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50+ Exciting Upcoming & New Book Releases Of 2022

What are the new book releases of 2022 you don’t want to miss? Uncover the most-anticipated 2022 book releases by month and season to take you around the world.

Nothing is better than getting in front of the hype for a new book release. No one wants to be unfashionably late to the party.

But here at The Uncorked Librarian, we also like causing the hype. Reading the “bestsellers” can get a little boring along with seeing the same books on every website.

We are also pretty sure you know how to Google “Reese’s book club” on your own.

Instead, TUL focuses on researching and reading 2022 book releases that are lesser-known paired with some of our favorite authors, big and small.

Sure, some of these upcoming book releases might also hit bestselling charts. Other new books may remain hidden gems. Of course, there’s the occasional bust.

So, with the plethora of new and upcoming 2022 book releases, how do you choose — especially when your time is limited?

The new book releases 2022 promises include some of our favorite authors from previous years including Jennifer Saint, Akwaeke Emezi, Isabel Allende, and Lucy Foley.

We’ve found new books geared specifically toward Uncorked Readers, featuring Agatha Christie, cult fiction, and translated literature.

Many of these upcoming book releases will be perfect for our Uncorked Reading Challenge themes.

Lastly, all of 2022’s new books will inspire and transport you to different lives, times, and destinations. The Uncorked Librarian focuses on books and movies to inspire travel after all.

We’ll frequently update all upcoming books of 2022. Be sure to check back. Let’s get started!

Don’t forget to check out 2021’s newest books that you may have missed.

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Upcoming New Book Releases Of 2022

By Dagney McKinney
With book reviews by month from Christine F.

Please remember that for all 2022 upcoming book releases, publishing dates are subject to change and these are estimated release dates.

*Books marked with an asterisk are upcoming 2022 new book releases and ARCs that we requested in exchange for a fair and honest review or were freely gifted/offered by the author or publisher.

Winter 2022 Book Releases

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

Thriller set on a remote island
Publication date: January 4, 2022
TUL Review (Christine): 4 Stars

Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they are hired by two women to sail them to the remote, isolated Meroe Island.

Once there, the foursome meets a couple and the six new friends explore the island together.

But it doesn’t take long before the cracks in this paradise begin to crack. Not everyone on the island is who they seem and pretty soon one of them has gone missing.

I am a sucker for isolated thrillers, and if you love them too, this should be one of your most anticipated new book releases of 2022!

Read even more books set on islands.

Read Reckless Girls: Amazon | Goodreads

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No Land to Light On by Yara Zgheib

Contemporary drama set in Boston
Publication date: January 4, 2022

This is one of the new book releases of 2022 that will seem all too relevant to a lot of people.

When his father dies, the day before his American visa appointment, young Hadi must leave his pregnant wife Sama and travel from Boston to Jordan for the funeral.

As she waits with increasing anxiety for his return, the couple find themselves stuck in limbo when Hadi is detained at the border.

With a forced separation beyond their control, will their love for each other burn even brighter, or be extinguished forever?

Find even more books set in Massachusetts.

Read No Land to Light On: Amazon | Goodreads

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Wahala by Nikki May

Thriller set in the UK
Publication date: January 6, 2022

Ronke, Simi, and Boo have been friends since they were kids. The three girls bonded over their shared Nigerian-British heritage and have been inseparable ever since.

But now they are adults and life sometimes makes friendship messier.

When a fourth woman infiltrates the group, that’s when the wahala (trouble) starts.

Read more books about Nigerian heritage, history, and culture.

Read Wahala: Amazon | Goodreads

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Romantic fantasy set in Chinese Mythology
Publication date: January 11, 2022

Having fled her home on the moon, young Xingyin must embark on a perilous quest to rescue her mother from the clutches of the Celestial Emperor.

With the help of the Emperor’s son, she must learn powerful magic in disguise, defeat fearsome beasts, and find a way to save not only her mother but also the entire realm.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess is also a strong fantasy audiobook to listen to.

Read Daughter of the Moon Goddess: Amazon | Goodreads

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Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Romantic drama set in London’s Nigerian community
Publication date: January 18, 2022

“Yinka, where is your huzband?” That’s the phrase Yinka hears most often from her Nigerian mother.

Yinka has been single for so long that it’s giving her family and friends a headache, even though she’s saving herself for true love.

But when she needs a date for her cousin’s wedding, it’s time to break out the spreadsheets and find herself a huzband before it’s too late!

Read Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Red Palace by June Hur

YA historical mystery set in 1758 Joseon (Korea)
Publication date: January 25, 2022

After the vicious murder of four women, 18-year-old palace nurse, Baek-Hyeon, is shocked to discover her mentor has been accused of the crime.

Convinced of his innocence, she teams up with police inspector Seo Eojin to prove it wasn’t him.

One of the most exciting upcoming books of 2022, The Red Palace is fraught with tension, danger and, of course, a bit of romance.

It’s also out just in time for March’s bonus reading challenge in 2022 to read a book with a color in the title.

Read The Red Palace: Amazon | Goodreads

January 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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Honor by Thrity Umrigar

Book Set In And About India
Release Date: January 4, 2022
TUL Rating: 5 stars

Thrity Umrigar has always been one of our favorite go-to authors for books about India. For January 2022 book releases, her newest won’t disappoint.

Honor is a story that begs the question of whether or not we can go home again. Umrigar addresses harder topics including poverty porn and the lingering effects of Partition.

Smita is an Indian-American journalist returning to her homeland to help cover a story for a friend.

Smita has not returned to India since her youth — where one tragic and life-changing incident had forced her family to leave and never return.

The story Smita is covering is a heartbreaking tale of love: A Muslim man married a Hindu woman, Meena, in a traditional village where women have no rights and must stay coupled within their religions.

Meena’s Hindu brothers burn alive and murder her Muslim husband, and a civil rights agency is helping her go to court for a case that she is unlikely to win. You always know Meena’s life is in grave danger.

A story about cultures, religion, and love, the narrative will open your heart, tear it to pieces, and attempt to rebuild it in a more enlightened and multifaceted way to see the world.

