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Our 30 Most-Anticipated Books of 2022

Because there's always time for another great read, we're rounding up our most-anticipated books of 2022.

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Must-read new book releases

Whether you’re headed to the beach for a post-pandemic vacation, sneaking in a little “me” time between soccer matches and playdates, or spending your lunch hour in a local park, nothing feels as effortlessly self-indulgent as settling in with a good book. And fortunately for book lovers, new titles are released all year long, meaning it’s always a good time to add a fresh batch of new books to your reading list. Not sure where to begin? We’re making it easy for you with this list of the most-anticipated books of 2022.

These new book releases appeal to every type of reader, from fiction lovers to nonfiction book fans. Browse for must-read books for women and men in a variety of genres, from romance novels and lighthearted romps to mystery books, spy thrillers, and inspiring accounts of triumph over adversity. And because the literary world is more inclusive than ever, many of these books are told from diverse voices and offer fresh perspectives.

Every title on our list of the most-anticipated books of 2022 will debut this summer or later in the year. We made our picks by scouring pre-release book reviews, assessing what upcoming titles have bibliophiles buzzing, and looking for new book releases from established authors. This list includes selections from Reader’s Digest book editors—look for the “Reader’s Digest Editor’s Pick” seal. Will any of these new books make the list of the best books of all time? Time will tell, but we bet there are a few contenders on this list!

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1. The Perfect Crime edited by Vaseem Khan and Maxim Jakubowski

Genre: Crime fiction

Release date: September 13, 2022

Twenty-two best-selling crime writers come together for one spine-tingling anthology that’ll appeal to anyone who likes to end each night with a bite-size read. With short stories about murder, blackmail, and revenge in locations ranging from Lagos to rural New Zealand to New York City, this sharply assembled collection is a page-turner from start to finish. One reviewer calls it “superb and unsettling”—we’ll consider that an endorsement! Contributors include Oyinkan Braithwaite, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, J.P. Pomare, Nelson George, and Walter Mosley.

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2. Before I Do by Sophie Cousens

Genre: Romance

Release date: October 11, 2022

The latest offering from Sophie Cousens, author of This Time Next Year and Just Haven’t Met You Yet, further plumbs the search for true love as bride-to-be Audrey, headed into her wedding day, gets a major case of cold feet, which is complicated by the arrival of an unexpected wedding guest. One Goodreads reviewer says Before I Do left her “laughing, crying, and my heart filled with love.” Sounds like the perfect feel-good book for a fall weekend.

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3. Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Genre: Magical realism

Release date: August 30, 2022

This new offering from the New York Times best-selling author of Garden Spells takes place on a magical, mysterious island off the South Carolina coast. When Zoey comes to clean out her late mother’s apartment, she encounters a surrealistic cast of characters, each with their own stories, secrets, and ghosts. The dream-like setting, coupled with Sarah Addison Allen’s gift for whimsical, poetic language, makes Other Birds one of our most-anticipated books for 2022. You’re going to want to read this one with your book club.

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4. Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger

Genre: Mystery

Release date: August 23, 2022

Just in time for an end-of-summer beach read, the 19th installment in William Kent Krueger’s acclaimed Cork O’Connor mystery series takes readers deep into the Minnesota Boundary Waters for a saga that mixes Native American mysticism, detective-style intrigues, and a fast-paced race against time to save lives. Publisher’s Weekly says Fox Creek “skillfully blends an evocative look at nature’s beauty and peril with Native American lore.”

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5. No Plan B by Lee Child and Andrew Child

Genre: Thriller

Release date: October 25, 2022

Where there’s Jack Reacher, there’s global-level intrigue, life-threatening danger, and heart-racing action. The 27th book in the beloved thriller series sees Reacher stumble upon an apparent suicide that he knows was really a murder, leading him to unravel a much bigger, deeper conspiracy. If you’re new to the series and wondering why the main character’s name sounds so familiar, it’s probably because you’ve come across Jack Reacher on-screen. He’s the protagonist of an eponymous Amazon Prime series, and Tom Cruise has portrayed the character in two films.

