The NetGalley Team’s Most-Anticipated Books of 2022

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A new year is only a few weeks away, and that means it’s time to start working on a new TBR list. As you can imagine, the NetGalley team loves looking ahead to see which books are coming out next. Here’s a roundup of the books we can’t wait to pick up in 2022!


Book of Night by Holly Black

I devoured all of the audiobooks in Holly Black’s Folk of the Air series (narrated by the incredibly talented Caitlin Kelly), so when I heard that she was releasing her adult fantasy debut I could hardly contain my excitement. The story features a con artist living in a world where shadows can be manipulated—color me intrigued! The narrator hasn’t been announced yet, but there’s no question I’ll be listening to this one on audio once it comes out.

The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa

The Wedding Crasher is Mia Sosa’s rom-com follow-up to The Worst Best Man, one of my favorite reads of 2020. It follows Dean, whose plans of a practical marriage of convenience are dashed by wedding crasher Solange. Dean was first introduced in The Worst Best Man, where he completely stole my heart! I’ve been eagerly counting down the days until it’s his turn to find love and I can’t wait to read along as sparks fly between him and Solange.


Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby, in my not-so-humble opinion, is one of the greatest comedians and storytellers of our time. She does not fit into the neatly arranged boxes that people think a female comedian should fit into, and she’s 100% unapologetic about it—which is why I admire her so so much. It’s also why I’m so excited for her upcoming memoir, Ten Steps to Nanette (which I will be pre-ordering and reading the day it goes on sale).


The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim

I am really looking forward to reading Elizabeth Lim’s The Dragon’s Promise. Six Crimson Cranes was one of my favorite reads in 2021, and it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I am eager to know what happens next! I know it’ll be full of the vibrant, magical storytelling infused with folklore and mythology that Lim writes so well.


Fault Tolerance by Valerie Valdes

This third installment in Valdes’s Chilling Effect series follows the adventures of Captain Eva Innocente through space with the crew of her ship La Sirena Negra. Filled with outrageous space exploits, memorable characters, and entertaining hijinks, these books are fast-moving and tons of fun! I can’t wait to read more of Captain Eva’s adventures in space and see what mischief the psychic cats get up to next.

Lost in the Valley of Death by Harley Rustad

I am intrigued by stories of wilderness disappearances, so when I saw this book described as narrative nonfiction similar to Jon Krakauer‘s Into the Wild, it caught my eye. It details the story of an American man in his 30s who left his tech job to travel the world, documenting his travels on Instagram. After spending time in India studying meditation with a sadhu, he went on a spiritual trek in the Parvati Valley, never to return.


No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado

Crystal Maldonado’s Fat Chance, Charlie Vega was one of my favorite YA reads of 2021 and I’ve been highly anticipating her next book. No Filter and Other Lies features Kat, a fat Latinx teen, who is pretending to be someone else online. Posing as a glamorous influencer named Max, Kat has a thriving social media channel and tons of virtual friends, but it all comes crumbling down when a post goes viral and the real Max sees the account with stolen photos. Maldonado writes such realistic teens navigating social media, the pressures of being online, and complicated family relationships. It’s definitely a must-read YA of 2022!

American Royalty by Tracey Livesay

I am absolutely fascinated by royal romances and all the obstacles the couples have to overcome to finally be together. American Royalty features a prince turned professor who reluctantly performs his royal duties by booking Duchess, an American rapper, for a tribute concert. They’re an unlikely pair but the two quickly hit it off and have an immediate attraction. I totally trust romance author Tracey Livesay to deliver a fantastic royal romance that I won’t be able to put down!


What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris

I’m a big sucker for a good coming-of-age story and What the Fireflies Knew looks like it’ll really deliver all the emotional growth I love to read. Life is hard enough on the cusp of puberty, but when KB’s father dies suddenly her whole life is upended. She and her sister are sent to live with their estranged grandfather, where KB must navigate her new reality with a family that now feel like strangers and figure out her own identity.


The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

A sibling novel to the stunning A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Candy House promises to be another fizzingly intelligent, deeply serious, and utterly hilarious book from Jennifer Egan. I can’t wait to read it!

The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft

The Books of Jacob publishes in February 2022 in the U.S., though I was able to read it this year when it was published in the U.K. A thousand pages long and yet somehow not long enough, this astonishing achievement is everything you could want from a novel. Tokarczuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature and this is her masterpiece.

What are you looking forward to reading in 2022?

  1. “The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn

    “Stay Awake” by Megan Goldin

    “Things We Do In The Dark” by Jennifer Hillier

  2. Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald

    I really regret that I’m not cool enough for Tor to give me any galleys, because now I have to wait until June for this. McDonald’s Blackwing grimdark trilogy is up there with my all time favorites, and I am very much looking forward to what he comes up with next!

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