52. Backlist pairings for our most anticipated Spring 2021 book releases

Chelsey and Sara pair brand new and upcoming spring book releases with backlist titles that share similar themes, plotlines, or settings. We haven’t read all of these new releases, so our pairings are based on speculation and best guesses.

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Out in March


Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (Amazon)
Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopero (Amazon)

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster (Amazon)
Nice White Parents podcast
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet (Amazon)
There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset (Amazon)


Brood by Jackie Polzin (Amazon)
My Antonia by Willa Cather (Amazon)
Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unswerth (Amazon)

The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chonda Prescod-Weinstein (Amazon)
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Amazon)
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Amazon)

The Salt Fields by Stacy D. Flood (Amazon)
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Amazon)
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Amazon)


That Way Madness Lies by Dahlia Adler (Amazon)
His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler (Amazon)
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (Amazon)
The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood (Amazon)
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell (Amazon)
Because You Love to Hate Me by Amerie (Amazon)

Lolita in the Afterlife by Jenny Minton Quigley (Amazon)
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov (Amazon)
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Amazon)
Excavation by Wendy C. Oriz (Amazon)
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Amazon)
Living with Shakespeare by Susannah Carson (Amazon)


There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura (Amazon)
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Amazon)


Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Amazon)
Everything Inside by Edwinge Danticat (Amazon)

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce (Amazon)
Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole (Amazon)

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The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
Culture Warlords by Talia Lavin
Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

Out in April


Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi (Amazon)
Snowpiercer by Jaques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette (Amazon)
Stream Snowpiercer or Parasite

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian (Amazon)
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Amazon)


Hamlet by Gillian Flynn
Anything in the Hogarth Shakespeare project


Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin (Amazon)
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (Amazon)
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (Amazon)
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (Amazon)


Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Salfe (Amazon)
Ellen @reading_theend
Life After Life by Kate Atkinison (Amazon)
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore (Amazon)
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab (Amazon)

Out in May


The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel (Amazon)
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Amazon)
Maintenance Phase podcast

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Amazon)
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead  (Amazon)
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead  (Amazon)
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (Amazon)
Amelia Earhart by Doris Rich (Amazon)

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (Amazon)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Amazon)
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark (Amazon)


While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams (Amazon)
The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright (Amazon)

The Guncle by Steven Rawley (Amazon)
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claybourn Johnson (Amazon)
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Amazon)

Out in June 


The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Amazon)
Passing by Nella Larsen (Amazon)
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (Amazon)
Luster by Raven Leilani (Amazon)

1 thought on “52. Backlist pairings for our most anticipated Spring 2021 book releases”

  1. Hello Chelsey and Sara! First, can I just say THANK YOU for these seasonal anticipated books episodes? They are some of my favorites to listen to, even though it’s a little disappointing that I’ll never be able to read all the great books on my TBR. 😉

    In the episode, you mentioned that Gillian Flynn hasn’t written anything since Gone Girl, so I wanted to make sure you knew about The Grown-Up! It’s not a full-length novel, but you both said you love novellas, and I found this one to be very satisfying in a Flynn-esque way. 😉 You can definitely read it quickly before Hamlet comes out to get your Flynn fix. Thanks again for the great podcast!


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