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27 of the most anticipated books of 2022, from fantasy sequels to exciting debut novels

From sequels to beloved bestsellers to new works by Patrick Radden Keefe, Ocean Vuong, and Colleen Hoover, here are new 2022 books to pre-order. ...

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Pattern of most anticipate books of 2022, including "Perpetual West" by Mesha Maren, "Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson and "All My Rage" by Sabaa Tahir
Here are the most anticipated books of 2022, from sequels to bestsellers to books by Zora Neale Hurston, Colleen Hoover, Patrick Radden Keefe, and Ocean Vuong.

  • Every year, countless incredible new books in every genre hit the shelves.
  • These highly anticipated books are already exciting readers before they're published.
  • You can pre-order upcoming titles to get them as soon as they come out in 2022.

As a new year of great books begins, readers are already excited about upcoming titles. From sequel announcements from our favorite authors to debut titles from up-and-coming writers, the anticipation is building to see which books will become the biggest hits of 2022.

The books on this list were selected based on their popularity on Goodreads, early praise from reviewers, and high numbers of pre-orders from Amazon and Bookshop. You can pre-order any of these titles to get them delivered to your door or on your e-reader once the title is officially published later this year. 

The 27 most anticipated new books of 2022: 

"To Paradise" by Hanya Yanagihara

"To Paradise" by Hanya Yanagihara book cover

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From the author of the devastatingly emotional "A Little Life" comes "To Paradise," a new historical fiction novel set in an alternate New York where people are free to live and love as they choose. As this story spans three centuries, the characters connect across three stories of love, fear, and shame, exploring the way these emotions make us human.

Release date: January 11, 2022

"You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays" by Zora Neale Hurston

"You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays" by Zora Neale Hurston book cover

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Hailed "one of the greatest writers of our time" by Toni Morrison, this essay collection highlights three decades of Zora Neale Hurston's influential work. Showcasing her development over her career, these essays and articles cover politics, race, and gender from the Harlem Renaissance to the civil rights movement.

Release date: January 18, 2022

"Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover

"Reminders of Him" by Colleen Hoover book cover

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When Kenna Rown returns to her hometown after serving five years in prison, she wants nothing more than to reunite with her four-year-old daughter, though everyone seems determined to keep them apart. Kenna forms a connection with Ledger Ward, a local bar owner, in the hopes he can help her reach her daughter, though the risk and pressure they face might ruin Kenna's hope of rebuilding her future.

Release date: January 18, 2022

"How High We Go In The Dark" by Sequoia Nagamatsu

"How High We Go In The Dark" by Sequoia Nagamatsu book cover

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"How High We Go In The Dark" is a unique science fiction novel about a pandemic unleashed as the permafrost melts and archeologists uncover secrets long frozen in the Arctic Circle. This story follows a series of loosely connected characters as the world dramatically changes across continents and centuries.

Release date: January 18, 2022

"Manifesto: On Never Giving Up" by Bernardine Evaristo

"Manifesto: On Never Giving Up" by Bernardine Evaristo book cover

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"Manifesto" is the first nonfiction work from Bernardine Evaristo, the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize for "Girl, Woman, Other." In this short and inspirational memoir, Bernardine Evaristo outlines the challenges she's faced, her powerful perspectives, and her determination to make a name for herself through writing that has led to her great successes. 

Release date: January 18, 2022

"Perpetual West" by Mesha Maren

"Perpetual West" by Mesha Maren book cover

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In this engaging novel that takes place between the United States and Mexico, Alex and Elana have moved to El Paso and Alex is thrilled to learn more about the place he was born across the border while they both work on their degrees. When Alex goes missing, Elena realizes neither of them has been completely honest about who they are in this novel about human nature, desires, and the choices that shape us.

Release date: January 25, 2022

"Violeta" by Isabel Allende

"Violeta" by Isabel Allende book cover

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Violeta Del Valle was born in 1920 and is now 100, writing to her grandson to tell the story of her incredible (though tumultuous) life. Born in Chile during the Spanish flu, Violeta's life was shaped by the world's momentous events from the Great Depression and World War II, to personal challenges like shocking deaths and divorce. 

