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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Up-and-Comers I'm Looking Forward to Reading

Today's TTT prompt—Top Ten Dynamic Duos—should be a simple one. Pairings like Frodo and Samwise Gamgee or Sherlock and Holmes come immediately to mind. I figured such well-known duos would be on everyone's lists, though. I didn't want to do the same ole, same ole, but I honestly couldn't think of a creative spin for this one. I got up way too early after this morning after having a nightmare about rushing to board an international flight only to realize I didn't have my passport, so yeah, I think my brain is just mush right now! In an effort to give my poor, tired mind a rest, I'm going to go with an easy TTT topic of my own devising: Top Ten Upcoming New Releases I Want to Read. Although I've already read a number of 2022 up-and-comers, there are a bunch more I'm excited about, so here goes.

Before we get to that, though, be sure to hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and give our hostess some love. If you're feeling listy today, join in the TTT fun. It's always a good time.

Top Ten Upcoming New Releases I Want to Read  
in order of publication date  

1. This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel (out today)—Although Darling Rose Gold was a very meh read for me, I'm still interested in reading this one, Wrobel's sophomore effort. Here's the story: Natalie's worried about her sister, Kit, who hied off to a remote island to join a 6-month program designed to help her become her "Maximized Self." Natalie hasn't heard from Kit since. When Natalie receives a sinister email from the program's leader threatening to reveal a secret Natalie has been keeping from her sister, Natalie heads to the island to rescue her sibling. Turns out, that's a whole lot easier said than done. 

2. Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian (coming March 15, 2022)—A family-run business, Secret Staircase Construction specializes in building hidden rooms and secret passageways for private clients. Tempest Raj never intended to be part of the business, but when her life implodes, she has little choice. While on a job, Tempest discovers the dead body of her former stage double inside a wall that was supposedly sealed 100 years ago. Frightened that she was the actual intended victim, she sets out to find a killer. The first installment in a new mystery series, this one sounds like a lot of fun!

3. The Tsarina's Daughter by Ellen Alpsten (coming March 15, 2022)—The daughter of Peter the Great and his wife, Catherine, Tsarevna Elizabeth is beautiful and privileged. When her fortunes turn, however, she finds herself in a desperate fight for survival. Will she live to take the throne? Or will she suffer the same fate as her murdered brother?

4. Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (coming April 12, 2022)—In 1973 Alabama, a young Black nurse sets out to change the world, or at least to make a difference in her local African-American community. Tasked with distributing birth control to impoverished women, Civil's shocked to discover that her first clients are only 11 and 13. Desperate to give the children choice and freedom, she takes the girls under her wing. Then, the unthinkable happens, changing all of their lives forever...

5. Queen of the Tiles by Hannah Alkaf (coming April 19, 2022)—Set in Malaysia, this YA mystery revolves around a cutthroat Scrabble competition. Najwa Bakri has entered the competition for the first time since her best friend, Trina Low, died. Now that Trina's dead, the top spot is open and everyone wants it. Things get complicated when Trina's inactive Instagram is suddenly resurrected, spewing cryptic posts and messages. What is going on? What really happened to Trina? I love Scrabble almost as much as I love mysteries, so I'm all in for this novel. Sounds exciting.

6. Hide by Kiersten White (coming May 24, 2022)—YA novelist White makes her adult debut with this tantalizing thriller. It centers around a competition that places 14 contestants in an abandoned amusement park for a week. If you can hide well enough not to get caught, you win a huge sum of money. Mack is a hiding expert, but when her opponents start disappearing one-by-one, she realizes there's a lot more to this competition than meets the eye.

7. The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan (coming May 31, 2022)—I adore Ryan's World War II novels, so I'm excited for her newest. Like her other books, this one is about women on the homefront coming together to support and strengthen each other in tough times.

