Most Anticipated Books | 2022

Hi, folks,

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy GirlThis week’s topic was

Most Anticipated Book Releases For the First Half of 2022

Here are some forthcoming books that are on my radar for 2022, listed in chronological order by publication date. My top 10 most anticipated books among them will be highlighted in bold:

My Most Anticipated Books


  • Free Love by Tessa Hadley
  • You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Latinist by Mark Prins
  • To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
  • All of You Every Single One by Beatrice Hitchman
  • Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman
  • Manywhere by Morgan Thomas
  • The Cure for Sleep by Tanya Shadrick
  • Violeta by Isabel Allende
  • When We Lost Our Heads: A Novel, by Heather O’Neill
  • Tides by Sara Freeman



  • The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
  • Devotion by Hannah Kent
  • Violets by Alex Hyde
  • Woman Running in the Mountains by Yuko Tsushima, tr. Geraldine Harcourt
  • Pure Colour by Sheila Heti
  • They by Kay Dick
  • Ephemeron by Fiona Benson
  • Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman, by Hannah Arendt, tr. Clara Winston and Richard Winston
  • Parallel Hells by Leon Craig
  • Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au
  • The Wind Whistling in the Cranes, by Lídia Jorge, tr. Margaret Jull Costa and Annie McDermott
  • In Search of Mary Seacole: The Making of a Cultural Icon by Helen Rappaport
  • New Animal by Ella Baxter
  • Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson by Tara T. Green
  • Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso
  • Vladimir by Julia May Jonas


  • Portrait of an Unknown Lady by María Gainza, tr. Thomas Bunstead
  • In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing by Elena Ferrante, tr. Ann Goldstein
  • These Days by Lucy Caldwell
  • Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield
  • Paradais by Fernanda Melchor, tr. Sophie Hughes
  • The Doloriad: A Novel by Missouri Williams
  • A Line Above the Sky by Helen Mort
  • Careering by Daisy Buchanan
  • Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative by Melissa Febos
  • The World Cannot Give by Tara Isabella Burton
  • Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde
  • Aurelia, Aurélia: A Memoir by Kathryn Davis


  • The Orphic Voice: Poetry and Natural History by Elizabeth Sewell
  • Letters to Gwen John by Celia Paul
  • Companion Piece by Ali Smith
  • The Trouble with Happiness: And Other Stories by Tove Ditlevsen, tr. Michael Favala Goldman
  • Violets by Kyung-sook Shin, tr. Anton Hur
  • If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga
  • Gathering Blossoms Under Fire by Alice Walker
  • Orlam by PJ Harvey
  • This Woman’s Work: Essays On Music, ed. Kim Gordon and Sinead Gleason
  • The World According to Color: A Cultural History by James Fox
  • Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes
  • Private Notebooks: 1914-1916 by Ludwig Wittgenstein, tr. Marjorie Perloff
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Search by Michelle Huneven
  • Paradise Close: A Novel by Lisa Russ Spaar
  • The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
  • The Unwritten Book: An Investigation by Samantha Hunt
  • Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda
  • Seven Steeples by Sara Baume
  • Constructing a Nervous System by Margo Jefferson


  • Either/Or by Elif Batuman
  • The Uncollected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick, ed. Alex Andriesse
  • I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys by Miranda Seymour
  • The Schoolhouse by Sophie Ward
  • Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman
  • Elektra by Jennifer Saint
  • Little Rabbit by Alyssa Songsiridej
  • Ruth & Pen by Emilie Pine
  • Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri


  • Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Nonfiction: A Novel by Julie Myerson
  • The Bible and Poetry, by Michael Edwards, tr. Stephen E. Lewis
  • Living Pictures, by Polina Barskova, tr. Catherine Ciepiela
  • The Story of Art without Men by Katy Hessel
  • Thrust by Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Briefly, a Delicious Life by Nell Stevens
A glimpse into the second half of 2022


  • Pictures: A Memoir by Janet Malcolm
  • The English Understand Wool by Helen DeWitt
  • Milk Teeth by Jessica Andrews
  • Enjoy Me among My Ruins by Juniper Fitzgerald
  • After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz
  • Death by Landscape by Elvia Wilk


  • Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave and Sean O’Hagan


  • Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie
  • Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet


  • Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez, tr. Megan McDowell

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My previous lists:  2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

That’s it for now, folks! What are your most anticipated book releases?

Yours truly,


Wilhelm August Lebrecht Amberg Girl in a blue sash
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6 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Books | 2022

  1. Thanks for doing this. I’ve seen multiple lists coming from publishers and via newspapers but it’s good to see the, collected this way. Woman Running in the Mountains is intriguing me because I see it was published originally as a serial.

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