40 Stunning New Books Arriving in August 2021

I don’t know about you, but this summer has been super busy for me. It’s mostly because of how little we did last summer – we all know why – and we’re making up for all we missed out on during lockdown. But despite all that’s been going on in my life, I always make time to whisk myself away in a new story. This August, there are dozens of new books I’m excited to dive into (and maybe one or two I was already lucky enough to read!).

For this list, I’ve aimed to include a variety of genres and authors. From short story collections to coming-of-age stories, from books set in Namibia and South Africa to tales that take place thousands of years ago, I hope something here will pique your interest! Here are 40 great new books set for publication in August 2021.

Published on August 3rd:

Tracey Lange – We Are the Brennans

Allison Larkin – The People We Keep 

Alexander Veasna So – Afterparties

Kaia Alderson – Sisters in Arms

Carolina de RobertisThe President and the Frog

Christy Lefteri – Songbirds 

Jayci Lee – The Dating Dare

Sara Jafari – The Mismatch

Suzanne Park – So We Meet Again

Sara Nisha Adams – The Reading List

Mary Adkins – Palm Beach

Nafiza Azad – The Wild Ones

Victoria Lee – A Lesson in Vengeance

Megan Abbott – The Turnout

Charlotte McConaghy – Once There Were Wolves

Ash Davidson – Damnation Spring

Ashley Nelson Levy – Immediate Family

David Hoon Kim – Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost

Published on August 10th:

Rémy Ngamije – The Eternal Audience of One

Leïla Slimani – In the Country of Others

Lyndsay Faye – The King of Infinite Space

Suzanne Allain – Miss Lattimore’s Letter

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland – How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe 

Nicola Harrison – The Show Girl 

Sarah Zachrich Jeng – The Other Me

Published on August 17th:

Silvia Moreno-GarciaVelvet Was the Night

Romina Garber - Cazadora

Romina GarberCazadora

Farrah Rochon – The Dating Playbook

Amber McBride – Me (Moth)

Vinod Busjeet – Silent Winds, Dry Seas

Megan Collins – The Family Plot

Lexie Elliott How to Kill Your Best Friend

Catherine Ryan Howard – 56 Days

Published on August 24th:

Lorraine Brown – The Paris Connection

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers – The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

Pat BarkerThe Women of Troy

Published on August 31st:

Helen HoangThe Heart Principle

Freya Sampson – The Last Chance Library

Sasha Peyton Smith – The Witch Haven

Stephen Graham Jones – My Heart is a Chainsaw


And that’s a wrap on my list! What books shown here are you excited to read? What new August 2021 books did I miss? Let me know in the comments!

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