The excitement of checking out the publishing lists to see what’s coming out this year… we love it! Do our favorite authors have anything releasing? Will there be new books to buzz about and add to our never ending TBRs? We hope so! Here are a few books publishing the first half of 2022 that we are excited for…
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Hunt the Stars, Jessie Mihalik [Feb 1]
After falling head over heels for Mihalik’s Consortium Rebellion trilogy, I know I have to pick up this new release from her. I need more space battles, bad ass female fighters, and disagreeable but sexy ship commanders!
The Night Shift, Alex Finlay [Mar 1]
This comes out on my birthday! Happy Birthday to me! I’ve seen this one buzzed about a lot on #bookstagram and the premise sounds super interesting. I do love me a good murder thriller.
The Book of Cold Cases, Simone St. James [Mar 15]
St. James is quickly becoming a favorite author when I want to reach for something slightly spooky. I loved Broken Girls and The Sun Down Motel and I can’t wait to see what this new novel is like. I do hope the ghostly elements in this book will be played out a bit more.
The Merciless Ones (Deathless #2), Namina Forna [Apr 5]
After reading and loving The Gilded Ones at the end of 2021, I knew I had to put this one on my list. What I really loved about the first book was the diverse set of characters and how they’re all unique and compelling. I can’t wait to see them fleshed out even more in book 2.
These are some of the advanced reader copy books that I requested on netgalley
Goliath, Tochi Onyebuchi
The summary got me – In the 2050s, Earth has begun to empty. Those with the means and the privilege have departed the great cities of the United States for the more comfortable confines of space colonies. Those left behind salvage what they can from the collapsing infrastructure. But also, this is the author of Riot Baby and War Girls. His writing is futuristic but smart, informative, uncomfortable and relatable.
Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts #3), Nnedi Okorafor
I loved Akata Witch, which was one of the first books I read where the magical society was non-European (in this case a secret “other” magical Nigeria). It was so rich with culture and gosh – I wanted to go live in that society! But somehow haven’t gotten to the 2nd book, Akata Warrior yet (despite having it on my reading list a few years ago). And now it looks like a 3rd book is coming out this year! I need to set aside some time to dive into this series.
The Violin Conspiracy, Brendan Slocumb
Normally, the books I look forward to are those by authors that I’ve already read. But I was intrigued by the summary of Slocumb’s debut novel – a talented Black violinist from rural North Carolina family heirloom violin is stolen on the eve of the most prestigious classical music competition in the world. And there’s and there’s an accompanying playlist of 50 songs which just really made me want to experience this book.
Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7), Seanan McGuire
I binged the Wayward Children series last year, reading all 6 books – and now the 7th is coming out and I’m not waiting! “There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. And it isn’t as safe.” Coincidentally, one of the January Key Words is “Girls”, the release date is January 4th and the audiobook is available on Srib’d … so all the stars have aligned for me to read this book before the end of the month.
Those are a few of the new releases we’re looking forward to reading this year. Are any of these on your book list? Which book are you most looking forward to?