Most anticipated releases of June 2021 | a good month for the sapphics and BIPOCs in both YA and adult fiction | Diversify your reading in 2021!

And there we are yet again! May’s already coming to an end so you know what that means: it’s time to take a look at all those amazing diverse books releasing in June 2021! I’ve looked and I’ve looked and I’ve looked, but more importantly…I found! I have gathered so many books that you can add to your “I need this now“-list, across many genres like fantasy, thriller and contemporary and from YA to middle grade to adult! And the best thing? Every single one of them features some sort of important representation; think BIPOC, LGBTQIAP and other groups that don’t belong to the “default”.

Do remember this list is not exhaustive; I can’t feature every single book even if I wanted to. Plus, I made the decision not to feature any books that don’t have any sort of rep. This list will be the longest I’ve ever done though, so let’s just get into it, shall we?

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Trouble girls by Julia Lynn Rubin
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA contemporary/thriller
Representation: sapphic relationship

Starting off strong with the book that managed to kill me with nothing but its synopsis. Seriously. Wow. It’s described as dark, feminist, hard-hitting, has murder-sapphics, talks about rape-culture, and not to be that person but look at that cover. It’s absolutely everything and I can’t wait to start it! (Also, Google the back of the cover…I promise you won’t regret it.)

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One last stop by Casey McQuiston
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: New adult romance
Representation: sapphic relationship, bisexual and lesbian/Chinese-American main characters

I honestly don’t think I’m mentally stable enough to read a SAPPHIC Casey McQuiston book, but luckily the ever-so-wonderful (lol) Alex is gonna be my emotional support (aka we’re both just gonna scream and cry until we, well, die). This sounds like everything I need to lose all of my sanity.

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Instructions for dancing by Nicola Yoon
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA contemporary/magical realism
Representation: black main characters

I’ve read Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is also a star and totally fell in love with her storytelling. When I heard about this book, I already knew I wanted to read it for that reason on its own, but the concept sounds so good? The touch of magical realism could make for a great story so I’m ready! I’ve also heard people say it’s “so much more than a romance” which can never hurt, am I right?

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The Ghosts we keep by Mason Deaver
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: main character who uses he/they pronouns

I love crying, okay? And it’d honestly be a miracle if this book didn’t make me cry. Described as a book that will rip your heart out only to mend it, I can only add this to my TBR. Like, hello? I’m a sucker for that! I also love that Liam uses he/they pronouns because I feel like we don’t see that a lot! I haven’t read Mason Deaver their debut, but I sure as hell will check out this one!

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The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: Adult historical fiction/fantasy
Representation: Asian/sapphic main character

Sometimes you see a book and you just think “yeah, this really could be a masterpiece”…no? Just me? Well, okay then, but I really looked at this book and got masterpiece-vibes from it so I’m trusting that gut-feeling for sure! Also…historical fiction, an Asian sapphic main character and magic? I am so dead.

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Ace of spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA mystery/thriller
Representation: black/queer main characters,

Okay, okay, hear me out on this one: diverse dark academia thrillers need to be added to the TBR immediately. No doubts, no regrets, just add it and read it. At least, that’s what I do! I read a little preview already and I’m excited to see how this story will unravel because I’ve seen quite a few screaming people. Either way, I’m ready for this to blow me away.

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The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: trans main character, gay relationship

My expectations of books are truly sky-rocketing this month because what? This sounds utterly amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’ve heard people say exactly what I thought when I first saw this book: it’s powerful.

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An emotion of great delight by Tahereh Mafi
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: Muslim main character

I love Tahereh Mafi so much and this sounds like it will leave me with the big sad. I mean, when the title is this you just know it will be hard-hitting. And that’s what I like in my contemporaries! I guess what I’m trying to say here is…Tahereh Mafi can emotionally destroy me ANY DAY!

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The Darkness outside us by Eliot Schrefer
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA science fiction
Representation: gay relationship

Hmmm, okay so, gays on a space ship? Yeah, I’m gonna need that. I’ve heard amazing things about both the scifi and romance aspect of this book so I don’t think I’m gonna be able to resist it! I truly want to read more scifi and this has high-stakes, a gorgeous cover and diversity. Bold of you to assume I will pass on that.

