2022 is shaping up to be another great year in the literary world. Bookworms are chomping at the bit to get their hands (and eyes) on this year’s highly-anticipated releases from authors like Emily Henry, Colleen Hoover, Christina Lauren, and Julie Clark—many of which are sure to be among the best books of 2022. We know finding what book to read next can be a little overwhelming, and we wanted to help. Allow us to introduce the buzziest books of 2022—so far. 

After digging through countless book descriptions and reader reviews, we cultivated a list of this year’s best and most-talked about new and upcoming releases. So all you have to do is hit buy — or download, if ebooks or audiobooks are more your thing!

From sexy romances to bone-chilling thrillers to storylines so rich in historical fiction you wish you could time travel to another era, there’s something on this list for every mama. Craving more book content and recommendations? Support BIPOC authors by shopping from this book list.

Ahead, see 2022’s most-talked about new and upcoming releases—then add them to your 2022 books list!

Best Books of 2022

reminders of him
$15

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Kenna is ready to make right by those she wronged including her 4-year-old daughter. With very little help or support from the community—minus the charming local bar owner who she can’t seem to get out of her head (and heart)—Kenna sets out to win back everyone’s trust and with that, her and her daughter’s future.

 

 

The Magnolia Place by Fiona Davis
$25

The Magnolia Place by Fiona Davis

Told in dual perspectives, nearly 50 years apart from one another, this historical fiction novel follows the lives of two independent women whose lives intersect after one of them leaves a string of hidden messages in one of New York City’s most impressive museums. 

 

The Appeal by Janice Hallett
$28

The Appeal by Janice Hallett

Interspersed with emails, messages, and letters, The Appeal centers around a theater community as they come together to financially support their director’s granddaughter after she’s diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. However, not everyone is convinced of this sudden tragedy, and when their dress rehearsal unexpectedly ends with a murder, it’s made clear this town isn’t as close-knit as they once thought.

 

The Heights by Louise Candlish
$17

The Heights by Louise Candlish

What happens when you see the man you killed two years ago lingering on the rooftop terrace directly across from your own apartment building? That’s for you, dear reader, to find out in this dark, twisted novel by Louise Candlish.  

 

 

Home or Away by Kathleen West
$25

Home or Away by Kathleen West

It was Leigh and Susy’s dream to compete at the Winter Olympics together; but when Leigh doesn’t make the Team USA hockey roster, she not only loses her dreams of Olympic glory but her best friend as well. Twenty years later, fate and hockey bring these former teammates back together and for the sake of their children, they’ll need each other more than ever. Will they be able to let bygones be bygones?

 

 

Book Lovers by Emily Henry
$16

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Nora Stephens is a kick a*s literary agent and she knows it, but even this boss babe needs a vacation every now and again. So, she agrees to a sister trip with her ever-endearing little sister, Libby. There, she runs into fellow editor Charlie Lastra, aka the last specimen she was expecting to lay her eyes on during this vacay. It appears the literary world has other plans for these two main characters.

 

Out: May 3

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
$25

Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

It’s been years since Leo Grady walked out of Lily Wilder’s life without so much as a proper breakup or goodbye. Still heartbroken, she’s begrudgingly following in her dead father’s treasure hunting footsteps and leading paying customers on fake hunts throughout the Utah canyons. But when Leo shows up for a boys trip at Wilder Adventures, which he was unaware was run by his first and only love, his world and hers is turned upside down. 

 

Out: May 17

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark
$25

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Julie Clark’s forthcoming thriller will send chills down your spine. Meg – Melody or Maggie, whoever she feels like being that day, and, of course, depending on her target — is the con of con artists. At the flip of a dime, she can morph into a new persona. Albeit, that’s not going to work on Kat, who’s spent the last decade studying Meg and seeking vengeance on the women who capsized her life so many years ago.

 

Out: June 21

Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro
$27

Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro

College friends Funmi, Enitan, and Zainab reunite for Funmi’s daughter’s lavish, over-the-top wedding weekend in Lagos. Though the group has had more downs than ups over the course of their 30-something-year long friendship, they must band together when a shocking crisis arises right before the big day.

