moulite 1/5
    • Happily Ever Afters by Elise M. Bryant 1/5
    • The Awakening Of Malcolm X by Tiffany D. Jackson & Ilyasah Shabazz 1/5
    • Stella’s Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises *Picture Book* 1/5
    • Meow Or Never by Jazz Taylor *MG* 1/5
    • Goldie Vance: The Hocus Pocus Hoax by Lilliam Rivera *MG Sequel* 1/5
    • Root Magic by Eden Royce *MG* 1/5
    • Roman + Jewel by Dana L. Davis 1/5
    • When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris 1/5
    • Eyes That Kiss The Corners by Joanna Ho *Picture Book* 1/5
    • City Of The Plague God by Sarwat Chadda *MG* 1/5
    • After The Rain by Nnedi Okorafor *graphic novel* 1/5
    • The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. *adult* 1/5
    • Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes *picture book* 1/5
    • Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley And The Rise And Fall Of The Negro Leagues by Andrea Williams *MG* 1/5
    • The Life I’m In by Sharon G. Flake *sequel* 1/5
    • The Sea In The Winter By Christine Day *MG* 1/5
    • Concrete Rose By Angie Thomas *prequel* 1/12
    • Chlorine Sky by Mo Browne 1/12
    • Angel Of Greenwood by Randi Pink 1/12
    • Watch Me by Doyin Richards *Picture book* 1/12
    • Jump At The Sun by Alicia D. Williams *picture Book* 1/12
    • The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson 1/12
    • The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates *YA Adaption* 1/12
    • We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal *sequel* 1/19
    • Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor *adult* 1/19
    • The Comeback by E.L. Shen *MG* 1/19
    • Amari & The Night Brothers by B.B. Alston *MG* 1/19
    • Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris *picture book* 1/19
    • Last Night At The Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo 1/19
    • Rise Of The Red Hand by Olivia Chadha 1/19
    • The Black Panther Party: A Graphic History by David Walker & Marcus Kwame Anderson 1/19
    • Wings Of Ebony By J.Elle 1/26
    • Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibañez *sequel* 1/26
    • We Wait For The Sun by Katie McCabe *picture book* 1/26
    • Take Back The Block by Chrystal D. Giles *MG* 1/26
    • While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown *MG* 1/26
    • Luke Visits Jacmel by Justine A. P. Louise *picture book* 1/27
  • February
    • Love Is A Revolution by Renee Watson 2/2
    • Shuri: The Vanished by Nic Stone *MG Sequel* 2/2
    • Muted by Tami Charles 2/2
    • A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen 2/2
    • Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon *adult* 2/2
    • This Close To Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith *adult* 2/2
    • Yesterday Is History by Kosok Jackson 2/2
    • Red, White And Whole by Rajani LaRocca *MG* 2/2
    • Me, My Dad And The End Of The Rainbow by Benjamin Dean *MG* 2/4
    • One Carefree Day by Whitney Amazeen 2/7
    • The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna 2/9
    • A Pho Love Story by Loan Le 2/9
    • The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa 2/9
    • Reaper Of Souls by Rena Barron *sequel* 2/16
    • Like Home by Louisa Onome 2/23
    • Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney 2/23
    • Strong As Fire, Fierce As Flame by Supriya Kelkar 2/23
    • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers 2/23
    • Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden *sequel* 2/23
    • J.D. And The Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard *MG* 2/23
    • Some Other Now by Sarah Everett 2/23
    • Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menéndez 2/23
  • March
    • Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi 3/2
    • Life After Death by Sister Souljah *adult sequel* 3/2
    • Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira 3/2
    • Home Is Not A Country By Safia Elhillo 3/2
    • Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao *sequel* 3/2
    • Professional TroubleMaker by Luvvie Ajayi *adult* 3/2
    • Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron *adult* 3/2
    • What’s Mine And Yours by Naima Coster 3/2
    • The Queen’s Secret by Melissa De La Cruz *sequel* 3/2
    • Laxmi’s Mooch by Shelly Anand & Nabi H. Ali *picture book* 3/2
    • The Conductors by Nicole Glover *adult* 3/2
    • If You Give A Girl A Bike by Hayley Diep *Picture book* 3/8
    • American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar 3/9
    • Flyy Girls: Noelle: The Mean Girl by Ashley Woodfolk *series* 3/9
    • Amina’s Song by Hena Khan *MG Sequel* 3/9
    • Dear Black Girls by Tamara Winfrey Harris *adult* 3/9
    • A Queen Of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy *Sequel* 3/16
    • FireKeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 3/16
    • The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore 3/16
    • Empress of Flames by Mimi Yu *sequel* 3/16
    • My Day With Payne by Tami Charles *Children’s Book* 3/16
