25 Most Anticipated New December 2022 Book Releases by Genre

Most Anticipated New December 2022 Book Releases by Genres

The December 2022 book releases are the perfect mix of books to curl up with as the weather starts to get colder. We know that we cannot possibly read all the books but, these are our most anticipated December new books.

Whether literary fiction is your thing or you love historical fiction, this list has a little something for everyone.

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Most Anticipated December 2022 Fiction Book Releases

The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke Dale and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Genre: Fiction

Plot: From the author of “The Ballerina”, one of our best books for book clubs, comes this new suspense novel about family, talent, ambition, and revenge.

The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader

Genre: Fiction

Plot: Betty Kay and kitty meet at nursing school and don’t have much in common. Yet the two women begin a lifelong friendship through love and marriage from Vietnam to Hollywood. The story takes place in Iowa in 1967 until 50 years later when two estranged sisters uncover family secrets.

Roses in the Mouth of a Lion and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion by Bushra Rehman

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot: Razia Mirza has grown up in a very close-know Pakastani-American Family. When she is accepted to a prestigious school in Manhattan, a rift grows between her and her family. Now, Razia has started to develop feelings for Angela and she must choose between her family, her faith, and her future

The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks Dalton and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton 

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot: This is a novel that spans Wanda’s lifetime. Florida is slipping away and the weather patterns have left the state with decreased infrastructure. When a hurricane comes just as Kirby’s sons go missing, he sets off the find them. His wife Frida goes into premature labor and gives birth to Wanda.

The Seamstress of Sardinia and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Seamstress of Sardinia by Bianca Pitzorno

Genre: Literary Fiction

Plot:A bestselling Italian writer makes her American debut with this delightful dramedy of manners, family, romance, and fashion that is set on the island of Sardinia at the end of the nineteenth century—a dazzling and original literary blend of Jane Austen and Adriana Trigiani.

The Book of Everlasting Things and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Book of Everlasting Things by Aanchal Malhotra

Genre: Fiction

Plot: Samir is a perfumer’s apprentice. Firdaus is a calligrapher’s apprentice. When they lovk eyes, the fall in love but, as India struggles for independence, the two will find themselves on opposite sides with their love forbidden. Samir is now an indian Hindu and Firdaus is a Muslim Pakatani. As their paths diverge, tey must decide what they are willing to do for love.

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December 2022 Historical Fiction Book Releases

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The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights by Kitty Zeldis

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: Three women in Brooklyn in 1924 forge friendships and confronts their pasts in order to have better futures. This historical fiction moves from New York City to late 19th century Russia and to New Orleans in the 19/10.

In Love's Time and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

In Love’s Time by Kate Breslin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: Set at the height of WWI, this is the story of Captain Marcus Weatherford and the woman he loves, Clare. The two must fight to be together in the face of war and duty. When Marcus is sent on a mission to Russia with a ballerina posing as his fiancee, Clare is devastated. Can their love survive against the odds?

All the Lost Places

All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: Venice 1807: a baby is discovered floating in a basket and a guild of Artisans takes him in and raises him. Years later when Sebastian is searching for his origin story, a woman washes ashore on the island. 1904: Daniel Goodman is looking for a fresh start by translating an old book from Venice with the story of Sebastian. Who is Sebastian Trovato?

The Lipstick Bureau and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Lipstick Bureau by Michelle Gable

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: This story is inspired by a real-life female spy in WWII. Niki Novotná has been recruited by an American spy agency to travel to Italy and create fake stories and propaganda to lower the morale of the enemy soldiers. If you love female spy books, this one is for you and you can check out our list of other female spy books with love.

Love Historical Fiction? We do too! That’s why we created the Ultimate List of Historical Fiction carefully divided by time period.

Most Anticipated December 2022 Fantasy/ Sci-fi Book Releases

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Witcha Gonna Do by Avery Flynn

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Plot: what do you do when you are born into a power magical family and you have no magic? What do you do when you need to turn to your nemesis, to help save your family after you accidentally cursed them all? And what do you do when you start feeling attracted to that superhot nemesis?

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Zodiac Academy 8 by Caroline Peckman and Susanne Valenti

Genre: Fantasy

Plot: Nothing about the plot or even the name of the book has been relesed- talk about no spoilers. Kirsten is DYING to read this book. We will update you as soon as we have more information.

Love Fantasy Books? We do too! That’s why we created the Ultimate List of Fantasy for Adults and the Ultimate List of YA fantasy!

Most Anticipated Thrillers and Mysteries for December 2022

The Widow Maker and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Widowmaker by Hannah Morrissey 

Genre: Thriller

Plot: A wealthy family shrouded in scandal; a detective tasked with solving an impossible cold case; and a woman with a dark past collide in Hannah Morrissey’s stunning new Black Harbor mystery, The Widowmaker”

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The Last Invitation by Darby Kane

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Plot: An exclusive club, The Sophie Foundation, meets on the second Tuesday of every month to take a vote. Over wine and cheese, they review the files of evil men who need to be punished. Just saw Hall jumped at the chance to join the secret club but when she realizes that it has gone too far, she must find a way to get out before she’s the one who loses her life.