Powerful and dynamic, this is one of the best upcoming books of 2022. TWs for death, violence, and domestic abuse.

Read Honor: Amazon | Goodreads

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Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

*LGBTQ+ foodie fiction set in Los Angeles, California
Release Date: January 18, 2022
TUL Rating: 5 stars

We couldn’t be more excited to start off the new year with one of the sweetest and sexiest January 2022 book releases, Love & Other Disasters.

Recently divorced Dahlia Woodson knows two things: she feels lost, and she doesn’t want children. Leaving behind her job, she heads to L.A. to participate in a competitive cooking show, Chef’s Special.

There’s a $100,000 prize at stake, and she could use the money and validation.

Not all of the contestants are likable on Chef’s Special — Lizzie, anyone?! — but Dahlia finds herself drawn to London, a nonbinary, pansexual chef.

Dahlia and London start falling in love with each other and themselves while navigating their unsupportive family members. There is cow milking, wedding crashing, and flying tacos.

However, they never discuss what will happen when one of them is kicked off the show — and someone will eventually have to go. Will they stay together?

Love & Other Disasters is perfect for foodie fiction and cooking show lovers. The show mimics some of our favorites including The Great British Bake Off and Top Chef.

Plus, if you are looking for a feel-good story set in California — with sightseeing — Love & Other Disasters will convince you to hop in your car, with the top down, and drive to the beach.

We championed the representation, London standing up to their dad, and Dahlia’s strength to live a life true to herself. Plus, we devoured this one in days; it’s such an easy, steamy read.

CWs: Misgendering, homophobia, nonbinary-phobia, transphobia, sexism, sexual content

Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read Love & Other Disasters: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information

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Fiona And Jane by Jean Chen Ho

*LGBTQ+ short stories set in CA
Publication date: January 4, 2022
TUL Rating: DNF

One of our first DNF 2022 book releases, we were extremely disappointed by Fiona And Jane. A unique short story collection about two women growing up Taiwanese American in California, everything fell flat for us.

The first part of the story is intriguing, as we learn about Fiona and Jane’s childhoods and their parents’ immigration to the United States from Taiwan.

However, as the young women grow up, the lack of plot and hard-to-follow, offsetting, and changing POV made us close the collection about 40% of the way in.

Honestly, we were hoping for an inspiring and multicultural tale about friendship and coming of age. We wouldn’t say the title is poorly written, but the format just doesn’t seem to work.

Overall, Fiona And Jane is a snooze. The Goodreads reviews are quite mixed, as well; it appears as though readers either loved or DNF’d this one too.

If you read Fiona And Jane, let us know your thoughts in the comments. We feel somewhat terrible giving up on it.

However, there are too many more exciting upcoming 2022 book releases that we wish to read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Viking for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read Fiona And Jane: Amazon | Goodreads

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Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rom-com set in Seattle
Publication: January 11, 2022
TUL: 3 Stars

Weather Girl is by far one of the most hyped January 2022 book releases. In fact, we picked up this title because of #bookstagram. Was the hype deserved?

Meet Ari – a neurodivergent, Jewish protagonist with depression. Ari always tries to show her sunny side at work, and if you cannot tell from the title, Ari is a meteorologist.

Growing up with a mom who also has depression yet never accepted help, Ari is determined to religiously see her therapist and take medication, which doesn’t promise all sunshine days but immensely helps.

“Being too much” for a partner is always on Ari’s mind because of her tough childhood and recent breakup with her ex-fiancee.

All of that changes, though, when TV station co-worker, Russell, and Ari hatch a plan to reunite their feuding bosses. Toxic work environments are the worst.

Of course, Russell and Ari start falling for each other in the process, getting sucked into romantic dates.

But, what happens if someone catches them manipulating their bosses and if Russell sees Ari’s stormy side? Will he stick around? Not to mention, Russell has a few well-kept secrets too.

Weather Girl is a sweet and comical 2022 book release that offers insight into mental health. While not our favorite book this year, we can see why others adored it.

Ari and Russell are endearing characters with steamy chemistry. We also need lightning bolt necklaces and themed clothing.

Read Weather Girl: Amazon | Goodreads

More exciting upcoming book releases for January 2022

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The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

Historical mystery set in the UK and Ireland in the 1920s
Publication date: February 1, 2022

In 1926, Agatha Christie mysteriously disappeared for 11 days. No one has ever known exactly what happened during that time or why she took off in the first place.

The Christie Affair seeks to answer these questions by infusing a bit of domestic drama and intrigue – hopefully with a good dose of the classic British wit.

This is likely to be one of the most anticipated new book releases 2022 has to offer for TUL readers who can finally dig into a new Christie mystery.

Read The Christie Affair: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

*Murder mystery & thriller set in Paris
Publication date: February 22, 2022
TUL (Christine) Rating: 3 Stars

In one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming books of 2022, a down-on-her-luck young woman heads to Paris to stay with her half-brother.

But when she arrives, the apartment is unexpectedly lavish, the half-brother appears to be missing, and seemingly everyone has a secret.

Read more about The Paris Apartment on our books set in France reading list. Lucy Foley’s previous book The Guest List was one of TUL’s best books of 2020.

Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read The Paris Apartment: Amazon | Goodreads

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This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

Suspense thriller set in a fictional cult
Publication date: February 22, 2022

Wisewood is a place where guests can focus on true fearlessness. With this, guests at Wisewood can find their “Maximized Selves”.

While at Wisewood, guests are not allowed to contact the outside world. For six months.

Natalie’s sister Kit has gone to Wisewood and disappeared.

But a mysterious email threatening to expose Natalie’s secret has forced her to travel there to rescue Kit in one of the most thrilling new book releases of 2022.

We just loved Wrobel’s Darling Rose Gold.

Read This Might Hurt: Amazon | Goodreads

February 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

Dark academia set in Upstate New York
Release Date: February 22, 2022
TUL Rating: 4 stars

If you are looking for dark academia books for our October reading challenge, be sure to check out Vladimir, one of the most provocative February 2022 book releases.

