2022 diverse YA debuts to anticipate | die a little every day you have to live without these books!

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Okay, I know what you’re thinking: 2022 is still pretty far away, why would you make this post already? And I’d say: HA! Finally a question I can actually answer…But okay! Some of the books I’ve put on this list don’t come out for over a year. (Which is torture, might I add.) However, these are all books by YA debut authors which means…if you’re early, you can kinda follow a part of their journey through social media. And I think that’s pretty cool!

So, as the hero I am, I decided I should compile a list with ten (I wish I could highlight more of them, but perhaps in a part two?) 2022 YA debut authors so you can, well, follow them! And maybe so I can drag you along in the pain I’m feeling because I can’t read these yet…Anyway: let’s take a walk, shall we?

The Whispering DarkThe Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew

every time i think about this book i just cry. kelly andrew has my heart and i am determined to become the number 1 the whispering dark stan.

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Kelly is the entire reason behind me making this post because I’m still not done screaming: THE WHISPERING DARK IS GETTING PUBLISHED!! When this was announced I actually cried…I was just so happy because 1) I will be able to hold it in my hands!! 2) I’ve been following Kelly ever since I started blogging so I’ve seen quite a bit of what she’s been up to and 3) I adore her so much.


As Long as the Lemon Trees GrowAs Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh

“will break and heal you” alright, i’ve heard enough. *sells soul in hopes of reading this book*

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No matter where this story might go, one thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be ground-breaking…and it will probably make me cry. A lot. Plus, the author is an icon and I stan that!! Either way, Zoulfa is already a big inspiration to me and I’d sacrifice a whole lot to get my hands on this book.


Fall Winter Spring Summer (Fall Winter Spring Summer, #1)Fall Winter Spring Summer by Maya Prasad

“Four sisters, four seasons…and plenty of breathtaking kisses in the Northwest drizzle.” listen, i am weak. i was honestly already sold at “four sisters” but now i am desperate.

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There’s just something about coming of age stories through the eyes of different people who are in the same environment. I don’t know why, but I’m a big sucker for those stories and Maya seems to NAIL this! I can’t wait to follow more of her journey (and buy her book as soon as I can)!


How to Excavate a HeartHow to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow

SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED LESBIANS LET’S GOOO!!

big chance this will become my entire personality lol. jake maia arlow <33
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Not to be a desperate sapphic on main but Jake Maia Arlow already had some kind of power over me after I read this being pitched as: “Like a Hallmark Christmas movie—if a Hallmark Christmas movie ever starred sexually frustrated lesbian Jews.” EXCUSE ME? I am now a full-time Jake stan, spread the word.


The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic SchoolThe Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

how am i gonna try to express my excitement for this one when i know a keyboard smash can’t possibly fathom it??? i mean like: GAY DISASTER CHILD Y’ALL?!?! there are no words, only me yearning for this book like a true sapphic.

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It’s the title for me. No actually: it’s the title, synopsis, art I’ve seen, and author for me. Also, when an author says the wonderful words “gay disaster”, you can’t expect me NOT to scream. I can’t even express how much I need this.


The Ones We BurnThe Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix
no i am not dramatic, i just adore rebecca mix to a very natural extension. i mean, when she’s giving us a book where the main character falls for the sister of her betrothed whom she is planning to kill, the least i could do is offer her my soul—

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I don’t think anyone gets the pain I feel each morning when I wake up and realise it is in fact not fall 2022 yet. Rebecca Mix will be the end of me, y’all…


Portrait of a ThiefPortrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li


just had a mental breakdown because i want this book so bad. that’s honestly pathetic but what do you expect when THIS BOOK EXISTS??

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This book is not YA but adult fiction! I just couldn’t not include it. The more Grace spills about this book, the more I start to think I might not be, I don’t know, completely mentally stable…This book is both my only source of serotonin and the reason I cry myself to sleep (I am joking and being my dramatic self, don’t worry).


