Top Ten Tuesday

Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2021

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Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

How are we mid 2021 already? I swear I just celebrated New Year like yesterday?

Anyway, it’s time to look forward toward the second half of 2021! And well, looks like I’m mostly looking forward to a whole lot of romance books, with some fantasy in between. Which is okay with me!

XOXO by Axie Oh

release date: July 13th

A cellist and a k-pop member fall in love. A South Korean setting. I mean, yes, this sounds like my kdrama dreams made real.

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

release date: September 7th

That pretty cover, the comparison to Red White and Royal Blue, AND a reality dating show plot? YES PLEASE!

A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria

release date: September 14th

I loved Alexis Daria’s You Had Me At Hola, so I am of course super excited for her newest release! Plus the author said this new book has fake dating, fanfic, forced proximity, so what more could I really want?

Under The Whispering Door by TJ Klune

release date: September 21st

If you’ve been reading my blog, it’ll be no surprise that The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is pretty much my most beloved, most favorite 2020 read. And Under The Whispering Door sounds like another amazing, fantastic and emotional read. I expect heartbreak, yes, but I also expect warmth and happiness and a feeling of contentment after reading this book.

The One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie

release date: September 24th

So, my favorite author is writing a series featuring my favorite character from her previous series? OF COURSE I’M SUPER EXCITED! I can’t wait to dive back into the Guild Codex world and discover more of Zak’s story.

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

release date: September 28th

This book is described by the author herself as “medieval Venom starring a nun and a ghost. It’s about a girl training to be a nun who awakens an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic, and becomes a Joan of Arc type figure as she wields its power to battle the undead.”
And I am here just like SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! Also, are we September yet?

Dark Rise by C.S Pacat

release date: September 28th

Honestly, I’m not even sure what this is about, but I love C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince series AND her Fence comics so much that I’m certain I will love this new m/m fantasy as well!

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

release date: October 5th

Described as “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word” and also “three scorned witches who make a vengeance pact to take down the asshole warlock who broke their hearts at different times… only two of them fall for each other instead” = me in love already.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

release date: October 5th

An adult rom-com featuring a witch who discovers a bad breakup ritual she did nine years ago might have actually worked, when her ex-boyfriend returns to town and things go haywire. I mean, this already sounds good, but then the author described it as Hocus Pocus, but adult so HI, I’M IN!!!

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

release date: October 19th

Even though I’ve never been to a Renaissance Faire myself, I would LOVE to be able to experience it some day. But until then, this rom-com series is a pretty good warm-up! I am super excited for the third book in the series, because it will feature Mitch and April and I’ve kind of been shipping these two since book one.
And also, how awesome is it that this series is going through all my favorite romance tropes? We’ve had enemies-to-lovers and pen pal romance and now the time has come for FAKE DATING. I am so ready.
Also, kilts!

All The Feels by Olivia Dade

release date: October 26th

Ever since I read Spoiler Alert, which was a wonderful rom-com, I’ve been highly anticipating Alex and Lauren’s book. And now the cover and blurb are here and I’m even more excited!
ADHD rep + Body positivity + Fanfiction + Hate to love = I need it now!

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

release date: December 7th

A queer boy band romance. My hidden inner boy band stan is screaming.
My inner shipping fangirl is screaming. Let’s face it, I am just a big pile of mush for this book already.

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Tell Me:
Are you anticipating any of these releases?

Lindsey xoxo

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  1. I’m excited for xoxo too!!! 😍

    1. It sounds like such a fun read 🙂

  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I think we’ll have at least four in common today! And I already preordered a special edition of Vespertine 😉

    1. Ooh a special edition of Vespertine sounds so lovely!

  3. I’ve got almost all of these on my TBR! Can’t wait for these new releases!!!

    1. Me neither, it looks like it’s gonna be a great second half 🙂

  4. Great list! Under the Whispering Door and Vespertine both made my list this week, too. I’m looking forward to Well Matched and I love the cover of Dark Rise!

    1. Thanks! Hope we’ll both enjoy these books!

  5. I’m very much looking forward to Under a Whispering Door! Happy reading! My TTT

    1. Me too, it sounds so good!

  6. I really should get round to reading The House in the Cerulean Sea, everyone seems to adore it.

    1. It’s one of my absolute favorites, so I’d definitely recommend it 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy!

  7. A Lot Like Adios sounds like a great read!

    1. It does sound so much fun!

  8. Under the Whispering Door has been on so many lists this week! Hope you like it.

    My post:

    1. Let’s hope it’ll live up to all that hype 🙂

  9. I hope you love them all! I need to read a TJ Klune book someday and find out what the hype is about.

    1. Thanks! I only read one TJ Klune book so far (Cerulean Sea), but I absolutely loved it!

  10. The Ex Hex! What a great title! Am going to have to add that to my list now.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    1. It does sound so good! Hope we’ll both enjoy that one!

  11. Great list for the last half of the year!

    1. I’m definitely looking forward to it!

      1. 🙂

  12. masterspj says:

    I’ve added The Ex Hex and Payback’s a Witch to my TBR.

    Here’s my post:

    1. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

  13. Looks like you’ve got some fun reading ahead of you. Enjoy!

    Happy TTT!


    1. I definitely do 🙂 Thanks!

  14. Stephanie - Bookfever says:

    Yesss Vespertine! I’m also can’t wait to read that one.

    1. Me neither, it sounds amazing!

  15. I’m also excited for The Whispering Door and Well Matched. I hope we both love them.

    1. Me too! They sound so good!

  16. Well Met looks really good! My TTT

    1. It does sound like such a fun read!

  17. Great list! Under the Whispering Door is on mine too. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. Under the Whispering Door sounds so good, I can’t wait for it either!

  18. Vespertine was on my list this week too!
    My TTT:

    1. I’m so looking forward to Vespertine!

  19. XOXO by Axie Oh seems cute!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday list this week.

    1. It does seem super cute indeed!

  20. I’m excited for so many of these as well, especially Under The Whispering Door, Vespertine, and Well Matched.

    1. It’s gonna be a great second half of the year!

  21. “XOXO” looks cute and I’m always and forever curious about a fun romance novel. 🙂 Thanks so much for the visit to Finding Wonderland last week.

    1. Yay, hope you’ll like XOXO if you decide to try it 🙂

  22. Lauren Becker says:

    The Charm Offensive and If This Gets Out are two that I really want to read!


    1. They both sound so good!

  23. Under The Whispering Door was on my list, too! I absolutely can’t wait for it. I love the cover for The One and Only Crystal Druid!

    1. Under The Whispering Door just sounds so, so good! And Annette Marie covers are always so gorgeous <3

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