A Historical Fiction Overview from the New York Times

If your favorite genre is Historical Fiction and you’re looking for your next period drama to read, then you’re in luck as there have been some outstanding new novels released this year. So, get your book time machine ready and pick up any of the following books, which Alida Becker of The NY Times lists as the best Historical Novels of 2022.


Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris: Robert Harris goes back to late-17th-century Restoration Britain and Puritan New England with ACT OF OBLIVION, a fast-paced, wonderfully detailed account of the hunt for the Parliamentarians who signed Charles I’s death warrant. Most of the characters have been resurrected from the history books, except for the avenger who pursues two of the regicides with the obsessive vigor only a personal vendetta can provide.

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah: In this early 20th Century novel, the Nobel Prize winner addresses the complex legacies of colonialism are vividly conveyed through the Tanzanian-born writer’s tale of strivers, soldiers, and simple village souls trying to survive the vicious realities of German East Africa in the early 1900s. At its core are young people variously scarred by past experiences of war, slavery, and prejudice, yet somehow hoping for a better future.

Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Faladé’:  This tension-filled Civil War novel is as emotionally torn as the country he inhabits. The son of an enslaved North Carolina woman, he enlists in the Union Army bearing the name of the white father who owned him. Yet his military career, maneuvering through plantations close to his old home and ruled by a code of blind obedience, will suggest that “freedom” is not as simple a concept as he’d once thought.

The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk: This new period piece by the Nobel Prize author is a sprawling, mythic yet vibrantly intimate rendition of the world of the controversial 18th-century Eastern European religious leader Jacob Frank, as viewed from a kaleidoscopic variety of perspectives. Frank’s life was an exercise in reinvention — involving Judaism, Islam, and Christianity — at a time when society as a whole was on the brink of great change.

Heritage by Miguel Bonnefoy: The French author elegantly displays an entire century of one family’s life in a brief, intermittently magic realist account of a French immigrant in Chile whose descendants are unable to break their bonds with his homeland. Much of the action centers on the clan’s Santiago mansion, with its exotic, overflowing aviary, a long-hidden cache of dinosaur bones, and a replica of Charles Lindbergh’s monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis.

The Miraculous True Story of Nomi Ali by Uzma Aslam Khan: Set in a British penal colony in the remote Andaman Islands just before and during World War II, Khan’s new novel is a suspenseful, thought-provoking challenge to simple assumptions about enemies and friends, loyalty and betrayal. A young girl called Nomi Ali, the daughter of a prisoner whose entire family must share his incarceration is only one of the many characters whose histories are entangled here.

Moth by Melody Razak: In her impressive debut novel, Razak portrays the changing fortunes of a well-intentioned Brahmin family as India and Pakistan are carved from the British Raj, an experience of Partition that begins with gentle comedy, then gradually descends into distinctly un-gentle tragedy, particularly for the family’s teenage daughter, whose sheltered life will be suddenly — and violently — upended.

Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk: Filled with intriguing historical minutiae (both real and invented) and set at the turn of the 20th century on an imaginary island in the eastern Mediterranean, Orhan Pamuk’s new novel uses murder to explore political, religious, and scientific questions that seem uncannily relevant to our own era. It’s also something of a literary whodunit, framed as the work of an author other than Pamuk himself.

The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr: A gay Black porter rides the rails in 1920s Canada, coping with a horde of difficult long-haul passengers, including a child who appears to have permanently attached herself to his leg. Terrified that a breach of the railway’s restrictive rules will get him fired before he can save enough money for dental school, he amuses himself — and keeps awake on grueling shifts — by imagining the medical horrors that lie behind the smiles (or grimaces) of his clientele.

Trust by Hernan Diaz: Benjamin and Helen Rask are the married couple at the center of Diaz’s latest novel, a formidable exploration of wealth, social class, and self-definition. At first, thanks to the novel-within-the-novel that leads off this puzzle box of narratives, they seem to be American aristocrats who might have been conjured by Edith Wharton. But what to make of the notes for a “memoir” that appears next? Or the rather different section that follows, told in the voice of a blue-collar Brooklyn secretary, the daughter of a devout anarchist? A final passage, upending many of our assumptions, brilliantly riffs on the multiple meanings of the book’s seemingly simple title.

Fresh off the shelf, Books Release Discovers… NEW Danielle Steel Book Details

Are we in control of our destiny? This question grabs your attention as our favorite author, Danielle Steel, reveals a traumatic event’s life of a character who will hold your attention from the start. In Without A Trace, the protagonist, Charles Vincent, challenges you to reflect on your life and maybe learn something new in the process.

Without A Trace

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Danielle Steel Without A Trace Novel

Length: 240 Pages

  For a long time, Charles feels suffocated by a controlling, manipulative wife who demands he maintain her luxurious lifestyle. After an exhausting work day, he falls asleep driving and his vehicle veers off a cliff. He nearly dies but finds the will to fight and survive. He makes his way to a cottage and meets beautiful Aude. Aude is kind and opens Charles’ eyes up to the love he has been yearning for. He decides to use the accident to disappear from his old life.  It’s the struggle of reaching for a second chance at happiness, but understanding that all decisions have consequences. How Charles decides to navigate life’s path, teaches you a lot about his nature to achieve his ultimate goal of true happiness. This book is filled with the drama of facing decisions and the reactions of how we handle the effects of our choices. Are you living your best life? Once again Danielle Steel uses her treasured typewriter, Ollie, to stir up a mix of emotions. This isn’t her typical glamor romance story. This book strives to be thought-provoking and self-reflecting.  Happy reading!

Best Cozy Mystery Books 2022

2022 has delighted us with an array of deadly cozy mysteries, and plenty more is in store!