One for AllOne for All by Lillie Lainoff

i would like to request one (1) day of peace. you can’t just introduce me to a gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers with a main character with a chronic illness + elements like a strong sisterhood and then tell me i will have to wait SEVERAL MONTHS to read it.

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March 8th is my favourite day of 2022. That’s it. That’s all there is to say. And don’t you dare argue with me…


The Bone Spindle (The Bone Spindle, #1)The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

*googles how many days there are left until january 11th, 2022*

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It’s illegal to make a book sound this good. With every sentence of the synopsis I read, I gasped a little louder because, seriously, this book sounds perfect. I don’t even know what you expect me to say or do at this point except for scream…which is actually exactly what I’m gonna do! AHHHHHHH!!!


You Truly AssumedYou Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen

we love us some queens fighting injustice!!

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No because a Muslim teenager starting a blog as an outlet only for it to go viral and other Muslim teenagers finding a community there and then they go fight Islamophobia together sounds…that sounds…wow. The synopsis says this is though-provoking and I can honestly imagine! This sounds so important and I have this very strong gut feeling that I’ll ADORE this one!

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29 Comments

  1. saniya | sunnysidereviews

    One for all and you truly assumed are high on my anticipated release list!! I seriousy can’t wait for them. Thank you for the list Birdie <33

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      They both sound absolutely incredible indeed, ahh! Thank you so much Saniya!!

  2. Maria @ The Character Study

    This list is so exciting omg!! I requested You Truly Assumed on NetGalley a few days ago so fingers crossed 🤞 And I didn’t know about Portrait of a Thief until now but that sounds like something I MUST read.

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      Ahhh I’m hoping you get You truly assumed because it sounds incredible!! Portrait of a thief truly is something else and I NEED IT!! Thank you, love!!

      1. Maria @ The Character Study

        Honestly, Portrait of a Thief is now on the top of my most anticipated 2022 releases thanks to you!

  3. Kate @ Feathered Turtle Press

    Oh, awesome list, thank you! I hadn’t heard of some of these!

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      Aawh yay, always happy to introduce someone to some new books! Thanks!!

  4. TheFantasticalWorldOfReading

    The Bone Spindle looks interesting. I’ll have to keep my eye out for that.

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      I’m obsessed with that one’s concept ahh!!

  5. Hasini @ Bibliosini

    I’ve been going back and forth about posting 2022 release posts this month and you’ve convinced I should! Great picks, Birdie!

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      I say do it indeed! They deserve some love already haha!

  6. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

    OMG, you’re such a queen!!!! 👑 I absolutely LOVE this post, I’ll be adding everything like crazy to my TBR, the rest will be Sofi’s 2022 problem 😂❤️✨👏🏻

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      OMG you are the best Sofii plsss, thank you so much!! And haha that’s so relatable, 2022 is gonna be the year I drown in books for sure lol!

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  8. vee_bookish

    BRB crying because there’s finally some deaf representation in YA

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      I’m so excited for TWD!! it better gets the hype it deserves and hopefully there will follow more ya books with deaf rep because??? they are very rare.

      1. vee_bookish

        rarer than books with asexual rep tbh

  9. ahaana @ Windows to Worlds

    ALL OF THESE BOOKS!! omg i’m so excited for literally all of them 😭 portrait of a thief, the ones we burn, and you truly assumed are especially high up on my tbr! thank you for sharing all of these 💕

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      BUT FOR REAL!! they sound too amazing ahh!! and yes those sound amazing!! ofc <3

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  12. Cherelle @ A Bolt out of the Book

    omg birdie you’re really making the rest of 2021 unbearable for me because I’m impatient for 2022 now that you’ve shared about all these incredible debuts! I’m especially intrigued by One For All, thank you for the lovely list! <3

    1. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

      IKR can we please just skip to 2022 already ahh! One for all sounds incredible!! Thanks <3

  13. nessma @ talk of tales

    AMAZING LIST BIRDIE 💓 so excited for all of these to come out!!!

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