10 December Book Releases to Watch Out For

Interested in knowing what to expect on the shelves in December? Look no further! Check out these highly anticipated December releases.

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December is coming in hot with some highly anticipated book releases to end 2022. Regardless of your favorite genre, you can expect some good things coming to the shelves. We gathered 10 new releases in December you should keep an eye out for.

There aren’t many things that top the feeling of new book releases. We made sure to sample them all. You’ll find historical fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery/thriller books on this December release list. There’s only 10, so surely you can add them all to your TBR right? I don’t know how we could ever choose our favorite!

1. The Book of Everlasting Things by Aanchal Malhotra

Book releases to watch out for December 2022 The Book of Everlasting Things
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Release date: December 27, 2022

“For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, a lush, sweeping love story about a Hindu perfumer and a Muslim calligrapher, set against the backdrop of partition.”

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Samir Vij first locks eyes with Firdaus Khan on a January morning in 1938. Over the years, the perfumer’s apprentice and calligrapher’s apprentice fall in love with not only their crafts, but also each other. However, as the struggle for Indian independence continues, their city is invaded by Partition. All of a sudden they are on opposite sides— Samir, a Hindu, becomes Indian and Firdaus, a Muslim, becomes Pakistani, their love now forbidden.

As they drift more and more away from each other, they have to decide what they can let go and what it will cost them.

2. Witcha Gonna Do? by Avery Flynn

Book releases to watch out for December 2022 Witcha Gonna Do?
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Release date: December 6, 2022

“An unlucky witch and her know-it-all nemesis must team up in the first of a new, spicy romantic comedy series from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn.”

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Imagine— You are a part of the most powerful witch families ever… And you’re the only one without powers. Could anything get worse? Tilda Sherwood would usually say nothing, but now that she keeps getting set up on dates with Gil Connolly, that definitely is worse. We are sensing an enemies-to-lovers! Tilda might hate Gil with everything inside of her, but that doesn’t stop her from thinking about him 24/7. It gets even worse though after Tilda accidentally curses her entire family with her sister’s spell.

Guess who is the only person who can help? You guessed it. Gil Connolly. 

3. The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Book releases to watch out for December 2022 The Light Pirate
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Release date: December 6, 2022

The Light Pirate is a hopeful, sweeping story of survival and resilience spanning one extraordinary woman’s lifetime as she navigates the uncertainty, brutality, and arresting beauty of a rapidly changing world”


The unthinkable is happening. Florida is slipping away as devastating weather wreak havoc on the state. Kirby Lowe, an electrical line worker, Frida, his pregnant wife, and their two children are preparing for the worst. When their sons go missing before the hurricane, Kirby ventures out in search of them. While Kirby is gone, Frida goes into labor, giving birth to a very unusual baby— Wanda. Named after the storm that is upon them, Wanda grows. As she moves from childhood to adulthood, she loses family, gains community, and seeks out adventure, love, and purpose.

The Light Pirate is told in four parts— power, water, light, and time.

4. The Widowmaker by Hannah Morrissey 

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Release date: December 6, 2022

“A wealthy family shrouded in scandal; a detective tasked with solving an impossible cold case; and a woman with a dark past collide in Hannah Morrissey’s stunning new Black Harbor mystery, The Widowmaker.

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Business mogul, Clive Reynolds, disappeared 20 years ago and ever since, the name “Reynolds” practically means “murder” and “mystery.” Morgan Mori receives a very cryptic note luring her back to Black Harbor. She’s now thrusts back into her family web of secrets and double lives. The very same night she photographs the Reynolds holiday get-together, she becomes witness to a homicide of a cop that leads to the discovery of a very long-buried clue.

Investigator, Ryan Hudson, can finally prove himself as lead detective, but he can’t seem to let his partner’s recent murder stop distracting him. Could Morgan’s dark demons and history unlock more than one mystery?

5. All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes

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Release date: December 13, 2022

“When all of Venice is unmasked, one man’s identity remains a mystery . . . “

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When a baby is discovered in 1807 while floating in the Venice canals, artisans take him in to raise him. They will raise him as their son skilled in each of their trades. Sebastien Trovato continues to question his origin until a woman washes up on the shore of his island and answers start to emerge. Sebastien begins to hunt down his story leading him to make a choice that could change him future.

