The most anticipated books of 2022 – Les Appalaches

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Whether reading more is on your list of New Year’s resolutions or not, 2022 already has an exciting lineup of new books. With a collection of non-fiction, fantasy, literary fiction and romance, this year’s releases are sure to have something for any new reader or seasoned book lover.

Civil Rights Queen by Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Release date: January 25

This book traces the life of Constance Baker Motley, the first black woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court. Learn how she defended Martin Luther King, fought Jim Crow laws and argued in Brown v. Board of Education in this biography of the iconic leader. Written by a historian of law and civil rights Tomiko Brown-Nagin, this book is the perfect non-fiction addition to your library this year.

Violeta by Isabel Allende

Release date: January 25

Told through a letter sent to the one she loves the most, Violeta Del Valle recounts her life. Beginning in 1920s South America and spanning 100 years, Violeta’s life is marked not only by loves, wealth and poverty, joy and loss, but also by some of the most significant in history: the Great Depression, women’s suffrage, tyrannical rulers. and two pandemics sandwiching it all.

This kingdom woven by Tahereh Mafi

Release date: February 1st

Inspired by Persian mythology, the author of the famous series “Shatter Me” launches a new fantastic trilogy. Alizeh is the long-lost queen of the nearly forgotten Jinn race, albeit hidden in plain sight as a servant. Kamran is the current crown prince, drawn to the strange-eyed girl and plagued by a prophecy that could change his life and his kingdom. As the forbidden romance trope demands, the two are reunited and their worlds begin to change as the prophecy – which Kamran fears and Alizeh is destined for – looms over the two futures.

This monk wears heels by Kodo Nishimura

Release date: February 8

From one of Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders, a memoir about self-discovery and self-acceptance is told through a dissection of Buddhism and experience. Kodo Nishimura, a Buddhist monk and make-up artist, became known thanks to “Queer Eye: we are in Japan”. Through her background as a celebrity makeup artist and as a trained monk, her novel is intended as a guide to self-acceptance, self-love, and positivity through her modern take on Buddhist teachings..

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Release date: 1st of March

From bestselling author Sabaa Tahir, “All my Rage” centers on best friends fighting for a better life. After growing up in the small town of Juniper, California, Salahudin and Noor are reeling from an argument that ruined their friendship. Now Salahudin must manage the motel his mother opened while Noor works at his unstable uncle’s liquor store and applies to college to escape Juniper. However, the couple’s friendship is tested when Sal’s efforts spiral out of control.

The War of the Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release date: March 15

After the first book in the “Blood and Ash” series took TikTok’s book community by storm, the planned fourth book debuts in March to an expectant audience. Set to continue the high-fantasy story of Poppy and Casteel, an important young girl and her babysitter, Armentrout’s explanation for the plot is that “war is only the beginning…”

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Release date: April 12

This novel begins in 1973, in Montgomery, Alabama, and spans decades through the eyes of Civil Townsend. Civil is a young black nurse who hopes to make a difference in her community through her town’s family planning clinic. When two of her new patients are poor, young black girls forced to take birth control due to their welfare plan, she watches over them – until the unthinkable happens. Years later, now a doctor and mother of a grown daughter, Civil seeks retirement but is faced with the past. From NYT bestselling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez comes this hopefully redemptive historical fiction novel inspired by real events.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Release date: May 3

TikTok’s book community loved Emily Henry’s recent “Beach Read” and “People We Meet on Vacation.” This novel, which is set in the summer like the other Henry novels, has readers encountering ruthless literary agent Nora Stephens while traveling to a small town in North Carolina with her sister, Libby. Nora contemplates meeting her own cutie on vacation, but instead she constantly runs into Charlie Lastra, a book publisher she already despises from town… Do you feel a trope of enemies to lovers? Because I do. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” author Taylor Jenkins-Reid calls it “a romantic comedy lover’s dream of a book.”

A show for two by Tashie Bhuiyan

Release date: May 10

Inspired by when Tom Holland visited the author’s research school in his role as Spider-Man, “A Show for Two” takes that experience and turns it into a love story. The main character, Mina Rahman gets the chance of a lifetime to win the Golden Ivy student film competition when indie film star Emmitt Ramos enrolls at her school under a secret identity to scout for her next role. Making a deal to help her with photography in exchange for her help with her short film, Mina and Emmitt have to work together, but then Mina realizes her dreams might not be what she wants after all.

Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Release date: June 7

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Benji, a 16-year-old transgender boy, is on the run from the cult that raised him and wants to use him to wipe out the rest of the population. Trying to stop the cult from using the bioweapon they injected into him, Benji encounters a group of teenagers from the local LGBTQ+ center known as the ALC. After being picked up by the group, Benji is drawn to the group’s handsome leader, who just happens to know the secret of Benji’s bioweapon, but he has an agenda of his own.

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