A Dangerous Business

A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley

Genre: Murder Mystery

Plot: This is a murder mystery set in Gold Rush California by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Jane Smiley. Eliza Ripple has been working in a brothel since her husband was killed in a fight. She has attained financial security. When the bodies of young women start appearing, Eliza is inspired by her reading and set out to solve the mystery of these murders and catch the killer.

Love Thrillers? We created The Ultimate List of Best Thriller Books carefully divided by sub-genre. These will definitely keep you on your toes.

Romance Book Releases for December 2022

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Well Traveled by Jen Deluca

Genre: Romance

Plot: Lulu Malone he’s a workaholic and realizes suddenly everything is all wrong. When she is introduced to the world of Renaissance fairs she jumped at the chance to escape reality. Dax has been touring with his brothers as The Dueling Kilts and has never had to work for much. Sparks fly but when the summer is over, will Lulu go with her heart or head back to the corporate world?

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So, This Is Love by Tracy Andreen

Genre: Romance

Plot: This is a perfect romance for Valentine’s Day. This is the sequel to So, This is Christmas. Finley and Arthur are back at school and wondering what one wonderful Christmas Eve kiss means. Are they a couple? When old flames come back into their lives, this could complicate everything.

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To Get to the Other Side: A Novel by Kelly Ohlert

Genre: Romance

Plot: When Trixie stops her car and scoops up a chicken stuck in the middle of the road, she needs to find a new place to live that allows pets. Bear owns a flower business and is upset when he finds that his sisters have posted his spare room for rent. Now, Trixie and Bear must figure out how to save his business and navigate the attraction they feel for each other.

The Key to My Heart and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

The Key to My Heart: A Novel by Lia Louis

Genre: Romance

Plot: Natalie Fincher has everything going for her until she unexpectedly loses her husband. now, two and a half years later, she is getting by and plays her piano only in a London train station where she can be anonymous. When suddenly when somebody starts leaving sheet music for her husband’s favorite songs at the station’s piano, Natalie starts to feel life coming back to her for the first time. Can she step back on a path that opens herself to love?

Twice in a lifetime

Twice in a Lifetime: A Novel by Melissa Baron

Genre: Romance

Plot: Isla has fled to a small town to deal with her chronic anxiety. When she gets a text from a man who says he is her husband. Ewan is reaching out from a few years in the future when they are no longer together. He even has proof- a picture from their wedding day. Ewan is texting through time to try and save her from something that he cannot share. Will each text bring them closer together or farther apart?

For more books like these, check out our Holiday Hub with all things Valentine’s Day.

Is Romance your favorite genre? We created the Ultimate List of Romances carefully divided by sub-genre so you can find your next favorite read.

December 2022: Best Non-Fiction Book Releases

Your Table Is Ready

Your Table Is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D’ by Michael Cecchi-Azzolina

Genre: Memoir

Plot: Michael Cecchi-Azzolina has helped run some of the hottest and most successful restaurants in New York City. From his early career serving starts like Tennessee Williams to the pre-pandemic shutdown, Cecchi-Azzolina and seen it all. He knows how restaurants are run and can tell you all about it.

Screaming on the Inside and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood by Jessica Grouse

Genre: Non-Fiction

Plot: In this timely and necessary book, New York Times opinion writer Jessica Grose dismantles two hundred years of unrealistic parenting expectations and empowers today’s mothers to make choices that actually serve themselves, their children, and their communities

The Tudors in Love

The Tudors in Love: Passion and Politics in the Age of England’s Most Famous Dynasty by Sarah Gristwood

Genre: Biography

Plot: Sarah Gristwood’s The Tudors in Love offers a brilliant history of the Tudor dynasty, showing how the rules of romantic courtly love irrevocably shaped the politics and international diplomacy of the period.

Best YA December 2022 Book Releases

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No Accident by Laura Bates

Genre: YA Fiction

Plot: A plane crash leaves seven teenagers alone on a deserted island. At first, they think the dwindling supplies are the only obstacle to survival. They soon realize that there’s someone else on the island and that person may be the biggest threat. Suddenly, being the most popular kid doesn’t mean anything.

Never Ever Getting Back Together and 24 more December 2022 Book Releases

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

Genre: YA LGBTQ Romance

Plot: Jordy is a minor celebrity whose sister married a prince of a small European country. Now, he is going to be the star of a TV show called Second Chance Romance. Maya, Skye, and four more of Jory’s ex-girlfriends will be brought together to try and recapture his heart. As the girls compete for his heart, they just might find their happily ever after is not what they expected.

Poison Season

Poison Season by Mara Rutherford

Genre: YA Fantasy

Plot: Outsiders seek to destroy Leelo’s island. She coexists with the bloodthirsty forest and the poisonous lake that protects the island. When Leelo sees an outsider drowning, she knows what she. is supposed to do but, betrays everyone when she makes the unthinkable choice.

What is your most anticipated December 2022 book release?

For more new release books like these, check out our October 2022 and November 2022 book releases as well

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