Travel to New York where an unnamed narrator’s husband is under investigation for sleeping with young women at the college in which they both teach.

Meanwhile, his aging wife becomes physically obsessed with the new tenure-track college professor, Vladimir.

Dry, witty, and engrossing, you will want to hate this book but also find yourself unable to stop reading it.

Vladimir is a story about sex and power, age and academia. Out of all the new book releases of 2022, this one would make for a great boozy book club discussion.

Read Vladimir: Amazon | Goodreads

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Spring 2022 Book Releases

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Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin

Sci-Fi dystopian set around the world, but focused on Kuala Lumpur, England, and the Arizona Desert
Publication date: March 1, 2022

Mei, William, Finn, and Oscar live in a dystopian world where a tech company has the ability to erase people’s memories.

All four have had memories removed for their own reasons and are now living with the repercussions of having these missing spaces in their minds.

Tell Me an Ending is one of the most promising new book releases 2022 has to offer those who love sci-fi worlds gone wrong.

Read Tell Me an Ending: Amazon | Goodreads

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Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

Magical realism fantasy set both in and on a lake
Publication date: March 8, 2022

Bastián and Lore have grown up hearing the stories about the magical world beneath the lake. Lore has seen it, once, and it changed their life forever.

Now the world above and the world below the lake are starting to collide, and Bastián and Lore must work together to save both worlds.

With two non-binary leads, this magical realism-infused YA contemporary novel is easily one of the most exciting new release books of 2022 for young LGBTQ+ readers.

Read Lakelore: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Old Woman with the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo

Crime thriller set in South Korea
Publication date: March 8, 2022

Those looking for exciting new translated book releases in 2022 will want to pick up this South Korean book about a 65-year-old female assassin named Hornclaw.

Her career has been one of precision, ruthlessness and no questions asked – and she isn’t ready to give it up. But one careless slip up puts Hornclaw – and her dog Deadweight – in danger.

Read The Old Woman with the Knife: Amazon | Goodreads

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Jawbone by Mónica Ojeda, translated by Sarah Booker

Horror set in Ecuador
Publication date: March 12, 2022

A nightmarish coming of age tale that follows best friends Fernanda and Annelise who attend a prestigious all-girls school run by Opus Dei.

The girls and their friends spend a lot of time in an abandoned building where it seems childhood games inevitably get out of hand.

Throw in some Lovecraftian horror for good measure and this sounds like it might read a bit like a weird AF fever dream.

If this is your brand of horror, Jawbone should be one of your most anticipated new 2022 book releases.

The book would also work for the Reading Challenge prompt books set in Ecuador, and definitely has some dark academia book vibes.

Read Jawbone: Amazon | Goodreads

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Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian

Locked room mystery set in California
Publication date: March 15, 2022

While working for her father’s Secret Staircase Construction business, Tempest Raj uncovers a body in the walls of the company’s latest building project.

While this is distressing in and of itself, what makes the whole thing more complicated is that the deceased is Tempest’s stage double, and the wall has supposedly been sealed for over a century.

Under Lock & Skeleton Key is definitely one of the more intriguing new release books of 2022.

Read Under Lock & Skeleton Key: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten

Historical fiction set in 1700s Russia
Publication date: March 15, 2022

The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten is a sweeping saga about Elizaveta Petrovna, the daughter of Catherine I and Peter the Great who went on to become the Empress of Russia.

Within these pages, you’ll find romance, political intrigue and betrayal, and real, powerful women from history who challenge gender norms.

This exciting 2022 book release brings to life Russia and the Romanovs. While it is technically a sequel to Tsarina (which is about Catherine I), it can be read as a standalone.

Read The Tsarina’s Daughter: Amazon | Goodreads

March 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

*Women’s fiction set in Italy
Release date: March 1, 2022
TUL Rating: 3 Stars

Positano oozes off of the pages in one of our most-anticipated March 2022 book releases, One Italian Summer. We just loved Serle’s New York City-based time travel novel, In Five Years.

Her newest won’t disappoint readers looking to travel to Italy via their armchair, and there is a little implied time travel once again.

Katy’s mom is her entire world. When she dies from cancer, Katy doesn’t know how she will live without her best friend.

Unsure if she still wants to be married or continue with her current job, Katy takes the trip to Positano that she and her mother had planned. However, Katy was not expecting to see her mom in Positano…

Her mom is 30 years younger, and Katy soon learns that she isn’t as perfect as she thought. How will she move forward and with whom?

For such a heavy topic — the death of a parent — we expected more depth and development. Katy is a bit one-dimensional, and we were slightly underwhelmed by this story.

For a fun and exploratory jaunt through Italy, though, we’d still recommend One Italian Summer.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read One Italian Summer: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Domestic thriller set in Washington D.C. and Maryland
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
TUL Rating: 4 stars

One of the best books coming out in 2022 for domestic thriller lovers, The Golden Couple will have you questioning who you marry and all that you thought you knew about your childhood.

We can’t promise that you won’t start to guess some of the plot along the way – but that’s what makes this one so good.

Plus, it’s a suspenseful slow-burn read with fabulous characterization.

Avery Chambers is an unconventional “therapist” – now practicing without a professional license because of her unusual methods. Avery is also a bit stalkerish – but in a helpful way.

When Matthew and Marissa Bishop arrive on her couch, Avery knows that they are liars. However, she doesn’t yet understand how deep those lies penetrate.

Marissa confesses that she cheated on her husband, and she’s hoping Avery’s 10-themed sessions are the solution. When Matthew learns who the man is, it might just break him.

Not to mention that someone is threatening and attacking the family. Avery must figure out if this is the case of a scorned lover, overeager employee, cold father, or something much more sinister.

For animal-sensitive readers – Romeo the pooch remains unharmed throughout the story (we were worried and needed to know too).

Read The Golden Couple: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

*Paranormal Murder Mystery & Thriller Set In Oregon
Expected Release: March 15, 2022
TUL Rating: 5 Stars

One of our favorite spooky books, The Sun Down Motel first introduced us to Simone St. James. Then, we went back and read dark academia novel, The Broken Girls.