Not sure which cozy mystery books to dip your curiosity into? Fear not, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the best cozy mystery books 2022 has to offer, from series continuations to brand-new adventures.

Also read: All 2022 book releases | upcoming 2023 book releases

So get ready to discover your next favorite cozy mystery! Check out the guide below and click through all the pages so you don’t miss out on the best cozy mystery books 2022 has for our reading pleasure.


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Which of our cozy mystery 2022 book recommendations get you doffing your detective cap? Have we missed any 2022 cozy mysteries that should also be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

 Want Even More Mystery? Check Out These Hot 2022 Mystery Releases…

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Why People Love Reading Books In 2022


Why People Love Books

What do you feel like when you skip the gym for a day? Exhausted, irritated, and dull, right? And going every day to the gym makes you feel strong and keeps your muscles intact. The same can be said of reading and what the absense of reading books does to us. Habitual reading keeps you mentally sharp and able to retain knowledge easily.

There is a reason for viewing books as your best friends. Once you start reading books, there is no going back. Reading is the best refreshment that you must take from the hectic life.

If you are a person who rarely or never reads, here are a few reasons to change that in 2022. Just remember, it’s never too late to start reading.

1. Rise to the Top with Books

Have you ever wondered why some people can argue so beautifully that you want to keep listening to them? They inspire you as if they hold an ocean of knowledge within themselves. Reading is a great way to influence our mental and spiritual state. You can start talking on worldly topics or discuss any subject when you are informed and educated in any setting. Successful people rise above because of their habit of learning, and reading is a sign of learning.

2. Books are a therapeutic thing.

You may be familiar with bibliotherapy. It is the art of therapy where people read specific texts to heal themselves from certain feelings or emotions. The happy hormones in humans are boosted by reading. For example, sometimes you feel like draining, and suddenly you open Instagram, and an unusual quote inspires you and helps reduce your mental chatter. For instance, you feel warmed and excited. The same is the case in book reading. Books offer solace as some reading hits right at the mind and heart.

3. Traveling back in time

Book reading is like a journey. We can travel back in time and explore the ancient era or another universe. The world can be perceived through another person’s prism as though we were actually there. Living in the pages of books feels like virtual reality. You can feel or experience things on your own. Get insights about the life of others with books from the comfort of your home.

4.  Books evoke various emotions.

As stated before, we can experience virtual reality with books. We live a life of character when we either watch a film or read a book. Whatever happens with the character, we join his trajectory through the story world. We feel things from the character’s point of view like scared when he meets a monster, hurt when he is wounded, pleased when he marries or succeeds, etc. These incidents in books evoke different emotions in readers.

5. To find words for what we know already.

We return to books in the moment of darkness. When we feel mentally retarded, or depressed, books provide meaning to our emotions. We tend to look at words for what we already know. Those little words have the power to fascinate us. This is the most common reason why we love to read books. To understand us, understand our emotions, and understand the reality of life. Books are a stress-free escape. Divert yourself in the world of imagination with reading.

6.  Books are reflective in nature.

Readers reflect on what they have read in addition to gaining perspective. While getting perspective allows a person to see things from the other side of the fence, being reflective enables them to understand how to use their newfound perspective to be productive. Reading is more than just staring at words on a page. They recognize the profound effect of reading a text on the mind and how books can change a person’s life.


People who are habitual of reading find themselves more confident, stress-free, and in a better mood. Every day, a few minutes of reading stretch the brain’s muscles for healthy functioning. It also helps to shape your character and personality to a great extent. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, you get to learn a significant deal from books.

So why not pick up a new book and start reading? We have the perfect lists to help you do just that! Check out our Upcoming 2022 book releases and if you’re into romance, see what you can find in our February 2022 romance releases.

Why Do Books Release On Tuesdays?

Why do books release on Tuesdays?

Reader Polly May writes in with that very question:

Why are books released on Tuesday? It’s something I’ve long wondered and looking at your book release dates schedule, I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Many, if not the majority, of hard and paperback books seem to come out on Tuesday? Do you guys know why that is? Can you help a book lover out with this curiosity?

Hopefully we can Polly! You’re certainly not alone in noticing that Tuesday is a big day for book releases. 

There are two main of reasons why many books come out on Tuedays:

  • Lists & Momentum: Tuesday releases correspond to the fact that many of the book charts, such as The New York Times Bestseller list, are published on Tuesday and tallies sales from Tuesday to Tuesday. So, having a Tuesday release date gives a book plenty of time to gain momentum in the charts, which in turn provides exposure and, thus more sales. It’s a strategy that dates back to the beginning or time — or at least the beginning of Best Seller lists.


  • Distribution: Traditionally, a lot of the leading distributors deliver books to stores on Monday, which helps cut weekend staff overheads. The day after Monday is obviously Tuesday, which contributes to the fact that many books are released on Tuesday.

With all that talk about Tuesday releases, here at BooksRelease.com, we have many great ways to track and find upcoming book releases.

Keep up to date with all of the 2022 book releases, discover Winter 2022 releases, put a bounce in your step with Spring 2022 books, bathe in Summer 2022 hot releases and fall head over heels with Fall 2022 new books.

Also, have you ever actually bought a book on a Tuesday? What’s your favorite day to purchase a book? Let us know in the comments!


Most Anticipated June 2021 Book Releases

Wondering which June 2021 books to add to your reading list? We’ve covered the new and upcoming June 2021 book releases, but which of them are most worth your time? What are the top June 2021 book releases?

Which June 2021 books should you pre-order or buy? We’ve curated our own list of the most anticipated June 2021 book releases to help you make your decision. Check out the most popular June 2021 book releases below!

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