June 2022 Anticipated Releases

It goes without saying that there are SO many good books coming out in June, especially in my favorite genre, contemporary romance!

Meant to Be Mine by Hannah Orenstein | Release Date: June 7

Meant to Be Mine is the type of book where I will be running to the bookstore on release day to grab a copy, since Hannah Orenstein has become one of my all-time favorite authors, between Head Over Heels & Playing with Matches. Meant to Be Mine follows a young woman whose grandmother predicted the day each woman in their family would meet the love of their life. Add It on Goodreads

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan | RD: June 7

I feel like the Hollywood/TV setting has been getting more attention in contemporary romance latelty, & Nora Goes Off Script is no exception. This book has been pitched as Evie Dark Starts Over meets Beach Read, as TV writer, recently divorced & mother of two Nora’s script gets picked up to become a film, with one of Hollywood’s most attractive male leads in two. Add It on Goodreads

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand | RD: June 14

Last year was truly my summer of reading Elin Hilderbrand, so I’m highly looking forward to reading her latest, The Hotel Nantucket, which apparently has The Blue Bistro vibes (aka one of my top 3 Elin Hilderbrand books). Add It on Goodreads

How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder | RD: June 14

How to Fake It in Hollywood has been pitched to me as much more heavier read than its illustrated cover makes readers perceive. How to Fake It in Hollywood follows a Hollywood starlet up for career changing role and a PR stunt in which she fake dates a former A lister.I recently read Elissa Sussman’s Funny You Should Ask and I’m looking forward to this book with a similar setting. Add It on Goodreads

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May 2022 Anticipated Releases

I usually publish my anticipated releases by season, but similar to this March and April, May itself is filled with so many good book coming out from some of my favorite authors. I also plan on doing a separate post for June anticipated releases, since again there is an amazing line up of books coming out throughout 2022. I have a bunch of these books on hold from the library already & plan on buying others upon their release day. 

Inheritance (e-novella) & Rivals (American Royals #3) by Katharine McGee | RD: May 3 and 31

Inheritance takes place before the events of American Royals – I know I could listen to this novella on audio (Penguin Random House has been doing a ton of audio releases before digital/print, like with Ali Hazelwood’s novella collection), but I really am a text reader over audio. I also plan on rereading American Royals & Her Majesty before Rivals, so I think it will be a fun way to kick off my reread before the final book in one of my all-time fave YA series. Add Inheritance & Rivals on Goodreads

Book Lovers by Emily Henry | RD: May 3 

I think Emily Henry’s Books Lovers is every contemporary romance fan’s most anticipated book of May – as the title suggests, this is likely the most bookish of her contemporary romances yet, with the main characters as an author and editor. Add it on Goodreads

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March & April 2022 Anticipated Releases

New season, new books! I usually share my anticipated releases posts by season but since they are so many new books on my radar coming out this March, April, and May, I decided to just focus on March & April this time around – my May 2022 list is already teeming with books and I know I’ll be adding more over the next few weeks. This list features a mix of young adult, contemporary romance, & adult fiction releases – & yes some are already available to read! 

March 2022

Turning by Joy L. Smith  | RD: March 1

I’m actually currently finishing Turning by Joy L. Smith – this YA contemporary follows a Black ballerina, Genie, who has suffered from an accident that has left her paralyzed from the waist down. The book is very much on the mature side, as Genie deals with the aftermath of her accident, the loss of her dreams of becoming a professional dancer, her complicated relationship with her ex and her family, and the start of a new relationship with Kyle, a former gymnast recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Add it on Goodreads 

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith | RD: March 1

I went on a mega Jennifer E. Smith kick a few years ago, gobbling up all of her YA contemporaries, and I’m so excited to read her first adult fiction release that has been getting rave reviews so far. An indie musician, Great James, agrees to go on a week-long Alaskan cruise with her estranged father just after losing her mother. Add it on Goodreads 

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle | RD: March 1

I have been craving another new Rebecca Serle book since reading In Five Years at the end of 2022. One Italian Summer is another read that has been getting fantastic early reviews, following a woman whose recently lost her mother and goes on the trip to the Amalfi Coast that the mother-daughter duo was supposed to go on..only to meet the 30 year old version of her mother there. I’m typically not the biggest audiobook reader, but I might just have to change my ways because I recently discovered through Instagram that Laura Graham narrates the audiobook! Add it on Goodreads 

If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher | RD: May 8

I LOVED Libby Huscher’s Meet Me in Paradise last year, so I have high expectations for her latest release, If You Ask Me. The book follows a beloved relationship advice columnist whose husband unexpectedly cheats on her & leaves and the firefighter who enters her life when she burns her husband’s belongings via bonfire. Add it on Goodreads

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January and February 2022 Anticipated Releases

It’s a week into the new year & I’m back with another round of anticipated releases! I shared my most anticipated books for contemporary romance & adult fiction and YA in December, but today I’m going to just be focusing on the books coming on in January and February. And yes, there are indeed books here that I didn’t share in those 2022 anticipated releases posts because I of course have added more books to my TBR since! I’m only going to be sharing details on the books I’ve added since my annual anticipated releases posts or books that I didn’t include in those round-ups. 

