Most Anticipated 2022 Book Releases

Sometimes I get so caught up in all the books I’ve wanted to read for so long, that I own and never read, and so I forget to keep up with upcoming book releases. But, after reading 100 books in 2020 and 130 in 2021, with several being new releases, I’m fully addicted to the hype. So, I’m excited to put together this list of 2022 book releases in anticipation.

These upcoming 2022 book releases are so exciting that I’ll never get that TBR pile down anytime soon.

This list will continuously be updated so check back often!

2022 Book Releases

January 2022 Releases

Januaryr 4th

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

Jessamine Chan’s speculative debut explores motherhood through the lens of a woman whose parenting skills are quite literally put to the test. Frida Liu’s 18-month-old daughter Harriet is taken from her after the state learns of her being left alone for two hours while Frida worked. Frida is sent to a rehab program for mothers where she’s told she must improve by mothering a surrogate child or risk losing Harriet forever.

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Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

The seventh installment in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, Where the Drowned Girls Go, follows Cora. She used to be a mermaid; now, knowing she’ll never go back to the Trenches, she’s determined to forget everything that happened to her in her previous life. But forgetting requires Cora to enroll at the Whitehorn Institute — another school for children who survived their magical adventures and returned to the “real world,” one that wants the children to forget instead of cope.

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkings

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs comes a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

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It Will End Like This by Kyra Leigh

For fans of The Cheerleaders and Sadie comes a propulsive thriller that reminds us that in real life, endings are rarely as neat as happily ever after. A contemporary take on the Lizzie Borden story that explores how grief can cut deep.

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Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker

What if Juliet Capulet met someone who made her doubt true love? What if Wuthering Heights was a message to a time traveler? A cosmic reimagining of Romeo and Juliet and homage to two literary classics in a compelling novel about fate, love, and time travel from an award-winning author.

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Januanry 11th

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Stacy Willingham’s gripping debut follows Baton Rouge psychologist Chloe Davis, who becomes fearful that history is repeating itself when local girls begin to go missing. When Chloe was 12, her father pleaded guilty to killing six teenage girls and was sent to prison for life. Still grappling with the effects his actions had on her and her family, Chloe starts to worry that she’s been discovered by a copycat killer when a teenage girl goes missing after leaving her office.

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January 18th

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

A gothic tale full of mystery and romance about a willful female surgeon, a resurrection man who sells bodies for a living, and the buried secrets they must uncover together.

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Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester

Something known as The Cur is killing young women known as troublemakers, leaving only dismembered bodies behind. In 2004 a woman named Caroline Sawyer can hear dogs everywhere, thinking this is an unusual side effect of insomnia. Her husband doesn’t believe her and her psychiatrist tries to medicate her. In 2019, Caroline’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Lila, hides her secrets from everyone around her and finally finds her voice, but is soon punished when she uses it.

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How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

After an Arctic expedition unleashes a deadly, long-dormant virus on the world in 2030, generations of humans find their lives irrevocably altered. Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark follows humanity as it crashes, adapts, survives, and rebuilds over the course of centuries.

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25th

At The End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp

The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is ironically named. No one has hope for the delinquent teenagers who have been exiled there; the world barely acknowledges that they exist.

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Road of Bones by Christopher Golden

A stunning supernatural thriller set in Siberia, where a film crew is covering an elusive ghost story about the Kolyma Highway, a road built on top of the bones of prisoners of Stalin’s gulag.

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Devil House by John Darnielle

An impressively meta work that delivers the pleasures of true crime while skewering it.

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February 2022 Releases

1st

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Following Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon, Lambda Literary Award winner and national bestselling author Alexandria Bellefleur pens another steamy queer rom-com about former best friends who might be each other’s second chance at love…

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8th

Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher

A fake relationship between a magic-less witch and a wolf shifter turns to more in the start of a bewitching new paranormal rom-com series.

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The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran

The highly anticipated new thriller from internationally renowned author Sara Gran, author of Come Closer and the Claire DeWitt series, about a rare book dealer’s search for the most powerful occult book ever written.

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Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

A slow-burn social horror novel about the only two Black girls in a privileged country club community. Told in Farrah’s chilling, unforgettable voice and weaving in searing commentary on race and class, Cherish Farrah will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

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15th

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marion James

The second installment in Marlon James’ Dark Star trilogy centers on Sogolon the Moon Witch, a 177-year-old sorceress locked in a long-running battle with Aesi, the chancellor to the king. She was a villain in Black Leopard, Red Wolf, but in Moon Witch, Spider King, Sogolon gets the chance to share her side of the story.