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The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: sapphic relationship

I’m starting to think I really, really like lists in books because when I heard what this was about, I kinda (really) started craving this book. Make it sapphic and I’ll be begging for it…which I am, lol! Though I haven’t seen anyone talk about it yet, I’m just hoping this will make me cry while filling me with hope.

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Dare to live, dare to love by Nicole C. Moon
Release date: June 1st 2021
Genre: Adult romance
Representation: bisexual main characters

Okay this was not planned but…here’s another book with a list? Yeah, I’m definitely starting to see a pattern here. Anyway, this sounds really cute and I kinda love stories where workaholics are shown they have to take care of themselves more. I don’t know, they just have something to them! I can’t wait to see where this book goes!

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The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Release date: June 8th 2021
Genre: Adult fantasy
Representation: Indian main characters, sapphic relationship

Oh. This one’s gonna become an obsession of mine, isn’t it? We have Indian sapphics which is already amazing on its own, but it also has so much more! I mean: revenge, betrayal and is described as a very layered story, to name some things. I can’t wait to see how Tasha Suri tells this story!

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We can’t keep meeting like this by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Release date: June 8th 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: Jewish and Muslim main characters

This sounds (and looks) absolutely adorable and I need it! After hearing so much amazing things about the author’s work, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna cave and read this one. We have enemies to lovers across a summer of weddings and I’m absolutely digging it, sorry not sorry! Also, Jewish rep! We love to read it (…get it? I’m trying okay)!

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Girls at the edge of the world by Laura Brooke Robson
Release date: June 8th 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: sapphic relationship

The title would’ve been enough to be honest. Two girls fall in love while the world is on the brink of falling apart? Yes, exactly what I need! For some reason, no one really seems to be talking about it so I will just scream over it for hundreds of people at once, I guess. Because this? This sounds amazing!

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The Wolf and The Woodsman by Ava Reid
Release date: June 8th 2021
Genre: Adult fantasy
Representation: Jewish main characters

More Jewish rep, but this time in a fantasy! I’m so ready for this book though. It sounds really atmospheric and is another story that just has that masterpiece-potential! And though it might be Ava Reid’s debut novel I’m already pretty sure I will read anything they write because of the concepts.

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Fifteen hundred miles from the sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Release date: June 8th 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: Latinx/Chicanx/Mexican-American and Vietnamese-American main character, gay relationship

As someone with lots of internet friends, I really like to see those in books, too! This book features an online crush and I don’t know, the synopsis already made me relate to it a lot. I can’t wait to actually read the story and probably cry to it a bit, lol!

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Fire with fire by Destiny Soria
Release date: June 8th 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: biracial (Latinx/white)/bisexual main characters

Sister dynamics. That’s it. That’s all I need to read a book. Okay but I don’t know, it just attracts me for some reason? Sibling dynamics in general actually! Add some fantasy and dragons and I’m absolutely in! This sounds epic and I can’t wait to see the complicated relationships…

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Love & other natural disasters by Misa Sugiura
Release date: June 8th 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: Japanese-American, Taiwanese-American and lesbian main characters

I might not have read the author’s It’s not like it’s a secret yet, but I really like the catch this has on the fake dating trope. Plus, it’s sapphic and has an adorable cover, too! Watch me become a sucker for romcoms soon…

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Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
Release date: June 10th 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: sapphic relationship

What do you mean “the lesbian love story you’ve been dying to read”? Will I truly never get to rest? I’ve been at loss for words ever since I saw this cover and read the synopsis because there’s truly no way to express just how good this sounds. I wanna cry just thinking about it so…June 10th I’m gonna explode.

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Blood like magic by Liselle Sambury
Release date: June 15th 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: black main character

I swear authors are out to kill me, because I almost died from reading this synopsis (again). This is one of the best, most unique and creative concepts I’ve heard of in a long time and I so can’t wait to read all about it! If the execution is half as good as it seems to be, this will blow me away.

