With the holidays quickly approaching, you may begin to feel some panic but don’t worry, Bookstr’s got you. Shopping for a bibliophile can be overwhelming, especially when they are particular about their books, bookshelves, and bookish decor. However, with the lists we’ve compiled, your holiday shopping will be a breeze and your bibliophile will thank you. Take a look at the nine books we’ve found that your bibliophile most likely hasn’t read yet.
1. The Last Girl to Die by Helen Fields
Fields wrote a riveting tale of intrigue that will keep your bibliophile hooked from start to finish. A haunting tale of a family desperate to find their missing daughter, Fields’ new Scottish crime thriller will shock your bookworm with the unexpected twists and turns. The Last Girl to Die releases on December 6, 2022 so if your reader is into thrillers be sure to check this book out.
2. Poster Girl by Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth has done it again with a new dystopian novel. Released October 18, 2022, Poster Girl is an entrancing, fast-paced novel set in a dystopian future where everyone’s actions and lives are recorded, watched, and judged based on the Delegation’s strict moral code. Freedom comes with resistance and the fall of the delegation. However, when a young girl goes missing, the Poster Girl will have to dive into the secrets kept by her former employers to find answers before the worst happens.
3. The Swell by Allie Reynolds
A sports novel filled with surprising twists, and murder– The Swell explores the dangerous edge between passion and obsession. Perfect for any murder mystery, sports enthusiast, or book nerd looking for an enthralling story. Published July 19, 2022, Reynolds wrote a compelling sports story of loss, friendship, and passion intertwined with a murder mystery.
4. The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean
Released on August 2, 2022, The Book Eaters, is an unconventional tale of families that survive on books. The fictional characters Dean created don’t survive by reading books, but by devouring them. Every genre possesses a unique flavor and girls are fed the flowery fairytales and cautionary stories while their brothers are fed the adventurous words. However, there is a rarer, darker kind of hunger, and when Devon’s son is born a mind eater, she will protect him at all costs. The perfect gift for your bibliophile if you’re looking for a unique and intriguing read to gift.
5. The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
Sulari Gentill’s novel is intriguing and will keep your bibliophile captivated until the very last page. Set in a library, four strangers are taken by surprise when their library peace is shattered by a women’s piercing scream. When the guards tell them to stay in the reading room, while they investigated, friendships and trust begin to build between the four strangers. However, one of these strangers is hiding a deadly secret, that will challenge what it means to trust because they are the murderer. The Woman in the Library released June 7, 2022, and is the perfect gift for your reader to curl up with on a snowy night.
6. Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz
Have you ever wondered what the afterlife looks like? In his 2022 release of Here Goes Nothing, Steve Toltz explores what it means to not believe in either heaven or hell, to not believe anything exists after death. Toltz’s exploration of the afterlife comes through his main character, Angus who will never meet his first-born child or spend another day with his wife because he was murdered. Watching his wife from the other side, Angus realizes that he was murdered because his murderer was in love with his wife.
Can Angus reach Gracie from the other side to warn her of the danger worming its way into her daily life? What will happen to Gracie and her baby when the truth about her husband’s murder comes to light? Your bibliophile is sure to be mesmerized by the riveting tale of the murder, betrayal, and above all else love told in Here Goes Nothing.
7. Devotion by Cassie Hargrove
The third book in the series, Deviation is a continuation of the Deadly Seven series. A why choose romance, Hargrove has written a captivating tale of obsessive romance in the midst of danger. Placed in witness protection with her father, the main character has captured the attention of the deadly sins that watch, judge, and punish those that step out of line. The perfect gift for that bibliophile of yours when they are in the mood for some darker romance, but be sure to check out the first and second books. After all your bibliophile will need the (first book) Obsession and the (second book) Seduction to read the third of the series.
8. Bite of Loyalty by R.L. Caulder
A fresh take on the Van Helsing clan of vampire hunters, R.L. Caulder writes a mesmerizing paranormal tale of the last surviving Van Helsing getting turned into the very thing she hates– A Vampire. With political intrigue behind the Van Helsing turning, Caulder writes a tale of loss, love, and vengeance as Alina Van Helsing is forced to come to terms with her vampire transformation.
Released June 28 of this year, Bite of Loyalty is the first in its own series. However, Caulder’s novel also connects to several other series written in the same world and they take place in the same time frame. Check out the connecting series written by R.L. Caulder (Monsters We Crave) and M. Sinclair (The Vampyres’ Source, The Storm Dragon’s Mate, and Phases of the Moon) for your bibliophile.
9. Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah
Kia Abdullah created a spellbinding tale of a family torn apart in her novel Next of Kin. With one morning of forgetfulness, a family is torn apart and investigated. Diving into Next of Kin takes you through an explosive high-profile court trial between family members and the secrets that emerge. Next of Kin will keep any bibliophile enraptured by the secrets that come spilling forward during the family trial.
Shopping for a bibliophile can be tough, but we hope this list of underrated books published in 2022 helps ease some of that anxiety as you go holiday shopping. If you’re looking for more ideas on what to gift your bibliophile, check out Bookstr’s other gift guides here.