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22nd

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

From the author of The Guest List and The Hunting Party comes The Paris Apartment. The story here centers on Jess, a down-on-her-luck woman who calls in a favor with her half-brother to get a fresh start. Ben didn’t seem too enthused about sharing his swanky Parisian digs with his half-sister, and he isn’t at home when Jess arrives. As Jess is about to realize, Ben may not be coming home at all.

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Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist

From debut author Kit Mayquist, a propulsive and atmospheric modern Gothic with all the splendor of The Great Gatsby… and all the secrets, lies, and darkness that opulence can hide.

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Beneath the Stairs by Jennifer Fawcett

In this spine-tingling, atmospheric debut for fans of Jennifer McMahon, Simone St. James, and Chris Bohjalian, a woman returns to her hometown after her childhood friend attempts suicide at a local haunted house—the same place where a traumatic incident shattered their lives twenty years ago.

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Extasia by Claire LeGrand

From New York Times bestselling author Claire LeGrand comes a new, bone-chilling YA horror novel about a girl who joins a coven to root out a vicious evil that’s stalking her village. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Grace Year.

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Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Y: The Last Man meets The Girl With All the Gifts in this explosive post-apocalyptic novel that follows trans women and trans men on a grotesque journey of survival.

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The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

Hart constructs a clever sci-fi mystery set in a future where time travel has been perfected — and monetized by the US government. Despite charging incredible amounts for wealthy folks to engage in time tourism, it can’t seem to make money at it, so a group of incredibly rich folks turns up at The Paradox Hotel to bid on the technology in order to take it private. Hotel security chief January Cole is suffering mental and physical ailments from frequent time travel, so when she sees a dead body in one of the rooms that no one else sees, she has to first figure out if it’s real — and if so, how an impossible murder took place.

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March 2022 Releases

1st

Hell Followed With us by Andrew Joseph White

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

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All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes a brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary YA novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.

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Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab’s upcoming YA fantasy transports readers to Gallant, a manor hiding generations of secrets. Olivia is determined to learn them all and in her searching uncovers a portal to a parallel world ruled by the dark and dangerous Master of the House.

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3rd

Sundial by Catriona Ward

Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless StreetYou can’t escape what’s in your blood… All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. Far from her childhood home, Sundial, hidden deep in the wild Mojave Desert. But beneath the veneer, Rob is terrified for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind. Running from her past has led her directly back to it — what’s buried at Sundial could never stay a secret forever, and Rob must risk one last trip out there to protect her family, and her future. 

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8th

Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

In this young adult novel by award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore, two non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake – but can they keep their worlds above water intact?

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15th

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

A true-crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

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22nd

Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams

As infants, twin sisters Charlie Yates and Magnolia Heathwood were secretly separated after the brutal lynching of their parents, who died for loving across the color line. Now, at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Charlie is a young Black organizer in Harlem, while white-passing Magnolia is the heiress to a cotton plantation in rural Georgia.

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April 2022 Releases

5th

Omens Bite by P. C. Cast; Kristin Cast

Twin sisters, Mercy and Hunter are witches, descendants of the Goode family of witches. After the murder of their mother at the hands of a foul demon, they have become the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds–ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and the darkest of creatures exist.

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12th

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

When a high-stakes boarding school prank war leads to a fake dating scheme, two teens must decide if they are ready to take the ultimate risk — falling in love.

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Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough

In this twisty, mind-bending thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes, Emma Averell worries that her crippling insomnia is a sign that she’s slowly going insane—like the mother she’s worked so hard to leave in her past.

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19th

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel author Emily St. John Mandel is back next year with Sea of Tranquility, a novel that traces three very different lives — those of an early-20th century aristocrat shunned by his peers, a lunar colonist conducting a book tour on Earth, and a detective who tracks his childhood friend to the least likely place imaginable — over the course of three eventful centuries.

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26th

Veil by Dylan Farrow

The thrilling sequel to Hush, one of the most talked about YA fantasies of 2020.