    • Bruised by Tanya Boteju 3/23
    • The Unbroken By C.L Clark 3/23
    • The Theft Of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani *sequel* 3/23
    • Lost In The Never Woods by Aiden Thomas 3/23
    • Renegade Flight by Andrea Tang *sequel* 3/23
    • Your Heart My Sky by Margarita Engle 3/23
    • Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge 3/30
  • April
    • Aru Shah And The City Of Gold by Roshani Chokshi *MG Series* 4/6
    • Oculta by Maya Motayne *sequel* 4/6
    • The Cost Of Knowing by Brittney Morris 4/6
    • Caul Baby: A Novel by Morgan Jenkins 4/6
    • Zara Hossain Was Here by Sabrina Khan 4/6
    • Hannah And The Ramadan Gift by Qasim Rasid *picture book* 4/6
    • Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp 4/6
    • CeCe Rios And The Desert Of Souls by Kaela Rivera *MG* 4/13
    • When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown 4/13
    • Love In Colour: Mythical Tales From Around The World, Retold by Bolu Babalola *adult* 4/13
    • Notes From A Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein *YA Adaption* 4/13
    • Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart 4/20
    • The Forest Of Stolen Girls by June Hur 4/20
    • Bracelets For Bina’s Brothers by Rajani LaRocca *picture Book* 4/20
    • Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes From The Other Side of the Fist Bump by Ben Philippe *adult* 4/27
    • Ways To Grow Love by Renee Watson *MG Sequel* 4/27
    • Anna K Away by Jenny Lee *sequel* 4/27
    • Dream Country by Ashaye Brown 4/27
  • May
    • The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He 5/4
    • Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney 5/4
    • The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim *MG* 5/4
    • Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield 5/4
    • Last Gate Of The Emperor by Kwame Mbalia & Prince Joel Makonnen *MG* 5/4
    • Luck Of The Titanic by Stacey Lee 5/4
    • Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly *MG* 5/4
    • Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh *MG* 5/4
    • Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan 5/4
    • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho *MG* 5/4
    • Where The Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass 5/11
    • Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova *sequel* 5/11
    • The Other Side Of Perfect by Mariko Turk 5/11
    • From Little Tokyo With Love by Sarah Kuhn 5/11
    • Healer Of The Water Monster by Brian Young *MG* 5/11
    • JoJo Makoons The Used-To-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley *MG* 5/11
    • Pawcasso by Remi Lai *MG* 5/11
    • Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abhati 5/18
    • Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland *MG* 5/18
    • Off The Record by Camryn Garrett 5/18
    • Made In Korea by Sarah Suk 5/18
    • Force Of Fire by Sayantani DasGupta *MG* 5/18
    • That Thing About Bollywood by Supriya Kelkar *MG* 5/18
    • Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean 5/18
    • Sister of the Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai 5/25
    • Misfits In Love by S.K. Ali *sequel* 5/25
    • Version Zero by David Yoon *adult* 5/25
    • A Sitting In St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia 5/25
  • June
    • A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow 6/1
    • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 6/1
    • An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi 6/1
    • Sisters Of The Never Sea by Cynthia Leitich Smith *MG* 6/1
    • Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A. Reynolds *graphic novel* 6/1
    • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris *adult* 6/1
    • Dead Dead Girls by Nekesha Afia 6/1
    • Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon 6/1
    • Simone Breaks All The Rules by Debbie Rigaud 6/1
    • The Marvelous by Claire Kann 6/8
    • Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez 6/8
    • Of Princes And Promises by Sandhya Menon *series* 6/8
    • Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria 6/8
    • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri 6/8
    • Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury 6/15
    • Broken Web by Lori M. Lee *sequel* 6/15
    • Sisters of The Snake by Sarena Nanua & Sasha Nanua 6/15
    • Rea And The Blood Of The Nectar by Payal Doshi *MG* 6/15
    • Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Nicola Yoon, Ashley Woodfolk & Tiffany D. Jackson 6/22
    • Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena *sequel* 6/22
    • Darling by K. Ancrum 6/22
    • Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza *MG* 6/22
    • Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta 6/29
    • The Chariot At Dusk by Swati Teerdhala 6/29
  • July
    • Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim 7/6
    • This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron 7/6