Release date: January 25, 2022

"South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation" by Imani Perry

"South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation" by Imani Perry book cover

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In this nonfiction read, Imani Perry asserts that the South is the heartland of America, influencing our history, culture, and institutions beyond the Mason-Dixon Line. As Perry returns to the South, she examines the role of the South through both a historical and a personal lens, discussing the ways in which its history has affected the rest of the country and how a brighter future for America must first focus on the South. 

Release date: January 25, 2022

"Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson

"Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson book cover

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Byron and Benny are estranged siblings, forced together once again when their mother leaves them an inheritance of a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording in the wake of her passing. This upcoming novel is a testament to relationships, memories, and secrets as the two join together to uncover the mysteries of their mother's life and their strange inheritance.

Release date: February 1, 2022

"Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead" by Elle Cosimano

"Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead" by Elle Cosimano book cover

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As a single mother, Finlay is once again struggling to care for her kids and finish her novel when she learns that someone wants her ex-husband dead. Determined to save him from a terrible fate, Finlay launches into a tangled investigation in this highly anticipated sequel to "Finlay Donovan is Killing It"

Release date: February 1, 2022

"Homicide and Halo-Halo" by Mia P. Manansala

"Homicide and Halo-Halo" by Mia P. Manansala book cover

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In this sequel to the cozy mystery "Arsenic and Adobo," the teen beauty pageant has started once again, a contest that Lila Macapagal won many years ago, beating out her cousin, Bernadette. When the head judge of the contest is murdered, Bernadette is the prime suspect and she and Lila must drop their long-standing rivalry to clear her name and solve the case.

Release date: February 8, 2022

"Moon Witch, Spider King" by Marlon James

"Moon Witch, Spider King" by Marlon James book cover

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In this upcoming second novel in the "Dark Star" trilogy, Sogolon the Moon Witch tells her story of what happened in "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," where Sogolon served as the antagonist. Now the hero of her own story, readers are offered the chance to explore her history and motives in this journey from her childhood to the throne room.

Release date: February 15, 2022

"The Paris Apartment" by Lucy Foley

"The Paris Apartment" by Lucy Foley book cover

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When Jess decides she needs a fresh start, she reaches out to her half-brother, Ben, who lives in Paris and reluctantly agrees to let her stay with him for a while, though he isn't there when she arrives. As the days stretch on without a word from Ben, Jess begins to dig into his mysterious disappearance, his unusual apartment, and the eclectic residents of his building, who have each become her suspects.

Release date: February 22, 2022

"Gallant" by V.E. Schwab

"Gallant" by V.E. Schwab book cover

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From bestselling fantasy author V.E. Schwab comes a new, standalone young adult fantasy novel about Olivia Prior, who is invited to live in a large family manor by a mystery relative and soon finds the eerie home is full of secrets. When she crosses a ruined wall in the garden, Olivia finds herself in a crumbling, ghoulish version of the home she just left and discovers the secrets that have haunted generations of her family.

Release date: March 1, 2022

"All My Rage" by Sabaa Tahir

"All My Rage" by Sabaa Tahir book cover

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Salahudin and Noor had a nearly inseparable bond, understanding each other more than anyone else could, until The Fight, which destroyed their relationship, possibly forever. In this young adult novel about family and forgiveness, Salahudin and Noor struggle against their futures and their families and must decide the value in their friendship as they fight the monsters of the past and present.

Release date: March 1, 2022

"One Italian Summer" by Rebecca Serle

"One Italian Summer" by Rebecca Serle book cover

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In this magical romance, Katy travels to Positano just after her mother's passing, on what was supposed to be a mother-daughter trip of a lifetime. Hoping to connect to her mother in a new way, Katy finds her mother on the beach at 30 years old and gets to know her as a young woman over a dazzling Italian summer.

Release date: March 1, 2022

"Memphis" by Tara M. Stringfellow

"Memphis" by Tara M. Stringfellow book cover

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"Memphis" is a mystical, familial historical fiction that spans 70 years of Joan's family, marked by violence and change. As Joan pours herself into her art, she finds that she is one in a long line of matriarchal healers in her family, armed with a paintbrush.

