Diverse Book Releases 2021: August Edition

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Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s almost August? Did COVID steal 2021 as well? What is happening? I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe! I wanted to share my most anticipated diverse book releases for August 2021. I hope you find something to add to your to-read pile! If you do, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about it!

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Books Coming Out August 2021

The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams

Quick Take

Ivy’s life is over after a brutal tragedy, and years later she still has little to live for. Until she finds out the name of the person who ruined her happy life, a beloved socialite, and makes it her mission to slowly infiltrate her life and destroy her from the inside.

  • 🎒 Thriller
  • πŸ“˜ Standalone
  • 🎲 Plot Twists
  • πŸ₯€ Flawed Characters

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Why pick up this book?

Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author romance and diverse suspense novels. She has written and published over thirty novels and has a fierce following on Instagram, Facebook, and twitter! Not to mention a fiercely loyal husband who supports her through it all.

release date: August 3, 2021

Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins

Like a Love song by Gabriela Martins, book cover. a sweet fake romance in a YA contemporary. Follow a Brazilian pop star and her fake British boyfriend!

Quick Take

Eye catch After Nati’s boyfriend breaks up with her in public and she becomes a humiliating viral meme, her publicity team plans a way to get her reputation back… a new, and very fake, British boyfriend.

  • πŸ“– Couldn’t Put It Down
  • πŸ’ž Young Love
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Bisexual MC
  • πŸƒ Easy Reading

Review | Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Why pick up this book?

Gabriela Martins is a Brazilian author whose stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology with all funds going to queer people in need.

release date: August 3, 2021

In the Country of Others by Leila Silman

Quick Take

a passionate interracial love story between a Moroccan soldier who fought for France in World War II and a French woman whose fierce desire for autonomy parallels colonial Morocco’s fight for independence.

  • 😭 Emotional
  • 🌹 Historical Romance
  • πŸ“• Literary Fiction
  • πŸ€” Thought Provoking

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Why pick up this book?

Leila Slimani has won the La Mamounia Prize for her previous novel Adele. She is a journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights. She won the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for women’s freedom for leading a campaign to help Moroccan women speak out against their country’s unfair and obsolete laws. She’s the French president’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture & was ranked #2 on Vanity Fair Frances annual list of The Fifty Most Influential French People in the World.

release date: August 10, 2021

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The Mismatch by Sara Jafari

Quick Take

For a young woman who just wants to get her first kiss out of the way, a rugby player seems like the perfect mismatch. But a kiss is never just a kiss…

  • πŸ’ž Young Love
  • 🌼 Self Discovery
  • πŸƒ Easy Reading
  • πŸ€” Thought Provoking

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Okay, this book is out in the UK already, but the US release is August 3. But I couldn’t resist adding it!!

Why pick up this book?

Sara Jafari has been published in gal-dem and The Good journal. She has been longlisted for Spread the World’s Life Writing Prize and is a contributor of essay collection “I Will Not Be Erased.” She singlehandedly runs TOKEN magazine, a literary and arts print magazine featuring under-represented writers and artists.

release date: August 3, 2021

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

the Dead and the dark by courtney gould book cover and review and aethetic

Quick Take

When Logan’s dads force her to suddenly move to their hometown of Snakebite, Oregon, supposedly to do research for their hit TV show, Logan starts to suspect they are researching something darker and much more sinister.

  • 🌳 Family Focused
  • πŸ’– Queer Romance
  • πŸ’€ Dark Content
  • πŸ‘» Supernatural

Review | Goodreads | AmazonBook Depository

Why pick up this book?

Courtney Gould’s specialty in writing is books about queer girls, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and Publishing. She now works in Tacoma, WA and writes love stories to the Pacific Northwest’s inexplicable mysteries.

release date: August 3, 2021

So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

Quick Take

When up-and-coming investment banker Jess Kim gets laid off in a virtual meeting, she returns home and gets set up with a dreamy successful lawyer, Daniel, who helps her set up a cooking youtube channel that goes viral. Suddenly she finds herself with an offer to be bought out by her old company and their new general counsel, Daniel.

  • πŸƒ Easy Reading
  • 🌏 East Asian Rep
  • πŸ† Strong Female Lead
  • πŸ’ž Young Love

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I just recently read Sunny Song Will Never be Famous, be on the look out for that review!

Why pick up this book?

Suzanne Park is a Korean American writer and former stand-up comedian. She was a finalist on Girls Behaving Badly on Oxygen and appeared on BET’s Coming to the Stage. She was also the winner of Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition and a semi-finalist on Stand Up for Diversity showcase in San Francisco. You can absolutely bet her books are hilarious.

release date: August 3, 2021

I Kissed a Girl by Jennet Alexander

Quick Take

Lilah is a young actress dreaming of stardom, so when she gets her first lead role, she knows she’s going to need major help. Noa is a brilliant makeup artist and special effects wiz who has been crushing on Lilah, so when Lilah admits her fears to Noa, Noa vows to do everything she can to help Lilah shine like never before.

  • πŸƒ Easy Reading
  • πŸ’– Queer Romance
  • πŸ“˜ Standalone
  • 🎭 Dramatic

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Why pick up this book?

Jennet Alexander is a queer novelist writing romantic comedies rooted in the wonderful world of performing arts. She “lives for stories about people with passion — for each other, for the stage, the camera, the brilliant and potent act of creation.”

release date: August 3, 2021

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Honorable Mentions

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In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu

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Requiem of Silence by L. Penelope

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They Met in a Tavern by Elijah Menchaca

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The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

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The Left Hand of Dog by SI Clarke

Review coming soon!

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The Archer by Shruti Swamy

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Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurlan

Let’s Chat!

πŸ“š Did you find any books that you want to read next month?
πŸ“š Is there a book you’re looking forward to that didn’t make it onto my most anticipated list?
πŸ“š Which book seems the most interesting to you?


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