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Heading into 2022 with Lots of Good Books

Cindy Burnett
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Happy (early) New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and healthy holiday. I am ready for the new year and hope 2022 will be better than 2021. I have started to think about my reading goals for 2022, and one thing I really want to focus on is reading more outside my comfort zone, picking up books in genres that I do not normally read.

Early 2022 brings so many new books, even more than normal because of all of the supply chain issues. Numerous books were bumped from October through December into 2022. I am highlighting some titles coming out in January through April about which I am most excited. I have read some of the books already (I starred those), and the rest are high on my list to read very soon.

JJ Bola

JJ Bola writes about starting over. 


  • Home or Away by Kathleen West
  • The Selfless Act of Breathing by JJ Bola
  • Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
  • *The High House by Jessie Blackburn (a January Buzz Reads selection)
  • The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon
  • Wahala by Nikki May
  • The Wise Women by Gina Sorell
  • Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin
  • One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
  • The White Girl by Tony Burch

Historical Fiction:

  • *The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis (a January Buzz Reads selection)
  • The Great Mrs. Elias by Barbara Chase-Riboud
  • A Ballad of Love and Glory by Reyna Grande
  • The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
  • *The Last Grand Duchess by Bryn Turnbull
  • *Antoinette’s Sister by Diana Giovinazzo (a January Buzz Reads selection)
  • *The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers
  • Angels of the Pacific by Elise Hooper
  • Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu
  • The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare by Kimberly Brock


  • *Seasonal Work: Stories by Laura Lippman (a January Buzz Reads selection)
  • The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
  • Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz
  • *The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
  • *One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner
  • Deadly Declarations by Landis Wade
  • *Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr
  • *Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
Danielle Friedman's new book

Danielle Friedman's new book chronicles the history of women's fitness. 


  • Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times by Azar Nafisi
  • Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott
  • What’s So Funny? A Cartoonist’s Memoir by David Sipress
  • Wired for Love: A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Romance, Loss, and the Essence of Human Connection by Stephanie Cacioppo
  • The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth by Ben Rawlence
  • Heiresses: The Loves of the Million Dollar Babies by Laura Thompson
  • Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World by Danielle Friedman

For more book recommendations and bookish thoughts, see Cindy’s monthly Buzz Reads column, her Thoughts from a Page Podcast or follow @ThoughtsFromaPage on Instagram. Find upcoming Conversations from a Page events here.

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