August 2021 Most Anticipated New Releases

Halfway through July, which means it’s time to start looking and preparing August’s new releases! I feel that publishing in August has calmed down just a little compared to the past few months. Which is good because my July reading has been abysmal. I’ve honestly just been binge watching tv and napping the month away. Not that I need anything else to add to my TBR, but I’ve been checking out what’s hitting shelves in August and complied a list of my most anticipated.

As I always do in my ‘Most Anticipated’ write ups, I’m sharing a few that I’m most excited for first. I then separate out new releases by their release date. I don’t go into too much detail on each of the books being released, because we’d be here forever, but you can always click on the image of the book to get more info.

Let’s start with a few August releases, that I have already read.

I cannot stop recommending We Are the Brennans. This debut novel really blew me away. I’m not a huge family drama reader but this one was done so well, that I actually miss hanging out with The Brennans. Highly recommend, and you can see my full review here:


Paper & Blood is the second installment of the Ink & Sigil series by Kevin Hearne. It’s a spin off of the Iron Druid Chonciles, and is filled will hilarious characters and magical adventures. If you are a fantasy reader and are looking for something quick and fun to read, these are for you! See my full review here:


56 Days takes place during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. While it contains an interesting plot and is fairly enjoyable, this book was just a three star read for me. I’m a huge thriller/mystery reader and nothing about this story really WOWed me. Still, I would recommend this for the casual thriller reader. See my full review here:


Now for some reads I’m excited to get to soon.

Two years ago I read a very weird but unforgettable book called Bunny. With a blend of magical realism and horror, Bunny was weird and I loved it. The author, Mona Awad, is back this year though with a new release All’s Well. I just received an advanced copy of it (ARC) and to say I’m excited is an understatement. Mona Awad’s writing though isn’t for everyone and it you don’t like weird stories that may or may not make you feel like you’re on something, than you might want to skip these. I however, think her writing is creative, immersive, and I’m very excited to read All’s Well.

Paula Hawkin’s, the author of The Girl on the Train is back with a new psychological thriller, A Slow Fire Burning. Her new release plus Stephen Graham Jones’, author of The Only Good Indians, My Heart is a Chainsaw, are both so high on my TBR right now. While I have a copy of My Heart is a Chainsaw, I’ve got my fingers crossed A Slow Fire Burning will appear on my doorstep.

There you have my 6 most anticipated new releases hitting shelves in August. Keep scrolling to see a full list of all the books I’m looking forward to in August.

In the coming weeks I will have lots of reviews for quite a few of these August release, so be sure to subscribe to get weekly updates from SPEAKING OF…, and make sure to follow us on Instagram @speakingof_books.

If you need something new to read that is available now, check out some of my most recent Most Anticipated Lists

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I hope you found a book or books that you are truly excited about in this post. Let me know which other new releases you are excited for this month by commenting below or by messaging me on Instagram @speakingof_books. Don’t forget to follow me to get weekly updates and new reviews!

Happy Reading!

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