We are halfway through the year, but the question remains: Which 2022 book releases might have bypassed your radar? No worries, I still got you covered!
At the start of the year, I wrote a list of under-marketed book releases for the first half of 2022, which readers can look forward to. The staggering inequality in publisher support, particularly in terms of marketing, has continuously put many authors at a disadvantage. And it disproportionately affects marginalized authors. Which is incredibly frustrating.
With this knowledge in mind, I set out to write a follow-up post, covering the remaining months of this year (July to December 2022). Same as last time, special attention was given to 2022 book releases with less shelving on Goodreads. From there, I found twenty-three (23) amazing titles that I am very excited to share with you. Happy browsing! ☺
(Last Updated: July 8, 2022)
2022 Adult Book Releases
Sister Mother Warrior by Vanessa Riley
[ 12 July 2022 from William Morrow ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When war breaks out on Saint Domingue, pitting the French, Spanish, and enslaved people against one another in turn, Marie-Claire and Toya meet. Despite their deep differences, they both play pivotal roles in the revolution that will eventually lead to full independence for Haiti and its people.
A sweeping novel of the Haitian Revolution based on the true-life stories of two extraordinary women: the first Empress of Haiti and a West African-born warrior who helped lead the rebellion.
How to Read Now: Essays by Elaine Castillo
[ 26 July 2022 from Viking ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: This collection of personal essays aims to dissect reading culture and to invite the audience into larger, globalized conversations about why reading matters today.
Elaine Castillo explores the politics and ethics of reading, and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not just with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and entangled histories.
The Sleepless by Victor Manibo
[ 02 August 2022 from Erewhon ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Journalist Jamie Vega is Sleepless: he can’t sleep, nor does he need to. When his boss dies on the eve of a controversial corporate takeover, Jamie doesn’t buy the too-convenient explanation of suicide, and launches an investigation of his own.
But everything goes awry when Jamie discovers that he was the last person who saw Simon alive. Not only do the police suspect him, Jamie himself has no memory of that night.
Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean
[ 02 August 2022 from William Morrow ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Mika is at her lowest point when she receives a phone call from Penny — the daughter she placed for adoption sixteen years ago.
Faced with her own inadequacies, Mika embellishes a fact about her life. What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life, one where Mika is mature, put-together, successful in love and her career.
After the Hurricane by Leah Franqui
[ 09 August 2022 from William Morrow ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When her troubled father goes missing after Hurricane Maria, Elena returns to Puerto Rico, a place she loved as a child but hasn’t seen in years. There she must unravel the truth about who her father is, crisscrossing the storm-swept island and reaching deep into his family tree to find relatives she’s never met, each of whom seems to possess a clue about Santiago’s fate.
The First Binding by R.R. Virdi
[ 16 August 2022 from Tor Books ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In this first installment of an exciting South Asian-inspired high fantasy, this book tells the riveting story of how Ari let loose the first evil.
To directly quote the book itself: All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first.
Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim
[ 16 August 2022 from Berkley ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Newly minted professional matchmaker Sophie Go has returned to her hometown in Toronto. In dire search of clients, Sophie stumbles upon a secret club within her condo complex: the Old Ducks, seven septuagenarian Chinese bachelors who never found love. Somehow, she convinces them to hire her, but her matchmaking skills are put to the test as she learns the depths of loneliness, heartbreak, and love.
Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
[ 13 September 2022 from Saga Press ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When a terrifying new breed of vampire is sighted outside of the city, bounty hunter Remy Pendergast prepares to investigate alone. But then he encounters the powerful vampire couple, Xiaodan Song and Zidan Malekh, who may hold the key to defeating the creatures.
When he’s offered a spot alongside them to find the truth about the mutating virus Rot that’s plaguing the kingdom, Remy faces a choice. It’s one he’s certain he’ll regret.
The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang
[ 27 September 2022 from Tor Books ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: This is the story of Misery Nomaki (she/they) – a nobody from a nowhere mining planet who possesses the rare stone-working powers of a saint. Unfortunately, these saint-like abilities also manifest in those succumbing to life-threatening voidmadness.
But when the voice of an angel, or a very convincing delusion, leads Misery to the center of the Empire, they find themself trapped between two powerful and dangerous factions, each hoping to use Misery to win a terrible war.
2022 Young Adult Book Releases
Twice as Perfect by Louisa Onomé
[ 26 July 2022 from Feiwel & Friends ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When fate reunites two estranged siblings, Ada is determined to get answers about the night her brother left. The more she learns about Sam’s poetry, the more Ada begins to wonder if maybe her own happiness is just as important as doing what’s expected of her.
Amid parental pressure, anxiety over the debate competition, a complicated love life, and the Nigerian wedding-to-end-all-weddings, can Ada learn, just this once, to put herself first?
