Top Ten Tuesday #375

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, we are moving on Thursday, so as you can imagine, it’s been a bit chaotic in my house recently. It’s going to be an incredibly busy week for me, as we’re moving on Thursday, and then YALC weekend is Friday-Sunday, so there’s not really going to be any downtime for me at all from Thursday onwards! If you are going to YALC this weekend, I’ll be there with my friend Hannah on Friday and Sunday, so if you see me wandering around, then don’t be afraid to say hi, I love talking to other fellow book nerds!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is another annual one, our most anticipated books releasing in the second half of 2022. After anticipating that my second half of the year release list would be fairly short back in January, it turns out that is not the case and as the year has progressed, I’ve added more books to this list, so it’s actually going to be slightly longer than my first half of the year list! As always, these are going to be in release date order so position on the list is no indicator of my level of excitement for the book:

  1. The Society For Soulless Girls-Laura Steven-Releases 7th July

Cover Designed By: Ryan Hammond

I’ll admit, I stalled out on The Love Hypothesis when I tried to read it earlier in the year, but this sounds far more up my street! It’s a sapphic dark academia retelling of Jekyll and Hyde, and everything about it sounds like something I’d love: supernatural murders, angry girls falling in love with each other, immortal cats…..yeah I can’t wait to read this. I actually need to pick up my pre-order of this once I get to London, it arrived at my new local Waterstones last week but I obviously haven’t had a chance to go there yet!

2. The Librarian Spy-Madeline Martin-Releases 26th July

Cover Designed By: Hanover Square Press

Librarians and spies are two of my favourite things in books ever, so putting them together means you are pretty much guaranteed a recipe for success. I really enjoyed The Last Bookshop In London when I read it last year, and have been impatiently awaiting Madeline Martin’s next book ever since I learned what it was about. I know a lot of people have got tired of WWII spy fiction but I honestly don’t think I ever will!

3. I Must Betray You-Ruta Sepetys-Releases 4th August

Cover Designed By: Michelle Brackenborough

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with The Fountains of Silence, Sepetys’ last book, and I ended up DNFing it halfway through. I’m super excited for this one though, I know absolutely nothing about the Romanian Revolution of 1989, or much about Romanian history in general (I did some Soviet Union history during my A-Levels but we stopped at Khrushchev, and didn’t really go much into the history of the countries occupied by the USSR following WWII) so I’m really excited to learn more about this period of Romanian history.

4. Babel-RF Kuang-Releases 23rd August

Cover Designed By: Nicolas Delort

My first outing with RF Kuang’s books didn’t go so well, The Poppy War really wasn’t for me. However, I’ve been hearing really good things about Babel, and it sounds much more up my street, it doesn’t sound as gruesome as The Poppy War, I love historical set fantasy and it sounds like it’s going to be a really interesting exploration of language and colonialism so I’m looking forward to seeing if my second outing with RF Kuang’s work goes better than my first one!

5. The Ballad of Never After-Stephanie Garber-Releases 13th September

Cover Designed By: Lydia Blagden & Kailey Whitman

What witchcraft does Stephanie Garber have in order to be able to get such beautiful covers for her books? Her cover artists are magicians! Anyway, I may not have yet read Once Upon A Broken Heart, but I’ve already pre-ordered Ballad based off this beautiful cover alone (and the fact that I wanted to make sure I got one of the copies with the secret covers! I have my fingers crossed for the dragon one). I definitely need to try and read Once Upon A Broken Heart before this book comes out in September. Also I love the fact that this book comes out the day after my birthday….a belated little present to myself.

6. Reader, I Murdered Him-Betsy Cornwell-Releases 11th October

Cover Designed By: Samira Iravani

Photographer: Lee Avison

I will admit, I was never a fan of Jane Eyre (I stopped about halfway through when I had to read it for school), so I wouldn’t have thought a Jane Eyre sequel of sorts (it follows Mr Rochester’s ward Adele) would be for me, but you add in murder and teenage vigilantes hunting down men who have assaulted women and you have something I would love to read!

7. Greywaren-Maggie Stiefvater-Releases 18th October

Cover Designed By: Chris Stengel

Art By: Matt Griffin

I will admit, I’ve not yet read Mister Impossible yet, but I have Greywaren on here because I just know that I will be reading it anyway. It sounds like this is probably the last TRC related book that we’re going to get, so I definitely want to say goodbye to Ronan and the rest of the gang.