January 2022 Releases

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord | Release Date: January 4

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon | RD: January 11

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2022 Most Anticipated Releases: YA Edition

As I’ve been writing & researching for my 2022 most anticipated releases, I have been really enjoying scouring Goodreads, Instagram, and book blogs to gain some insight on the Young Adult books coming out in 2022. Although contemporary romance has become my favorite genre over the years – I shared my most anticipated 2022 contemporary romance & adult fiction releases on Monday-, I am still often in the mood for a good YA contemporary (or royal-inspired read or historical fiction or fantasy). SO many of my favorite YA authors are coming out with new books in 2022! 

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord | RD: January 4

I have basically been anticipating Emma Lord’s 2022 YA release, When You Get the Chance, since it was announced – I’m SO excited for this Mamma Mia meets Broadway inspired read!

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys | RD:February 1st

I am a huge fan of Ruta Sepetys’ YA historical fiction books, as they are always so well-written and extremely well-researched and often center around a neglected or forgotten about part of history. I Must Betray You is set in 1989 Romania, following a teen who is forced by the secret police to provide the dictatorship with information about everyone & everything he knows and loves.  

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2022 RELEASES & NEW BOOKS: October 2021 TBR Additions 

I’m in a situation this October where I’ve added more books to my TBR than the actual amount of books I’ve read, oops. Definitely missing my 20+ book a month summer reading, but my books this fall have been really quality reads AND I’m looking forward to the following books on my TBR. Today’s recent TBR addition round feature some 2022 releases I am SO, SO looking forward to and some recent releases.

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens – Did anyone read that title to the tune of the same song by Michael Bublé? Sophie Cousens’ debut, This Time Next Year, was one of the most popular books last year & one that I really enjoyed. Her sophomore novel coming out this November follows a woman on vacation who is convinced that the man she’s mixed up her suitcase with is the one

The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson – The Magic of Found Objects was Bad on Paper Podcast’s Book Club pick for September 2021. I had the book on hold from the library, but it didn’t come in until this week. This book sounds super unique, following two best childhood friends who decide to give up on romance & marry each other. I plan on diving into Maddie Dawson’s backlist if I like this one! 

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver – I really enjoyed Josie Silver’s One Day in December and LOVED, LOVED The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, so I cannot wait to read her February 2022, One Night on the Island, following two people who are very much in need of a vacation on a remote Irish island & are accidentally booked to share the same cabin. 

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Fall 2021 Anticipated Releases

As I always say, I can’t believe it’s time for fall book season – don’t worry, I will likely continue to read by the pool & beach this September. Spring and fall have been competing for the best release season title when it comes to books I’m personally excited about for the past years – I’m not sure if there’s a clear winner just yet, but I am highly anticipating the contemporary romance and YA books below (and a holiday romance or two, of course). I decided to do just 1 fall releases post this year  & combine romance and YA picks together, & I’ve put the books in chronological order from September through November. 

Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn – Erin Hahn’s Never Saw You Coming is my most anticipated YA release of the fall, since I love her previous 2 YA books and I’m always interested in YA books dealing with religion & faith. After Meg finds out her entire childhood is a lie, she takes a gap year trip to meet unknown family & meets Micah, a former pastor’s kid whose dad is in prison. Meg & Micah both have really complicated relationships with the church that I’m interested in reading more about, especially since the book was inspired by Erin Hahn’s own relationship with faith. Release Date: September 7 | Add It On Goodreads 

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun – I’ve recently seen so many positive early reviews for this queer Bachelor inspired contemporary romance, The Charm Offensive. The Charm Offensive follows reality TV producer Dev, whose job is to the disgraced tech star Charlie to connect with the 20 women on the show & the two find themselves having more chemistry with one another than any of the contestants. RD: September 7 | Add It on Goodreads 

Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin – I’m so excited to see Alexa Martin break out of the Playbook world (even though I’m always ready for another football romance from her) with Mom Jeans & Other Mistakes. The book follows broke, single, best friends, Jude and Lauren, when they decide to do what they always talked about as teenagers: move in together, with Lauren’s five year old daughter and so much more baggage than they would have predicted as kids. RD: September 7 | Add It on Goodreads

The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale – I LOVED Lillie Vale’s YA debut, Small Town Hearts, a few years ago, so I’m excited to read her contemporary romance,The Shaadi Set-Up. I’ve felt mixed to be honest about tech/dating app type romances lately, but I have hope for this one: the book follows an Indian American woman who signs her and her boyfriends up on a matchmaking site to prove their compatibility, only to be matched with her ex high school sweetheart.RD: September 7 | Add It on Goodreads

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Anticipated Releases Book Tag: 2021 Edition

I love the Anticipated Releases Book Tag because it lets me spotlight some of the books I’m the most excited for during the fall & let’s be honest, helps me somewhat selfishly get more organized for my most anticipated Fall 2021 books posts that I usually share in the second half of August.

