Hello book nerds! I’m back with a blog post hoping to spread some holiday cheer by making the holidays queer! *wink* (Okay, I’m actually proud of that little rhyme, forgive me!) But yes, I am here today to talk about queer books releasing in 2022 that have caught my attention. If I thought 2021 releases were magnificently queer, 2022 is on another level. (Also, in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s our 2022 queer reading challenge!)
I am just so excited for all the queer books that we’re going to see in the coming year! So, without further ado, here are 30 queer books you should to your TBR for 2022! (Click on the titles to add to your Goodreads!)
“A sparkling YA debut rom-com about a popular high-school girl, her ex-boyfriend-turned-best-friend, and the girl they both fall for“? Sign me up! And I did sign up: I’m part of the Love Somebody Blog Tour hosted by Turn the Page Tours! Look out for my review soon! Love Somebody is out on January 11, 2022.
A queer/sapphic retelling of Sleeping Beauty?! YES PLEASE. The Bone Spindle is out on January 11, 2022!
3. Servant Mage
First of all, the cover of this novella is striking. Second, dragons. Third of all, it has polyamory?! Servant Mage is out on January 18, 2022.
A sapphic Jewish contemporary fantasy novel is coming to us this 2022. From Dust, A Flame releases on February 8th!
From the author of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, comes another young adult novel featuring a fat, brown, and bi MC, social media obsession, sapphic romance, and more. No Filter and Other Lies releases on February 8, 2022!
I’ve been hearing rave reviews about this one! Ophelia After All is a heartfelt contemporary novel about “a teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness“. This is out on February 8, 2022!
I just love it when the genres just blend together in a novel and then there’s queer romance. The Magic Between seems to have everything: magic, contemporary world, a pop star for an MC, an NHL player for the other MC, and m/m romance. This is out on February 15, 2022!
An adult contemporary romance novel which is “a clever and steamy queer romantic comedy about taking chances and accepting love—with all its complications“. I love this already! Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is out on February 22, 2022!
An up and coming fanfic author and pageant queen?! Plus fandom culture, nerds and geeks coming together, and nonbinary rep? The One True Me and You is something to look forward to! This book is out on March 1, 2022.
10. And They Lived…
“A sex-positive, fairytale-inspired YA novel that celebrates first love and self-acceptance…” I think YES. Also, hello, that cover! And They Lived… releases on March 8, 2022!
“…two non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake – but can they keep their worlds above water intact?” Magical realism, queer rep, neurodiverse characters, I’m excited to read more from Anna-Marie McLemore! Lakelore is out on March 8, 2022!
I am always a sucker for the best friends-to-lovers trope, and Right Where I Left You seems like an amazing queer YA contemporary that will steal readers’ hearts. This book releases on March 15, 2022!
13. Kiss & Tell
One of my newest favorite authors coming up with “a smart, sexy YA novel about a boy band star, his first breakup, his first rebound, and what it means to be queer in the public eye“? I almost lost it when I first saw the announcement! Kiss & Tell is out on March 22, 2022! (Also, tell me I’m not the only one who caught that pan flag colors on the MC’s shirt?!)
14. The City of Dusk
A queer dark epic fantasy? Say no more! “The City of Dusk is the first in a dark epic fantasy trilogy that follows the four heirs of four noble houses—each gifted with a divine power—as they form a tenuous alliance to keep their kingdom from descending into a realm-shattering war.” This is out on March 22, 2022!
From the author: “Funny, touching, gay af. Need I say more?” No dear author, you do not need to say more, I am in! But for those who want to know more: our MC wants to “get over his crush by pursuing his other romantic prospect…” This is Why They Hate Us is out on March 29, 2022.
I’m always up for queer romcom! This hilarious and heartfelt debut novel features an aspiring screenwriter, the cause of his first heartbreak, and a new charming love interest. Catch If You Change Your Mind on May 3, 2022!
Another book that blends genre! This YA contemporary mystery thriller features a nonbinary teen with autism who needs to solve a 30-year-old mystery and face the demons lurking in their past. The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester releases on May 3, 2022!
