Top 7 Books To Read In 2022

Introduction

Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to go on more walks or eat healthier foods — or maybe it’s as simple as reading more. Since you’ve got the next 11 months ahead of you, you might find a few good recommendations to be helpful when it comes to adding to your reading list.

So, we researched to see what new titles everyone wants to get their hands on this year. We found 7 books set to release this year that its members (more than 125 million of them) can’t wait for. These new releases sit atop members’ “want-to-read” shelves.

While not all of these books are available right now — most of them are available for pre-order until their expected release date, so you can have your monthly read planned ahead of time. From mystery novels to romance reads, these are the most anticipated books of 2022.

#1. To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

This book starts out in an alternate version of America in 1893, but by the time you’ve reached the end, it has spanned three centuries. As you read, you’ll find that each of the characters in each of the three different Americas in this book, despite living different lives, is united by the same things that have tested them. You’ll find similar themes of love, wealth, family and paradise. This pick hits shelves on Jan. 11.

#2. Violeta by Isabel Allende

New York Times-bestselling author Isabel Allende’s latest novel was released on Jan. 25. It centers around Violeta, the first girl in a family of five boys, whose life is marked by “extraordinary events” such as the Spanish flu and the Great Depression. It is written in the form of letters to someone she loves, an inspiring and emotional detailed account of her life, and the joys and losses she has experienced.

#3. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Byron and Benny are left with a lot of questions after the death of their mother, Eleanor Bennett. Mainly, questions about the inheritance she left behind: a traditional Caribbean black cake. She also leaves them with a voice message that tells the story of her life in pieces — and they’re left to put them together and share the cake “when the time is right.”

#4. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

New York Times-bestselling author Lucy Foley’s new novel will debut on Feb. 22. It tells the story of Jess, who needs a fresh start and leans on her half-brother, Ben, who lives in Paris, for a place to stay. When she arrives at his apartment, however, he’s not there. Although she comes to the city of lights to escape the past that has been plaguing her, she finds herself digging into Ben’s future.

#5. Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” won the 2020 Booker Prize. Stuart’s next novel, “Young Mungo,” is the love story of Mungo and James — a Protestant and Catholic, respectively. The hyper-masculine environment around them forces them to hide their true selves, and they eventually find themselves apart. They’ll have to do everything they can to find their way together again. It will be released on April 5.

#6. The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

Bix Bouton is 40, the successful head of a tech company, the father of four kids and hungry for new ideas. After he stumbles into a conversation group, he gets his big new idea: “Own Your Unconscious.” With this technology, you can access every memory you’ve ever had — and exchange them for the memories of others. Centering around characters whose lives have all intersected at one point, this story tells the tale of love, human connection and privacy. You can find this book on shelves on April 5.

#7. Memphis  by Tara M. Stringfellow

After Joan discovers she has the power to change her family’s legacy, she finds a way to heal with all of the trauma that they have been through — with her paintbrush. Her art becomes a way for her to understand the sacrifices those who came before her made. The story itself spans 70 years, touching upon the generational experiences and the complexities of life that we face both as individuals and as a country. This title will officially be released on April 5.

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