So, of course, The Book of Cold Cases is one of our most-anticipated March 2022 book releases. We are happy to report that this one didn’t disappoint — it was her creepiest novel yet.

During the day, Shea Collins works as a receptionist in a doctor’s office. At night, she is a true crime blogger, fascinated with serial killers since her childhood abduction.

When Beth Greer — the 1970s accused but acquitted Lady Killer — walks into the office, Shea can’t help but dive back into the case, especially when Beth grants her an unheard of interview.

Why is Beth speaking up now? Can Shea solve the mystery of the Lady Killer that left police baffled?

Plus, is Beth innocent, and what the heck is up with her haunted house? Do sexy and cold equate to murder?

The Book of Cold Cases is full of suspense with quite a few twists and turns.

The character depth and development along with the eerie Oregon mansion add to this chilling haunted house book with characters you won’t soon forget.

Who knew paranormal crime novels could be so thought-provoking?

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read The Book of Cold Cases: Amazon | Goodreads

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Nothing Personal For Breakfast by Jennifer Ann Shore

Indie NYC-set novella and romance
Publication Date: March 15, 2022
TUL Rating: 4 stars

For March 2022 book releases that inspire and warm your heart, don’t miss Jennifer Ann Shore’s newest.

Nothing Personal For Breakfast is a feel-good and quick weekend read. This NYC-set novella is perfect, especially if coffee shops, career advancement, and personal growth are your jam.

Gemma and Jack meet at a bar and have a one-night stand – well, that depends on your definition. 

However, there is an undeniable spark that they just cannot resist. 

While Gemma continually pushes away Jack, they somehow keep finding each other – and every time is better than the last.

Will Gemma be able to overcome her past relationship trauma and doubts and let Jack in before it’s too late?

What we most appreciate about Nothing Personal For Breakfast is that the novella allows Gemma and Jack to personally grow before entering a relationship prematurely.

There’s so much power in healing yourself and self-realization before jumping head first into something new – no matter how good it feels. 

And while Gemma and Jack aren’t their careers, they are able to find balance.

Read Nothing Personal For Breakfast: Amazon | Goodreads

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Conversations with People Who Hate Me by Dylan Marron

*Nonfiction Book About Social Media
Release: March 29, 2022
TUL Star Rating: 2.5 Stars

As a podcaster and public figure, Dylan Marron receives a lot of hate messages – so much in fact that he’s created a “hate folder” on his desktop.

After originally letting these messages get to him, Marron tries a new tactic.  He wants to get to know his “trolls” – but should he even call them that?

Marron begins a podcast where he has conversations with the people that hate him, and what he learns is enlightening. 

He already understands that “hurt people hurt people,” but is there more to that (besides a few beers and 1 AM trolling)?

If you are looking for “12 things learned” as the subtitle implies, you will be sorely disappointed though. 

The book is formatted in stories about each of his guests that most impact his thought process. Although there are a few solid takeaways, the style just didn’t work for us. 

We also found the interview and seeming exploitation of a woman who was raped and the person who left her mean comments distasteful. 

This would be one of the 2022 book releases that we’d pass completely on, even though the premise had potential.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read Conversations with People Who Hate Me: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Dark Academia Set At The New York Public Library
Release Date: March 15, 2022
TUL Rating: 3 Stars

The new book releases of 2022 are certainly offering dark academia readers quite a few intriguing and unique titles.

The Cartographers promises a magical adventure – slightly reminiscent of The Ten Thousand Doors of January – set at the New York Public Library.

After the “Junk Box Incident,” Nell’s career is over before it even started.  Estranged from her dad, she learns of his murder through an old colleague and friend.

Why was her father still keeping the map that caused their rift? And, why would someone murder a famous cartographer for a worthless highway map?

Follow Nell’s parents’ past along with Nell’s present-day situation in this fantastical murder mystery.

For March 2022 book releases, The Cartographers is slower-paced and long – the intense abundance of details won’t be for everyone.

However, we can appreciate the friendships formed and academic vigor. Uncover even more books about friends and friendship.

Read The Cartographers: Amazon | Goodreads

More exciting upcoming March 2022 book releases

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Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Heist Thriller set in North America
Publication Date: April 5, 2022

In this suspenseful heist caper, young Harvard student Will Chen is approached by a shady Chinese corporation with an unusual proposition: put together a team and liberate 5 priceless Chinese sculptures from their captivity in Western museums.

As an interesting and exciting examination of Chinese American identity, Portrait of a Thief is perfect for anyone looking for upcoming book releases in 2022 that feel like you’re in a movie.

Read even more books across North America.

Read Portrait of a Thief: Amazon | Goodreads

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Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Historical fiction set in Montgomery, Alabama in 1973
Publication date: April 12, 2022

Civil Townsend is a young nurse hoping to make a difference in her community.

But when she is asked to provide birth control for the Williams sisters, two school-aged Black girls, Civil is left feeling more than a little uneasy.

Based on real events, Take My Hand is about medical abuse and institutional racism in the USA.

It is one of the most anticipated 2022 book releases for lovers of hard-hitting historical fiction and anyone who loves southern books.

Read Take My Hand: Amazon | Goodreads

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Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

Mystery & thriller set in Malaysia
Publication Date: April 19, 2022

Probably one of only a few new book releases of 2022 to focus on Scrabble, Queen of the Tiles follows Najwa Bakri as she enters her first Scrabble tournament since her friend Trina’s death.

Trina was the Scrabble Queen, and she died at this very tournament.

But now that the top spot is free, there are plenty of people vying for her title. Things get even more complicated when messages begin to appear from seemingly beyond the grave.

As Hanna is Malay, this is also perfect for those looking for titles for the June bonus challenge: books by Indigenous authors from a continent other than your own (unless of course, you are from Asia!)

Read Queen of the Tiles: Amazon | Goodreads

April 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

California-Set Book About The 1960s
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
TUL: 3.75 Stars

One of the most talked about April 2022 book releases, Lessons in Chemistry promises a bit of foodie fiction – with a cooking show – and feminism during the 1960s.

Plus, get ready to meet your new favorite dog in literature, Six-Thirty.