18. Café Con Lychee
This book is looking so sweet! Café Con Lychee features an m/m interracial romance, food puns and humor, complex family relationships, and more! It’s releasing on May 10, 2022!
For some reason, I feel like this book will break me, or at the very least, make me feel a lot of things. Milo and Marcos at the End of the World is a new coming-of-age novel about finding the courage not only to love others but also to love ourselves. This is coming out on May 24, 2022!
20. Out of the Blue
Jason June is back with another queer YA novel to look out for! This time with mermaids, queer romance, fake dating trope, and “the many definitions of the word home“. Out of the Blue is coming out on May 31, 2022!
21. Flip the Script
Am I ready for another book by Lyla Lee? YES! Flip the Script is perfect for avid fans of K-drama and those who want sapphic romance! Get ready for a look into the K-drama industry, teen stardom, fake dating, rivals-to-lovers trope, and more! This book releases on May 31, 2022!
Dahlie Adler is here with a new sapphic romcom, and this time with a little bit of sports fiction and a twist on the cheerleader/quarterback romance trope! Home Field Advantage is about a cheerleader and the school’s newest quarterback who happens to be a girl. Coming to us this June 7, 2022!
A YA science fiction dystopia about a monstrous trans boy running from a cult and finding refuge among a ragtag group of queer teens? This sounds amazing already! Hell Followed With Us is out on June 7, 2022!
24. We All Fall Down
The first book in a YA fantasy duology, We All Fall Down is about the power and danger of stories and the untold costs of keeping magic alive. Get ready for some magic and mayhem in this book on June 7, 2022!
Tordotcom just knows how to get my attention. Here are some AO3-style tags that go with this exciting book: exquisitely beautiful prince/hot stoic bodyguard, washing each other’s hair and talking about ethics, found family, enemies-to-lovers, hurt/comfort, chronic anxiety. A Taste of Gold and Iron is coming this June 21, 2022!
26. Silk Fire
Now, I have to be honest: reading the synopsis of this book made me gasp. Not only does it seem like an amazing adult SFF novel (magic, technology, dragons, necromancers, political intrigue), but it also has queer/polyamory rep! Silk Fire is set to release on July 5, 2022!
A Filipino-inspired sapphic YA fantasy novel?! SAY NO MORE. My soul is ready for this book! (I want to see some Filipino sapphics, yes please). Get ready for Dauntless this July 19, 2022!
If it’s not yet obvious, I am sucker for queer SFF novels, and this one definitely has my attention! From the publisher: A m/m epic fantasy romance about a closeted young nobleman preparing for a political arranged marriage to a foreign noblewoman—but when his sexuality is revealed under unpleasant circumstances, it’s proposed that he marry her brother. Out this July 26, 2022!
29. The Book Eaters
Another queer fantasy novel to look out for! The Book Eaters is a contemporary fantasy debut about motherhood, sacrifice, and hope; of queer identity and learning to accept who you are, and more. This book releases August 29, 2022!
Aiden Thomas is back with another queer YA fantasy novel! From the author on Instagram: “The SUnbearer Trials is a secondary world fantasy with its own original pantheon, creation myth, and features gods and demigods with diverse gender identities!” Coming this September 6, 2022!
There you go, 30 exciting 2022 queer releases! I am personally so excited for these titles and I hope more people, and you dear reader, get excited for these as well!
Of course, there are a lot more queer books releasing this 2022! And when I say, a lot, I mean a WHOLE LOT MORE. Check out these book lists for more 2022 queer books:
- 2022 New Releases: 12 Debut Queer Book Recs by @bookstagramrepresent
- 2022 New Releases: 18 Books with Rep Under the Trans Umbrella by @bookstagramrepresent
- The Great 2022 Queer Rec List: Part One by @hobbitsbooksandbeyond
- Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Young Adult Fiction: January-June 2022 by LGBTQ Reads
- Upcoming Sapphic Releases by @bookishjanna
- 24 SFF Books with Queer Rep Coming Out In 2022 by @bryanhoardsbooks