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Each year brings its share of bookish surprises, including debuts that mark the arrival of literary superstars and long-awaited new releases from tried and true favorites. But even by the usual standards, the best books of 2022 are an impressive collection of thrillers, romance novels, literary fiction, and every genre in between. Whether you’ve been anxiously awaiting the next suspense-filled read from Lucy Foley or the buzz around Nikki May’s debut Wahala has piqued your interest, 2022’s most anticipated releases are sure to keep you turning pages (or staying up with your Kindle) all year long.
More of a nonfiction fan? Don’t worry, 2022 is looking out for you, too. Viola Davis and Hannah Gadsby are just two of Hollywood’s brightest stars whose memoirs will have everyone talking. Add in engrossing books like South to America by Imani Perry and Admissions by Kendra James, it becomes clear there are plenty of reasons for nonfiction fans to rejoice.
No matter what kind of books you love, 2022’s fresh reads are an astounding bunch. With new releases from the likes of Riley Sager, Jasmine Guillory, and Emily St. John Mandel, there’s zero chance anyone will be able to complain about running out of incredible books to read this year.
— Additional reporting by Amanda Prahl