Forgive me the rhyming scheme—I couldn’t help myself.
Hello, beautiful readers! Welcome to the New Year! It’s day one, and everything ahead is new, new, new, new, new!
Today’s morsel will be tackling upcoming pub’s of this year. Selfishly, we’ll be looking at my most anticipated titles. This is my library-blog, after all.
Of course, you’ve seen the listicals before. We all have. They’re a winner! (I’ve even written some myself.) “Most Anticipated Romance Books”, “Most Hyped Books for February”, etc., etc.. I’m going to give you my twelve most-anticipated books of 2022 month-by-month. How’s that for style?
Fiona and Jane, Jean Chen Ho (Viking, 11 January)
Soulmates, but for best friends. Do you have that person in your life, that friend that’s more than a friend, who knows you so intimately, so well, that your very being might crumble without them? Fiona and Jane are two such friends—brought together and youth and tugged apart in adulthood, always drifting in and out of each other’s lives, but never really gone. Across youth and adolescence, decades and countries, Fiona and Jane’s story exposes the depth and intimacy of friendships, the intensity and fear that holds them back, and the joy of being alive.
Redwood and Wildfire, Andrea Hairston (Tordotcom, 1 February)
The literary world needs more diverse magic systems! Andrea Hairston is here to give us just that. Blending hoodoo magic with history, Hairston creates an alternate past of magic, power, and wonder. From the swamplands of Georgia to the “city of the future” Chicago, Redwood, an African American woman, conjures spectres in theatres, on the streets, in parlours, and in bars. Expertly blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, Hairston spins a dream-like vision of vaudeville at the turn of the 20th century. Exploring themes of belonging and power, magic and performance, Redwood and Wildfire is sure to dazzle.
The Bone Orchard, Sara A. Mueller (Tor Books, 22 March)
Have you ever read the back of a book and gone, “Oh. Oh yes. Oh this is going to be so good!”? Say hello to The Bone Orchard. Witches, necromancy, bone tress—need I go on? I will. Charm, our necromantic witch in question, is a tender of Orchard House, a brothel of regrown women reaped from the bone trees. The emperor himself prefers Charm’s company, but when she’s tasked with figuring out which of the emperor’s sons killed him—she may finally get her freedom. Tangled with the past and yearning for a future, The Bone Orchard weighs justice and peace and individual desires in a bone-rattling cacophony.
Woman, Eating, Claire Kohda (HarperVia, 12 April)
Hi, my name’s Kira, and I like vampires. Thank you, Claire Kohda, for this feast that is soon to come. Vampires? I heard someone say vampires. Please and thank you. Woman, Eating is a confronting story about women, bodies, and self-actualisation*. Lydia is a young vampire leaving the comfort of her mother’s home for the first time. And she’s hungry. She’s always hungry. As she tries—and wants—to exist in the world around her, she must confront and accept the parts of herself that she fears the most. But is she afraid of being human? Or afraid of what it means to be human?
This has certainly gotten out of hand. Ahem. My bad! Check back for part two as I tackle May-August, and keep your eyes peeled for part three as I round out the year ahead with September-December.
*TW for lots of discussion about food, eating, hunger, and body image.