Elizabeth Zott refuses to fall victim to the misogyny of the time.  She is a brilliant chemist who repeatedly overcomes sexual assault while her colleagues demean and steal her work.

When Elizabeth falls in love with a top scientist, the judgment grows harsher, and Elizabeth wonders if she’ll ever make a name for herself.

The novel starts with Elizabeth in the present, though – and she’s currently a single mother and cooking show host. 

How did she get here?  And, what can a scientist possibly offer viewers on a cooking show?  The answer: the world.

Uncover more books about the 60s on this list.

Read Lessons In Chemistry: Amazon | Goodreads

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Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close

*Restaurant and family fiction set in Chicago
Publication: April 26, 2022

We loved Empire Falls, and although largely different, Marrying The Ketchups gave us all of those same feels.

Upon the death of Bud – the family figurehead and founder of JP Sullivans in Chicago – the children, cousins, and grandchildren are left to tidy up the vast hole he has left.

Bud’s wife, Rose, unwillingly goes into a home, the family members have petty qualms, and half of them keep flying back to the safety of the nest.

Their careers and relationships are imploding. There’s plenty of room for self-growth here.

While it’s not quite a dysfunctional family story per se – more like just untidy members – readers wonder if Teddy will end his toxic affair and find both confidence and courage in his career, if Gretchen will grow up, and if Jane can truly kick her cheating husband to the curb and survive.

Riley is by far one of our favorite characters out of all of these upcoming 2022 book releases.  We honestly didn’t want Marrying the Ketchups to end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read Marrying the Ketchups: Amazon | Goodreads

More exciting upcoming book releases for April 2022

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Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

YA mystery thriller set in the United States
Publication Date: May 3, 2022

One of the harder-hitting of the 2022 book releases, Hollow Fires tells the gripping story of one girl’s determination to find the truth, no matter the cost.

When 14-year-old Jawad Ali wears a cosplay jetpack to school, a teacher mistakenly thinks it is a bomb. Jawad is arrested and labeled as a “terrorist.”

When his body is subsequently found by school paper editor Safiya Mirza, she becomes determined to change everyone’s opinion of “Bomb Boy” and to expose those who let their hateful beliefs lead to murderous action.

Discover more books set across the U.S.

Read Hollow Fires: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

*Gothic horror set during the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence
Publication date: May 10, 2022
TUL Rating: 4 stars

Beatriz doesn’t care about the rumors surrounding the death of Don Rodolfo Solórzano’s previous wife.

Since her father was executed by the Mexican government, she just wants to feel in control of her life again.

But Hacienda San Isidro is the last place she’ll find it.

If haunted houses, rich historical settings, ghost stories, and strong female protagonists are your thing, The Hacienda will be one of the most exciting upcoming book releases 2022 has to offer.

This is also perfect if you’re looking for seriously spooky books or books set in Mexico.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read The Hacienda: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information

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After Lambana: Myth and Magic in Manila by Eliza Victoria, illustrated by Mervin Malonzo

Fantasy Graphic Novel set in Manila, Philippines
Publication date: May 10, 2022

This upcoming graphic novel takes us to the streets of Manila, Philippines.

Two friends, Conrad and Ignacio, must brave the city’s magical underworld in order to find a cure for Conrad’s heart condition.

Steeped in Filipino myths, After Lambana is one of my most anticipated new book releases of 2022.

I adore both Eliza Victoria and Mervin Malonzo’s work, but unfortunately, it is often quite difficult to find outside of Asia.

For U.S. readers, Wounded Little Gods is also being released on the same day. Read even more books set in the Philippines.

Read After Lambana: Amazon | Goodreads

May 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

*Book about books set near Asheville, NC
Expected Publication Date: May 3, 2022
TUL Rating: 5 Stars

Having loved Beach Read and being a little more lukewarm about People We Meet On Vacation (set largely in California), Emily Henry’s Book Lovers was clearly going to be one of our most-anticipated books of 2022.

Book Lovers didn’t disappoint and was the feel-good, devour-worthy story that we needed. Plus, the novel is set near our Asheville, North Carolina home. What more could we ask for?

Steamy romance? A book about books? Bibliotourism? It’s got all of that too!

Nora and her pregnant sister Libby head to Sunshine Falls for a bit of a reprieve. Nora works herself to death as a publisher, and her successful client’s latest book is set here.

When Nora runs into a hunky editor from her past, they work together to make the author’s newest novel shine. They also learn that they have a lot in common.

Books set in North Carolina don’t get any better than this. Find themes of family, overcoming trauma and tragedy, and finding the people who love and see us for exactly for we are.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read Book Lovers: Amazon | Goodreads

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Elektra by Jennifer Saint

*Feminist mythology retelling set in Ancient Greece
Publication date: May 3, 2022
TUL Review: 5 Stars

We loved Ariadne – one of the best island-set books – and Elektra was even better.  How is that even possible?

Meet Helen, Cassandra, and Clytemnestra from Greek mythology.  See how their actions lead up to the Trojan War. 

The story is a captivating tale about the vicious cycle of hatred and revenge.

You find yourself wishing that these women would defeat the curse set upon the House of Atreus, but if you know your Greek mythology, you quickly remember that’s not in their cards.

Jennifer Saint truly brings history and retellings to life in the most unique way. Undergraduate history classes would have been so much more engaging with her as our teacher.

Plus, women are finally in the spotlight. We cannot wait for her next one.

Explore more books about Greece.

Thank you to NetGalley & Flatiron for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read Elektra: Amazon | Goodreads

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Breathless by Amy McCulloch

A mountaineering thriller set in Nepal
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
TUL Rating: 4 Stars

Our Uncorked May Reading Challenge theme is all about those hiking books. We couldn’t think of a better selection than Breathless.

Head to Nepal to climb the 8th highest peak in the world, Manaslu. 

People tend to underestimate this mountain, but it’s known to take many lives – especially when there is a serial killer on the loose.

The mountain is the perfect place to cover up death after death, but journalist Cecily Wong doesn’t realize this until it’s too late.