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6. Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Women’s fiction

Release date: August 30, 2022

New York Times best-selling novelist Taylor Jenkins Reid is back, as is her protagonist, tennis great Carrie Soto. After watching her world records be broken by a younger rival, 37-year-old Soto decides to come out of retirement for one last shot at glory on the court. In her latest must-read novel, Reid artfully weaves narratives of self-doubt, parental expectations, smoldering romance, and the heavy price of sacrificing it all for athletic greatness. If you gobble up autobiographies of athletes and have your TV permanently tuned to ESPN, this should make your list of the most-anticipated books of 2022.

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7. Next in Line by Jeffrey Archer

Genre: Historical fiction

Release date: September 27, 2022

Part royal family tell-all, part fast-paced thriller, Jeffrey Archer’s latest installment in the William Warwick detective series takes place in the late 1980s, when Warwick and his Scotland Yard team investigate an elite squad entrusted with protecting the royals. Archer’s inside knowledge of the workings of British establishment lends loads of credibility as he weaves a suspenseful tale that also captures the late Princess Diana’s warmth and humor.

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8. The Housekeeper by Joy Fielding

Genre: Psychological suspense

Release date: August 16, 2022

A totally relatable topic—caring for aging parents—takes a harrowing turn in The Housekeeper, the latest effort from best-selling author Joy Fielding. When busy real estate agent Jodi Bishop hires a housekeeper to care for her increasingly needy folks, she quickly finds that the kind, trustworthy woman she hired has a much more sinister agenda. Fielding is referred to as a “master of domestic suspense,” thanks to her frequent examinations of fractured households. True crime aficionados looking for a fictional take on folks who are up to no good will want to add this to their reading list, stat.

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9. Tenkill by Shannon Kirk

Genre: Legal thriller

Release date: September 27, 2022

Described as “early John Grisham with an all-female-led cast,” fast-paced Tenkill finds tech-savvy lawyer Greta Vinet Seville with a cache of potentially explosive data—and on the run from her own high-powered law firm. Everyone on her rag-tag team of allies has skin in the game, and together they attempt to unravel a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme whose perpetrators will go to deadly lengths to keep it under wraps. If you like novels with strong female protagonists and feminist takes on the classics, add this one to your list.

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10. Racing the Light by Robert Crais

Genre: Mystery

Release date: November 1, 2022

Fans of private investigator duo Elvis Cole and Joe Pike will delight in the latest installment in Robert Crais’s book series, which finds the odd couple on the hunt for a missing firebrand podcaster and his adult film star girlfriend. But they’re not the only ones looking for the pair, and the mystery, conflicting motives, and plot twists deepen with every page.

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11. Fruit Punch by Kendra Allen

Genre: Memoir

Release date: August 9, 2022

Poet and author Kendra Allen recounts coming of age as a Black child in Dallas, Texas, and struggling to find her voice, identity, and place in the American cultural fabric. One Goodreads reviewer says that reading Allen’s unflinchingly honest memoir felt as though the author was “sitting right next to me, talking and telling her story.” Expect a brutal yet humorous examination of race, class, and gender told by one of America’s brightest millennial voices.

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12. Why Didn’t You Tell Me? by Carmen Rita Wong

Genre: Memoir

Release date: July 12, 2022

Carmen Rita Wong’s highly anticipated memoir reads like a work of fiction, but it’s a true story, and it promises to be one of 2022’s most captivating books about race relations in America. After a deathbed confession and a DNA test upended Wong’s sense of cultural and racial identity, the novelist and journalist set out to discover the truths of her origins and, in the process, unpack the difficult questions of where she belongs in the American cultural landscape.

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13. In the Shadow Garden by Liz Parker

Genre: Women’s fiction

Release date: September 13, 2022

Liz Parker’s debut novel transports readers to bourbon-soaked Yarrow, Kentucky, where two rival families work magic capable of both wonder and devastating loss. Old mysteries, grudges, and liberal doses of alluring hocus-pocus combine in Parker’s earthy, colorful tale of small-town secrets and intertwined family histories. At its core is a moving mother-daughter story and lesson on the resilience of women.

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14. Defending Alice by Richard Stratton

Genre: Historical fiction

Release date: November 22, 2022

Based on the true story that riveted the American public in the 1920s, Defending Alice is a fictionalized account of Rhinelander v. Rhinelander, an explosive divorce suit that pitted a family of powerful New York socialites against Alice Jones, a working-class, mixed-race woman. Writer and filmmaker Richard Stratton’s beat is investigative journalism, and his eye for nuance and detail shine in this account, told from the perspective of Alice’s attorney.