Jump forward to 1904— Daniel Goodman gets a fresh start. After being sent on assignment from California to Venice to translate a rare book, he discovers a city of hope and decay. With the help of Vittoria, a bookshop keeper, he finds himself in a tangled web of secrets and discoveries hidden within this ancient city. The book he is supposed to be translating? It happens to be Sebastien Trovato’s.

6. Well Traveled by Jen Deluca

Book releases to watch out for December 2022 well traveled
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Release date: December 6, 2022

“The Renaissance Faire is on the move, and Lulu and Dex are along for the ride, in the next utterly charming rom-com from Jen DeLuca.”

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Louisa “Lulu” Malone is a high-powered attorney from a very success-oriented family. She lives to work. Everything is perfectly right until she realizes it absolutely isn’t. Her cousin Mitch introduced her to Renaissance Faires and she hasn’t ben the same since. There’s nothing a turkey leg, tavern, and tarot card reading can’t fix. There is one issue though— Dex MacLean. He is the guitarist of the Faire. A true Casanova with a killer smile and her traveling companion for the summer. 

Dex always finds a woman at each Faire he goes to, but something about Lulu is different… She won’t fall for his charms forcing Dex to confront his future. Their interest in each other grows as they travel and the stresses of Lulu’s old life begin to fade away. What will she do when her time traveling is over? Will they go their separate ways?

7. The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

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Release date: December 6, 2022

My Dark Vanessa meets The Queen’s Gambit in this new novel of suspense about the bonds of family, the limits of talent, the risks of ambition, and the rewards of revenge.”

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After her mother’s unexpected death, former piano prodigy Saskia Kreis returns home expecting to inherit their family estate— Elf House. To her surprise, her mother’s will left the house to a man Saskia shares a very complicated history with . She is forced to revisit her past and the relationship that changed her life to find answers.

The story dives into mother-daughter relationships exploring Saskia’s childhood and present day. Find out the shocking end to this contemporary fairy tale.

8. So, This Is Love by Tracy Andreen

Book releases to watch out for December 2022 So, this is love
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Release date: December 20, 2022

So, This Is Love is a perfect read for the Valentine’s Day season, or for anyone looking for a delightful romantic comedy that has just a dash of drama. Once again, Tracy Andreen has proven that no one writes a holiday rom-com like her.”

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Having just released So, This Is Christmas October 11, 2022, Tracy Andreen knew we needed a follow-up novel. Tracy Andreen has written over twenty Hallmark Christmas movies– Yes! Twenty! So, for all you romance lovers, this book is for you. I won’t give too much away just in case you haven’t read the first one, but Finley and Arthur went through some pretty intense stuff while visiting their hometown Christmas, Oklahoma.

Where do they stand now? You’ll just have to read both of these and find out!

9. A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley

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Release date: December 6, 2022

“…a rollicking murder mystery set in Gold Rush California, as two young prostitutes follow a trail of missing girls.”

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The setting is Monterey, 1851 and Eliza Ripple continues to work in a brothel since her husband died in a bar fight. It isn’t all that bad— She is financially secure and her madam, Mrs. Parks, is kind. The men are somewhat behaved. Things get thrown into chaos when young girls start dying outside of the town. There’s a darkness she just can’t resist confronting. Her friend Jean joins her side as she pieces together various clues to catch the killer. Not to mention, she is doing this while still working in the brothel. 

They are determined to survive in this lawless Wild West town, but the Civil War is approaching.

10. In Love’s Time by Kate Breslin

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Release date: December 12, 2022

“At the height of World War I, two sweethearts face impossible odds in this powerful tale of courage, duty, and heartbreak.”

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Captain Marcus Weatherford arrives in Russia the summer of 1918— he just so happens to be on a secret mission with a ballerina who is pretending to be his fiancee. His mission? To find the Romanov tsarina and her son while getting information about a supposed plot to assassinate Lenin. There is one person who isn’t stocked to hear about Marcus’ engagement and that’s Clare Danner. Working in a military hospital, Claire doesn’t have time for fear, but she fears she is going to lose her daughter, Daisy, once again. 

When an injury leaves Marcus powerless, Clare’s fate and the missions are at jeopardy. 

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