8. A Restless Truth-Freya Marske-Releases 1st November

Cover Designed By: Will Staehle

I was a little underwhelmed by A Marvellous Light, but I’m still excited for A Restless Truth because it sounds very my speed: I’ve seen it described as Lesbian Knives Out on A Boat and if that doesn’t sound intriguing, I don’t know what does. I’m also really happy to see the women take centre stage in this book as I thought the women had so much potential in A Marvellous Light but didn’t get enough to do as it was Robin and Edwin’s book, so I hope to see more of them here (especially Adelaide Morrissey!).

9. The Luminaries-Susan Dennard-Releases 8th November

Cover Designed By: Lesley Worrell and Mela Amory

Lots of November releases this year, which I feel is unusual? November is not normally a big release month, and I somehow have three new releases to look forward to in November! I’ve been excited for The Luminaries ever since following the Sooz your own adventure that Susan did for it back in June of I think 2019? I’m sure Winnie will not die anywhere near as much in the actual book as we made her with our chaotic decisions during the choose your own adventure!

10. Mad Honey-Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan-Releases 15th November

Cover Designed By: Hodder and Stoughton

I’ve been a bit disillusioned with Jodi Picoult’s books over the past few years, the last one I really enjoyed was A Spark of Light, I wasn’t a big fan of The Book of Two Ways and I didn’t want to read Wish You Were Here because I have absolutely no interest of reliving the pandemic, once was quite enough for me! I’m super excited for this one though because it sounds like a return to the courtroom drama that I so enjoyed in Picoult’s older books and I take it that the main character is likely related to Jordan McAfee, the lawyer from Nineteen Minutes, so that’s a cool little connection. I’m also interested to see how different this book is given that she’s written it with a co-author, I’ve never read any of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s work, so I’m definitely intrigued!

11. Anastasia-Sophie Lark-Releases 6th December

I’m very glad the release date for this one has changed, because the original release date was meant to be on the anniversary of the assassination of the real Romanov family, and I felt like that was in really poor taste. There’s not a huge amount of information on this yet, other than it’s a retelling of Anastasia (I’m guessing the animated movie) but I enjoyed reading Romanov, Nadine Brandes’ reimagining of what might have happened to Anastasia, had she survived, so I’m intrigued by this one too.

So there we go, those are my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2022! Quite a fantasy heavy list compared to the first half of the year, but I’ve got a nice sprinkling of other genres there too. It’s clearly a time of year for returning authors rather than new to me ones, as only three of the authors on this list are authors I’m unfamiliar with, and one of those is co-authoring with a favourite author of mine! What books are you excited for in this second half of 2022? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, we’re sharing Book Covers That Feel Like Summer. Now I did a summer book cover topic last year, but I’m going to see if I can come up with ten different ones, if not, then I will probably change the topic!


68 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #375

  1. cahughes_bookreviews 05/07/2022 / 7:44 pm

    The Society for Soulless Girls sounds so interesting! And I’ve heard good things about I Must Betray You. Great list!

  2. Emily Jane 05/07/2022 / 9:00 pm

    I’ve seen Babel on a few lists and I was thinking of adding the Luminaries to mine!

    A great list!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  3. Sifa Elizabeth 05/07/2022 / 9:26 pm

    Glad to see SOULESS and BETRAY – they didn’t quite manage to make it onto my list (too many to choose from!) and Luminaries is sooo good!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 3:15 pm

      Ha ha I can definitely feel that, I’ve had that problem in many previous years. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Luminaries πŸ™‚

  4. agreatreviewer 05/07/2022 / 10:07 pm

    OOoh nice! Some new to me ones here! This is the first I’m hearing of Anastasia! I still need to read Nadine’s book on that one too! The animated movie was a cute one, so if it’s in line with that like all the other Disney Twisted Tales, I am sooo down for that! Lol.

    Hope you enjoy all of these this year!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 3:14 pm

      Ah yay, I love helping people find new books! I only found out about it, I think about two weeks ago, so it was a fairly late addition to the list. I definitely recommend Nadine’s book, it was a really fun read. Thank you πŸ™‚

  5. Jen at Introverted Reader 05/07/2022 / 10:43 pm

    I just finished listening to Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, which is a science fiction retelling of Anastasia, ironically enough!

    I’m looking forward to I Must Betray You too but it’s been out here in the States for a bit already so I didn’t include it in my list. Reader, I Murder Him catches my eye. I loved Jane Eyre (probably because I never had to read it for school), so that sounds like something I would like.

    I hope you enjoy these when you read them!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 3:12 pm

      Ah that’s really cool, there certainly seems to be a lot of Anastasia retellings out there, but that’s definitely the first sci-fi one I’ve heard of. Yeah, for some reason the UK release date is much later which is a shame, but not long to wait now.
      Ha ha that’s probably true, I never liked anything I had to read for school. Thank you, I hope so too πŸ™‚

  6. Cindy Davis 05/07/2022 / 10:48 pm

    I have heard great things about I Must Betray You. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get a chance to read them.