    • Josephine Against The Sea by Shakirah Bourne *MG* 7/6
    • Rise To The Sun by Leah Johnson 7/6
    • Summer In The City Of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil 7/6
    • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass 7/13
    • XOXO by Axie Oh 7/13
    • Radha & Jai’s Recipe For Romance by Nisha Sharma 7/13
    • The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison 7/13
  • August
    • The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad 8/3
    • Paola Santiago And The Forest Of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Meija *MG Sequel* 8/3
    • Black Boy Joy Anthology edited by Kwame Mbalia *MG* 8/3
    • How We Fell Apart by Katie Zhao 8/3
    • The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis *sequel* 8/10
    • Me (Moth) by Amber McBride 8/17
    • Redemptor By Jordan Ifueko *sequel* 8/17
    • Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis 8/24
    • Fast Pitch by Nic Stone 8/31
    • Flyy Girls: Tobyn: The It Girl by Ashley Woodfolk *series* 8/31
  • September
    • We Are Not Broken: A Memoir by George M. Johnson 9/7
    • The Bones Of Ruin by Sarah Raughley 9/7
    • Kneel by Candace Buford 9/7
    • The Shaadi Set Up by Lillie Vale *adult* 9/7
    • Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis *MG* 9/7
    • So Many Beginnings: Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Marrow 9/7
    • A Clash Of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix by C.B. Lee 9/7
    • White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson 9/14
    • Battle Of The Bands By Ashley Woodfolk 9/14
    • A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria *adult series* 9/14
    • It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi 9/14
    • Maya And The Return Of The Godlings by Rena Barron *MG Sequel* 9/21
    • Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles 9/21
    • Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman *children’s book* 9/21
    • Room To Dream by Kelly Yang *MG sequel* 9/21
    • Amira & Hamza: The War To Save The Worlds by Samira Ahmed *MG* 9/21
    • The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi *series* 9/21
    • Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee 9/21
    • Birds Of Prey by Ayana Gray 9/28
    • For All Time by Shanna Miles 9/28
    • Steelstriker by Marie Lu *sequel* 9/28
    • The Cursed Carnival And Other Calamities Anthology from Rick Riordan Presents *MG* 9/28
    • Playing At The Border by Joanna Ho *children’s book* 9/28
    • Bright By Jessica Jung *sequel* 9/28
    • The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi *Picture Book* 9/28
    • The Shadow Prince by David Anthony Durham *MG* 9/29
    • The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities Anthology edited by Rick Riordan *MG* 9/??
  • October
    • The Mirror: Shattered Midnight by Dhonielle Clayton *series* 10/??
    • The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi *Picture Book* 10/5
    • Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal 10/5
    • Black Birds In The Sky by Brandy Colbert 10/5
    • Oh No! The Talent Show by Eva Chen *picture book* 10/5
    • Descendants of The First by Reni K. Amayo *sequel* 10/5
    • Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia *MG sequel* 10/5
    • Once More Upon A Time by Roshani Chokshi 10/6
    • Empress & Aniya by Candice Carty-Williams 10/7
    • Santa In The City by Tiffany D. Jackson *Picture Book* 10/12
    • Himawari House by Harmony Becker 10/19
    • Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture by Zeba Blay 10/19
  • November
    • Shuri 3 (Title unannounced) by Nic Stone *sequel* 11/2
    • A Psalms of Storms And Silence by Roseanne Brown *sequel* 11/2
    • Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan *3rd book* 11/2
    • You’ve Reached Sam by Justin Thao 11/2
    • A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney *sequel* 11/9
    • Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood 11/9
    • Skin Of The Sea by Natasha Bowen 11/9
    • Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong *sequel* 11/16
  • December
    • Girl Giant And The Jade War by Van Hoang 12/7
    • Surviving Home by Katerina Canyon 12/??
  • Fall (release date unknown)

So this list is just a start and it will grow! If you know of more books by POC authors, please do share them in the comments! Also, support any indie bookstores that you know of! If you need any suggestions, Let me know in the comments & I will do another post!

Anywaysssssss, start pre-ordering (or pick up if you see this after the release date) and thank me later! Happy Reading and sending Bookish love your way! Feel free to find me on Instagram @bookishgirlmagic or Twitter @bookishgrlmagic for more bookish banter!

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I’m reader who has a fierce love for books written by authors of color & belief in the importance of supporting them!

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