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:
- 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
5. The Ballad of Never After-Stephanie Garber-Releases 13th September
6. Reader, I Murdered Him-Betsy Cornwell-Releases 11th October
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
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
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
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!