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Must-Read Books That Came Out in January 2022

January 27, 2022
Amy Lavigne

We started off the new year on a high note, with a few amazing books being released this month! A unique smash-up of art and words from best buds Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin, a heart-pounding conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, and a poignant coming-of-age novel in verse gave us all the motivation we need to start crushing our reading goals for 2022!

Must-Read Books That Came Out in January 2022

1. Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

2. Ashes of Gold, by J. Elle

In the heart-pounding conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls “bold, inventive, big-hearted and deeply perceptive,” Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people’s stolen magic. 

3. Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann Haydu

Perfect for fans of Deb Caletti, this poignant coming-of-age novel in verse follows a teen girl who connects with the women of her maternal line through their journals and comes to better understand her fraught relationship with her mother.

Need more book recs? Check out our roundup of books by Black authors you should read ASAP! 

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