Not the most confident or skilled climber – and with a tragic accident behind her – Cecily is covering the best mountaineer in the world, Charles McVeigh.  If she peaks, she gets her interview.

Everyone in Cecily’s expedition group has secrets, and it’s pretty clear from the start that not everyone will return alive.

What we love most about this suspenseful May 2022 book release is that the author, Amy McCulloch, climbed Manaslu in real life. 

She is well-versed in mountaineering, which is reflected in her writing.

Read Breathless: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Change by Kirsten Miller

Murder mystery with witches set in NY
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
TUL Rating: 4 Stars

The May 2022 book releases did not disappoint with The Change.

Find a wickedly witchy book featuring middle-aged, female protagonists who are not afraid to discuss their periods, menopause, sex, and failing marriages.

Solve a murder mystery with hilarious and deadly Harriet, Jo, and Nessa. Nessa can see ghosts who need her to find their bodies and families as well as tie up loose ends.

Harriet is a witch and punisher, and Jo has other-worldly strength and fire.

When these friends discover the ghost of one dead female teenager, they know there are many more. Where are their bodies, and what happened to them in this rich and exclusive part of town?

The women promise to hunt down the killer(s) to avenge these young women.

One of the best character-heavy books of the year, find themes of friendship, corruption in our institutions, feminism, and love.

We wouldn’t mind having Jo, Nessa, and Harriet in our corner. Explore more modern New York-based novels.

Read The Change: Amazon | Goodreads

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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

*Contemporary LGBTQ+ romance set in the Caribbean islands
Publication Date: May 24, 2022
TUL Review: 5 Stars

Those looking for romance book releases in 2022 will not be able to put down non-binary author Akwaeke Emezi’s You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty.

It’s also no secret that we championed Emezi’s The Death Of Vivek Oji, naming the Nigerian novel one of the best books of 2020.

Grieving and gorgeous artist Feyi Adekola lost her new husband and high school sweetheart in a tragic car accident. Why did she survive?

Capturing that anger and depression in her work, after 5 years, Feyi decides to get back out there, beginning with casual hookups.

When one relationship/friendship takes her to the Caribbean islands to showcase her work in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Feyi cannot help becoming passionately attracted to her friend’s father.

Capturing both men’s hearts, will her desires shatter a family? Or, does she deserve all of the love and power in the world?

The storytelling, introspective characters, and steamy romance make for one of the best new book releases of 2022.

Characters will live on in your mind and heart long after you close the novel, and honestly, it’s hard to pick up another story that could match the vibrance and power of this one.

What a stunning story about finding love again – in yourself, life, and a partner.

Thank you to NetGalley & Atria Books for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty: Amazon | Goodreads

More upcoming book releases for May 2022

Summer 2022 Book Releases

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Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda, translated by Alison Watts

Mystery whodunnit set in Japan
Publication date: June 16, 2022

Aki and Hiro spend one final night together before parting ways forever. Each believes the other is a murderer and is determined to get a confession before the night is over.

But why? And who did they kill?

This is one of my most anticipated book releases in 2022 as I loved Riku Onda’s English-language debut (also translated by Watts), The Aosawa Murders.

Read Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi

Adult fantasy set in an African- and Arabian-inspired world
Publication date: June 21, 2022

In a realm where your very blood decides your role in society, be it ruler, worker, or servant, three women join forces in order to bring down a tyrannical Empire, even if it means the end of society as they know it.

Once a series of trials by combat is begun, they see the opportunity for revolution.

Travel across Africa with these book lists.

Read The Final Strife: Amazon | Goodreads

June 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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One Of The Girls by Lucy Clarke

Suspense novel set on an imaginary Greek island
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
TUL Rating: 4 stars

We cannot even hint at what novel this June 2022 book release reads like without giving away a huge spoiler. You’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself.

Head out on a hen weekend to an imaginary island in Greece.

Lexi is marrying Ed, and her hen do brings together a gaggle of very different women, including old friends, a new bestie, and her soon-to-be sister-in-law.

The novel opens with a dead body, so it’s no surprise that something is about to go terribly wrong. The problem? Everyone is a suspect. They are a group of liars.

Who will die? And why couldn’t we stop reading this book?

If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid and semi-hated the experience, this book is 100% for you.

Meet the overprotective, jealous, and obnoxious childhood best friend who can’t grow up. Play silly games, drink too much, and feel a bit left out…

Yet, these women also confront their demons – and demons they certainly have.

For a fantastic beach read that you’ll finish in days, One Of The Girls is one of our favorite new book releases of 2022.

Thank you to NetGalley & G.P. Putnam’s Sons for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read One Of The Girls: Amazon | Goodreads

More anticipated upcoming book releases for June 2022

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Silk Fire by Zabé Ellor

LGBTQ+ fantasy set in a planet-sized matriarchal city
Publication date: July 5, 2022

Silk Fire is a queer fantasy by an autistic trans author that involves dragons, vengeance, polyamory, necromancy, and political intrigue. Literally what more could you want?

The author (writing as ZR Ellor) also has a forthcoming YA LGBTQ+ contemporary book out in 2022 with a non-binary lead called Acting the Part.

Read Silk Fire: Amazon | Goodreads

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Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty

Short story collection set in a Native American community in Maine, USA
Publication date: July 5, 2022

Find a powerful collection of 12 short stories about trauma, resilience, identity, and everyday life in a Penobscot community.

These stories explore different aspects of Penobscot beliefs and traditions and the struggles of growing up Native.

Read Night of the Living Rez: Amazon | Goodreads

July 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

*Retelling and historical fiction set in Mexico
Release Date: July 19, 2022
TUL Rating: DNF

From the author of Mexican Gothic comes one of the most anticipated upcoming July 2022 book releases, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau.

This is a retelling of The Island of Doctor Moreau set in 19th century Mexico. 

Carlota Moreau’s father is either a genius or a dark Frankenstein-like scientist. Outcast Montgomery Laughton assists the doctor with his sponsored experiments.

In a story about romance, monsters, social inequity, and the abuse of power, readers get a novel of passion mixed with rather unnerving sci-fi.