8. The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager (coming June 21, 2022)—I'm a fan of Sager's creepy stories, so I always look forward to a new book from him. This one is a Rear Window-ish tale about Casey Fletcher, a woman whose guilty pleasure is spying on the glamorous couple who live across the lake. When one of the perfect pair mysteriously disappears, Casey's determined to find out what happened to her.

9. The It Girl by Ruth Ware (coming July 12, 2022)—Ware is another thriller writer whose books I'm always excited to read. Her newest concerns a tight group of friends whose lives were upended when one of their number was killed. When new evidence about the murder comes to light years later, it throws their lives and friendships into a tailspin once again. 

10. These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall (coming August 9, 2022)—This spooky YA novel is being billed as The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out. Um...yes, please! The story is about a Helen, a teen girl who is shocked to inherit her family's hulking ancestral home, even though she and her mother have been estranged from their kin for as long Helen can remember. Her grandfather's will stipulates that Helen will only receive the inheritance if she lives in the home for a year. Harrowstone Hall has haunted Helen's nightmares all her life. Can she really live there for a full year?

There you go, ten upcoming releases I'm looking forward to reading. Have you read any of them? What did you think? Which 2022 books are you most excited about? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!  


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    1. I'm excited to read all of them. I hope they're as good as they sound :)

      Thanks for popping in, Anita!

  2. A lot of those books look and sound really good. I'll have to add them to my never-ending TBR. :)

    1. I hear you on the endless TBR. No matter how many books I read, my list never gets any smaller because I just can't stop adding to it! #bookloverproblems

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jenni!

  3. So many great books! This Might Hurt caught my eye the other day! I hope you wnjoy these when you get to them!! :)

    1. THIS MIGHT HURT doesn't seem to be getting very good reviews, so we'll see. I think the premise sounds super interesting. Hopefully, the book doesn't disappoint.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

  4. So fun to look forward to new releases! Currently I'm reading the ARC for the sequel to Book Woman of Troublesome Creek which is on my most anticipated list. I also look forward to the yearly new Louise Penny later in the summer!

    1. Oooh, yes, I'm looking forward to the new Book Woman book, too. I have an e-ARC; I just haven't gotten to it yet. I'm still behind in the Gamache series since I'm reading it slowly on purpose, but I understand your enthusiasm for a new book. It's such a fabulous series!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carol!

  5. I hope to be reading Under Lock & Skeleton Key in the next week or so (I have an arc from NetGalley). But also can't wait to read Take My Hand.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. It sounds so fun, doesn't it? I have an e-ARC as well, so I'll definitely be reading it soon (ish). Same with TAKE MY HAND. *Sigh* So many books, so little time...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Pam!

  6. I want to read so many of these! Both Take My Hand and Queen of the Tiles sound amazing and fun; and I already have Hide and The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle on my TBR list. Great TTT, Susan. :D

    1. There are so many great-sounding new books coming out in 2022. Super exciting!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  7. I hope you like these when you get to them!

    1. Me too! It's always disappointing when books that sound really good just...aren't. I'm hoping for the best with this bunch.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jen!

  8. I just got an eARC of Under Lock and Key and am so excited about it! The Jennifer Ryan is on my TBR as well. I loved The Chilbury Ladies' Choir but haven't read anything else by her even though I've meant to.

    1. THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR is actually the only published Ryan book that I haven't read. I'm planning to read both it and this new one this year since I just love Ryan!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

  9. The Sager one sounds good. I say that about all of Sager's book, though. I really need to try one. Hope you love all of these when you get to read them.

    1. Ha ha. You really should. They're fast reads because they're so engrossing!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  10. I did a tweak on the topic today too, not enough brain power for it. Sorry about your nightmare. Happy Tuesday!

    1. I don't seem to have a lot of brain power on Tuesdays! Ha ha. Glad I'm not the only one.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  11. Ooh-- good ones! This Might Hurt, The Tsarina's Daughter, Take My Hand, Hide, The House Across the Lake, and The It Girl are all going on my wish-to-read list! Thanks for sharing new titles I could scoop up!

