Diverse Book Releases July 2021

Good morning everyone! It’s been three days at work and this job is already kicking my butt, but I’m still going to do my best to keep this blog as updated as possible. I’m actually writing this as I’m walking out for work today, so I just want to say that there are a bunch of books I’m incredibly excited for this month! The ones with the full feature are my most anticipated, but there are even more in honorable mentions at the bottom. I hope you find something perfect for you and what you’re looking to read next month! I appreciate you all for reading and for being patient with me, and still coming to visit while I’m a little (a lot) busier! It means the world to me. ๐Ÿ’•

BONUS: I’ve included a free preorder campaign here! Scroll down to find which book will earn you free stuff when you preorder!

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Upcoming Book Releases

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Quick Take

Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in Shelley Parker-Chan’s She Who Became the Sun, a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

  • ๐Ÿ›ธ Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • ๐Ÿ† Strong Female Lead
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Queer Cast
  • ๐ŸŒ East Asian Rep

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I won this book in a giveaway, so stay tuned for my review!!

Why pick up this book?

Shelley Parker-Chan is an Asian-Australian former diplomat and international development adviser who spent nearly a decade working on human rights, gender equality and LGBT rights in Southeast Asia. In 2017 she was awarded an Otherwise (Tiptree) Fellowship for a work of speculative narrative that expands our understanding of gender.

release date: July 20, 2021

We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen

Quick Take

Dr. Grace Park is not privy to the ships secrets in her role as a psychologist, which becomes increasingly terrifying as the androids start to malfunction and people are falling victim to waking nightmares of paranoia and insanity. Will they be able to get a message home for help?

  • ๐Ÿ’ซ Atmospheric
  • ๐ŸŽข Thriller
  • ๐Ÿฉบ Well Researched
  • ๐Ÿ’ฅ Dramatic Ending

Review | Goodreads Amazon |  Book Depository

Why pick up this book?

Lena’s career has been dedicated to writing. Along with lecturing and teaching, she has worked as a researcher of science fiction; a literary novel judge; a creative consultant; a copy editor; a developmental editor; a game developer and writer; and an assistant editor of the literary publication EPOCH. Her science fiction has won several awards.

release date: July 6, 2021

XOXO by Axie Oh

Quick Take

All cello prodigy Jenny needs to do is get into a prestigious music school, when she meets a handsome and mysterious boy who sweeps her off her feet for an incredible night in Los Angeles… before he disappears without a word.

  • ๐Ÿ’ž Young Love
  • ๐ŸŒ East Asian Rep
  • ๐Ÿƒ Easy Reading
  • ๐ŸŽ‚ Coming of Age

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Why pick up this book?

Axie Oh is a first-generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California โ€“ San Diego and holds an MFA from Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her puppy, Toro.

release date: July 13, 2021

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim, book cover. including book review.

Quick Take

After losing control and using forbidden magic, Princess Shiori and her brothers have been banished and cursed by her stepmother. Together they must try to end the curse and save their kingdom from their stepmother.

  • ๐ŸŒณ Family Focused
  • ๐ŸŒ East Asian Rep
  • ๐Ÿ‘‘ Non-European Royalty
  • ๐Ÿ”ฎ Magic

Review | Goodreads Amazon | Book Depository

Why pick up this book?

Elizabeth Lim is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology (Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk), a New York Times best selling, and a USA Today bestselling author. She is also a film and video game composer and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. Elizabeth graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in music and a secondary in East Asian Studies, and she completed her graduate degrees (MM, DMA) at The Juilliard School.  

release date: July 6, 2021

Pre-order campaign: If you pre-order this book there is free swag for you! Go ahead and fill out this form with your proof of purchase and you will receive a quote bookmark, 4 character cards, a rabbit on the moon sticker, and a print of Shiori and Seryu! This runs until July 11, so make sure to submit before then!


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Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

Quick Take

A compelling novel based on the true story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, who bought her freedom from slavery and became one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

  • ๐Ÿ“œ Historical Fiction
  • ๐Ÿ˜ญ Emotional
  • ๐Ÿ† Strong Female Lead
  • ๐Ÿค” Thought Provoking

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Why pick up this book?

Vanessa Riley writes Historical Fiction and Historical Romance rich with multi-culture and strong sisterhoods. Her books have been reviewed by the AAMBC, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Publisher Weekly, and the New York Times. She holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a MS in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. She also earned a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State University.

release date: July 6, 2021

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

Quick Take

The teenage daughter of a wealthy Vietnamese family loses her way while fleeing her angry father, and a young unhappy Vietnamese American woman disappear from her new home in Saigon without a trace. The fates of these two women, decades apart, are inextricably linked, bound my generations, ghosts and ancestors.

  • ๐ŸŒ Southeast Asian Rep
  • ๐Ÿ˜ญ Emotional
  • ๐ŸŒผ Self Discovery
  • ๐Ÿ“œ Historical Fiction

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Why pick up this book?

Build Your House Around my Body is filled with deep personal familial inspiration. Violet’s mother fled Vietnam following the fall of Saigon in 1975 and was resettled in Texas. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Violet spent a year teaching English in Vietnam on a Fullbright Fellowship and lived in Da Lat and Saigon for the next few years.

release date: July 6, 2021


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Honorable Mentions

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Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev

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Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge

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The Freedom Race by Lucinda Roy

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The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Let’s chat!

โœจ What is your most anticipated July 2021 release?
โœจ Did you find something to add to your ever-growing to-read pile?
โœจ Are you going to get your pre-order swag from Elizabeth Lim!?


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Look at all these incredible books coming out in July! Plus free pre-order swag?! Sign me up!