Release date: April 5, 2022

"Time Is a Mother" by Ocean Vuong

"Time Is a Mother" by Ocean Vuong book cover

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"Time Is a Mother" is an intimate poetry collection about Ocean Voung grieving his mother's passing through memories, family, and restoration. In this extremely personal exploration, the poems are both bold and tender.

Release date: April 5, 2022

"The Candy House" by Jennifer Egan

"The Candy House" by Jennifer Egan book cover

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In this science fiction read, Own Your Unconscious is a new technology that allows you to access, share, and exchange every memory you've ever had. This novel follows multiple narratives as it examines the effects of this technology in a story about privacy, redemption, and the search for a real connection.

Release date: April 5, 2022

"Book Lovers" by Emily Henry

"Book Lovers" by Emily Henry book cover

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Nora Stephen is a literary agent on a month-long trip to Sunshine Falls with her little sister who is determined to make Nora the heroine of her own story. When Nora runs into editor Charlie Lastra, it's far from a "meet-cute" as they continue to bump into each other in a series of coincidences even the cheesiest of writers couldn't make up.

Release date: May 3, 2022

"Trust" by Hernan Diaz

"Trust" by Hernan Diaz book cover

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In this elegant historical fiction novel, Benjamin and Helen Rask are a wealthy but mysterious duo at the center of secrets, gossip, and a 1938 novel titled "Bonds." A story within a story, "Trust" intertwines the novel with other accounts of the Rask history and fortune through the perspective of a young woman determined to untangle the truth. 

Release date: May 3, 2022

"When Women Were Dragons" by Kelly Barnhill

"When Women Were Dragons" by Kelly Barnhill book cover

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"When Women Were Dragons" is a feminist fantasy novel about the Mass Dragoning of 1955, where 300,000 women suddenly transformed into dragons and took to the skies. Though the event is a taboo subject, Alex Green is searching for answers amidst her mother's protectiveness, her family's insistence that her aunt simply never existed, and her personal connection to the strange event that changed the world.

Release date: May 3, 2022

"The Hacienda" by Isabel Cañas

"The Hacienda" by Isabel Cañas book cover

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"The Hacienda" is a supernatural horror story, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War as Beatriz marries Don Rodolfo Solórzano and moves into his remote home after her father's execution. When strange things begin to happen, Beatriz turns to a young priest as her only ally against the sinister presence haunting the hacienda.

Release date: May 10, 2022

"You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty" by Akwaeke Emezi

"You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty" by Akwaeke Emezi book cover

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Five years after an accident killed the love of her life, Feyi Adekola is ready to embrace life and love once again. As Feyi struggles to overcome loss and make her way as an artist, she must also decide the risk of pursuing true love against great odds in this contemporary romance, filled with Akwaeke Emezi's powerful and beautiful writing.

Release date: May 24, 2022

"Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks" by Patrick Radden Keefe

"Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks" by Patrick Radden Keefe book cover

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This upcoming nonfiction read collects 12 true stories from Patrick Radden Keefe's most celebrated articles in "The New Yorker." From money laundering to black arms merchants, these stories are brought to life with literary journalism, offering true crime readers a thrilling new portrait of criminals and heroes.

Release date: June 28, 2022

"The Last White Man" by Mohsin Hamid

"The Last White Man" by Mohsin Hamid book cover

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In this lyrical novel from the author of "Exit West," Anders wakes one morning to find that his skin has turned dark, as other reports of people experiencing the same strange occurrence surface. As feelings of love war with loss, Anders bond deepens with an old friend in this novel of rediscovery and change.

Release date: August 2, 2022

"Husband Material" by Alexis Hall

"Husband Material" by Alexis Hall book cover

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Luc and Oliver are finally together, though everyone getting married around them is putting a lot of pressure on Luc to propose. In this highly anticipated romantic sequel to "Boyfriend Material," Luc and Oliver face four weddings and a funeral as they navigate their feelings — and future.

Release date: August 2, 2022

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