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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • 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
    • 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
    • American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar 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
    • Bruised by Tanya Boteju 3/23
    • The Unbroken By C.L Clark 3/23
    • Descendants of The First by Reni K. Amayo *sequel* 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
    • 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
    • Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart 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
  • 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
    • Somewhere Between Butter & Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp 5/6
    • Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova *sequel* 5/11
    • Where The Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass 5/11
    • The Other Side Of Perfect by Mariko Turk 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
    • Sister of the Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai 5/25
    • Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean 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
    • Of Princes And Promises by Sandhya Menon *series* 6/8
    • Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria 6/8
    • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri 6/10
    • 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
    • Blackout: Anthology editted by Dhonielle Clayton 6/22
    • Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena *sequel* 6/22
    • Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta 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
    • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass 7/13
    • XOXO by Axie Oh 7/13
  • August
    • The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad 8/3
    • The Sisters of The 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
    • Psalms of Storms And Silence by Roseanne Brown *sequel* 8/31
    • Fast Pitch by Nic Stone 8/??
  • September
    • Maya And The Return Of The Godlings by Rena Barron *MG Sequel* 9/21
    • Birds Of Prey by Ayana Gray 9/28
  • October
  • November
    • A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney *sequel* 11/9
  • December
  • Fall (release date unknown)
    • The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi *Picture Book*

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!

Published by bookishgirlmagic

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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