12 Most Anticipated Reads of 2022
You'll want to get your hands on these books ASAP!
New year, new reading list! With so many incredible new books for release this year, it can be overwhelming to find just what you’re looking for. Whether you’re hungry for a thrilling page-turner, a steamy romance, an action-packed adventure, or sweeping tales of self-discovery, we’ve rounded up twelve of the most anticipated books to add to your list for all year long.
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1. The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder
With incredible world-building and characters you can’t help but adore, Leslie Vedder brilliantly flips the Sleeping Beauty fairytale on its head in this YA adventure saga. When brainy treasure hunter Fi pricks her finger on a bone spindle, she’s bonded by dreams to a cursed sleeping prince, Briar Rose. Determined to rescue him, she teams up with queer tough-as-nails girl warrior Shane, to traverse the forest together. While Fi has no interest in romance, could she possibly fall for the sleeping prince along the way? This young adult page-turner fantasy is packed with action, romance, wit, and heart.
2. The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
For any literary fan, the 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie has been an intriguing mystery for nearly a century. Nina de Gramont brilliantly and thoughtfully imagines what could have happened in this enchanting novel of star-crossed romance, revenge, and murder, told from the perspective of Christie’s husband’s mistress. Readers are in for a treat with this delicious historical drama.
3. Set on You by Amy Lea
This steamy enemies-to-lovers story is just as empowering as it is romantic. When popular curvy fitness influencer Crystal Chen has a rough breakup, she focuses on rebuilding her inner peace and power at her favorite place: the gym. She soon meets her ultimate gym nemesis, firefighter Scott Ritchie. She and Scott regularly compete for gym domination, taking jabs at each other and battling to claim stake on Crystal’s favorite squat rack. As their tension turns into romantic sparks, Crystal discovers Scott’s soft heart underneath his chiseled body. As they take their sexy romance to the max, Crystal takes a deeper look at who she really is beyond the perfect persona she’s crafted online.
4. We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall
A disturbing text message changes everything for TV writer Yara Gibson in this suspenseful and twisty new thriller. Felicia--a woman who claims to be a childhood friend of Yara’s mother--texts her, insisting that she and Yara talk before it’s “too late”, and she has information that will change her life. The next day, Felicia’s body is found floating in the lake of Yara’s hometown. To make things even more disturbing, Yara discovers Felicia left her a key to a remote cabin containing files to an unsolved tragedy from 1998. As Yara becomes determined to find answers, she uncovers dark truths that will shift the course of her life forever.
5. One of Us is Dead by Jeneva Rose
One of Us is Dead is a highly anticipated thriller from the author of The Perfect Marriage! In this addicting read, we meet the socialites of Buckhead: a town of secrets, cattiness, competitive friendships, and eventually…murder. Told from the perspectives of four Buckhead women, One of Us is Dead is an un-put-downable read that will have you up all night tearing through each page to see who did it.
6. The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Inspired by the true story of Edith Vanderbilt and her mysteriously disappeared wedding veil, this cross-generational story between four women from two different families is full of charm and heart. In present day North Carolina, we meet Julia Baxter as she prepares for her fairytale wedding, made complete by the family veil. But this veil is meant for another day as she receives a video of her fiancé cheating on her. Julia calls off the wedding and heads on her honeymoon trip alone. In a parallel story going back to 1914, we meet socialite Edith Vanderbilt who’s struggling to manage the Biltmore estate following her husband’s passing. Asheville, North Carolina calls out to Edith’s daughter Cornelia, who dreams of going beyond the Biltmore gates. As each parallel story unfolds, the truth behind this family veil is not what you may expect. The Wedding Veil is a triumphant read that celebrates the ups (and the downs) of remarkable women blazing their own trails, and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost in history.
7. Hotel Portofino by J.P. O'Connell
Get in, we’re going to Italy! This sweeping historical drama set after the Great War follows a British family who are still trying to recover from global upheaval. When they open the gorgeous Hotel Portofino on the stunning Italian Riviera, problems ensue, brought on by high-class guests and political scandal. The family turns focus toward a potential love match for son Lucian, but things don't go as planned, leading to major consequences for the whole family. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey or The Crown you’ll love this book on self-discovery and family.
8. Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
Two women embark on a star-crossed journey toward each other in this astonishing adult debut novel by bestselling YA author, Nina LaCour. Sara Foster is a brilliant in-demand bartender in L.A. with a traumatic past. She ran away from home when she was 16 and had to build a life for herself all on her own, with a now jaded heart. Emile Dubois takes a job arranging flowers at a glamorous Los Angeles restaurant Yerba Buena, and takes up an affair with the married owner. But when Emile and Sara meet at Yerba Buena, sparks fly instantly. While they deal with the damage of their own choices and the damage done by their past, their love pulls them apart and back together again and again. As the past comes back to haunt them, they must choose the love they have in the present moment. In Yerba Buena, every page must be savored…this book hits the soul.
9. The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn
This unique Emma retelling is a sexy, vibrant and memorable romantic comedy about trying to save a marriage, and meddling in everyone else’s. Georgina Wagman has the perfect marriage and law career until one day she walks in on her husband Nathan with his junior associate. Determined to make their marriage work and uphold the perfection she holds dear, she and Nathan decide to become swingers. Georgina’s friends Felix and Norah are also having their own relationship issues, so she also gets them to join in on the ride, hoping to save their relationship too. But when they show up at their first swingers party, Georgina runs into her college ex and this rekindling could dismantle everything she thought her life should be.
10. Can't Look Away by Carola Lovering
Sometimes love from the past comes back to haunt us, no matter how hard we try to run away from it. Molly Diamond was an aspiring Brooklyn writer when she fell in love with Jake Danner, the lead singer of a band whose career takes off after writing a hit song about her. Nearly a decade later, she has given up on her writing dreams and living in Connecticut with her young daughter and husband Hunter. She feels like an outsider amongst the women in her wealthy suburb and struggles to conceive a second child. When a new woman in town Sabrina enters Molly’s yoga studio, they form a friendship as they bond over their own fertility struggles. But as the two get to know more about each other, they begin to unspool secrets that reveal a connection neither of them could prepare for. If you’re looking for an addictive, sexy, suspense novel, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the page in Can’t Look Away.
11. Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
This dark and sinister thriller will sit in your heart long after you turn the final page. Things We Do in the Dark follows Paris Peralta as she’s charged for the murder of her celebrity husband. But things aren’t what they seem, and it’s actually her past she’s worked so hard to bury that could come back to make matters worse for her future. When someone from Paris’ past, Ruby Reyes, is released from prison for a similar murder trial that took place twenty-five years earlier, she threatens to expose who Paris really is. Paris is left with no choice but to face the haunting past she left behind once and for all, to save herself and finally stand in the light.
12. Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim
This heartfelt and touching read tackles the loneliness we face when we’re dedicated to helping others feel less lonely. Sophie Go returns to her hometown of Toronto after spending three years in Shanghai. She’s ready to begin a new chapter as a professional matchmaker, but her career is soon on the fritz as it’s revealed she never actually graduated from matchmaking school. Having no experience or credentials, Sophie is outcasted from the competitive matchmaking market. Desperate for work, she discovers a secret club of seven Chinese bachelors who never found love, known as the Old Ducks. After convincing them to hire her, Sophie is faced with her own loneliness as she struggles to find love for this endearing group of men in their 70s, and finds the power of love along the way.
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