 

Out: June 28

American Royalty by Tracey Livesay
$21

American Royalty by Tracey Livesay

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fans will eat up Tracey Livesay’s forthcoming novel about a prince who wants nothing more than to be out of the royal spotlight, which seemingly goes to plan when he finds himself falling for the audacious American rapper set to headline a tribute concert at the palace. 

 

Out: June 28

 

please join us book
$27

Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie

With her life unraveling at the seams, Nicole RSVPs “yes” to an invitation to an elite networking retreat for women professionals. At Panthera Leo, Nicole is partnered with a CEO, an actress, a financer, and a congresswoman. The group quickly strikes up a friendship that lives on outside of the retreat. But when unsettling things begin occurring, Nicole’s husband begs her to reconsider her ties to the group. When one of the ladies commits a crime, Nicole anxiously sketches up a plan to cut ties once and for all.

 

Out: Aug. 23

 

a hundred other girls book
$16.98

A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-Kia

Step into the glossy world of the magazine industry in Iman Harir-Kia’s debut novel, A Hundred Other Girls. Noora has just landed her dream job as editorial assistant to *the* Loretta James, Vinyl‘s renowned editor-in-chief. It’s not before long that Noora finds herself living in a modern adaptation of Devil Wears Prada. Her unexpected crush on the magazine’s sexy IT guy doesn’t make her situation any better — or does it?

 

Out: July 26

 

a novel obsession book
$17

A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch

After a severe case of writer’s block, Naomi finds a muse in Caleb. He’s a foreigner with a sexy accent, and she’s totally smitten. Things take a turn when Naomi tracks down Caleb’s ex-girlfriend. Like Naomi, Rosemary also lives in NYC and works in the literary industry. Realizing she and Rosemary have a creepy amount of things in common, she befriends her man’s ex — but under a false identity. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.

 

Out: March 15 

starry eyed love book
$30.99

Starry-Eyed Love by Helen Hunting

London has her hands full sifting through potential partnerships for her family’s event hotel, Spark House. On the cusp of finishing a meeting with a very interested and wealthy client, London is thrown off her game when the client’s CEO, Jackson Holt, joins the meeting. A few months prior, Jackson asked London out and she declined, not knowing who he was. The more time they spend together going over business plans, the more London wonders if she made a mistake saying no.

 

Out: May 10

whisper room book
$16.99

The Whisper Room by Thomas Kies

The Whisper Room is an elite dating app, where affairs, blackmail, and sometimes even murder are on the table. Journalist Geneva Chase comes across the platform when one of the app’s escorts is found dead. It just so happens the underage victim was allegedly involved in a sex tape with a local news anchor. Naturally, Geneva keeps digging for more evidence and what she finds could be her biggest and most dangerous story yet.

 

Out: Aug. 2

truth about ben and june book
$26.99

The Truth About Ben and June by Alex Kiester

Told through alternating perspectives, The Truth About Ben and June will have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very last word. The psychological thriller centers around a new mom suffering from postpartum anxiety and depression, who up-and-vanishes one early morning. Her husband works tirelessly to piece together small clues his wife may have left behind, including her odd obsession with a Greek myth.

 

Out: June 28

widowland book
$16.98

Widowland by C.J. Carey

Described as aThe Handmaid’s Tale x The Alice Network crossover, C.J. Carey’s forthcoming novel takes place in an alternate world in which England has surrendered to the Nazis and has been under occuption for 13 years. Rose Ransom works at the Ministry of Culture, where her responsibility is to rewrite all classic works of literature that evoke a feminist appeals and ideas. When anti-book banning-inspired graffiti is splashed across public buildings, Rose is ordered to shut it down. However, she finds herself teetering between her job and justice.

 

Out: Aug. 9

the setup book
$16

The Setup by Lizzy Dent

It’s the perfect set-up: Pose as your fortune teller and tell a devilishly handsome man that’ll meet his soulmate in a specific bar, on a specific day, and her name is Mara. Well, meet Mara, the fake fortune teller. She has three months to get her life together, fix things at her job, and buy a whole new wardrobe. Things are going swimmingly until a hot new housemate signs onto her lease, giving Mara a whole lot of butterflies and mixed emotions.

 

Out: June 7

A version of this post was published January 21, 2022. It has been updated.