5 On My TBR #10

5 On My TBR is a weekly meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. Every Monday, we get to read about 5 books that fit the prompt, and this week’s prompt is…

2021 Releases.

Okay, so this one feels kind of redundant for me, because I also do a Can’t Wait Wednesday post every week. However, my list of 2021 releases is rather extensive, so I still have options that won’t conflict with future posts. For this particular post, however, I’m going to be picking 2021 January releases. You may have heard of some of these, but I hope there’s also something new that piques your interest! (Click on the cover picture for a Goodreads link).

Outlawed by Anna North

Release Date: January 5

A feminist western about a childless woman who joins a gang of outlaws rather than be labeled as a witch and executed in her hometown. Of course, The Hole in the Wall Gang have some risky plans, and Ada has to decide whether she’s willing to risk her life for that plan to succeed. I believe Outlawed is a BOTM pick for January 2021, and is my pick for my 2021 A to Z reading challenge.

The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh by Molly Greeley

Release Date: January 5

A piece of historical fiction about the character from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Anne has been drugged with laudanum since infancy, but one day realizes that perhaps her “medicine” is in fact holding her back from realizing her true potential. With a clear mind for the first time in her life, she flees her family home (and her controlling mother) and seeks refuge with her cousin. Na├»ve and innocent thanks to a sheltered, drugged childhood, Anne must learn to navigate London high society. The Heiress is described as “an extraordinary tale of one woman’s liberation.”

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Release Date: January 19

The author of the Binti trilogy returns with a new novella about “the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death.” The summary for this work is so vague! Where Sankofa walks — alone, except for an animal companion — death follows her every tread, and she searches for an object from the sky that will answer her questions about what happened to her. I’m so curious about this one!

The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson

Release Date: January 19

Ships sail across a deep sea of grass and wildflowers, powered by the “hearthfires” in their holds. One day, a hearthfire keeper named Kindred receives the news that her famous grandmother, The Marchess, stepped off her ship and plummeted into the grassy deeps of the Forever Sea. This was not a suicide — The Marchess was searching for answers, and as Kindred begins pursuing those same questions, she realizes that she is willing to sacrifice her ship, her crew, and perhaps even herself to find the answers she seeks.

Wench by Maxine Kaplan

Release Date: January 19

The quintessential tavern wench. Everybody recognizes her, but does anybody truly know her? In this YA fantasy, Kaplan takes on the story of a tavern wench named Tanya who, in a patriarchal world, goes on a quest to petition the queen of her country to allow Tanya to retain ownership of her workplace when her guardian dies. She dodges all sorts of nasty, unscrupulous characters, but has trouble evading a magical feather…

CW: this book contains instances of self-harm. I cannot always put content warnings on my “5 On My TBR” posts, since I haven’t read them yet and don’t know if there will be triggering content. In this instance, the author has provided the content warning in the synopsis.

And that’s it! I hope you found some eye-catching books on this list. What 2021 releases are you most looking forward to? Conversely, are there any that you dread or at least know you won’t be picking up? Let me know!

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