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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 »
Over the past few weeks, I might’ve spent just as much time adding books to my TBR as I did actually reading the books on my TBR! I’ve recently been going on mini TBR-adding sprees, thanks to book recommendations on Instagram stories and more 2021 anticipated releases lists. In case you were wondering, authors Emily Henry and Hannah Orenstein are two of my go-to IG book recommendation sources. I had a decent amount of spring contemporary romances on 2021 Most Anticipated Releases: Contemporary Romance Edition list – I’ll be sharing some of the same titles today – but I honestly might’ve added double the amount of spring romances on my TBR since then. Today, I’ll be featuring the romances I’m most looking forward to coming out this March, April, and May. My YA Spring 2021 Anticipated Releases guide will be coming out next week!
Match-making is one of my favorite romance tropes, which led me to Farah Heron’s Accidentally Engaged, following Reena’s parents’ attempt to match her with an eligible Muslim bachelor. The book seems like it’s going to have so many other elements that I love in a good romance, including a fake engagement, a sweet love interest (with a British accent??)and tons of cooking & bread making.
Below Deck has become one of my favorite guilty pleasures over the past year, so I’m ready for any romance that takes place while sailing. Float Plan follows Anna, who has recently lost her fiancé and after a rough night at sea, hires a professional sailor to help her during her voyage.
I really enjoyed Sarah Desai’s The Marriage Game because it was one of the funniest rom-coms I’ve ever read and the match-making premise was done so well. My love for that book alone makes me excited to pick up The Dating Plan. The book follows one of the main characters from The Marriage Game, Daisy. The synopsis sounds like a mix of match-making and a potential marriage of convenience.
Like many readers, I LOVED Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, but felt pretty meh about 99 Percent Mine. I have high hopes that Second Chance Impressions will bring back some The Hating Game feels because it sounds like it has slight enemies-to-lovers vibes – Ruthie works at a retirement center and the son of the retirement center’s property developer comes on as a personal assistant to two of the most eccentric residents.
Sarah Hogle wrote my all-time favorite contemporary romance, You Deserve Each Other, which means that I need more of her work immediately!Twice Shy has been described in early reviews as the sweetest romance – a hopeless romantic inherits a house in the Smokies from her great aunt and must share it with the grouchy and gorgeous grounds-keeper.Read More »
Fall is always my favorite new release season of the year, and with all of the following books coming out, there’s no changing that feeling this year! I’m actually looking forward to breaking down my 2020 reading statistics later in December because I feel like I’ve read so much adult and new adult fiction between May and August. I wouldn’t be surprised if I still read more YA fiction than not as usual, but I’ve just been absolutely loving contemporary romance in 2020. Additionally, I’ve found myself picking up more women’s fiction, literary fiction, and non-fiction more than I’ve ever before.
Today, I’ll be sharing my most anticipated Fall 2020 releases for September, October, & November. If you’re craving YA and want to add more books to your TBR, I shared my most anticipated young adult release for the fall last week!
Well Played (Well Met #2) by Jen DeLuca | Release Date: September 22
Jen DeLuca’s Well Met is one of my favorite books of 2020, so I could not be more excited to pick up the second book in the Well Met companion series, Well Played. I’m not sure if any male leads will beat my fictional crush for Simon from book #1, but I’m really excited for this romance between Stacey and her Ren Faire summertime fling, Dex.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab | RD: October 6
I feel like almost every V.E. Schwab fan has been not-so patiently waiting for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. V.E. Schwab’s books are just so unique, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue included. The book takes place over 300 years and follows the title character’s bargain to live forever while all those who meet her forget her. I’ve heard absolutely amazing early reviews!
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren | RD: October 6
Everyone knows a need a holiday-inspired book or ten during the late fall & holiday season, so I know I’ll be saving Christina Lauren’s In a Holidaze for when I’m craving a festive read. Set during Christmas, the book plays with the time loop trope, as Mae finds herself relieving the holiday season at her family’s Utah vacation house, giving her the chance to get her longtime crush under the mistletoe.
The time has come for my favorite most anticipated releases season of the year. I always find fall release season so exciting because my all-time favorite books of the year often come out in September, October & November. As always, I am still clinging on to these final weeks of summer. It’s interesting this year especially because normally this would be my first week back to school as an undergraduate, but this college graduate is now home and taking most of her graduate courses remotely while student teaching. But don’t worry, I’ll be breaking out the pumpkin spice coffee soon.
Today I’ll be sharing my most anticipated young adult releases of the fall, in order of their release date. Next week, I’ll be sharing my most anticipated adult releases for the fall. I decided to separate my YA anticipated releases from my new adult and adult ones just because there were so many exciting releases out in 2020.
Majesty (American Royals #2) by Katherine McGee | Release Date: September 1
I am so excited that my most anticipated YA release of the fall comes out on the first fall Tuesday! I’ve basically needed Majesty in my life since I first read its predecessor, American Royals, last summer. If you’re someone who loves contemporary royalty books, you need to read this YA series about the American monarch ASAP.
Recommended for You by Laura Silverman | RD: September 1
I’m sort’ve cheating with Recommended For You personally because I was very fortunate to have read an ARC earlier in August – my review is coming to the blog in 2 weeks! I recommend saving Recommended For You for the latter half of the fall as we get closer to the holiday season, as the book takes place at a bookstore during the holiday season as Shoshanna and Jake compete to sell the most amount of books.