I have read a few 2022 book releases and I can tell that the year is going to be an interesting one. And I’m not just saying this for bants, there’s been a shift, albeit tiny, in publishing and it feels like the marketing money will focus a little bit more on books written by people of colour.
This kinda means there are going to be a lot of token titles. Also, there is a high chance I’m wrong but I’m here for the drama. Here are 16 of the 2022 book releases that I look forward to reading.
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse ( April 19)
We return to The Meridian with this sequel to one of my favourite reads of 2021, Black Sun. It completely blew my mind and I can’t wait to continue the adventure. Fevered Star forges ahead with the epic story in a world focusing on people, cultures, and the history of Pre-Columbian and indigenous society. Full description HERE.
A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa (April 12)
I discovered this author in 2021 when I read their debut, Daughters of Stone and this will be their second book which is 13 years later. The novel is set during the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade and witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves. Full description HERE.
Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye (March 8)
Isn’t it auspicious that this is being published on International Women’s Day? I’m excited about it because I’m always on the hunt for books steeped in Nigerian myth, folklore, and legend. The debut novel is the first of a duology centered on a descendant of the Orisha named Sloane. Full description HERE.
Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto (March 29)
I couldn’t shut up about Dial A For Aunties 2021. Such a hilarious read. From this title, you can tell we’re in for more chaos. The aunties are back, fiercer than ever, and ready to handle any catastrophe, including the mafia! Full description HERE.
Hook, Line, And Sinker by Tessa Bailey (March 1)
In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer that I absolutely adored, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man. Full description HERE.
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn (March 29)
Kate Quinn is my favourite Caucasian historical fiction writer so I know this book is going to bang! It’s a World War II story of a quiet librarian who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story. Full description HERE.
When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (March 15)
I follow this writer on Twitter, they are good vibes so when I saw that they had a novel coming out, I had to jump on it. It’s a mythic love story set in Trinidad, we’re introduced to two unforgettable outsiders brought together by their connection with the dead. Full description HERE.
You Made A Fool Of Me With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (May 24)
It’s super high on my list of 2022 book releases. I’m a fan so I’ll always read what they write. ALWAYS. This is a deeply heartfelt romance novel about a woman named Feyi who eases back into the dating scene after an accident killed the love of her life five years prior. Full description HERE.
Beasts of A Little Land by Juhea Kim (February 3)
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, the author of The Mountains Sing and one of my favourite humans, says “this is historical fiction at its very best! I am astonished by Juhea’s talent” and that’s all I need to know. Full description HERE.
Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi (February 15)
A companion book to Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet, this YA novel centers on Bitter, who’s come through foster care and landed a spot at Eucalyptus – a school for creative teenagers. Safe inside, there are major events unfolding in the world outside that begin to pull on Bitter and her friends. Full description HERE.
People Person by Candice Carty-Williams (April 22)
Candice is back with another one and I’m one of the few who enjoyed Queenie. People Person is about a young woman connecting with four half-siblings and the absent father she barely knows. Full description HERE.
What Happened to Janet Uzor by Miracle Emeka-Nkwor (TBA)
I’m proud of what Masobe Books is doing in the Nigerian publishing space. I want to read this novel because it’s not based in Lagos. Nigerian books will have you thinking Lagos is the only state. Also, it’s a mystery, I love those. Full description HERE.
Our Wives Under The Sea by Julia Armfield (March 3)
I read this author’s short story collection, Salt Slow, and its weirdness blew my mind. Preview readers are describing this one as creepy and I like creepy. It follows Leah who returns to her wife after a deep-sea mission goes wrong but things have changed forever. Full description HERE.
Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor (January 18)
Those of us in Nigeria know book 1 as What Sunny Saw In The Flames, book 2 is titled Sunny & The Mysteries Of Osisi and I’m super excited to wrap up the trilogy. I wonder what the Nigerian title will be and if Cassava Republic will publish it. Full description HERE.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (January 20)
Two things about this book caught my eye. The cover and the premise. Just look at it. It’s a retelling of a Chinese legend, Chang’e, the moon goddess and I’m still pained Netgalley didn’t approve my request for an advance copy. The book follows a young woman’s quest to free her mother but has face-off the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk. Full description HERE.
For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings by Troy Onyango (TBA)
Troy is the editor of the literary magazine, Lolwe(CHECK IT OUT), and a Caine Prize finalist. Aside from being good at his craft, he is awesome bookish vibes so I’m excited to read his collection of short stories which is going to be published by Masobe Books. More information as soon as I get it.
I’m sure there’ll be a lot more 2022 book releases that might excite me but for now, this is it. What are you looking forward to reading? Are you aware of any of these titles? Let me know in the comments,
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