  7. thinkingbookishthoughts 05/07/2022 / 11:05 pm

    I’m SO glad I saw this post – I meant to add I Must Betray You to my TBR ages ago so thank you so much for this reminder! Some really great picks on this list. I’m obsessed with the cover of The Luminaries.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 3:10 pm

      Ah no problem, glad to have reminded you of it. Thank you! Yes, the designers did such a good job, it’s a very intriguing looking cover.

  8. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits 05/07/2022 / 11:15 pm

    These sound great; I hope you enjoy them! Babel has been interesting me as well; The Poppy War sounds too political and dark for my tastes, but I’m interesting to read something of Kuang’s so maybe Babel will be it. Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you! Yeah if you don’t like dark stuff, The Poppy War is definitely not for you, I usually do quite like dark stuff so I thought I would enjoy it, but it was next level gory, too much even for me! Babel definitely sounds much less grim than The Poppy War, so I think your chances of enjoying it are probably higher. No problem πŸ™‚

      • Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits 12/07/2022 / 3:55 pm

        Oooh, yeah, thanks for the tip on The Poppy War. I love the concept, but it sounds like the tone will be way too dark for my usual tastes.

      • iloveheartlandx 14/07/2022 / 3:47 pm

        No problem! I wish someone had warned me just quite how grim it was before I went in, I probably wouldn’t have read it if given the full details.

  9. Leslie 05/07/2022 / 11:56 pm

    The Librarian Spy looks so good!! I hope you enjoy all of these.

  10. 1girl2manybooks 06/07/2022 / 12:06 am

    I also really liked The Last Bookshop in London so I am definitely looking forward to The Librarian Spy! I am also curious about Babel – I’ve had The Poppy War on my TBR shelf for the LONGEST time now, it’s entirely possible I could end up reading Babel first, lol. And Stephanie Garber does have VERY beautiful covers. The one for Once Upon A Broken Heart was gorgeous and now so is this one. I just need to overcome how much I actually hate one of the characters lol

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 3:05 pm

      Yes, The Last Bookshop In London was one of my favourite little hidden gems from last year! The Librarian Spy sounds set to be even more awesome. I wasn’t all that keen on The Poppy War, too violent and gory for me, but Babel sounds much more my speed. She really does, her cover designers always knock it out of the park, particularly for the UK covers (though admittedly, I am biased!). You are not the first one to say that, and I think I know exactly who you’re talking about.

      • 1girl2manybooks 12/07/2022 / 10:36 pm

        Being in Australia, we quite often get the UK covers for things, depending on the publisher and most of the time I much prefer the UK covers! Which is good, as buying US versions is prohibitively expensive here lol

      • iloveheartlandx 14/07/2022 / 3:39 pm

        Ah yes of course! That is good that you like them then. Tell me about it, I’ve never tried but I’m pretty sure US versions are ridiculously expensive to get here as well. They do sometimes carry US versions of books in Foyles in London though, so that is sometimes a way I’m able to get those.

  11. Greg 06/07/2022 / 12:33 am

    Oh that first one- such a fabulous cover. I love seeing the covers close up like that- it really shows off the design and colors. Cover design is so awesome right now. I haven’t read a Betsy cornwell in ages either.

    The Luminaries- another fabulous cover…

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:57 pm

      It’s even more gorgeous in the flesh, I picked up my copy on Thursday. Yes, cover artists definitely seem to be knocking it out of the park recently!

  12. ashleynelso 06/07/2022 / 12:58 am

    Adding The Society for Soulless Girls and Reader! I Murdered Him to my TBR.

  13. WendyW 06/07/2022 / 12:59 am

    Nice list. I have Mad Honey on my list too.

  14. susandyer1962 06/07/2022 / 1:05 am

    Wonderful choices Jo! I don’t know many of these books but the covers are screaming at me. Off to check them out and if they will be available here!πŸ€—πŸ’œ

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the covers are so gorgeous I will forgive the fact that it took me forever to track down and credit all the designers as they deserve the effort for their beautiful work!

  15. jennielyse 06/07/2022 / 1:41 am

    Such beautiful the covers. I love them all. Great list! I hope you enjoy them all when you read them. πŸ™‚

  16. sarasreadingnook 06/07/2022 / 3:51 am

    Yes! So many good books are coming out!
    Thank you for sharing some good November reads – I was trying to find more for my list but couldn’t land on a fav!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:54 pm

      I know, we’re being spoiled for choice once again! Ah no problem, for some reason I have quite a few this year, November is usually a slow release month for me!

