This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl again. The topic for this week is ‘Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2022’, which is a fantastic topic because there’s so many good books coming out this year, but also awful for my bank account.
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
One of my favourite reads of 2021 was The Appeal, and I have to pick up this book to see if Janice Hallett is everything I hope she is. The book follows Steven Smith, recently released from prison, as he returns to the mystery that has plagued him his entire life: why did his teacher, Miss Isles, disappear? Shortly after discovering a book covered in strange annotations as a child and showing it to Miss Isles, who becomes convinced it is in code and contains a great secret, she disappears on a field trip and Steven’s memory is hazy. He journeys back to the places of his childhood to try and discover what happened, but quickly discovers he isn’t the only one.
Release Date: 13th January 2022
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sye Lynn Tan
The first in a a new duology and a debut fantasy novel, inspired by the Chinese moon goddess. The story follows Xingyin, whose home has always been the Moon, hidden away by her mother from the Celestial Emperor, until one day her existence is discovered and she has to flee, leaving her mother behind. On the run, she disguises herself and trains under the Crown Prince’s army, soon beginning her quest to reunite with her mother the skies, a quest that’ll take across the skies and the earths.
Release Date: 20th January 2021
A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
After girls start to go missing on the isle of Cadence, the bard Jack Tamerlaine is called back to the isle by his childhood enemy: heiress of the east Adaira. With each passing song it becomes apparent the two work better together than they ever did apart as enemies, but the problem with the spirits is far more sinister than imagined and threatens to destroy them all.
Release Date: 3rd February 2022
The Dictator’s Wife by Freya Berry
The book follows a toppled dictator’s wife as she stands trail for her husband’s crimes against his people. She claims she is innocent and she is not guilty of her husband’s crimes but do they believe her or not? This sounds like a story that follows the complexities of blame, sin and absolution and I’m all for that, whilst also exploring the relationship between a dictator and a spouse – which I can’t imagine is very pleasant for the spouse. I am hoping this is as good as it has the potential to be.
Release Date: 17th February 2022
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
Storms have ravaged Mina’s home for generations, and people believe the Sea God who once protected them has now cursed them, in an attempt to appease him a girl is thrown into the sea every year as an offering as a bride, so far, the ‘true bride’ hasn’t been chosen. To save her brother’s beloved from this fate, Mina throws herself into the sea, and comes to the Spirit Land to find the might Sea God asleep, so with the help of a mysterious young man, and a crew of demons and spirits she sets out to wake the God from his enchanted slumber.
Release Date: 22nd February 2022
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk
After Liesl Weiss’ boss has a stroke and she is left in charge of the university’s rare book collection, she quickly discovers the library’s most prized manuscript is missing, but when she attempts to arise the alarm she is silenced. Then, a librarian stops showing up for work and soon Liesl is left to investigate both mysteries and what she discovers between the dusty books and her colleague’s lives changes everything she thought she knew.
Release Date: 25th February 2022
Gallant by V. E. Schwab
V. E. Schwab is pretty much a guaranteed auto-buy for me now, so I am very excited for any new releases from them. This book follows Olivia Prior, a girl without a mother, father or a voice, and follows her as she’s called to join an uncle she’s never met at his estate. Except, her uncle is dead, and has been for years, and there’s a strange wall to the West of the Estate that speaks of ancient magic, another realm, one that calls to Olivia, and one she has been instructed to never go beyond.
Release Date: 1st March 2022
Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
Once ago, in a different land, the animal denizens lived happily but everything changed with the arrival of the colonisers. After a war of a hundred years, a new leader, a horse who commanded the Sun, brought the animals hope and ruled for forty years, but his reign ends and a new leader steps forth and brings with them a new kind of hope. Based on the real events of Zimbabwe’s recent political events, the coup that overthrew their President in 2017, exploring the nature of power and those with enough optimism to overthrow it.
Release Date: 7th April 2022
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
Will Chen, has spent his whole life learning about the West, and has watched as it’s taken things that aren’t its own. So, when he is approached by a Chinese corporation with the offer of returning five sculptures to them through not so legal means, who is he to tell them no? He assembles a team of other Chinese Americans, all with their own complicated relationships with identity, but all who wouldn’t dream of passing this by.
Release Date: 14th April 2022
Ghost Lover by Lisa Taddeo
Behind screens, girls manage Ghost Lover, an anonymous texting service that promises to help you not lose your fluster when communicating with your crush; a political fundraiser in LA where three women compete to win the heart of the guest of honour; and a bereaved girl chases down her mother’s former lover. Twelve short stories, two of which have won the Pushcart prize, that allow Taddeo to explore obsession, love and grief.
Release Date: 14th June 2022
What book are you guys most looking forward to reading this year? What have I missed out on? Let me know!