Anticipated Reads for Spring 2022

I’m a little bit late posting this – my Anticipated Reads for Winter 2022 covered new releases from January to March, so my goal for this post is to cover new releases from April to June. So some of these are already out, but there’s so many great new releases coming out this season that it’s a little overwhelming! Here’s some of the books I can’t wait to pick up – what’s on your list?


People Person

Author: Candace Carty-Williams

Pub. Date: April 28

[Things get complicated when five people who don’t have anything in common are forced to reconnect with the absent father they never really knew]

Yerba Buena

Author: Nina LaCour

Pub. Date: May 31

“The debut adult novel by the bestselling and award-winning YA author Nina LaCourfollowing two women on a star-crossed journey toward each other”


Author: Leila Mottley

Pub. Date: June 7

“A dazzling novel about a young black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system–the debut of a blazingly original voice that “bursts at the seams of every page and swallows you whole”.”


Author: Kirsten Chen

Pub. Date: June 7

“For fans of Hustlers and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, the story of two Asian American women who band together to grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise–an incisive and glittering blend of fashion, crime, and friendship.”

Historical Fiction


Author: Tara M. Stringfellow

Pub. Date: April 5

“A spellbinding debut novel tracing three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter’s discovery that she has the power to change her family’s legacy.”

Four Treasures of the Sky

Author: Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Pub. Date: April 5

“At once a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking work of historical fiction, Four Treasures of the Sky announces Jenny Tinghui Zhang as an indelible new voice. Steeped in untold history and Chinese folklore, this novel is a spellbinding feat.”

Take My Hand

Author: Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Pub. Date: April 12

“Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wench.”

Last Summer on State Street

Author: Toya Wolfe

Pub. Date: June 7

“For fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Brit Bennett, a striking coming-of-age debut about friendship, community, and resilience, set in the housing projects of Chicago during one life-changing summer.”


Portrait of a Thief

Author: Grace D. Li

Pub. Date: April 5

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums; about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.”

In the Dark We Forget

Author: Sandra SG Wong

Pub. Date: June 21

“With jolting revelations and taut ambiguity, In the Dark We Forget vividly examines the complexities of family—and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.”


Book Lovers

Author: Emily Henry

Pub. Date: May 3

“One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again, what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

Author: Akwaeke Emezi

Pub. Date: May 24

New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) reimagines the love story in this fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss.”

Other Genres

Time is a Mother

Author: Ocean Vuong

Pub. Date: April 5

“In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it.”

An Arrow to the Moon

Author: Emily X.R. Pan

Pub. Date: April 12

“Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After.”

Finding Me

Author: Viola Davis

Pub. Date: April 26

Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.”

A Year to the Day

Author: Robin Benway

Pub. Date: June 21

“National Book Award–winning author Robin Benway returns with an ambitious I’ll Give You the Sun meets Every Day story of love, loss, and sisterhood told in a reverse chronological narrative that will claim a permanent home in your heart.”

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