New Year, New Reads

As we move into year three of this pandemic, life is full of inconsistency and erratic changes. However, one consistent thing is the countless Black artists releasing new work to share with the world, constantly breaking barriers and glass ceilings. Here is a list of some upcoming book releases to look forward to in 2022.


Wahala by Nikki May


This upcoming read is for fans of shows like Insecure and Harlem. Ronke, Boo, Simi, and Isobel navigate their adult lives and maintain friendships. But when pushy new friends, imposter syndrome, and guilt take hold of their lives, they must figure out how to navigate back to each other. If you’re looking for realistic fiction and a tale about Black women and their friendships, this book is for you.

Release Date: January 6, 2022


Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith


This novel follows Vincent, a forty-four-year-old woman who takes the next chapter of her life to Paris. She teaches at an art museum, has a young Parisian’s attention, and has an eclectic group of friends. While this new chapter is for her pleasure and exploration, she is also escaping her husband’s betrayal. Unfortunately, even betrayal can follow one across the seas.

Release Date: July 5, 2022


Bold Words from Black Women: Inspiration and Truths from 50 Extraordinary Leaders Who Helped Shape Our World by Tamara Pizzoli


This upcoming release has a self-explanatory title. Author Tamara Pizzoli creates a compilation of inspirational and moving quotes for the Black girl or woman. This collection features powerful statements from women like Beyoncé, Angela Davis, and Serena Williams. This book also features beautiful illustrations and is excellent for Black girls and women of all ages.

Release Date: January 18, 2022


Ain’t Burned All The Bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin


This masterpiece of art comes from two talented writers, Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin, best friends. We have all seen accounts of what it is like to be Black in America. Most that come from decades ago can even still be applied to a Black person’s life in the 21st century. This, however, is a combination of beautiful prose and creative formatting to grasp readers’ attention on what it is like to be Black in the world at this very moment.

Release Date: January 11, 2022