My Most Anticipated Diverse June 2021 Releases

Good morning bookish family! Today I’m sharing with you my monthly diverse book releases that I’m looking forward to! There are so many good books coming out in June it was so hard to choose, but these are the ones that I’m most excited about. Make sure to pay attention when reading, because there are some pre-order goodies for you to get your hands on for free if you pre-order some of these books! How exciting!

Plus, as always we need more diverse books, so you can expect all of these books to be diverse in some way. Really, you can always expect that from me, so if this isn’t enough, browse around my blog some more!

If you’re looking to window shop this list all in one place, you can check out my bookshop list that accompanies this post here.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Quick Take

Anonymous texter, Aces, brings students’ dark secrets to light in this thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism.

  • 🎢 Thriller
  • 💥 Dramatic Ending
  • 🏳️‍🌈 Queer MC
  • 💫 Atmospheric

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Why pick up this book?

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is the creator of a writing mentorship program called Avengers of Color, which aims to help unagented writers of color with writing, querying and publishing process. Check out the successes of this program here!

release date: June 1, 2021

Pre-Order Campaign: If you order before May 31st, 2021 at 11:59pm ET, you will receive a free character art print set and a signed bookplate. Submit your proof here: US & Canada, international pre-orders, email proof of purchase to marketing@usborne.co.uk and include your mailing address in the email.


Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Quick Take

Evie mysteriously gains the ability to see visions of people’s entire relationships, and after seeing them all end in heartbreak, she has stopped believing in love. Until she meets X.

  • 💕 Rom Com
  • 🔮 Magical Realism
  • 🍃 Easy Reading
  • 😭 Emotional

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Why pick up this book?

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Both her novels have been made into major motion pictures.

release date: June 3, 2021


Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

Quick Take

Elfreda will do anything to avoid continuing the horrific and gruesome bloodline of the Sisterhood of Aytrium. Even trust a mysterious cabal that convinces her to rise the ranks to fight from the inside.

  • 🏳️‍🌈 Bisexual MC
  • 💀 Dark Content
  • 🩸 Gore
  • 💭 Speculative Fiction

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Why pick up this book?

Kerstin Hall is a writer and an editor in Cape Town, South Africa. Her short fiction has been published by Strange Horizons, and she is a first reader for Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She enjoys photography, giving her a special artistic touch for descriptive visuals. You can view her art on her website.

release date: June 22, 2021


Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia

Quick Take

Louise is just trying to live a normal life, when a Black girl shows up dead in front of the cafe she works at. After she ends up arrested, she is given an ultimatum: help solve the case, or let the judge make her into an example.

  • 🔎 Cozy Mystery
  • ✒️ Debut Author
  • ⏱️ Fast Paced
  • 📜 Historical Romance

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Why pick up this book?

Nekesa Afia is also a dancer, and her love for dancing shines through her writing. There is a rhythm, leaps and turns to this beautiful debut novel. Her love for musicals has given her the ability to write lyrical and musical prose to go really create the comforting feeling of a cosy mystery.

release date: June 1, 2021

Book club reads?: Check out this book club reading kit to go along with this book. This is a huge reason you should read this with your local book club! Here is the kit.


Sisters of the Snake by Sasha and Sarena Nanua

Quick Take

Princess Rani longs to escape her gilded cage, and Ria, a street urchin, is just trying to steal enough to survive. But everything changes when they cross paths, because they are unmistakably identical.

  • 👭 Sister Authors / Sister Bond
  • ✂ Retelling
  • 🛸 Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 🌏 Indian Rep

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Why pick up this book?

Sasha and Sarena were born on Diwali, ten minutes apart (which is so cool, I had to add this bit!). They’ve been writing books together since they were 9 years old, and graduated from college together in English and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto. The pre-release praise for this book has been so strong, it has been featured in TeenVogue, Buzzfeed, Book Riot, Publishers Weekly, CBC Books, and more.

release date: June 15, 2021

Pre-order campaign: Each pre-order will receive (while supplies last): Digital annotation of the first 4 chapters, 1 double-sided SOTS bookmark, 1 snake postcard print, 1 signed bookplate (for hardcover/paperback copies only). Plus there’s more! Check out how to enter and see more here.


The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Quick Take

In this “fiercely and unapologetically feminist tale of endurance and revolution set against a gorgeous, unique magical world” (S. A. Chakraborty), two women—a long-imprisoned princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic—come together to rewrite the fate of an empire.

  • 💀 Dark Content
  • 💪 Feminist
  • 😭 Emotional
  • 💖 Queer Romance

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Why pick up this book?

Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology. She has won the Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) Award from the British Fantasy Society and has been nominated for the Astounding Award and Locus Award for Best First Novel.

release date: June 8, 2021


The Tangleroot Palace: Stories by Marjorie Liu

Quick Take

Marjorie Liu’s first short fiction collection is an unflinching sojourn into her thorny tales of love, revenge, and new beginnings.

  • ⏱️ Fast Paced
  • 🛸 Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 📚 Short Stories
  • 🏆 Strong Female Leads

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Why pick up this book?

Marjorie Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling novelist and comic book writer. Her work at Marvel includes X-23, Black Widow, Han Solo, Dark Wolverine and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the LGBTQ community. She is also the co-creator of Monstress from Image Comics, which has won multiple Hugo Awards, British Fantasy Awards, the Harvey Award, and five Eisner Awards, making Liu the first-ever woman (and woman of color) to win an Eisner in the Best Writer category. She teaches comic book writing at MIT.

release date: June 15, 2021


The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Quick Take

Jordan Baker is an immigrant, a magician and a socialite. The Chosen and the Beautiful is the American immigrant narrative that Gatsby always should have been.

  • ✂ Retelling
  • 🧭 Immigrant Experience
  • 🎂 Coming of Age
  • 🏳️‍🌈 Queer MC

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Why pick up this book?

Nghi Vo is an acclaimed author of novellas The Empress of Salt and Fortune and When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain. In an incredible two book deal, The Chosen and the Beautiful is her debut full length novel.

release date: June 1, 2021


This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Quick Take

After inheriting a garden from her mother, Briseis tries to bring it back to life with her power over plants, but discovers a world full of secrets that won’t let her rest until she accepts her place as keeper of the Poison Garden.

  • 🛸 Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • ✨ Queer Fairytale
  • 🌳 Family Focused
  • 📚 First in Series

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Why pick up this book?

Kalynn Bayron is working on writing books that are more accessible to everybody. She is the author of best selling novel Cinderella is Dead, and she has also had her short stories published in FIYAH magazine and Midnight & Indigo.

release date: June 29, 2021


Not enough? Here is a quick list of more!

Though those already listed are my most anticipated books coming out in June, there are just so many more books coming out next month! Here is a list of honorable mentions that didn’t quite make it onto my list (so many books, so little time). I hope if you didn’t find something above, you will find something here to add to your ever-growing reading list!

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One Last Stop by Casey McQuinston

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The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

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A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna

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Future Feeling by Joss Lake

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Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

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The Library of the Dead by TL Huchu

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Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

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The Boi of Feather and Steel by Adan Jerreat-Poole

Let’s chat!

There you have it friends! A quick snapshot of books that I am looking forward to. Are any of these on your to-be read pile? Have you added any new books to your list from this post? Let me know!

Is there a book that you’re excited about that isn’t listed here?


All of the books on this list look so good! I can’t wait for these June Releases!