For now, we’ve tabled our copy as it’s off to a slow and overly detailed start.  However, Moreno-Garcia is a talented writer, and we know that she mesmerized many with this tale.

Thank you to NetGalley & Del Rey for a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Read The Daughter of Doctor Moreau: Amazon | Goodreads

More exciting upcoming book releases for July 2022

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Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana

Contemporary short story collection set in New York City
Expected Publication: August 18, 2022

In this collection of 8 short stories, author Sidik Fofana paints a vivid picture of life in an apartment block in an increasingly gentrified Harlem.

Each of the tenants is suffering under pressure from multiple places; some are struggling to pay rent, and some are having to work two jobs and raise a child at the same time.

One resident has lived here so long he’s practically part of the architecture; another is desperately trying to avoid the same fate.

On top of their individual challenges, the characters in these interconnected stories are seemingly powerless to stop the environment they know from changing into something very different.

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs is one of the most human summer 2022 book releases – a realistic slice-of-life told with a distinct literary voice.

Read Stories from the Tenants Downstairs: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez

Fantasy adventure set in a world of gods and tyrants
Expected Release: August 30, 2022

A captive god, a dangerous journey, a perilous quest.

As the members of the royal family of the Moon Throne squeeze the rural communities dry in their iron grip, a prison break is taking place.

Freed from her prison beneath the palace, a divine being sets out with her rescuers – a guilt-ridden guard and an outcast – towards a future where they can be free.

Hot on their trail is the god’s own children: the triplet Terrors, bent on returning her to captivity. Can these three pilgrims really bring down a dynasty that has the power of the god herself?

This is one of the most creative 2022 book releases on this list. Author Simon Jimenez has created a saga that will delight plenty of fans of fantasy and drama alike.

Read The Spear Cuts Through Water: Amazon | Goodreads

August 2022 Book Releases We’ve Read & Reviewed

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You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa

Wedding suspense novel set in Sri Lanka
Expected Release: August 9, 2022
TUL Rating: 3.5 Stars

The new book releases of 2022 seem to be heavy on the wedding thrillers, and we are here for it.

Amaya’s best friend is rather suddenly and surprisingly marrying her ex-boyfriend – and Amaya is understandably upset.

Amaya and Kaavi haven’t spoken for years, due to iffy circumstances, yet Amaya stalks Kaavi on her social media channels with numerous fake accounts.

When Kaavi invites Amaya to her Sri Lankan wedding, Amaya decides to attend for closure. 

However, during wedding festivities, Kaavi goes missing, and her family holds a private murder investigation.

It’s obvious that Amaya is the murderer.  Or is she?  Everyone has dark secrets in this provocative August 2022 book release (and July 2022 Book of the Month selection).

2022’s book releases seem to be getting longer, and we aren’t sure (almost) 400 pages are needed for any thriller. 

While the story has some slow moments, and the ending isn’t as explosive as we hoped, we enjoyed the take on the Instagram lifestyle, dry humor, and Amaya’s ability to fantasize about annoying people’s deaths, sparked by her love of serial killer shows.

Read You’re Invited: Amazon | Goodreads

More anticipated upcoming book releases for August 2022

Fall 2022 Book Releases

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The Butcher by Laura Kat Young

Dystopian horror set in a fictional western town
Expected Publication: September 13, 2022

In the harsh environment of Settlement Five, criminals are subjected to simple yet brutal capital punishment as penance for their crimes.

Offenders are sent to the Butcher to be dismembered as little or as much as their punishment dictates.

This unpleasant job belongs to Lady May’s mother, Winona, and Lady May herself will soon inherit the position when she turns eighteen.

But that fateful day comes much sooner than expected when, after refusing to butcher a young boy, Winona is killed by the Deputies – the leaders of Settlement Five.

Lady May is forced to take up her violent duties, but years later, she finds herself face to face with the Deputy who killed her mother.

Will she flee the town, or try and seek justice for her mother’s murder?

As you can imagine, The Butcher falls on the more adult side of these new book releases of 2022, so read it with caution if you’re squeamish.

Read The Butcher: Amazon | Goodreads

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Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution by Kacen Callender

LGBT neurodivergent coming of age story set in the USA
Expected Publication: September 27, 2022

Like many struggling authors, seventeen-year-old Lark just wants to be published. But all they receive from literary agents is rejection after rejection and then some more rejection.

Turning to social media to build a following, Lark starts a Twitter account. But an accidental thread on their account suddenly starts blowing up, fast.

The thread in question is a declaration of love for a secret crush, and it was posted by their very-much-former best friend Kasim.

In order to avoid disaster, Lark goes with the flow, claiming it was they that posted the thread. That way, they get notoriety and Kasim gets to keep his secret.

But living a lie gets harder the longer it goes on, and things soon start to spiral out of control.

This is one of the most contemporary and diverse upcoming book releases on this list, with our neurodivergent, nonbinary protagonist having to deal with some very modern and relatable problems.

Explore even more LGBTQ books for teens, including Callender’s Felix Ever After.

Read Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution: Amazon | Goodreads

More exciting upcoming book releases for September 2022

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The Witch in the Well by Camilla Bruce

Gothic horror set in a Norwegian town
Expected Publication: October 4, 2022

Social media influencer Elena has returned to the family manor house in her old hometown in order to get it ready for sale.

While she’s there, she becomes inspired by the story of a local historical figure – Ilsbeth Clark, the witch.

Centuries ago, Ilsbeth was accused of killing some of the local children. Despite her acquittal, she was drowned in the town well by the angry and fearful townsfolk.

Elena feels a connection to Ilsbeth’s spirit; a connection shared by Cathy, who has been studying and writing about Ilsbeth for years.

Cathy and Elena used to be childhood friends, though now they appear to be rivals with a shared interest. But what neither of them realizes is that the nightmare has just begun.

Scandinavian literature has a great track record for atmospheric drama, and fans of tense mysteries with a supernatural feel should add this one to their fall 2022 book releases TBR list.

Read more books set in and about Norway.

