Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2022

Hello, loves! 🥰 While I was writing my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag post (which I hope to have finished by next week), I started thinking about my most anticipated upcoming releases that are coming out by the end of 2022. There are so many that I’m really excited for that I decided to dedicate this entire post to talking about them. I initially planned to narrow it down to 10 new books but that was too hard, so then I attempted 15 but that wasn’t possible either. So here are the eighteen upcoming releases that I’m most excited for–yes, I am both indecisive and excessive. (They are listed in order of release date and their covers are linked to Goodreads.)

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin

  • “An electrifying novel that plays with memory and murder.”
  • I loved Night Swim!

Release Date: August 9

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

  • “The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out in a bid for an inheritance that will leave Helen Vaughan either rich…or dead.”
  • That pitch is literally all I needed to add this book to this list, haha

Release Date: August 9

The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead

  • It’s about a cult and revenge
  • I’ve heard so many amazing things about In My Dreams I Hold a Knife

Release Date: August 16

Would You Rather by Allison Ashley

  • Friends-to-lovers, marriage of convenience romance
  • Years of mutual pining
  • The love interest is “THE BEST GINGER ARCHITECT CINNAMON ROLL EVER” (-Ali Hazelwood)

Release Date: August 23

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

  • I’m obsessed with The Love Hypothesis and will now read anything Ali Hazelwood writes
  • The main character is another woman in STEM

Release Date: August 23

Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang

  • These vibes!!!
  • Set in 1800s London
  • Involves language translation and magic

Release Date: August 23

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Written by one of my favorite authors
  • Taylor Jenkins Reid has an amazing talent for bringing characters to life
  • Takes place in the 1990s

Release Date: August 30

The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror edited by Tori Bovalino

  • I want to read more horror and this seems like a great introduction
  • Short stories written by awesome authors including Chloe Gong, Courtney Gould, Allison Saft, and Aden Polydoros

Release Date: September 6

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson

  • YA retelling of Stephen King’s Carrie
  • I’ve heard so many amazing things about Tiffany D. Jackson’s books

Release Date: September 6

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

  • Mexican-inspired fantasy
  • A competition between the children of gods
  • Trans rep
  • Cemetery Boys is one of my all-time favorite books

Release Date: September 6

The Make-Up Test by Jenny L. Howe

  • Give me all of the romances set in academia
  • Plus-size heroine
  • Features “a very sexy game of Scrabble”?? Yes, please!

Release Date: September 13

The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart

  • Told from the perspectives of both a serial killer and the medical examiner investigating the deaths of his victims
  • Set in the Louisiana bayou
  • Written by the co-host of the true crime podcast Morbid who has experience as an autopsy technician
  • Fun fact: I used to want to be a medical examiner so this sounds right up my alley!

Release Date: September 13

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

  • So many exciting romance tropes: celebrity girl falls for small town boy, grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity
  • An absolutely adorable cover
  • I’ve heard so much about The Cheat Sheet

Release Date: September 20

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong

  • Set in 1930s Shanghai
  • Follows “an ill-matched pair of spies posing as a married couple to investigate a series of brutal murders.”
  • Fantasy + Mystery + Historical Fiction + Romance = Perfection

Release Date: September 27

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

  • Set on a rural island
  • A blend of fantasy and mystery
  • I love Adrienne Young’s writing!

Release Date: September 27

Built to Last by Erin Hahn

  • Second chance romance between two former child stars
  • If this story is as cute as its cover, it’s going to be really cute!

Release Date: October 18

Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese

  • Meet-cute? Nope, meet-disaster!
  • Opposites become allies
  • Fake dating (aka the best romance trope)
  • The Bergman Brothers series has become one of my all-time favorites and I want to read everything Chloe Liese writes!

Release Date: November 22

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

  • Maya agrees to be a contestant on a reality dating show in which her cheating ex-boyfriend Jordy dates his exes in the search for the “one that got away.” She plans on publicly rejecting him in order to get revenge… but then she gets to know the girl Jordy cheated on her with. (AHHHH!!!!!)
  • Do you really need any other reasons? 😉

Release Date: November 29

Let’s chat!

What are your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2022? Are we looking forward to any of the same books? 😊


6 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2022

  1. Wonderful post, Kelly. I love some of these covers (especially The Gathering Dark), and it has reminded me of some authors on this list whose books I still need to read! Hope you read lots of these before the end of the year – although I suggest you read These Violent Delights duology before Foul Lady Fortune 😉

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