LIST: most anticipated 2022 releases (pt. 2)

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For once, I am actually not shocked and astonished when it reaches the second half of the year…for now lol. When I was putting together this list of releases, I was surprised that a lot of my most anticipated releases of this year are out in the fall because that hasn’t been the case for the past couple of years. However, I suppose that could’ve been because of COVID and shipping delays, etc etc, and now we’ve caught up. Anyways, here are my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2022!

I’ve been lucky enough to have read some of these already, with some instant favorites of 2022 even early on in the year. These include Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen, Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong, and If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang. My reviews for the first two are linked below and my review for the last one will be up soon! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books on this list to find more favorites too!

You can check out my anticipated releases for the first half of 2022 here.

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LIST: 2022 lgbtq+ ya releases

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I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year, but happy pride month, lovelies!!! As usual, I compiled (almost?) all of the LGBTQ+ YA releases of this year to celebrate. You can view the lists from the previous years here:

As always, thank you thank you to Charlotte, who co-runs readsrainbow (a blog dedicated to LGBT media), along with Anna, for sending me the bulk of this list. I am forever grateful; please go follow them! This is a list of YA releases, but they are a great resource for LGBT novels for all age ranges, as is LGBTQ Reads (run by Dahlia Adler).

What’s a better way to celebrate Pride 2022 than going through this list of 200+ books detailed with all the representation I could find? (It was an effort of some 30+ hours rip.) So without further ado, here is a list of all the LGBTQ+ YA releases in 2022!

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LIST: pick an emoji and i’ll rec you a 2022 release (pt. 2)

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We’re back with another “pick an emoji” post! I had a lot of fun with this one in particular; there are just so many great releases and emojis that pair perfectly with them. You know the drill at this point: pick an emoji and I’ll recommend you a 2022 release from April through June!

As usual, adult releases are marked as such; also, the emojis aren’t spoiler-y and are mostly attuned to the cover or the general summary of the book.

You can view all previous posts in this series here.

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REVIEW: Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Release Date: April 5, 2022

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: Chinese-American protagonists, lesbian Chinese-American protagonist, wlw Chinese-American protagonist, Chinese side characters; (Chinese-American author)

Summary: 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.

History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now.

Will Chen plans to steal them back.

A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son that has always been his parents’ American Dream. But when a shadowy Chinese corporation reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself something else as well: the leader of a heist to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures, looted from Beijing centuries ago.

His crew is every heist archetype one can imagine—or at least, the closest he can get. A conman: Irene Chen, Will’s sister and a public policy major at Duke, who can talk her way out of anything. A thief: Daniel Liang, a premed student with steady hands just as capable of lockpicking as suturing. A getaway driver: Lily Wu, an engineering student who races cars in her free time. A hacker: Alex Huang, an MIT dropout turned Silicon Valley software engineer. Each member of his crew has their own complicated relationship with China and the identity they’ve cultivated as Chinese Americans, but when Will asks, none of them can turn him down.

Because if they succeed? They earn fifty million dollars—and a chance to make history. But if they fail, it will mean not just the loss of everything they’ve dreamed for themselves but yet another thwarted attempt to take back what colonialism has stolen.

With poetic language, a fun, commercial hook, and a plot that spans the Western world, Portrait of a Thief is both a cultural heist and an examination of the Chinese American identity, as well as a necessary critique of the lingering effects of colonialism that readers won’t want to miss.

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REVIEW: Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Four Aunties and a Wedding (Aunties #2) by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Release Date: March 29, 2022

My Rating: 4 stars

Rep: Chinese-Indonesian-American protagonist, main characters, and side characters; biracial (Chinese, white) love interest; (Chinese-Indonesian author)

Summary: The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe–even the mafia–in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.

Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.

Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene–over their dead bodies–and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.

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REVIEW: This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

Release Date: March 1, 2022

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Rep: biracial love interest

CW: mentions of parental abuse (verbal)

Summary: Marit Weisenberg’s This Golden State follows a family on the run, a restless teenage daughter hungry for the truth, and the simple DNA test that threatens their carefully crafted world

The Winslow family lives by five principles:

1. No one can know your real name.
2. Don’t stay in one place too long.
3. If you sense anything is wrong, go immediately to the meeting spot.
4. Keeping our family together is everything.
5. We wish we could tell you who we are, but we can’t. Please—do not ask.

Poppy doesn’t know why her family has been running her whole life, but she does know that there are dire consequences if they’re ever caught. Still, her curiosity grows each year, as does her desire for real friends and the chance to build on something, instead of leaving behind school projects, teams, and crushes at a moment’s notice.

When a move to California exposes a crack in her parents’ airtight planning, Poppy realizes how fragile her world is. Determined to find out the truth, she mails in a home DNA test. Just as she starts to settle into her new life and even begins opening up to a boy in her math class, the forgotten test results bring her crashing back to reality.

Unraveling the shocking truth of her parents’ real identities, Poppy realizes that the DNA test has undone decades of careful work to keep her family anonymous—and the past is dangerously close to catching up to them. Determined to protect her family but desperate for more, Poppy must ask: How much of herself does she owe her family? And is it a betrayal to find her own place in the world?

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LIST: most anticipated 2022 releases (pt. 1)

I can’t believe it’s the end of the year, but that just means another year of releases to look forward to! I feel like I don’t have as many anticipated releases next year as I usually do, but that might be because of supply chain issues pushing back release dates or I just need to discover more books. I’ll probably end up updating this post multiple times throughout the next few months. Anyways, here are my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022!

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LIST: releases you might have missed in 2021

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I know I say this every year, but what a year of phenomenal releases! However, a downside to having so many great releases is it’s hard to keep track of all of them…but don’t worry! I’m here to help. Here is a list of releases you might have missed in 2021!

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LIST: 5 2022 debuts i’m unbelievably excited for

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I know we still have a few months left in 2021, but naturally, I’m already looking forward to 2022…because of the books! There are so many great ones coming out next year. The debut list is looking particularly amazing, so here are 5 2022 debuts I’m unbelievably excited for!

Of course, there are other debuts I’m hyped for or still need to discover! These are just a few that I’ve been thinking about all year. This list also includes a mix of young adult and adult books from a span of March to September. As of writing this, September is a full year away, so there are still preorder links and covers to be revealed!

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LIST: pick an emoji and i’ll rec you a 2021 release (pt. 4)

We’re in the last quarter of the year, so that means the last post in this series for this year: pick an emoji and I’ll recommend you a 2021 release from October through December! You can see the other posts from this year here: part 1 (January through March), part 2 (April through June), and part 3 (July through September).

As always, adult and new adult releases are marked as such; also, the emojis aren’t spoiler-y and are mostly attuned to the cover or the general summary of the book.

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