Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming releases

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl, is “Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022”.

Here are ten books due to be published in the second half of this year that I’m looking forward to reading. Publication dates were correct for the UK as of today, but could change.

1. The Blood Flower by Alex Reeve (7 July) – The fourth book in the Leo Stanhope series, one of my current favourite historical mystery series.

2. The Bewitching by Jill Dawson (7 July) – A novel about the 16th-century case of the witches of Warboys. I have a copy of this one from NetGalley and have just started reading it.

3. The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton (7 July) – Has it really been eight years since The Miniaturist was released? I hope the sequel will be just as good!

4. The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz (18 August) – The next book in the Horowitz and Hawthorne mystery series. I’ve enjoyed all of the previous three (my review of the third one should be up in the next few weeks).

5. The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell (30 August) – I didn’t love Hamnet as much as most people did, but I thought it was beautifully written and would like to try Maggie O’Farrell’s new book, set in Renaissance Italy.

6. Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris (1 September) – Robert Harris is one of my favourite authors, so a new book by him is always something to look forward to!

7. Ithaca by Claire North (6 September) – This Greek myth retelling about Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, is another book I have from NetGalley and will read nearer the publication date.

8. The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies (15 September) – I’ve read all of Dinah Jefferies’ books and this one will be the second in her new World War II trilogy, which began last year with Daughters of War.

9. Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson (27 September) – Kate Atkinson is another author I always look forward to reading. I don’t know much about her new book but I’m sure it will be great.

10. Blue Water by Leonora Nattrass (20 October) – I enjoyed the debut novel by Leonora Nattrass, Black Drop, so I’m interested in reading this sequel.


Will you be reading any of these? Which new releases are you looking forward to in the second half of 2022?

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming releases

    • Helen says:

      My main criticism of Hamnet was that I felt it had very little to do with the real Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway and could just as easily have been about a fictional family. I’m hoping there won’t be a similar problem with the new book.

    • Helen says:

      I can’t wait to read Shrines of Gaiety and Act of Oblivion. I wasn’t such a big fan of The Miniaturist as most people were, but I did enjoy it and will definitely be looking out for The House of Fortune.

  1. Calmgrove says:

    I’m sure I’ll eventually get to the O’Farrell (though still have Hamnet to read) and the Atkinson, maybe when the dust has settled down, while I have a Harris shelved somewhere, though I don’t recall the title, an author I’ve yet to get into.

    • Helen says:

      I hope you enjoy Hamnet. I didn’t love it, but still found it quite impressive and am hoping her new book will be more to my taste. Robert Harris is excellent – An Officer and a Spy is my favourite of his.

  2. mallikabooks15 says:

    So many good ones on your list Ithaca, Horowitz, Robert Harris. I am yet to read The Miniaturist or Hamnet, though, so the next ones will probably take longer to get to

  3. piningforthewest says:

    I’ll definitely read the Maggie O’Farrell and the Kate Atkinson – eventually. I might start the Alex Reeve series as you’ve enjoyed it so much.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, finding the time to actually read all of these books is the problem! I’ll definitely be reading the O’Farrell and Atkinson too, but it could be a while after they’ve been published.

  4. Karen K. says:

    I had to stop reading this blog post to put the O’Farrell and Atkinsons on hold at my library! Thanks for the heads-up, I didn’t know they had new books coming out! I loved Hamnet and also Life After Life so I’m VERY excited about these.

    • Helen says:

      I also loved Life After Life, and most of Atkinson’s other books, so I’m excited about Shrines of Gaiety too! I wasn’t a big fan of Hamnet but did like O’Farrell’s writing and her new book sounds fascinating.

    • Helen says:

      The only O’Farrell book I’ve read so far is Hamnet and I was sorry I couldn’t manage to love it the way other people did, but I’m looking forward to trying her new one. I thought her writing was beautiful.

      • margaret21 says:

        I’m sorry Hamnet wasn’t for you. It was a book I loved early in Lockdown – but I know that it wasn’t for – quite – everyone. I heard her speak about it at the online Hay Festival just before I read it, and this undoubtedly coloured my view.

    • Helen says:

      I thought there would have been more hype around the Burton book, but I haven’t heard much about it yet. I hope you enjoy the O’Farrell!

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