Most Anticipated Summer 2021 Releases

Memorial Day Weekend means that it’s time to break out the beach chair…and our TBRs filled with all the new books coming out this summer! Many of the releases on this list come out in June, but there are of course also a few books coming out this July & August. I may just have to share another updated list in a few weeks, because we all know I’ll be adding more new releases on my TBR this summer. June 1st is a really big release date this year with some titles from some of the biggest authors in the publishing game! 

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid | RD: June 1 

Is any contemporary fan not going to read Malibu Rising this summer? I admit that I’m not dedicating all my anticipated books feels to Malibu Rising – I did enjoy Daisy Jones and the Six , but wasn’t wasn’t in LOVE as so many other readers. I’m hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised and get some backlist TJR feels – I don’t mean for this to turn into a TJR session but I’m finding that I like her old titles more than her new release (which I do enjoy, just not LOVE). Add it on Goodreads 

Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand | RD: June 1

I plan on having an Elin Hilderbrand summer (okay, maybe I won’t literally be going to Nantucket) by diving into her backlist and her June release, Golden Girl. I’m pretty new to Elin Hilderbrand’s work, but this book sounds super unique: a mother of three passes away in a hit-and-run accident but she’s able to watch her kids from “beyond” for one last summer and influence some of the decisions they make. Add it on Goodreads 

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston | RD: June 1 

As I’m sure you’re not surprised to remember or realize, I LOVEEDDD Casey McQuiston’s Red, White, and Royal Blue. I’m going to try and not compare it to One Last Stop, since this sounds like a completely new story. Add it on Goodreads 

The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott | RD: June 1 

I was fortunate enough to read a review copy of The Lucky List (I shared my review on the blog on Wednesday) and this summer contemporary is a must read to have on your summer TBR. Emily takes on her mom’s summer bucket list with the help of her family friend, Blake. As Emily begins to feel more & more like her old self over the course of the summer, Emily and Blake’s friendship begins to develop into something more. Add it on Goodreads

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris |  RD: June 1 

It’s no surprise that I like to read books about books or book-related things, like the publishing industry of course. A thriller meets social commentary, the book follows a Black woman and a fellow Black co-worker at their nearly all-white publishing company and some strange occurrences. Add it on Goodreads 

A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams | RD: June 1

Give me all the books with any kind of wedding synopsis, like A Lowcountry Bride. The book follows Maya, a budding wedding gown designer who returns home to South Carolina to take care of her father and falls in love with the owner of a wedding gown boutique. Add it on Goodreads

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi | RD: June 1 

An Emotion of Great Delight seems to follow a similar storyline as Tahereh Mafi’s contemporary release, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Set in 2003, the book follows Muslim teen, Shadi, who is dealing with a family tragedy, heartbreak, and discrimination for her identity. Add it on Goodreads 

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon | RD: June 8 

I’m always ready for a book with some sort of wedding synopsis, but I especially love wedding books in the summer (weird taste, I know) AND books by one of my favorite authors, Rachel Lynn Solomon. This must-read YA contemporary for the summer follows Quinn, an upcoming college freshman who’s forced to help out her family’s wedding planning business…which includes dealing with her past crush, Tarek. My review for We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This will be on the blog next Friday! Add it on Goodreads

God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney | RD: June 22

God Spare the Girls was a recommendation from one of my favorite authors and bookish Instagrams, Hannah Orenstein. Set in Texas, the book follows two sisters whose family is torn apart when their father, a pastor of an evangelical megachurch, is discovered having an affair with another woman right before one of the sisters, Abigail, is set to be married.I’m even more excited to read this one because I actually won it recently in a Goodreads giveaway! Add it on Goodreads 

Between You, Me, and the Honeybees by Amelia Diane Coombs | RD: June 22

Between You, Me, and the Honeybees sounds like such a unique YA contemporary.The book follows high school graduate, Josie, whose mom is so excited for her daughter to head off to college…but Josie hasn’t yet told her she isn’t going to school and plans on staying in their California hometown to run the family been-keeping business. Add it on Goodreads 

To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne | RD: June 29

Give me all the contemporary romances (especially enemies-to-lovers) this summer, like To Sir, with Love. After losing her father, Gracie takes over her father’s NYC champagne shop, with a corporate executive trying to buy out the store…and that same executive might just be the faceless “Sir” Gracie has been falling for on a blind dating app. Add it on Goodreads 

While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date #6) by Jasmine Guillory | RD: July 13

I LOVED the latest book in Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date series, Party of Two. I think this contemporary romance series is the type of series that gets better & better with each installment, so I’m really looking forward to checking out this Hollywood-inspired installment. Add it on Goodreads

Isn’t it Bromantic? (The Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams | RD: July 20

I highly anticipated the third Bromance Book Club, Crazy Stupid Bromance, last summer, but I’m anticipating the fourth book even more because it follows Vlad and his wife we haven’t met yet in the series. Add it on Goodreads

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl | RD: July 27

I LOVE Sonia Hartl’s YA contemporary, Have a Little Faith, so I am super excited to check out her first adult contemporary romance, Heartbreak for Hire. The main protagonist, Brinkley, secretly works for a company who helps women get revenge on men who have wronged them. Add it on Goodreads 

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy | RD: August 3

I’ve really liked Julie Murphy’s YA contemporaries, so I’m looking forward to checking out her first adult contemporary romance. The book is a Cinderella retelling following a plus size protagonist & set on a reality dating show. Add it on Goodreads 

The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle | RD: August 31

Everyone knows that I love a royalty inspired read, and The Royals Next Door has so many elements that I know I’m going to loveeeeeee. Piper Evans is an elementary school teacher by day, romance reader and podcaster by night. Piper is pretty content with life, while taking care of her mother and avoiding her ex at all costs, when a British royal moves in next door. Add it in on Goodreads

What books are you most looking forward to this summer? Any that I should check out I didn’t include here? Share in the comments! 

4 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Summer 2021 Releases

  1. oooh this is such a well made and comprehensive list!!! i’m particularly eyeing heartbreak for hire, if the shoe fit and the royals next door! the covers are just stunning and super pretty💗💗

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