If you love going back in time & revisiting some highly anticipated books in the past, I’ve also done the Anticipated Releases Book Tag in 2020 & 2019. The Anticipated Releases Book Tag was created by Ellyn of Allonsythornraxx.

Most Anticipated Release 

I am beyond excited for Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn. Erin Hahn, one of my favorite YA authors & author of You’d Be Mine & More Than Maybe, has been sharing so much about the book on Instagram each week. The book is quite personal and deals with questioning religion and faith. The book’s main protagonist, Meg, was raised by conservative parents & after finding out a shocking family secret, takes a gap year to meet the family she’s never known existed and meet the son of a pastor, Micah. Never Saw You Coming comes out on September 7th. 

Most Underhyped Release

I’m really looking forward to It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi. This YA romance follows Muslim American teens Kiran & Deen, who once dated in secret and then broke up when Deen ghosted Kiran & are now forced to help plan their older siblings’ wedding. It All Comes Back to You comes on September 14th, 2021. 

A Book You’ve Been Waiting On Forever 

I wasn’t necessarily waiting on it forever because it was recently announced, but I have been wishing for quite a while for an Off Campus sequel. That being said, I’m really looking forward to Elle Kennedy’s novella collection, The Legacy, which will contain novella/where are they now? stories for each couple in the Off Campus series. The Legacy comes out on September 21st. 

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May 2021 Release Round Up

I usually share an annual anticipated releases post & anticipated releases posts for YA and adult books each publishing season. I shared my most anticipated books for Spring 2021 YA and contemporary romance releases back in February, but there is such an amazing line-up of books from some of my favorite authors this month that I had to re-share some of my anticipated titles, as well as some new books that have popped up on my TBR over the past 2 months. I’m gearing up for summer reading & so many of these titles are on my library holds list already! 

Some of these books have just come out this week on May 4th (May the 4th be with you), so if you’re headed to the library or bookstore this weekend, definitely check them out. 

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter | Release Date: May 4 

I fortunately read a review copy of Better Than the Movies earlier this spring & it soon became one of my favorite YA books of the year! If you love classic movie rom-coms and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, this is the book for you, as the main character teams up with her enemy to score her dream prom date. Add it on Goodreads

It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark | RD: May 4 

Georgia Clark’s It Had to Be You has blown up across my bookstagram over the past few week, especially from my fave author & IG follow, Hannah Orenstein. This book has been described as the perfect read for Love Actually fans. The book follows wedding planner Liv, whose just lost her husband…only to soon discover that he has left half of their business to his girlfriend. Add it on Goodreads

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson | RD: May 4

A new book from one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. Morgan Matson comes out with a new book every 2-3 years, so I’m always even more eager to pick up her latest release. Take Me Home Tonight takes on an entirely new setting for her books, NYC, as best friends Kat and Stevie spend 24 hours in the city. Add it on Goodreads

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Spring 2021 Most Anticipated Releases: YA Edition

Spring time often has so much to look forward to for me: warm weather, summertime prep, and new books! Spring and fall often compete as the best seasons for new YA releases, especially when it comes to YA contemporaries. Today I’ll be featuring the YA books I’m most looking forward to coming out this March, April, and May. 

There are a few repeats on this list from my Most Anticipated YA Books of 2021 guide – I tend to have more spring releases on my annual guide each December because we usually know more about spring releases than fall books – but I did add some more titles since then, thanks to  friends’ recommendations and fellow bloggers’ anticipated lists. 

It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill | RD: March 9 | Add it on Goodreads

Combine YA contemporary with pizza and I’m already there (with a slice or two of pizza near by). Lauren Morrill’s It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story sounds like it is going to be so cute and fun – sixteen year old Beck starts working in the pizza parlor she was born in 16 years ago and while reluctant to start the job thanks to her local celebrity fame, finds herself way more at home at Hot n’ Crusty than she’d like to admit. 

Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau | RD: April 6 | Add it on Goodreads

Since travel is still a no-go for most of us right now, the next best way to picture an adventure abroad is by reading about one of course. I’ll personally be escaping to Paris through Kisses and Croissants, as Mia spends her summer at an elite ballet training program and discovers the city with a cute French boy in tow. I think having a croissant or two by my side will be necessary as I read. 

What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka | RD: April 20 | Add it on Goodreads

I’m super excited to see Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s take on the enemies-to-lovers trope in What’s Not to Love. The book follows high school senior rivals, Allison & Ethan, as they compete to plan a ten year reunion, in hopes of getting a Harvard recommendation letter from their principal.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock | RD: April 20 | Add it on Goodreads

I don’t read too many anthologies or short story collections, but I am beyond excited for Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town. Her The Smell of Other People’s Houses is one of the most beautiful and well-written books I’ve ever read, and I expect nothing less from the book connecting the stories of young people from small towns in Alaska and the American West. Read More »