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Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Up-and-Comers I Want to Read

Sometimes I have real trouble coming up with books to fit the Top Ten Tuesday topic du jour.  Then, a freebie comes along and I blank on that too! Yikes.  Since I don't want to tax my summer brain too much, I'm going to highlight more upcoming releases I'm eager to read.  I did a two-part TTT list on this topic back in March (here's Part One, here's Part Two) that focused on up-and-comers for the first part of the year.  Today's list will feature releases for the second half, although most of these titles come out this summer.    

If you want to join in the TTT fun, click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Upcoming Releases I'm Looking Forward to Reading
(in order of release date)

1.  The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (coming June 8, 2021)—I enjoyed Steadman's two previous thrillers, so I'm excited for her newest effort.  It concerns Mia Eliot, a British actress who comes to Hollywood for pilot season, hoping to land a lucrative, career-making job.  When a fellow actress, whom Mia met only briefly, disappears, Mia is questioned as the last person to see her.  Then, the missing woman reappears, but Mia's almost positive the two women are not the same.  Sounds intriguing!

2.  Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos (coming June 29, 2021)—deVos is another author whose books I enjoy and the plot summary of her newest just makes me laugh.  It's a body-positive YA novel about a group of teens who are forced under mysterious circumstances to attend a weight-loss camp in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Nothing about the situation makes sense, especially not the other campers who seem...not quite alive.  As the teens try to uncover the camp's secrets, they find themselves in a surprising and desperate fight against rabid zombies. 

3.  A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe (coming July 20, 2021)—It's 1954 and Katharina Edgeworth is a wealthy, bored New York City housewife.  When she's recruited by the FBI to be an informant with the job of infiltrating the private world of a man from her past who has become a Soviet spy, it presents a tantalizing chance for Katharina to break free from her gilded cage and do something both exciting and important.

4.  Three Words for Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (coming July 27, 2021)—Two estranged sisters set out on a trip across Europe to fulfill their grandmother's dying wish of delivering goodbye letters to people she once knew.  The duo must deal with their own strained relationship, confront family secrets, and travel in a time and place that feels increasingly dangerous.

5.  The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong (coming August 10, 2021)—This historical novel revolves around a nurse who helps treat premature infants in 1937.  When she hears about Martin Couney's exhibit of the tiny babies at Coney Island, it changes her perspective, putting her in conflict with the doctors for whom she works.  As the mother of two babies born at 29 weeks gestation, I'm definitely interested in reading this dual-timeline novel, which sounds super interesting. 

6.  The Family Plot by Megan Collins (coming August 17, 2021)—Dahlia Lighthouse was raised on an isolated island under the strict guard of her true crime-obsessed parents.  Still haunted by the disappearance of her twin brother ten years ago, Dahlia returns to her childhood home where a gruesome discovery has been made: her brother's body has been buried in her father's plot.  How did his body end up there?  What really happened to Dahlia's brother?  Was he murdered by a serial killer or someone a lot closer to home?

7.  A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins (coming August 31, 2021)—When a man is found dead on a houseboat, three women who were close to him are investigated for murder.  There's not much of a plot summary for this one, but I like Hawkins so I'm in.

8.  Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty (coming September 14, 2021)—Not gonna lie, I haven't been impressed with Moriarty's last couple novels.  I'm hoping her newest is as compelling as the older titles that I have loved by her.  Her latest is another family drama about a complicated family with some very intriguing secrets.

9.  Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan (coming October 19, 2021)—This historical novel is about a young woman who is grief-stricken over the impending death of her beloved younger brother.  George, who is captivated by a newly-published book called The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is desperate to know from whence Narnia came.  Despite her timidity about approaching C.S. Lewis, George's sister does it anyway.  The answer to George's question will change her life, even if it won't save her brother's. 

10.  The Pilot's Daughter by Meredith Jaeger (coming November 2, 2021)—Inspired by a real murder, this one revolves around a would-be reporter who is desperate to find her father, a pilot who goes missing during the waning days of World War II.  When she discovers love letters from a woman who is not her mother among her father's things, she's shocked—and even more desperate to find out where he is.  Can she figure out what happened to the father she loves, but apparently doesn't really know?   

There you go, ten upcoming releases I'm excited to read.  Do any catch your eye as well?  What new releases are you looking forward to bingeing on during the rest of 2021?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!


  1. I'm so curious about Eat Your Heart Out! Zombie books are generally a no-go for me, but it sounds like it might be on the humorous side? I think I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for reviews, and if it's more of a funny book, I might give it a try. ;) Hope you get to read all these soon!

    Here's my TTT post.

    1. From the plot summary, I'm assuming it's a light, funny kind of story. That's what I prefer when it comes to zombie books. I'll pass on all the blood and gore, thank you very much!

      Thanks for stopping in, Sammie!

  2. Ooh, these sound good! The one about C.S. Lewis sounds especially interesting. Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier!

    1. Doesn't it? And that cover is GORGEOUS.

      Thanks for popping in, Nicole!

  3. How did I not know there was a new Liane Moriarty coming so soon? I love zombie books, too, and have been prone to gaining weight all my life, so I've got to get my hands on Eat Your Heart Out, also. We're in the middle of Season 4 of iZombie right now, so only one season left, I think! :(

    1. Considering how popular Moriarty is, you'd think her forthcoming novel would be more widely publicized, but I only heard about it recently. Fingers crossed that it's a good one.

      I love that EAT YOUR HEART OUT is about overweight kids who aren't obsessed with being thin. They're FORCED to go to the camp for nefarious purposes :) It just sounds like a fun plot line.

      Thanks for stopping by, Laurie!

