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Most Anticipated Books Hitting the Shelves in 2022

Most Anticipated Books Hitting the Shelves in 2022

Believe it or not, we only have a month to go before we bid goodbye to 2021. After the Christmas shopping, it’s time to list down your New Year’s resolution, annual goals, vacation trips and of course… Books you are looking forward to reading in 2022.

While a lot of exciting titles have been published this year, there is no denying that 2022 also offers a promising time for book lovers. Aside from the usual FOMO (fear of missing out), it’s also encouraged to pre-order books as it helps authors, publishers, and bookstores—pre-orders may be just a small thing, but they can also make the biggest difference.

READ MORE: What are Book Pre-orders and Why Do They Matter?

To know more about books coming out next year, tune in to Bond Over Books: Most Anticipated Reads in 2022 on December 15, 5pm via Fully Booked Instagram Live. Here are some of the most anticipated reads to hit the shelves you should definitely check out soon.

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

One of the most-loved contemporary romance novelists is back with another tear-jerker. Reminders of Him is a standalone novel by Colleen Hoover and it follows the story of Kenna Rowan, a young woman desperately wanting to regain control of her life. 

After serving five years in prison, Kenna returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter.

Emotional, riveting, and utterly beautiful, Reminders of Him is one of Hoover’s strongest novels yet--one that will easily become one of your favorite CoHo novels.

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

The early 1900s, 1990s and 2090s: these three sections are joined in an enthralling and ingenious symphony, as recurring notes and themes deepen and enrich one another--illness, and treatments that come at a terrible cost; wealth and squalor; the weak and the strong; race; the definition of family, and of nationhood; the dangerous righteousness of the powerful, and of revolutionaries. What unites not just the characters, but these Americas, are their reckonings with the qualities that make us human: Fear. Love. Shame. Need. Loneliness.

Ambitious, bold, and daring, To Paradise is centered on understanding the aching desire to protect those we love – partners, lovers, children, friends, family and even our fellow citizens – and the pain that ensues when we cannot. Ultimately, another work from an emotional literary genius that is Hanya Yanagihara. 

Gallant by Victoria Schwab

After receiving an invitation by a mystery relative, Olivia moves from the orphanage to a far away manor, Gallant. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

An eerie story about life, death, and the young woman beckoned by both, Gallant is a standalone saga that will capture the readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Garth Nix. 

Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

Over the past two decades, Brene Brown’s extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as Brown’s singular skill as a researcher/storyteller, to lay out an invaluable, research-based framework that shows us that naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and lays out an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.  

Disorientation by Hsieh Chou

An uproarious and bighearted satire, alive with sharp edges, immense warmth, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Disorientation is both a blistering send-up of white supremacy in academia, and a profound reckoning of a Taiwanese American woman’s complicity and unspoken rage. 

PhD student Ingrid Yang is desperate to finish her dissertation on the late canonical poet, Xiao-Wen Chou. When she accidentally stumbles upon a strange and curious note in the Chou archives, her clumsy exploits to unravel the note’s message lead to an explosive discovery, one that upends her entire life and the lives of those around her: from campus protests and OTC drug hallucinations, to book burnings and a movement that stinks of “Yellow Peril” propaganda.

In this electrifying debut novel from a provocative new voice, Chou asks who gets to tell our stories—and how the story changes when we finally tell it ourselves.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no. Only when she shows up, he’s not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question. Everyone's a neighbor. Everyone's a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling. 

Lucy Foley’s The Paris Apartment is a satisfying mystery story that offers all the right ingredients for the perfect crime fiction: characters you cannot fully trust, nail-biting suspense, and heart-racing action. 

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

A witty, warm, and irreverent book that traces the lives of two young Taiwanese American women as they navigate friendship, sexuality, identity, and heartbreak over two decades. 

In stories told in alternating voices, Jean Chen Ho's debut collection peels back the layers of female friendship--the intensity, resentment, and boundless love--to probe the beating hearts of young women coming to terms with themselves, and each other, in light of the insecurities and shame that holds them back.

Spanning countries and selves, Fiona and Jane is an intimate portrait of a friendship, a deep dive into the universal perplexities of being young and alive, and a bracingly honest account of two Asian women who dare to stake a claim on joy in a changing, contemporary America. 

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong 

Critically acclaimed author Ocean Vuong offers a deeply intimate second poetry collection as he searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death in Time Is a Mother. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America.

These poems explore a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form. Bold and visionary, Time Is a Mother encapsulates themes we encounter and consistently ask in everyday life. 

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

A small and light book, this read is a virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

This book is like a warm summer breeze that will brighten up your day. Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby. Instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor as she went to North Carolina for a month, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves. Book Lovers is a must-read romance novel, one that you won’t be able to put down.

Violeta by Isabel Allende

This sweeping novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea tells the epic story of Violeta del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family of five boisterous sons. From the start, her life will be marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth.

Told through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination, and sense of humor will carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.

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