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Sisters of the snake by Sarena & Sasha Nanua
Release date: June 15th 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: Asian main characters

Sister dynamics!!! Yeah, here I go again, but come on! It does sound really good and would you look at that cover…I really don’t know exactly what to expect from this but I do know I have high expectations, lol! “Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies”? Hit me with it now.

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Indestructible object by Mary McCoy
Release date: June 15th 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: sapphic relationship (and a bisexual main character?)

I would do a keyboard smash but maybe that’s not exactly professional (not that I am…), but just imagine one here, okay? Can we talk about this though: a podcast that delves into the love stories around them. Just saying a podcast would’ve been enough, but now I really do need this!

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The Lady or The Lion by Aamna Qureshi
Release date: June 22nd 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: Pakistani main characters

Forbidden love, court intrigues and Pakistani inspired? I haven’t heard lots of people talk about this, but those who do say it’s a must-read, and I can definitely imagine why! Always gotta love strong characters and a unique concept, am I right?

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Violet ghosts by Leah Thomas
Release date: June 22nd 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: trans main character

OKAY…I see what you did there, Leah Thomas. A trans boy and his ghost best friend, or maybe more? I read the author’s debut Because you’ll never meet me a pretty long time ago and I’m really excited to see how this story will be executed! I’m hoping it will involve me crying…

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Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon
Release date: June 22nd 2021
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: black main characters (and queer main characters?)

This sounds so, so, so perfect. Like…wake me up please? I’m an absolute sucker for novels in which different stories somehow intertwine and collide and I really can’t wait to see how these authors are gonna do that! Either way, I’m waiting!

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Darling by K. Ancrum
Release date: June 22nd 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: black and bi/ace main characters

A Peter Pan retelling that sounds really twisty is exactly what I need, to be honest! If I can trust some of my Goodreads friends, I’m truly not ready for this story…Will that stop me from begging for it? Absolutely not! I can’t wait for this book to end my life!

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The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill
Release date: June 26th 2021
Genre: adult fantasy
Representation: sapphic relationship

Greek mythology but sapphic? Greek mythology but sapphic? GREEK MYTHOLOGY but SAPPHIC? Can you imagine the chaos I am right now? I’m hoping to start this in a few days because, yes, I got an arc waiting for me! Can’t wait to read it and share all my thoughts with you!

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This poison heart by Kalynn Bayron
Release date: June 28th 2021
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: black main characters, sapphic relationship

Have I read Cinderella is dead? No. Do I own it? Yes. How long has it been left unread? …No comment. Kalynn Bayron is absolutely killing it with the concepts though! Cinderella is dead definitely keeps my expectations high, but so does This poison heart! Let’s hope Kalynn Bayron can become one of my new favourite authors soon!

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Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
Release date: June 28th 2021
Genre: YA science fiction
Representation: Asian main characters, sapphic relationship

Zoe Hana Mikuta said this is, at its core, a found family book and I think we should all just thank her. This book just seems to have so much to it and after the preview, I need it! I also might be really in love with the author and her chaos but that’s just a side note…anyway, sapphics yay!!!


Took me a few days, but here we are! As always, I really hope this post was helpful for you and that I got some diverse books on your radar! I already know this month is absolutely gonna kill me emotionally and financially…either way! I can’t possibly pick a book out of this list that I need the most, so have three: One last stop, Blood like magic and Afterlove! But what about you?

28 thoughts on “Most anticipated releases of June 2021 | a good month for the sapphics and BIPOCs in both YA and adult fiction | Diversify your reading in 2021!

  1. birdie!! oh my gosh i have no idea but wordpress suddenly removed my following from your blog, ugh sorry about that :(( but this is such a lovely list with so many to add to my tbr!! i’m excited for an emotion of great delight and blood like magic in particular, great post! ❤

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  2. omg birdie! one last stop, and gearbreakers are both SO good, i love them both with all of my heart! i also have ARCs of the jasmine throne and love & other natural disasters, so i can’t wait to get to both of them soon! i love this post 💖💖

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