50+ 2022 Anticipated Releases: January through June!

Anyone else just get ridiculously excited about NEW BOOKS??

I know I said that I care less about future releases now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care at all… If anything, I have even more upcoming books on my TBR because I’m just willing to try anything at this point! Even if I may not focus as much on future releases anymore, I can’t deny that there are so many fantastic books coming out in 2022 and I can’t wait to read them! (One day…)

Since all the books I’m interested in are following my attempt to branch out, there’s a lot less YA than usual. But if that’s what you were here for, hopefully you can find some other interesting January – June 2022 releases to add to your TBR regardless!

All books are in order of release date, and all book covers link to Goodreads pages.

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JANUARY

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess (Jan 4) ✧ I’m gonna be honest, at least half of the reasons I want to read this have to do with that gorgeous cover. But it’s a Chang’e retelling and mixes adventure with romance, and it sounds amazing!

Fiona and Jane (Jan 4) ✧ I love stories that look at friendship between women, especially when they’re queer (and Asian, in this case!), and this collection does just that, examining the “the intensity, resentment, and boundless love” between two friends.

The Red Palace (Jan 25) ✧ It’s a true crime that I haven’t read any of June Hur’s books yet, but it seems like this one might be her best one and I can’t wait to pick it up! I love court politics, so seeing how murder plays into them in 1750s Korea will be super interesting.

Manywhere (Jan 25) ✧ This is a collection of short stories centered around queer and genderqueer characters in the South, and all of the stories sound fascinating!

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FEBRUARY

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Murder of Crows (Feb 1) ✧ If K Ancrum writes it, I’m reading it.

Ophelia After All (Feb 8) ✧ I can’t wait to read Racquel’s book, after following her on Twitter for years and watching them sign with an agent and announce this book deal! I’m very particular with YA contemporary but this sounds right up my alley—questioning your sexuality and changing relationships with others.

A Million to One (Feb 15?) ✧ I can’t wait to see what Adiba does outside of the contemporary genre, especially because this is about a sapphic heist on the Titanic!!!

The Girl Beneath the Sea (Feb 22) ✧ I’ve heard endless praises for this one already, and no wonder! It features demons, spirits, and gods in Korean mythology and draws loose inspiration from Spirited Away, and look at that COVER!!

Tripping Arcadia (Feb 22) ✧ I don’t normally reach for gothic fiction, but this just sounds fantastic. The main character seeks revenge against the rich family she works for, for ruining her own family, while also trying not to fall for the heir’s sister!

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MARCH

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The World Cannot Give (Mar 1) ✧ I think I’ve read one adult thriller my entire life, but this looks too good to pass up. I’m not a big fan of books that delve too deeply into Christianity, but this looks at it through the lens of cults and queer desire so I’m definitely intrigued!

Lakelore (Mar 8) ✧ Of course I have to read the latest book by my favorite YA author!! Love everything Anna-Marie McLemore writes, and this one about two nonbinary neurodivergent characters and a magical like sounds amazing as usual.

A Magic Steeped in Poison (Mar 22) ✧ I’ve been doubting a lot of YA fantasy lately, but this promises “bloody court politics” and angst over the protagonist accidentally killing her mother, which sounds exciting to me!

The City of Dusk (Mar 22) ✧ This is a dark fantasy with four different realms, necromancy, and gods, and it sounds SO GOOD!!!

Four Aunties and a Wedding (Mar 29) ✧ I had so much fun reading the first book, and I can’t wait to continue reading about the messes Meddy and the aunties get into.

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APRIL

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Time is a Mother (Apr 5) ✧ Ocean Vuong’s poetry genuinely makes me feel breathless, so I can’t wait for his next collection to punch me in the guts just like usual.

Alone Out Here (Apr 5) ✧ I’m excited to see how Riley Redgate tackles sci-fi rather than her usual contemporary. And she’s doing it with a book about the apocalypse on Earth and the 53 teens aboard a space ship who have to save humanity—sounds fantastic!

The Last Mapmaker (Apr 12) ✧ I have an ARC of this and I cannot WAIT to finally read this and absolutely love it! It’s a “seafaring mystery and critique of colonialism set in a Thai-inspired world”, aka the most perfect-sounding book ever.

Violets (Apr 14) ✧ This is going to be translated into English from Korean. It’s about a woman whose life was changed when she was rejected by her friend in her childhood and explores queer desire, violence, and isolation, which are the exact themes I love to read about!!!

Kaikeyi (Apr 26) ✧ This is about the vilified queen of the Ramayana from her perspective, shedding light on her true story, with a particularly feminist lens. (And she’s asexual!)

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MAY

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Moonflower (May 3) ✧ I really want to read more middle grade, and this one looks so heartbreaking yet healing, about a nonbinary kid struggling with depression who travels to spirit realms hoping to never return to the real world.

Siren Queen (May 10) ✧ This is about the monsters lurking behind the screens in Hollywood and the immoral things people will do for stardom, especially as a queer Asian woman… like HELLO!!!! Sounds absolutely amazing!!!!

The Hacienda (May 10) ✧ Again, gothic fiction isn’t my usual thing, but this gothic fiction book looks so good, following a young woman who enlists the help of a priest (who’s secretly a witch) to battle a haunted house with the backdrop of a freshly independent Mexico.

Summer’s Edge (May 31) ✧ I loved Dana Mele’s debut, and her next sapphic thriller looks just as enticing. It’s about an “estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer”, with some sapphic action of course!

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JUNE

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Wrath Goddess Sing (Jun 7) ✧ Trans woman Achilles, hello!!! And a portrayal of the Greek gods as bloodthirsty and growing only more powerful with each human sacrifice!!! WOW.

Valiant Ladies (Jun 14) ✧ This takes place in the 17th century and follows two vigilante teen girls who, when they’re not proper ladies, “pass their time fighting, gambling, and falling desperately in love with one another”! 

The Final Strife (Jun 23) ✧ With blood magic and classes divided by blood color, f/f friends to lovers, and revolution in an African and Arabian-inspired setting, this looks like an epic new fantasy series to fall in love with!!

Bad Things Happen Here (Jun 23) ✧ This protagonist lost her best friend to a “curse” three years ago that has now also claimed her sister, so she now has double the reason to investigate these unsolved deaths.

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shall we chat

what Jan – Jun releases are you excited for? any YA releases you think I might enjoy? if you have your eye on any poetry or translated fiction, point them my way!!

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