The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2022

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Ah, spring. It’s the season of blooming flowers, picnics, and leisurely strolls. It’s the perfect season to maximize time outdoors before summer comes along and sends us all right back inside to the comfort of our fans and air conditioning. Taking advantage of the great outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean being active all the time. You can get some much-needed vitamin D by simply moving your downtime outside to your balcony, yard, or nearby park.

If you’re looking for a great book to read as you lounge beneath the shade of a big tree or listen to on a relaxing nature walk, you can’t go wrong with any of the below new releases for spring; they were curated by over 110 million readers on Goodreads.

Peng Shepherd

The Cartographers

Nell Young discovers a rare map that leads her on a dangerous journey after her father is found dead in his office. She soon learns that the map is incredibly valuable and holds a dark family secret. Oh, and of course, if that wasn't complicated enough, a mysterious collector is on a mission to destroy it.

March 15, 2022

Tara M. Stringfellow

Memphis

From the publisher: Inspired by the author's own family history, Memphis—the Black fairy tale she always wanted to read—explores the complexity of what we pass down, not only in our families but also in our country: police brutality and justice, powerlessness and freedom, fate and forgiveness, doubt and faith, sacrifice and love.

April 5, 2022

Grace D. Li

Portrait of a Thief

Will Chen is the perfect student at Harvard, but when a mysterious Chinese benefactor offers him $50 million to steal five priceless Chinese sculptures, he finds himself in the middle of a heist. Will he succeed and make history or will he ruin his future forever?

April 5, 2022

Sally Hepworth

The Younger Wife

This description alone has us interested:

The Husband
The Daughters
The Former Wife
The Younger Wife

Secrets, scandal, money, and dangerous impulses? Yes, please. We will be reading this ASAP.

April 5, 2022

Jennifer Egan

The Candy House

If you read the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of fiction Visit from the Goon Squad, you will recognize the characters in Jennifer Egan's new novel The Candy House.

Described as an "electrifying, deeply moving novel about the quest for authenticity, privacy, and meaning in a world where our memories are no longer our own," The Candy House follows the story of Bix Bouton's new technology and its consequences.

April 5, 2022

Emily St. John Mandel

Sea of Tranquility

Are you ready to literally jump through space and time? This novel follows the story of an 18-year-old boy in a forest and a famous writer who lives on a moon. Somehow, their lives are connected two centuries apart.

From the publisher: When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: the exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.

April 5, 2022

Emily Henry

Book Lovers

We love Emily Henry after reading her bestselling novels Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation, so we can't wait to see how her new book measures up.

From the publisher: One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…

Enough said? We think so.

May 3, 2022

Mia Sosa

The Wedding Crasher

Another novel about fake dating? You know we're interested.

From the author of The Worst Best Man comes another rom-com about a groom who has to pretend to be in love with the stranger who crashes his wedding in order to land a promotion at work. Bizarre plan? Yes. A must-read? Also yes.

April 5, 2022

Holly Black

Book of Night

From the publisher: In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life.

While reading, the author urges us to remember that "light isn’t playing tricks in Book of Night, the people are."

May 3, 2022

Douglas Stuart

Young Mungo

Mungo and James are supposed to be sworn enemies, but of course, as all good tales go, they become best friends and fall in love. With all odds and, not to mention, people against them, they must find a way to build a future together.

This novel is described as "a gripping and revealing story about the bounds of masculinity, the divisions of sectarianism, the violence faced by many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much."

April 5, 2022

Hernan Diaz

Trust

In this story, everyone has read the 1938 novel, Bonds, about Benjamin and Helen Rask's endless wealth in the 1920s.

But of course, we all know that success in the 20s doesn't come without secrets and gossip, so this story within a story within a story will take you on a quest for the truth while navigating reality, the power of money, and manipulation.

May 3, 2022

Emma Straub

This Time Tomorrow

New York Times bestseller Emma Straub is back with a novel that puts a twist on time travel and love stories.

When Alice wakes up in her 16-year-old body, she runs into a vibrant, younger version of her dad. Since he is ailing in present day, she hasn't seen this version of him in years. While she relives her past, old memories mean something new, but will she want to change anything about them now that she has the chance?

May 17, 2022

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Woman of Light

Luz Lopez is alone after her brother is run out of town by a white mob in 1930s Denver. When she is left, she begins to recollect her family's history and realizes just how much devastation has been built into her origins. Now, the only person that can stop generations of her family's history from disappearing is her.

Woman of Light is described as "a transfixing novel about survival, family secrets, and love."

June 7, 2022

Sulari Gentill

The Woman in the Library

This description is... bone-chilling:

The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman's terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who'd happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation, and friendships are struck. Each has their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning―it just happens that one is a murderer.

June 7, 2022

Kirstin Chen

Counterfeit

This novel is about two women who grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise. The tagline? "Money can't buy happiness... but it can buy a decent fake."

We are already intrigued.

June 7, 2022