The new year is gathering mass – February is all set for the release of some wonderful books. Here is a list of 10 books we’re most looking forward to in February 2022. They include mysteries, thrillers, YA fantasies, literary and cultural fiction, historical fiction and more.

Devil’s Chew Toy by Rob Osler

10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 - Devil’s Chew Toy by Rob Osler
10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 – Devil’s Chew Toy by Rob Osler

In this cozy mystery, a teacher in Seattle wakes up half-naked in a stranger’s bed. But soon the police barge in and inform him that the girl he slept with the night before was a dancer, and has disappeared into thin air. The search for her will lead to an exciting adventure which will keep readers on their toes.

This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi
10 books we’re most looking forward to in February 2022 – This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

From the famous YA fantasy writer Mafi comes yet another series based on Persian mythology, the introductory book to which follows a royal household. The crown prince is in love with a servant girl. But she is not a mere servant – she is the heir to a Jinn kingdom who is prophesied to be the death of the king.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh

10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 - The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh
10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 – The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh

In the stormy city of Mina’s homeland, one maiden is sacrificed to appease the sea-god and gain his climatic favour every year. When Mina’s older brother Joon’s love is chosen, he tries to help her, knowing it will cause him a death sentence. So Mina intervenes and throws herself into the water instead of her. The book focuses on Mina’s underworld adventures.

Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi
Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

A dark academia book by the celebrated author Emezi, this is the story of a young Black girl attending a prestigious university. Though she is happy inside her bubble, there is tumult and racial justice outside it. She and her friends must brave through it, and play their own part in furthering the legacy of their cultural and racial heritage.

The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 - The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang
10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 – The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang

In this mystery adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, we look at the lives of a Wisconsin Chinese family. They own a restaurant that’s doing well, and the three sons are doing well academically, so things seem fine. But when the three brothers return from foreign universities, they discover family secrets that change the dynamics forever.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

This promising debut is the story of two estranged siblings who must reconcile their differences in order to grapple with their mother’s death. As the tide over their past, they discover that it isn’t as straightforward – a mystery lies lurking. This mystery takes them on a world tour from the Caribbean to London and California – and their mother’s black cake.

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 - The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 – The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

From the award winning master of modern fiction comes yet another devastating yet compelling book about mothers and daughters. This book follows the life of swimmers on fellowships, and the life they lead as strangers united by one common. Alice, our protagonist, faces the loss of her memory as her daughter narrates the haunting story.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
10 books we’re most looking forward to in February 2022 – The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

After the humongous success of Foley’s 2020 book, she comes out with her newest thriller. In this, Jess relocates to her half-brother’s home in Paris to give herself a new beginning post leaving her job. But when she realizes he has disappeared, and the plush apartment doesn’t add up to his salary, she finds something fishy. So she sets out to solve the mystery.

The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 - The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk
10 Most Anticipated Books of February 2022 – The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk

From the celebrated Nobel laureate comes yet another historical fiction. This time, it is about a mysterious Jew who changes his identity and appears in a village in Poland. From here, he switches his identity to different faiths every once a while, amassing new followers every time. This is a saga of religious diversity and individual identity.

Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade

Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade
Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade

An excerpt of this historical saga unfolding during the turning point of American history appeared in the New Yorker –  a testament to its compelling power. At the cusp between freedom and slavery, Richard (our protagonist) attempts to live up to his Black community by fighting in the African Brigade. This is a story of hope and identity, but also war.

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