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15. The Dark King by Gina L. Maxwell

Genre: Fantasy romance

Release date: September 27, 2022

New York Times best-selling author Gina L. Maxwell has a flair for penning racy tales, and her first installment in the Deviant Kings series keeps the heat turned up. After a one-night stand in Vegas, Bryn wakes up to find herself married to a sexy billionaire. But this is no Cinderella story, as she soon finds herself unwittingly swept into a sinister fae underworld. Get ready for a wild, sensuous ride, with a dose of dark humor thrown in for good measure.

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16. Someday, Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Release date: November 1, 2022

Debut novelist Onyi Nwabineli starts Someday, Maybe with a tragic loss: British Nigerian protagonist Eve is mourning her beloved husband, who committed suicide. Eve tries to move on amid urging from her friends and relatives, yet she feels compelled to reexamine her unconventional marriage and, in turn, her place in the cultural landscape. Expect Nwabineli to emerge as a fresh new voice in contemporary fiction. Want to add more stellar literature to your to-read list? Add these outstanding books by Black authors.

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17. Sister Mother Warrior by Vanessa Riley

Genre: Historical fiction

Release date: July 12, 2022

The most successful uprising of enslaved people took place in Haiti at the turn of the 19th century. Two women were instrumental in the fight for Haitian independence: Marie-Claire Bonheur, the first empress of Haiti, and Gran Toya, a freewoman from West Africa. Their little-known stories and unlikely bond form the basis of Sister Mother Warrior, the latest from historical fiction queen Vanessa Riley.

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18. From the Jump by Lacie Waldon

Genre: Romance

Release date: July 19, 2022

When overachiever Liv starts saying “no” to her stressful obligations and expectations, the consequences begin to pile up, challenging her friendships, financial stability, and self-awareness in Lacie Waldon’s From the Jump. The action jumps from a sunny safari in South Africa to Liv’s home in Los Angeles, and naturally, there’s an emotionally unavailable love interest in the mix to complicate things even further. Planning a warm-weather vacation? You’re going to want to add this lighthearted read to your summer reading list.

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19. Idol, Burning by Rin Usami

Genre: Literary fiction

Release date: November 15, 2022

Described as The Catcher in the Rye for the 21st century, Idol, Burning—Japanese novelist Rin Usami’s second novel—offers a deeply psychological take on the blurry lines between pop culture, fandom, and all-consuming obsession. High school junior Akari has devoted her blog (and her life) to Masaki Ueno, a member of one of Japan’s most popular bands. When he’s accused of wrongdoing, she works to clear his name and risks further losing herself in the process. This is one of the most-anticipated books of 2022 for literary fiction lovers, fangirls, fanboys, and pretty much everyone in between.

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20. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Genre: Literary fiction

Release date: October 4, 2022

The best-selling and award-winning author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere is back with another gripping and heartbreaking novel. Set in a world that’s not quite our own, Our Missing Hearts is the story of 12-year-old Bird and his quest to find the mother he’s spent his whole life denying—she is, after all, a Chinese American poet whose work has been deemed unpatriotic by the government. Ng’s story lifts up themes of motherhood, social injustice, and the bond between family. When you’re done, pick up more must-read books by Asian authors.

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21. Marple by Agatha Christie and others

Genre: Mystery

Release date: September 13, 2022

Agatha Christie invented the beloved detective Jane Marple, and 12 authors—including fantasy writer Leigh Bardugo, young adult author Karen M. McManus, and rom-com writer Alyssa Cole—celebrate her voice and character in this compilation of short mystery stories. The action jumps from rural England to Hong Kong to Italy and beyond. This modern revival of an iconic character in mystery fiction is sure to introduce her to new audiences.

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22. The Enigma of Room 622 by Joël Dicker

Genre: Mystery

Release date: September 13, 2022

A vacation in the Swiss Alps was supposed to help celebrated writer Joël recover from a slump. Instead, he stumbles upon a long-unsolved murder and a mystery that involves the ultra-secretive Swiss banking network, Switzerland’s answer to Jay Gatsby, and of course, a love triangle. Released in French in 2020, The Enigma of Room 622 gets an English translation (by Robert Bononno) this fall, and it’s sure to win Dicker more North American fans.

