Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2021

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m beyond excited for all of these books.

Yes, I know that all I’ll be doing on September 7 is reading based on how many of these titles come out then. LOL!

1. The Bennet Women by Eden Appiah-Kubi 

Publication Date: September 1

Why: It’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. How cool is that?


2. Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1)  by Jay Kristoff 

Publication Date: September 7

Why: I love stories about scary vampires, and this one definitely seems like it fits the bill.


3. The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

Publication Date: September 7

Why: This looks like a nice blend of mystery and dark fantasy.


4.We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson

Publication Date: September 7

Why: Coming-of-age novels are the perfect thing to start September off with if you ask me.


5. Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero  by Saadia Faruqi 

Publication Date: September 7

Why: It’s hard to believe that we’ll be observing the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this year. I’m curious to see how this book handles that topic, especially for readers who weren’t alive then or weren’t old enough to remember it.


6. Mary, Will I Die? by Shawn Sarles 

Publication Date: September 7

Why: The idea of Bloody Mary freaked me out when I was a kid! I want to know why these characters were brave or foolhardy enough to try to summon her.


7. To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames  

Publication Date: September 7

Why: Ghost stories are the best, and this one looks particularly fun.


8. Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker  

Publication Date: September 7

Why: I’m ready for a love story set during Covid-19 lockdowns. Do you all feel the same way?

9. The Shaadi Set-Up  by Lillie Vale 

Publication Date: September 7

Why: Online dating can be so complicated. I like reading books about characters who must navigate it.


10. A Lot Like Adios  by Alexis Daria 

Publication Date: September 14 (Look! We finally moved past September 7. Haha!)

Why: I don’t normally read many romance novels, but I do like the second chance trope. After the 2020 and 2021 so many of us have endured, I’m in the mood for happily ever afters for everyone.


  1. Great list! I really like the sound of The City Beautiful.

  2. I think I might read one or two lockdown stories, especially when we are looking back on it, not living it. I’m looking forward to Empire of the Vampire too.

  3. I can’t waitttt for Empire of the Vampire!! Dying to read that!!

  4. The City Beautiful is one that I really want to read too!


  5. YUSUF AZEEM is not a hero sounds excellent. I need to add that one to my TBR pile. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Happy TTT!


  6. Awww, I just love the cover of Hello (From Here)… though I’m SO DONE with everything related to lockdowns. ?

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday list this week.

    • Isn’t it the best?

      And no worries there. I know plenty of people who have no interest in reading about Covid-19 or lockdowns. 🙂

  7. A Lot Like Adios is on my list too! And I’m also looking forward to Empire of the Vampire. Hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

  8. I’m really excited to check out The City Beautiful, and that cover for To Break a Covenant is really catching my eye.

  9. So many gorgeous covers! I hope you enjoy them!

  10. I’m super excited for A City Beautiful!

  11. Mary, Will I Die? looks very interesting. Bloody Mary was very popular when I was a kid, so I am very curious. Hope you enjoy these!

  12. I’m so excited for Empire of the Vampire!!

    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

  13. The Shaadi Set-Up is on my list too! Happy reading! ?

  14. I’m usually not someone for retold stories but I might get weak with the Bennet women. Reminds me of the movie “Bride & Prejudice” where the story takes place in modern India. Absolutely great. If you haven’t seen it, I can highly recommend it.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • You’re welcome. “Bride & Prejudice” does sound like a good film for sure. I’d never heard of it, so thanks for the recommendation.

  15. The Bennet Women sounds so interesting! And I’m excited for A Lot Like Adiós too! Great list!

  16. Ooh these are great! A few are on my list, like To Break a Covenant and City Beautiful, but then there are some new ones which definitely sound great, like The Bennet Women! I have to check some out, thanks for putting them on my radar, and I really hope you enjoy them!

  17. I haven’t looked too carefully at Alexis’ book but her bright covers make them stand out! I’ll have to take a second look see. 🙂 Appreciate you guys visiting Finding Wonderland; thanks!

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