20 Best Book Club Books for 2022 (New & Anticipated)

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By Jennifer Marie Lin on Jan 8th, 2022 (Last Updated Jan 8th, 2022)

2022 best book club picks new most anticipated coming soon

If you’re book club is looking for some great new releases to read, here are some of most-anticipated Best Book Club Books for 2022. This book list is limited to new and upcoming books that are being published in 2022.

When it comes to book club selections, I generally try to recommend books that have enough substance so that the group will have plenty to discuss but are still accessible reads with general appeal. And of course you want books that are just good books!

For more great book club picks, be sure to check out the 100 Best Book Club Books of All Time.

The School for Good Mothers
Jessamine ChanWhat It’s About: In this taut and explosive debut novel, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance.

Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. She can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress…

See the Full Summary and Review of The School for Good Mothers Publication Date: January 4, 2022
  3.74 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases science fiction sci fi
Isabel AllendeWhat It’s About: This sweeping novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea tells the epic story of Violeta del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family of five boisterous sons…

Publication Date: January 25, 2022
  4.14 out of 5 on Goodreads
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Sea of Tranquility
Emily St. John MandelWhat It’s About: The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

Edwin St…

Publication Date: April 5, 2022
  4.48 out of 5 on Goodreads
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Black Cake
Charmaine WilkersonWhat It’s About: In this moving debut novel, two estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s death and her hidden past–a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her famous black cake.

We can’t choose what we inherit…

Publication Date: February 1, 2022
  4.29 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases botm historical fiction
How High We Go in the Dark
Sequoia NagamatsuWhat It’s About: “Haunting and luminous, How High We Go in the Dark orchestrates its multitude of memorable voices into beautiful and lucid science fiction. An astonishing debut.” —Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta

“Epic . . . Sequoia Nagamatsu is a writer whose imagination is matched only by his compassion, the kind we need to light our way through the dark…

Publication Date: January 18, 2022
  4.13 out of 5 on Goodreads
science fiction sci fi dystopia French Braid
Anne TylerWhat It’s About: From the beloved best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author–a funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one Baltimore family’s foibles, from a boyfriend with a red Chevy in the 1950s up to a longed-for reunion with a grandchild in our pandemic present.

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959…

Publication Date: March 22, 2022
  4.40 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases literary fiction adult
Book Lovers
Emily HenryWhat It’s About: One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby…

Publication Date: May 3, 2022
  4.58 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases contemporary adult
The Diamond Eye
Kate QuinnWhat It’s About: The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.

In the snowbound city of Kiev, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son–but Hitler’s invasion of Russia sends her on a different path…

Publication Date: March 29, 2022
  4.52 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases historical wwii
One Italian Summer
Rebecca SerleWhat It’s About: When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, their planned mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town Carol spent the summer right before she met Katy’s father…Publication Date: March 1, 2022
  4.05 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases romance giveaways
The Last House on the Street
Diane ChamberlainWhat It’s About: From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel that perfectly interweaves history, mystery, and social justice.

When Kayla Carter’s husband dies in an accident while building their dream house, she knows she has to stay strong for their four-year-old daughter. But the trophy home in Shadow Ridge Estates, a new development in sleepy Round Hill, North Carolina, will always hold tragic memories…

Publication Date: January 11, 2022
  4.39 out of 5 on Goodreads
historical fiction mystery arc Sister Stardust

In her first novel inspired by a true story, Jane Green re-imagines the life of troubled icon Talitha Getty in this transporting story from a forgotten chapter of the Swinging ’60s
From afar Talitha’s life seemed perfect…

Publication Date: April 5, 2022
  4.19 out of 5 on Goodreads
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The Family Chao
Lan Samantha ChangWhat It’s About: One of Literary Hub’s and The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of 2022
A Goodreads Readers’ Most Anticipated Mystery of 2022

An acclaimed storyteller returns with “a gorgeous and gripping literary mystery” that explores “family, betrayal, passion, race, culture and the American Dream” (Jean Kwok)…

Publication Date: February 1, 2022
  3.93 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases mystery giveaways
The Paris Apartment
Lucy FoleyWhat It’s About: Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there…Publication Date: February 22, 2022
  3.81 out of 5 on Goodreads
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The Tobacco Wives
Adele MyersWhat It’s About: For the audience of Fiona Davis and Lisa Wingate, a vibrant historical debut set in 1946 North Carolina following a young female seamstress who uncovers dangerous truths about the Big Tobacco empire ruling the American South.

“Myers brilliantly seduces us with her setting—a North Carolina town of beautiful socialites, opulent dresses, and elegant soirees—before revealing a terrible secret that threatens the entire community…

Publication Date: March 1, 2022
  4.04 out of 5 on Goodreads
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Take My Hand
Dolen Perkins-ValdezWhat It’s About: 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.

Montgomery, Alabama 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference, especially in her African American community…

Publication Date: April 12, 2022
  4.49 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases giveaways historical The Magnolia Palace
Fiona DavisWhat It’s About: Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

Eight months since losing her mother in the Spanish flu outbreak of 1919, twenty-one-year-old Lillian Carter’s life has completely fallen apart…

Publication Date: January 25, 2022
  4.06 out of 5 on Goodreads
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The Christie Affair
Nina de GramontWhat It’s About: A stunning new novel that reimagines the unexplained 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie that captivated the world.

“A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. It’s a particular feeling, the urge to murder. First comes rage, larger than any you’ve ever imagined. It takes over your body so completely, it’s like a divine force, grabbing hold of your will, your limbs, your psyche…

Publication Date: February 1, 2022
  3.87 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases mystery historical
Four Treasures of the Sky
Jenny Tinghui ZhangWhat It’s About: A propulsive and dazzling debut novel set against the backdrop of the Chinese Exclusion Act, about a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West

Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for whom she was named, revered for her beauty and cursed with heartbreak…

Publication Date: April 5, 2022
  4.38 out of 5 on Goodreads
2022 releases giveaways historical
The Book Woman’s Daughter (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek #2)
Kim Michele RichardsonWhat It’s About: Bestselling historical fiction author Kim Michele Richardson is back with the perfect book club read following Honey Mary Angeline Lovett, the daughter of the beloved Troublesome book woman, who must fight for her own independence with the help of the women who guide her and the books that set her free…Publication Date: May 3, 2022
  4.59 out of 5 on Goodreads
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