Technically, my most anticipated release of the year is Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee, which according to goodreads will came out on June 9th. However, since it still doesn’t have a cover and might have been pushed back, I’m not including it on the list.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
New book by a favorite author! Can’t wait to see what they’re up to with what’s probably the most fantasy-like book they’ve written so far, and can’t wait for the overwhelming feelings this will no doubt bring. Dancing fever! Prejudice! Queerness! This is probably going to be intense.
Stormsong by C.L. Polk
The sequel to one of my favorite books of 2018, Witchmark, is finally going to get there, and it will be F/F. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I also really need to remember to reread Witchmark, I miss those characters a lot.
Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
Also a companion/standalone sequel, to The Boneless Mercies, which was another favorite of 2018! I usually like companion sequels more than direct ones, so I have high hopes for both this and Stormsong. By the way, I can’t believe that I didn’t even know there was going to be a sequel until a month ago.
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
…I promise this list won’t completely be sequels. Anyway, this is the only direct sequel on the list, and I know that there’s a high probability it’s going to destroy me.
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
See? Not a sequel. On here because I’ve heard it’s gay and it has necromancers, and as someone who will always be there for sapphics, resurrections, and bad decisions, this sounds like everything I’ve ever wanted.
The Damned by Renée Ahdieh
Companion sequel to The Beautiful, prettiest cover of 2020, I’m not sure what it will be about but I’m sure it will be decadent and slow-burning and have just enough Catholic-trauma undertones to hit me in the face but not enough to make it unreadable. At least I hope.
Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
YA contemporary usually doesn’t end up in lists like these for me, because I don’t feel strongly about it often – but this being about a queer girl with anxiety, and being about what it means to be a Real Teenager when most of the typical teenage experiences don’t seem to apply to your life makes it relevant to me, even though I’ve just turned 20. I know the feeling and want to see how this book deals with it.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
So she returns to verse! The premise of this one involves a plane crash and sisters reconnecting and… it’s just going to be a lot, I know.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
After loving every moment of Girls Made of Snow and Glass in 2017, I’m so glad this is coming out. Every person I know who has read it loved it, so I have high hopes; the cover is gorgeous and doesn’t look like the Book Snake™; and also, Persian mythology?
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
So, this is being promoted as an F/F villain romance, and… that’s all I’ve ever wanted in my whole life? I hope it isn’t a misleading description, because no premise will ever appeal to me more. And apparently it’s also a retelling of a Scottish tale? I can’t wait.
Are you anticipating any of these?