Our 2022 Most Anticipated New Releases!
With 2022 just around the corner, I've starting thinking about what I'd like to read in the coming year. While I have more than I would care to admit in my current TBR pile, I can't help but get excited about the amazing new books that are announced each year!
I like to read a little bit of everything, and I've narrowed down what's forthcoming to my TOP 10 most anticipated (and confirmed 2022 release date) reads!
- Akata Woman
- As a huge Nnedi Okorafor fan, I am happy to see the Nsibidi Scripts series continuing with Akata Woman. However, this is book #3 and I have sadly left book #2 (Akata Warrior) languish in my TBR pile for too long and I will need to pick it up soon if I want to jump in with Akata Woman near its release date in early January.
- Daughter of the Moon Goddess
- I'm a long-time fantasy lover & this one surprised me! Suddenly appearing on upcoming fantasy lists seemingly out of nowhere (and the first in a new duology!), I am already itching to know what Sue Lynn Tan is going to bring in this beefy (512 page) first installment.
- Don't Fear the Reaper
- After being completely floored by My Heart is a Chainsaw a few weeks ago, I was delighted to learn that not only would there be a sequel, but that it was the first in a trilogy! And that the next one already had a release date! Unfortunately I cannot continue the slasher-fest until AUGUST, but it will come... and I will be ready.
- I read Ariadne shortly after its release date this year and I really enjoyed the shifted perspective on the story of Theseus, King Minos, & the Minotaur. So when I saw that Jennifer Saint was going to be retelling the story of Elektra, I was already sold. I've honestly been really digging the mythology retellings that have been becoming more popular in recent years; though I know they are not everyone's cup of tea.
- Four Aunties and a Wedding
- I read Dial A for Aunties on a whim, and let me tell you, it was hilarious! So when I saw that I could jump back into the world of Meddy Chan and her aunties, I was sold. This releases in March, and I think it will be a perfect sunny spring day read.
- Her Hidden Genius
- I am becoming a huge Marie Benedict fan, and seeing her name on a January release list (and discussing Rosalind Franklin!) has me so excited! I absolutely LOVED The Personal Librarian (and enjoyed The Other Einstein in the past). My background is also in biology, so I am beyond ready to jump into the story of the mother of DNA.
- How High We Go in the Dark
- Let's just say that all the real world stressors of a pandemic haven't diminished my love for post-apocalyptic fiction. For me, this feels like both a fresh take on and a less common author voice for the genre. I can tell this will be heavy, and probably rather dark, so I'll need to plan ahead a little and make sure I have a lighter book to follow this one with.
- Nona the Ninth
- The 3rd installment of the Locked Tomb series finally has a release date and I am not OK. While Gideon and Harrow were amazing (but completely different) stories, I cannot WAIT to see what happens in Nona. Especially since this was originally supposed to be a trilogy, with Alecto the Ninth being the next in the series. Now that Alecto has been pushed back to a 4th installment, I need to jump into this LGBT+ space opera world ASAP.
- Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk
- I love punk music and new perspectives, so this blurb captured me immediately. I have been consciously trying to diversify the types of books I read, as well as the authors who write them. This book promises to deliver an underrepresented author group (Indigenous women) and a unique perspective to something I already know and love well (rock & punk music). I hope it may also discuss another passion of mine - linguistics. It is hinted in the blurb, and I hope this is discussed in at least 1 section. I'm also still a sucker for a cool cover.
- The School for Good Mothers
- A debut dystopian science fiction novel that looks like it will cut to the core of all the anxieties of motherhood? Sign me up! I've always been into these kind of stories, but now that I have a young one of my own, they definitely have a different feel to them. What human doesn't worry that they are "bad" and that they need to become "good" at one time or another? This feels like it is going to hit hard on a lot of real-world topics in the guise of fiction, and I'm here for it.
There are SO MANY books with confirmed 2022 release dates and, honestly, I think they all sound interesting for one reason or another. By no means are these the only titles I'm looking forward to in the coming year, but these are ones that are the most likely to jump to the top of my stack.