How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez
[ 02 August 2022 from Katherine Tegen Books ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When a supervillain breaks into her bedroom one night, Astrid has to face the facts: her boyfriend is a superhero. Double-majoring as a premed was hard, but now Astrid will have to balance a double life. Despite her own super ability of having a perfect sense of time, Astrid is terrified that this revelation just might shatter her carefully laid plans.
Meet Me in Mumbai by Sabina Khan
[ 06 September 2022 from PUSH ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Told eighteen years apart, the story begins with Mira finding an old box with letters from Ayesha — the mysterious woman who placed her up for adoption. In these letters, her mother writes that if Mira can forgive her for having to give her up, she should find a way to travel to India for her eighteenth birthday and meet her. Mira knows she’ll always regret it if she doesn’t go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn?
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh
[ 13 September 2022 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A hospital volunteer in war-torn Syria, Salama is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her sister-in-law gives birth. So desperate, that she has manifested a physical embodiment of her fear in the form of her imagined companion, Khawf, who haunts her every move in an effort to keep her safe.
But even with Khawf pressing her to leave, Salama is torn between her loyalty to her country and her conviction to survive.
Last of the Talons by Sophie Kim
[ 27 September 2022 from Entangled Teen ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: After the destruction of her entire Talon gang, eighteen-year-old Shin Lina is forced to become a living, breathing weapon for the kingdom’s most-feared crime lord. All that keeps her from turning on her ruthless master is the life of her beloved little sister hanging in the balance. But the order to steal a priceless tapestry from a Dokkaebi temple incites not only the wrath of a legendary immortal, but the beginning of an unwinnable game.
A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo
[ 04 October 2022 from Dutton Books for Young Readers ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Aria Tang West expects boredom when her parents exile her to California. But what she finds is Steph Nichols, her grandmother’s gardener. Soon, Aria is second-guessing who she is and what she wants to be, and a summer that once seemed lost becomes unforgettable — for Aria, her family, and the working-class queer community Steph introduces her to.
Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad
[ 18 October 2022 from Disney-Hyperion ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Four sisters, four seasons, four flavors of romance.
The Singh sisters grew up helping their father navigate the bustle of the Songbird Inn. Nestled on dreamy and drizzly Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest, the inn’s always been warm and cozy and filled with interesting guests — the perfect home. But things are about to heat up now that the Songbird has been named the Most Romantic Inn in America.
Strike the Zither by Joan He
[ 25 October 2022 from Roaring Brook Press ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The year is 414 of the Xin Dynasty. Orphaned at a young age, Zephyr is now the best strategist of the land and serves under Xin Ren, a warlordess whose loyalty to the empress is double-edged — while Ren’s honor draws Zephyr to her cause, it also jeopardizes their survival in a war where one must betray or be betrayed. But there are more enemies than one — and not all of them are human.
2022 Middle Grade Book Releases
Nura and the Immortal Palace by M.T. Khan
[ 05 July 2022 from Disney-Hyperion ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following an accidental mine collapse, Nura shovels her way through the dirt hoping to find her best friend. Instead, she finds a portal to the opulent realm of jinn. Yet its trickster inhabitants aren’t nearly as treacherous as her mother made them out to be, because Nura is invited to a luxury jinn hotel.
But there’s a dark truth lurking beneath all that glitter and gold, as Nura discovers she isn’t the only human who’s ended up in the hotel’s clutches.
Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
[ 19 July 2022 from Nancy Paulsen Books ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines. Lately, though, even that access is threatened by severe water shortages and thieves who are stealing this precious commodity — an act that Minni accidentally witnesses one night.
Alliana, Girl of Dragons by Julie Abe
[ 02 August 2022 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: After her grandmother passed away, Alliana is forced to serve her wicked stepmother — with long days of cleaning her stepfamily’s inn as her skin burns raw or staying up until the crack of dawn to embroider her stepsister’s ball gowns.
Until she meets two beings who change her life forever — the first is a young nightdragon who Alliana discovers she can magically talk to. And the second is Nela, a young witch.
Sweet and Sour by Debbi Michiko Florence
[ 06 September 2022 from Scholastic Press ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Still stung by her former best friend’s terrible betrayal, Mai sees the Koyama family’s return as the perfect opportunity to get her revenge on Zach. But what if Zach isn’t the boy he used to be? And what if Mai’s memories of their last fateful summer aren’t the whole truth of what happened between them?
Meet Me Halfway by Anika Fajardo
[ 13 September 2022 from Simon & Schuster ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When new classmates Mattie and Mercedes meet and realize they have the same Colombian dad, the two team up in a Parent Trap–inspired misadventure to meet him for the first time in this sharp and poignant middle-grade novel about the bonds that make a family.
Marikit and the Ocean of Stars by Caris Avendaño Cruz
[ 18 October 2022 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux ]
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When she’s swept away from the human world, Marikit discovers that her dress is a map, one lovingly crafted to lead her to safety in the magical lands of the Engkantos. With the help of her friends, including an exuberant firefly and a cursed boy, Marikit journeys through this enchanted land to find the key to saving her family, all without being eaten alive.
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