  4. So many to look forward to! I’m always eager for the new Louise Penny installment!

    1. Same! The Inspector Gamache series is one of my all-time favorites, although I admit I'm behind in it. I'm reading the books slowly on purpose, but I might need to speed things up since Penny publishes every year. So many books, so little time...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carol!

  5. Three Words for Goodbye sounds fantastic! I love books about sisters.

    1. I do, too! I have two sisters, so I know all about the drama and fierce love that comes with those relationships :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

  6. I seem to always find a new book to add to my TBR from your TTT posts. Once Upon a Wardrobe looks really interesting!

    1. I'm so glad! ONCE UPON A WARDROBE does sound intriguing, doesn't it? And I'm in love with the cover. So dreamy.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kristi!

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    1. Thank you! I had fun putting it together.

      Thanks for popping in, NickiMags!

  8. A very useful list! I hope you enjoy them ☺️

    1. Thank you! I started reading THE LIGHT OF LUNA PARK yesterday and I'm enjoying it so far. Fingers crossed that these will all be winners for me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Interesting topic. I have never heard of most of those authors, so I'll have to explore what they are about. Always good to find new reading material.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    1. My favorite part about TTT is finding new books and authors to enjoy. I love that all of us book bloggers have such a wide variety of reading interests. It makes this community such a fun place to hang out!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

    2. Definitely. And even if we love different kind of books, the love of books unites us all.

  10. I hope you enjoy all of these books. I tend to prefer lighter reads in the summer, too. :)

    My post:

    1. Thank you! I'm hoping these are all as good as they sound. It's so disappointing when a book sounds excellent and then...isn't.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  11. Susan, I hope you enjoy these new releases when you have chance to read them. I ban myself from looking at new releases, as I have far too much too read already! 😅

    1. Very smart of you! New releases are so distracting. Maybe if the publishers stopped putting out anything new for a few years I could catch up on my already enormous TBR mountain!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jessica!

  12. Argh, Susan you're killing me here, I just added at least 3 of the books off your list, to my wish list. These all sound intriguing. But I'm really drawn to A Woman of Intelligence.

    1. Bwahahahahaha! My evil plan is to make everyone add books to their TBR piles so I don't feel so bad about how big mine is :) I'm glad you found some titles to interest you. A WOMAN OF INTELLIGENCE really does sound so good, doesn't it? I hope we both enjoy it!

      Thanks for popping in, Alexandra!

  13. These all look great! The Light of Luna Park especially catches my attention -- I only recently read another book that mentioned how premature babies in incubators were displayed during that time, and it's such a fascinating subject. Nice list!

    1. Oh, really? Do you remember what the name of the book was? Going through the whole experience of having preemies was terrifying, but I'll be eternally grateful for modern medicine - my boys are alive and well because of it!

      Thanks for coming by, Lisa!

  14. I've seen a lot of people excited about When Apples Fall. I hope you love all of these.

    1. Moriarty has been more miss than hit for me lately. I'm hoping her newest is the latter because I really enjoyed her older books. We'll see.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  15. Wow, great list! I have so many new books to look through and add to my ever growing reading wishlist. Thanks!

    1. I'm glad you found some intriguing-looking titles. I hope you enjoy the ones you read.

      Thanks for stopping in!

  16. Oh no.. oh no, no, no.. I have been so disappointed in Moriarty's latest novels.. I'm not sure if I want to pick this one up but it sounds so intriguing! LOL I didn't even know she had a new book coming out. I might wait and see what others think, like you!

    1. Same! I'm leery about Moriarty's newest, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's more like her older books than her newer ones. I'll definitely let you know what I think when I read it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

  17. The Devos book looks fun! And new Liane Moriarty? YES.

    1. Doesn't it sound like a good ole time? I can't wait! We'll see how the Moriarty one pans out. Fingers crossed it's a good one.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Greg!

  18. Sometimes I blank on freebie topics as well, I try to write down ones when I think of them, so I always have something to go!

    Lots of great sounding historical fiction here, which is right up my alley. And of course, the new Liane Moriarty.

    1. I blank on everything these days! I'm getting old :(

      Historical fiction always catches my eye. I'm a little burned out on WWII books at the moment, so I'm glad that there are some intriguing-looking novels from other time periods coming out soon.

      Thanks for popping in, Bree!

  19. There are a number of really good books on this list! I can't wait to see your reviews so I know what to read. :-)

    1. So far, I've read one of them - THE LIGHT OF LUNA PARK. I didn't love it, but I liked it. I'll post a review eventually :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  20. That cover for DeVos' new book, wow! I just saw Moriarty had a new book coming out. I hope it's better than the last one, because I have enjoyed all her other books

    1. Same. I've liked most of the Moriarty books I've read. It's just the last couple that have been stinkers for me. Fingers crossed that her newest is amazing. Or even just good. Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  21. Your lists like this always make me add books to my TBR!

    1. Oh, good! My evil plan is working :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  22. Ooh, I didn't know Hawkins had another new book. I like Hawkins too, so I'm all in as well! :-) But I also liked the premise for Three Words for Goodbye -- will check that out~

    Thanks for visting my blog earlier. ~Lex

    1. I hope we both enjoy these reads!

      Thanks for popping in, Lex!

  23. Elanor @ Reading At Teatime04 June, 2021 18:03

    I didn't know Liane Moriarty had a new book coming out this summer - I'll have to keep an eye out for that! Great post!

    1. I only heard about it really recently, which is weird considering what a popular author Moriarty is. I hope we both enjoy her newest!

      Thanks for stopping by, Elanor!

  24. Eat Your Heart Out sounds like such a fun read. Hope you'll enjoy all of these!

    1. I agree. I'm excited for it!

      Thanks for coming by, Lindsey!

  25. Ooooo, I am looking forward to the new Patti Callahan book. Great list, Susan.


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