    1. I'm glad you found so many to pique your interest! I hope we both enjoy these.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Mia!

  12. It must have been the night for bad dreams. I also had one.

    Love your list this week. Under Lock & Skeleton Key, Queen of the Tiles, and The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle all caught my eye.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

    1. I'm sorry you had a nightmare, too! To make matters worse, I was still discombobulated from the dream when I went downstairs and I slipped and bruised myself up. It was NOT a good morning, but I did take a three-hour nap later in the day! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cheryl!

  13. None of those are on my radar yet! Thanks for sharing (and for visiting my blog)!

    1. Only one of them has come out yet (and that was just yesterday), so you have an excuse :) A lot of them are actually available on NetGalley and/or Edelweiss right now, if you're interested.

      Thanks for popping by, Gypsi!

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    1. Right? I just can't get away from great-sounding books that NEED to be on my TBR. The struggle is real.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  15. Sadly, I haven't read any of the books you've featured but I'll be sure to add a few of them on my TBR now. I know I'm in need of a good mystery/thriller.

    1. Well, most of them haven't come out yet, so that's not surprising. A lot of them are available on NetGalley and Edelweiss, if you're a member of those sites. Enjoy!

      Thanks for stopping in, Abigail!

  16. Queen of the Tiles definitely has my name on it!

    1. It sounds like a great read, doesn't it? I'm excited for it. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

  17. Some interesting books there. I think I would like to read "The Tsarina's Daughter" and "Take My Hand" though some of the others also sound very tempting. But - so many books, so little time. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

    1. Right? We're no match for our sky-high TBR mountains! Especially when we're continually adding to them...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

  18. Thanks for the heads-up about Hide by Kiersten White! That's one author whose YA books I've heard a lot of praise about, would like to see how she delves into more adult literature. ~Lex (

    1. I read her debut novel, but I think that's all I've read by her. I'm excited for her adult debut. It just sounds very intriguing to me.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lex!

  19. Lovely list! All these books sound intriguing.

    1. I think so, too. We'll see if they live up to their potential or not. Fingers crossed!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kami!

  20. Several of these look good. Riley Sager and Ruth Ware are always on my list, but especially intrigued by Gigi Pandian's new series. Enjoy!

    1. Same. UNDER LOCK AND SKELETON KEY just sounds like a fun one. I love the premise.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kay!

  21. The House Across the Lake sounds really good.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday . Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  22. I have Gigi Pandian's book on my Netgalley bookshelf waiting to be read.. but the rest are new to me and all sound so good.. you definitely make me add a whole bunch of books each week :-) Here is my TTT: Top Ten Twos Day: 22 Wonderful Books With Titles Featuring Duos (of a sort!)

  23. Extremely excited for Hide too! Going to have to check out the others on your list as well. :)

  24. I was also overwhelmed trying to come up with creative dynamic duos. ;) But I'm enjoying all the different twists on this week's topic. I hope you enjoy these when you get to them. <3

  25. These sound fun, I hope you enjoy them! I'm really curious about a Scrabble thriller, honestly...

  26. Me, speed-scrolling down this post to shield my eyes from new distractions looking for your previous TTT post: "Almost there; eight, nine, WAIT A GIANT MANOR HOUSE? *stops and reads* A YA NOVEL ABOUT INHERITING AN ANCESTRAL FAMILY HOME??" I can't even tell you how long I've wanted that exact plot. Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours, These Fleeting Shadows.

    Second look: AND it's by Kate Alice Marshall??

    Third look: wait what do you mean AUGUST. Or should I say AUGH-ust...

    I'm in anguish right now, but also really excited to look forward to this and make sure I time the library request right to read this in October, so I'm not even mad.

  27. I'm excited for several of these, especially the Ruth Ware, Riley Sager, and Kiersten White books.

  28. I already have many of these on my never ending TBR list.

  29. I definitely want to read the new Sager!

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