  17. Abigail 06/07/2022 / 7:22 am

    I love Ruta Sepetys, I definitely should get through her backlist before the new one comes out! πŸ™‚ OMG! I’m also excited for Anastasia by Sophie Lark, she’s the reason why I started reading mafia romance again.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:53 pm

      If you’ve not read Between Shades of Gray yet, I highly recommend it, it’s so good! Ah I’m glad you’re so excited for it, I’ve never read anything by Sophie Lark before, so it’s good to hear someone say they’ve enjoyed her other books πŸ™‚

  18. Louise 06/07/2022 / 8:41 am

    The Society For Soulless Girls sounds really interesting! And I’d forgotten about both Reader, I Murdered Him and The Ballad of Never After! Really great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:51 pm

      It does! I love the author too, I’ve read a couple of her other books and she’s really great. Glad to have reminded you. Thank you πŸ™‚

  19. Carla 06/07/2022 / 10:17 am

    Mad Honey made my list as well. I loved I Must Betray YOu and hope you do as well. Enjoy all these upcoming books.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you! So glad to hear you enjoyed I Must Betray You, I wasn’t all that keen on her last book, The Fountains of Silence, so I’m hoping I will like this one as much as Between Shades of Gray and Salt To The Sea.

      • Carla 12/07/2022 / 3:17 pm

        I haven’t read Fountains of Silence yet, but have read the others. I hope you enjoy I Must Betray You.

  20. Jaime 06/07/2022 / 1:40 pm

    I’m looking forward to Graywaren too and The Library Spy intrigues me so I need to add it to my TBR.

    I loved I Must Betray You. Probably the best book I’ve read this year. I hope you “enjoy” it. (It’s weird to say because of the content…)

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:45 pm

      Glad to have helped you find something new for your TBR. Ha ha I get what you mean, I’ve read a few of Ruta Sepetys other books, and it always seems wrong to say I “enjoyed” them because the content is so harrowing!

  21. Marianne Maurer 06/07/2022 / 4:06 pm

    What a list. I’ve seen “Babel” on another page and I think every avid reader would like to know about the “Librarian Spy”. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you! Yes Babel was definitely making the rounds this week. Madeline Martin seems to be making her niche WWII and books, and I’m not complaining!

  22. anovelglimpse 06/07/2022 / 4:41 pm

    I need to read Mister Impossible so I can get to Greywaren. I hope we both love it.

  23. Rissi 07/07/2022 / 6:36 pm

    Ooh, didn’t know there was a new Anastasia books to release. I’ll have to look that one up to find more information about it. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:43 pm

      Apparently so! There’s not an awful lot out there yet as it’s coming out so late in the year, but it does sound interesting. No problem πŸ™‚

  24. thebookishlibra 08/07/2022 / 1:59 am

    I’m really excited for the new Stephanie Garber and agree that her covers are always so stunning.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:42 pm

      Yes, her UK publishing team always does such a great job!

  25. girlplusbooks 08/07/2022 / 12:45 pm

    I’ve never read anything by Sophie Lark but I’m so intrigued that she’s doing an Anastasia retelling. I’ve always been fascinated by the Romanov family.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:41 pm

      Me either to be honest, I’d never heard of her until I saw the Anastasia book. Yes, they were definitely an interesting family!

  26. dinipandareads 08/07/2022 / 4:15 pm

    This is a great list! I hadn’t heard of some of these but a few of them are on my TBR. I still need to read the first book in Garber’s series but I love the title for this one and the cover is just gorgeous 😍 Reader, I Murdered Him also sounds really good. I hope you enjoy all of these reads!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you! Ha ha Once Upon A Broken Heart is also still on my TBR, I just get very excited about pretty covers (and I did enjoy her Caraval trilogy, so it’s a pretty safe bet I’m going to like Broken Heart too).

  27. Annemieke 10/07/2022 / 7:25 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Luminaries as well. And I still haven’t started The Dreamer books but it sounds like I’ll be able to binge it later on then.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:39 pm

      Yeah, they’ll all be out by this autumn! If the actual Luminaries book is anywhere near as fun as the COYA version, it’s going to be brilliant!

  28. lindseyhabets 12/07/2022 / 5:44 pm

    Hope you had fun at YALC and the moving went well! The Librarian Spy looks good. Hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/07/2022 / 3:46 pm

      Thank you, yes I did! The moving did go well, though of course we still have boxes everywhere. Thanks πŸ™‚

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