Read The Witch in the Well: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Picture Bride by Lee Geum-yi

Historical fiction set in Korea and Hawaii
Expected Publication: October 11, 2022

Picture Bride: a woman chosen by an immigrant worker settled in Hawaii and western North America to be their bride by a matchmaker, purely based on photographs of the two potential partners.

Author Lee Geum-yi’s first adult novel is also her first in the English language and is a welcome part of the wave of new release books in 2022.

It tells the story of three “picture brides” who must leave their home nations and travel to be with unknown husbands in the early 20th century.

Each finds that their expectations are quite unlike reality in a different way.

Song-hwa learns that her new husband is a drunk, and Hong-ju is dismayed to find that her husband is 20 years older than his picture.

And Willow, who was promised an education, is left betrayed and unwanted in a land where local tensions threaten to tear her people – and her family – apart.

The Picture Bride is perfect for those who love books about Korea and Korean culture.

Read The Picture Bride: Amazon | Goodreads

More most-anticipated upcoming book releases for October 2022

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The Prisoner by B. A. Paris

Suspense thriller set in London, UK
Expected Publication: November 1, 2022

Since losing her parents in Paris as a child, Amelie has had to survive on her own. But being orphaned at a young age has not stopped her from managing to make her way to London and making a living.

Against all odds, she even appears to have been drawn into the glamorous world of billionaire Jed Hawthorne. In fact, they’ve become husband and wife.

Things are going very well until Amelie wakes one day to find herself in darkness. She’s locked in a room, she can’t see a thing, and she has no idea how she got here.

But the real mystery is, why does she now feel safer than she did with her billionaire husband?

If you’re an avid reader of tight thrillers that throw you in at the deep end, this is one of the upcoming books of 2022 that you’re going to love.

Get psyched with even more great books set in and about London.

Read The Prisoner: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Q by Amy Tintera

Dystopian sci-fi YA set in a post-pandemic Austin, Texas
Expected Publication: November 1, 2022

As you might expect with many new books, 2022 has seen quite a few with pandemic-related content. But few are written with such breakneck action and suspense as author Amy Tintera’s The Q.

But what is “the Q”? Well, the Q is a post-pandemic quarantine zone, formerly called Austin, Texas. And it’s the only place that our first protagonist, Maisie Rojas, has ever known.

She’s spent her life within the high-security walls of the Q, rising to become a lieutenant for one of the families that control the Q.

Our second protagonist, Lennon Pierce, has never set foot in the Q until he is – quite literally – dropped into it with only a parachute to his name.

Lennon is the son of a US presidential candidate whose enemies have decided can be used as leverage. And if Maisie doesn’t get him out of the Q within 48 hours, he’s doomed to stay forever.

Fun, inventive, and with plenty of tension, The Q is one of the most exciting new book releases 2022 has to offer.

Read The Q: Amazon | Goodreads

More exciting upcoming book releases for November 2022

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Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Contemporary YA romance set in Indonesia
Expected Publication: December 1, 2022

When she is caught in a particularly embarrassing position by her mother, Sharlot Citra finds herself whisked away from LA halfway around the world to Indonesia.

Apparently, it’ll be good for them both.

At the same time, George Clooney Tanuwijaya (whose dad is REALLY into American celebrities) is about to have his love life put on the “right” track.

His dad thinks he needs to find a way to get through to his son, and he’s going to head online to do so.

Because in order to get their children the partner they need, these parents are going to impersonate them and start that romantic ball rolling.

Naturally, this is the opposite of what both Sharlot and George want. But against the odds, will the sparks start to fly for this unlikely pairing? They’re already “dating,” after all.

Author Jesse Q. Sutanto’s hilarious novel is for anyone looking for outrageous romcom antics in their upcoming book releases of 2022.

Read more books set in Indonesia here!

Read Well, That Was Unexpected: Amazon | Goodreads

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A Dash of Salt and Pepper by Kosoko Jackson

Food-based LGBT romance set in Maine, USA
Expected Publication: December 6, 2022

He may not have actually hit rock bottom, but Xavier Reynolds sure feels like he has.

Having missed out on a prestigious fellowship and also now depressingly single, he finds himself back in his tiny hometown of Harper’s Cove, Maine.

Working in the kitchen of a new restaurant was not something he ever saw himself doing, and unfortunately, it’s just as depressing as he thought it would be, even though the chef is super hot.

Meanwhile, said super hot chef is having problems of his own. Even though he’s short on staff, the last thing he needs is a sarcastic, disillusioned mess for a prep cook.

But despite their spicy attitudes, these two desperate souls need each other. And who knows, if they work together maybe they’ll eventually become each other’s flavor of the month.

With these kinds of engaging and entertaining new book releases, 2022 is going to be remembered as a great year for romantic fiction!

Uncover even more fabulous foodie books.

Read A Dash of Salt and Pepper: Amazon | Goodreads

More most-anticipated upcoming book releases for December 2022

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Thank you to TUL contributor, Dagney McKinney from Dark Distractions

Dagney (pronouns: any) is a neurodivergent writer who loves all things macabre and weird. She likes outrageously spicy food, long walks through graveyards, and historical tangents. You’ll most likely find her wandering around somewhere quiet or underground, buying salt, or whispering to camels.

What are your most-anticipated upcoming book releases in 2022?

What 2022 new books are you most looking forward to? Have to read any Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) yet? What did you think?

If you are a librarian, book blogger, or reviewer, which books will you request ARCs for? Let us know in the comments.

Where to head next:

Take The 2022 Uncorked Reading Challenge
Most-Anticipated Books of 2021
New 2021 WWII Books

Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Fantastic reading inspiration here, a great mix of genres. Nita Prose' The Maid would have to be my top pick of the January new releases... really got a thing for quirky, under-appreciated characters. Happy new reading year Christine!


Friday 7th of January 2022

I keep seeing The Maid all over bookstagram, and I might have to snag a copy ASAP. If you read it, let me know what you think! Happy New Year. Thank you!


Sunday 2nd of January 2022

So many of these are nowhere to be found on other 2022 release lists - thank you for sharing!! :)


Sunday 2nd of January 2022

We are glad you found something new! Thank you!