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The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon

In 1978, Dr. Helen Hildreth is an acclaimed psychiatrist who has her own treatment center in Vermont and lives with her two grandchildren, Vi and Eric. When Helen brings home a child to live with them, named Iris, Vi, and Eric are ecstatic to have a new friend to play with and invite her to join their Monster Club. In 2019, Lizzy Shelley is a popular podcast host who travels to Vermont where a young girl has been abducted and people claim to have seen a monster. Lizzy is determined to get to the bottom of hunting down this monster and who else could do it best? After all, she has a monster for a sister.

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May 2022 Releases

3rd

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Chloe didn’t want to uproot her Southern California life to spend her high school years among the holier-than-thou students at Willowgrove Christian Academy in Alabama — that was her moms’ decision. Still, she’s determined to win valedictorian, and there’s just one person standing in her way: the principal’s very popular daughter, Shara. But when Shara disappears after kissing Chloe and two of the boys in their class, Chloe finds herself racing against the clock to solve a mystery before graduation.

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Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Emily Henry’s new romance novel is an enemies-to-lovers story you won’t want to miss. Libby knows what her older sister, Nora, needs to get her groove back: a girls’ trip to a sleepy North Carolina town. Away from the big city, the last person literary agent Nora expects to run into is Charlie, an editor she’s never gotten along with. Yet here Charlie is. And there. And there. And there. As the two keep running into each other over the course of their vacations, they begin to realize kismet may want a word with them.

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Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater

Merida goes on an all-new, life-changing adventure in this original YA novel set several years after the close of Brave! What if you had one year to save everything you loved?

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Book of Night by Holly Black

The story features a con artist living in a world where shadows can be manipulated—color me intrigued! The narrator hasn’t been announced yet, but there’s no question I’ll be listening to this one on audio once it comes out.

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Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up by Selma Blair

Selma Blair has written a haunting memoir about alcohol use disorder, attention-seeking behaviors, and life in Hollywood.

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Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda

In this voice-driven young adult debut by Andrea Mosqueda, Maggie Gonzalez needs a date to her sister’s quinceañera – and fast.

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Hide by Kiersten White

A high-stakes hide-and-seek competition turns deadly in this dark supernatural thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

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

A New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist reimagines the love story in this fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss.

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June 2022 Releases

7th

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic Schools by Sonora Reyes

Seventeen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers drawing attention for her killer eyeliner, not for being the new kid at a mostly white, very rich, Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she’s gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way. After being outed by her crush and ex-best friend, she could use the fresh start.

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A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari

Saffron Everleigh is in a race against time to free her wrongly accused professor before he goes behind bars forever. Perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn and Anna Lee Huber, Kate Khavari’s debut historical mystery is a fast-paced, fearless adventure.

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July 2022 Releases

5th

The Darkening by Sunya Mara

In this thrilling and epic YA fantasy debut, the only hope for a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm lies with the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince terrified of his throne.

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12th

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix takes on the haunted house in a hilarious and terrifying new novel that explores the way your past—and your family—can haunt you like nothing else…

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What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher’s new novel is an Edgar Allan Poe retelling that shouldn’t be missed. What Moves the Dead follows Alex as they rush to be by the side of their childhood friend, Madeline, who lies on her deathbed at her family’s estate. But the Usher estate is strange, and its inhabitants — which include Madeline’s brother, Roderick — are even stranger. With few allies to aid them, Alex plunges into the mystery of the House of Usher.

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19th

Mary: An Awakening of Terror by Nat Cassidy

Nat Cassidy’s debut horror novel Mary blends Midsommar with elements of American Psycho and a pinch of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark as a middle-aged woman explores her connection to an infamous serial killer.

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26th

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones

December 12th, 2019: Jade returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings, in this riveting sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones.

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August 2022 Releases

9th

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out in a bid for an inheritance that will leave Helen Vaughan either rich…or dead.

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September 2022 Releases

6th

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

The Sunbearer Trials is the first book in a planned duology from Cemetery Boys author Aiden Thomas. The novel follows Teo — the 17-year-old trans son of the bird goddess, Quetzal — as he unexpectedly finds himself forced to compete in a deadly challenge with nine other teenage semidioses. It’s a game where the loser is sacrificed to fuel the sun, and Teo’s up against stiff competition.

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Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes deep into the well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for their world or ours.

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Ashley Hubbard

Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, books, plants, coffee, veganism, mental health, and more. She has two other websites - wild-hearted.com and odditiesandcuriositiestravel.com

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  1. Pamela Turner

    There are several books releasing in 2022 on this list that I definitely want to check out.

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