The year 2021 is about to end with only 1 month remaining. Here are 10 most anticipated books of December 2021. In this list we have included books from genres like fantasy, thriller, mystery, adult fiction, cultural fiction, young adult, poetry and more.

The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane

10 most anticipated books of December 2021 - The Replacement Wife
10 most anticipated books of December 2021 – The Replacement Wife

This thriller follows the quest of Elisa Wright to find out the deepest, darkest secrets about her brother-in-law. She strongly suspects that he is a murderer. Her hunch is that the mysterious death of his wide and disappearance of his fiancée isn’t an accident. And now he’s dating again – leading Elisa on a trail to delve into her life to ascertain any threat to it.

Immortal Souls by Phoenix Vieira

Immortal Souls
Immortal Souls

This introduction to a fantasy romance series follows a fallen Sun empire. Corvus is the crown princess’s best friend and a threat to the Emperor. When the emperor forbids his friendship with the princess, Corvus plots to overthrow him. Soon the entry of the deadly queen of Sirens throws the duo into hot waters, and what ensues is a forbidden romance fraught with danger.

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

10 most anticipated books of December 2021 - Call Us What We Carry
10 most anticipated books of December 2021 – Call Us What We Carry

Gorman, who read her poem ‘The Hills We Climb’ at the inaugural ceremony of Joe Biden, is out with her collection of poems. Full of themes of ‘identity, grief and memory’ as the back cover calls it, this collection is unforgettable and poignant. It beckons the arrival of a new age with hope, and is an ode to the collective consciousness of the zeitgeist.

Beasts of A Little Land by Juhea Kim

Beasts of A Little Land
Beasts of A Little Land

This debut historical fiction weaves the grandiose story love and war during the Korean independence movement. The chance encounter of a hunter who saves an officer begins a domino effect spanning 50 years. Jade is sold to courtesan house, where she befriends a young boy who will grow up to be a revolutionary. As their lives intersect and divorce, a poignant story emerges.

The Righteous by Renee Ahdieh

10 most anticipated books of December 2021 - The Righteous
10 most anticipated books of December 2021 – The Righteous

The third book in the ‘Beautiful’ series by esteemed fantasy writer Ahdieh is a continuation of the previous. It follows Pippa Montrose as she seeks to find  her mysteriously disappeared friend Celine. On the way, she overcomes danger and meets a potentially dangerous love interest, by the name of Arjun Desai.

The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

The Ballerinas
The Ballerinas

This masterful debut alternates between two timelines – the adolescence of ballerina trio Delphine, Lindsey and Margaux, and present day. In the present day, Delphine comes back to the academy after years at St Petersburg after a devastating tragedy. But soon she discovers that nothing is like before. The book delves into female friendship, ambition, greed and perfectionism.

Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea

10 most anticipated books of December 2021 - Twenty Years Later
10 most anticipated books of December 2021 – Twenty Years Later

In this suspense novel, a TV reporter sets out to uncover a mystery of a 9/11 victim twenty years after the search for it was abandoned. But this victim, Victoria was implicated in a the murder of her lover, and begged in her last phone call that her name be cleared. Now her sister, Emma and TV reporter Avery dive into the investigation, even though Avery’s dark past is at stake.

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

A History of Wild Places
A History of Wild Places

The protagonist of this book, Travis has an uncanny knack for locating missing people based on a single object in their possession. In this book, he attempts to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of a certain Ms Maggie, known for her ‘dark and macabre’ children’s books.

The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

10 most anticipated books of December 2021 - The Midnight Girls
10 most anticipated books of December 2021 – The Midnight Girls

Set in the festive season on a magical icy mountain, two monsters in the guise of young girls vie for the love of the innocent crown price. However, soon they discover that they might just be falling for each other in the process. And all the while, they must keep up their guise lest they lose their lives.

Here’s To Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Here’s To Us
Here’s To Us

In this sequel to ‘What If It’s Us’, Ben and Arthur rekindle their romance even though they’re in happy relationships with their respective partners. Full of gooey romance and an added dash of jealousy, second chances and heartbreak, this seems to be just the holiday romance we need.

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