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23. What Child Is This? by Bonnie MacBird

Genre: Historical mystery

Release date: November 1, 2022

It takes a lot to fill Arthur Conan Doyle’s shoes, but mystery writer Bonnie MacBird does so faithfully with the fifth book in her Sherlock Holmes Adventure series. MacBird sets the intrepid detective and his sidekick, Watson, on the trail of a child kidnapper and a missing aristocrat, and she eloquently captures the humor and intrigue of Doyle’s original characters. With a November release date and a setting in Christmastime London, this one will make a great bookish gift for Sherlock Holmes lovers.

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24. The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy

Genre: Literary fiction

Release date: July 5, 2022

The latest novel from Booker Prize nominee Anuradha Roy weaves elements of the mysticism and folklore of her native India with the complexities of the Indian expat experience in London for a tale filled with love, longing, and current events. When ceramic potter Elango decides to create a terra-cotta horse he saw in a dream, the consequences of his ambitious project are far-reaching and unexpected. This one will appeal to fans of young adult literature as well.

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25. The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe

Genre: Romance

Release date: September 13, 2022

We’re looking forward to this funny, lighthearted work set in the cutthroat world of academia, and its release is just in time for the new school year! Medieval literature student Allison Avery has worked hard to achieve her academic dream: acceptance into a prestigious program and work as a teaching assistant to a distinguished professor. Then her ex-boyfriend and scholarly rival appears on the scene, forcing Allison to make some tough choices. Jenny L. Howe’s comedic timing shines in this debut novel, which one reviewer describes as “charmingly nerdtastic.”

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26. Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell

Genre: Science fiction

Release date: November 1, 2022

Like Winter’s Orbit, Everina Maxwell’s best-selling space opera, Ocean’s Echo is an escape to another world. In it, a soldier with mind-control abilities and a rich socialite with mind-reading powers of his own fake a mind meld and plan an escape. But things don’t go according to plan in this action-packed space adventure. If you like sci-fi, military thrillers, and LGBTQ novels, this should make your list of the most-anticipated books of 2022.

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27. The Fixer Upper by Lauren Forsythe

Genre: Romance

Release date: August 2, 2022

There’s a lot to love about Lauren Forsythe’s latest foray into romantic, humorous women’s fiction. When Aly realizes she has a long track record of “fixing up” wayward boyfriends, she turns her talents into a business—an underground service to help women get their mates to step up. Cue the comic coincidences. The Fixer Upper has rom-com screenplay written all over it. Where are Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan when we need them?

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28. Love in a Time of War by Adrienne Chinn

Genre: Historical fiction

Release date: October 4, 2022

Fans of war and romance sagas à la The English Patient will be drawn to Adrienne Chinn’s latest novel, which traces the lives of three Fry sisters as they navigate the dangers and pitfalls of World War I. Themes of forbidden love, secrets, sacrifice, and stifling social norms play out in the sweeping story. And watch this space—Love in a Time of War is the first of three novels about the fictional sisters.

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29. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss

Genre: Romance

Release date: September 27, 2022

We’ll admit it: The title of Jenny Bayliss’s latest Christmas-themed rom-com pretty much betrays a happy ending, but we’ll take this light holiday read all the same. Set in London and the English countryside, this playful tale presents working-class Nory and gardener Isaac, who are thrown together in a castle with her snooty prep school friends and loaded down with their own romantic baggage. Old friends, new love, self-acceptance, and family loyalty are just some of the themes Bayliss deftly touches on here.

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30. Loud by Tana Douglas

Genre: Memoir

Release date: September 20, 2022

Rock ‘n’ rollers, this one’s for you. Tana Douglas’s rollicking true story of how she ran away from home in the 1970s—to be a roadie for AC/DC, no less—is a roller-coaster ride through some of the most notorious periods in music history, featuring some of its most colorful characters. Expect appearances from Iggy Pop, Elton John, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. Douglas is now recognized as the world’s first female roadie, and this story recounts how she earned her stripes.

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Elizabeth Heath
Elizabeth Heath is a travel and lifestyle writer based in Italy. Her writing on travel and sustainability appears in national and international publications and she is the author of several guidebooks. For RD.com and sister publication FamilyHandyman.com, she writes about pets (especially dogs!), books, seasonal gift guides, home improvement, and outdoor living.