The most colorful books of 2022 (so far) to add to your library

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Looking to add some vibrancy to your shelves? Here are some of the most beautiful book covers in all the colors of the rainbow. This list features new fiction releases, both novels and short stories, from 2022, so you’ll most likely be able to find them if you want to recreate that reading rainbow in your own home.

Getting started is a bit rosy for girls. (Just kidding, pink is generally considered a feminine color, but in reality, gendered colors are a construct.) by her University of San Fransico. As Joey strives for a self-portrait (although she’s never seen Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore,” she’s chosen to recreate it), themes of impostor syndrome, class, and privilege emerge in this coming-of-age novel.

The eye-catching cover of “Anonymous Sex” exudes a sense of longing and desire with its bright red color and plump strawberry alluding to a behind. Between the sheets you will find 27 erotic short stories by 27 authors without any signature. So pour a glass of wine, prepare a bath and thank me later.

“Nevada” technically debuted in 2013, but FSG reissued the cult classic this year with a new afterword by Imogen Binnie. Its orange-red cover is a perfect transition book into your reading rainbow, and its interior is equally alluring. While the synopsis seems relatively straightforward — a feisty trans woman embarks on a cross-country road trip from New York to Nevada — it’s a hard-hitting read that stays with you long after the last page. Torrent Peters, author of “Detransition, Baby”, entitled “Nevada”, “a book that changed my life”. Going on to say, “it shaped both my worldview and my personality, making me the writer that I am. And it did so by the oldest of methods, telling a wise, hilarious, and captivating.

You can’t tell me that the deliciously decadent orange cover of Ling Ma’s short story collection doesn’t do anything for you. The eye candy is even sweeter as this is the highly anticipated second release from the ‘Severance’ author, post-apocalyptic horror meets satire and 2018’s road adventure made even more popular after the start of the pandemic. Fittingly, Bliss Montage was written during the pandemic, and its short stories, which mix the all-too-real with the fantastical, are a weird and wonderful sequel.

If you’re a fan of fantasy, “This Woven Kingdom” makes both a pretty and exciting addition to your library. The first in a new trilogy, Tahereh Mafi’s YA novel has it all: forbidden romance, clashing empires, and an engaging, steadily-paced plot.

The saying goes don’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to be captivated by the design of “Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century”. It’s whimsical, earthy and it’s a great representation of the speculative and weird news that awaits inside.

Crisp, bright and relatively simple, the electric cover of “A Very Nice Girl” draws you in, while its story of sex, power and love – which Meg Mason, the author of “Sorrow and Bliss” called “Sweetbitter ” meets “Normal People” – makes you say “just one more chapter”.

What lies beneath the ordinary and the banal? Kate Folk explores that, the weird and the unknown, in her first collection of chilling short stories. If the cover makes you look like science fiction, you’re not mistaken…

Buckle up for a weird and wonderful ride – Anna Dorn’s “Exalted” will take you down a rabbit hole of desire and self-esteem, and make you look like a cool, hip astrology girl while reading it .

A vampire novel but make it modern! In the realm of Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” (which is another great cover), “Woman Eating” isn’t for those looking for something more plot-driven. Claire Kohda tells the story of Lydia, a mixed-race vampire who struggles to feed her constant hunger while balancing a life with humans. It’s character driven and, like the cover, extremely dynamic.

This piece is part of Color Month, where we show you the best ways to inject more color into your home and life. From paint color combinations to animated house tours, head here to see it all.

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