Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is our top books we read in 2022. I already wrote about my top 2022 releases and my favorite audiobooks. These are my favorite books that I read in 2022.
- Inheritance by Dani Shapiro (2019): I loved everything about this memoir, from Shapiro’s exploration of her beliefs and identity as a Jew, to her genealogical research and discovery of who she was, to her greater understanding of her parents. This book had it all — it was an incredible story that was also really well-written.
- The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (2021): I read this because I loved Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and also this was nominated for (and won) the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2022. Ozeki has a unique writing style, combining the fantastic with the introspective, in this story of a boy who loses his father and is tormented by hearing voices from the inanimate objects around him.
- Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart (2022). I loved Stuart’s Shuggie Bain, and this follow-up didn’t disappoint. While similar, where Shuggie Bain was devastating, this story was moving and even hopeful at times.
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (2011). My first book by Towles, this was a thoughtful depiction of young New Yorkers in 1937, dealing with love and money, career and friendship.
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2011). Miller is always highly recommended, and this book didn’t disappoint. While I wasn’t so interested in the Trojan War from a battle perspective, Miller focuses instead on the relationship between her two main characters, and what it means to be heroic. Patroclus expects to spend his life serving and living in the shadows of his beloved Achilles, but there’s more to him than he thinks.
- Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (2022). Kingsolver’s take on one of Dickens’ greatest works doesn’t disappoint for a minute. She brings a modernization to the story that will deepen readers’ understanding of the opioid epidemic and life in rural America.
- A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson (2021). I’ve loved all of Lawson’s books and think she is a writer who doesn’t get enough acclaim. This book about a small town in Canada brings together a troubled young girl and the son of the elderly neighbor she befriends. It’s “sweet” at times, in the way many small town books are, but also deeply moving.
- Being Heumann by Judith Heumann (2020). I can’t say enough about this memoir and history of the disability rights movement, by a truly amazing person.
- Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu (2022, ARC from NetGalley). I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book which is a fascinating look at Chinese history during World War II and the experiences of Chinese immigrants to the U.S. after the war.
- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (2022, recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy): one of my favorite 2022 releases, this was a clever, humorous and sometimes devastating book about an unusual woman in the 1960s. If you’re looking for more books about women in science, this is a great read.
- Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (2022, recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy): another of my favorite 2022 releases, this book explores racist policies in the 1970s around abortion, birth control, and sterilization of poor women of color, and centers around an actual civil rights lawsuit. It’s also a moving story about a young woman who explores what it means to be privileged.
- Quiet by Susan Cain (2012). While not a perfect book, I’m including it because I learned a lot from it and continue to think about what it means to be introverted and how we can recognize our strengths and those of others.
- Heartstopper #1 by Alice Oseman (2018): my sister recommended the show, which I absolutely loved, and now I can’t resist these graphic novels. This was a beautiful book and show, highly recommended.
Those are my favorite books of 2022! What were some of your favorites?
A Town Called Solace sounds very interesting.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-books-of-2022/
Mary Lawson is one of my favorite authors, and I thought this book was beautiful. I hope you give it a try. Crow Lake is also fantastic.
Heartstopper Vol 1 was on my favorite list for last year and Vol 3 and 4 were on my list for this year! And Young Mungo is on my TBR!
My post: http://kappareadsbooks.home.blog/2023/01/03/my-favorite-books-of-2022/
I just got the second Heartstopper and can’t wait to read it. I hope you like Young Mungo, I think Stuart is an amazing writer.
I tried to read #10. The writing was great. I just wasn’t in the mood for it. Hopefully that will change in 2023.
Lessons in Chemistry is a book that generates strong opinions. I’ve read reviews by people who hated it, so it might not be for you! It’s kind of a strange book, it’s both humorous and very dark, and the author even tells some of the story from the perspective of a dog. I loved it though.
I have heard so many good things about The Song of Achilles, I can’t wait to get to it. Here’s my list: https://nishitak.com/2023/01/03/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-of-2022/
I hope you love it! I’d heard so much about it, I thought it wouldn’t live up to the hype. Instead it was very different from what I was expecting. It has a lot of battles and mythology but is also deeply character driven.
I loved Amor Towles’s A Gentleman in Moscow, so I’ve bought Rules of Civility but haven’t read it yet. I’m hoping to get to it this year! Lessons in Chemistry is also on my TBR list.
I keep hearing how much people love Gentleman in Moscow, it’s definitely on my TBR for this year. I hope you enjoy Civility and also Lessons in Chemistry.
I have A Town Called Solace and Take My Hand on my TBR. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read them both soon.
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I hope you enjoy them, if you do get to them. Happy new year!
I started reading HEARTSTOPPER after watching the show as well. Really love both!
Thanks Nicole, and happy 2023! I’m very excited for the next season of Heartstopper, and I like how closely the show followed the book.
The only one of these I’ve read is The Song of Achilles which actually ended up slightly disappointing for me, I think I fell somewhat victim to the hype monster! Take My Hand sounds really good though, I may have to look into that one.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/01/03/top-ten-tuesday-401/
I’m sorry to hear Achilles disappointed you! That happens when a book is so highly acclaimed. I hope you like Take My Hand if you get to it – not much hype for that one, sadly.
Yeah I have been burned a lot of times by the book hype! Take My Hand definitely sounds right up my street so I have high hopes.
So many good ones! Inheritance was fascinating, and I love the Heartstopper series! I loved Song of Achilles too (the audiobook was amazing). I’ve had a copy of Quiet for a while now and still haven’t read it, but as an introvert, I think I really do need to make time for it. Wishing you lots of great reading in 2023!
Thanks Lisa, I hope you find Quiet worthwhile. I think it provides a lot of insight about extroverted people as well, even though it’s focused on introverts. Happy 2023!
I read my first Amor Towles book last year too. I loved it and am looking forward to more.
A good list. I liked Lessons in Chemistry a lot, and I am looking forward to Demon Copperhead although need to fulfil some review responsibilities first!
Quiet is such a great book. It helped me understand my introverted self (and accept it!) so much more. I read it years ago, so it deserves a re-read soon! I am linking my top ten books of 2022, if interested!
I was dragging my feet about reading Quiet, but it ended up being one of my favorites from 2022 as well. As an introvert living in an extrovert’s world (high school teaching and mom to a 2-year-old) I found it to be very validating and a good reminder that there’s nothing wrong with me, but that my needs are different than those of an extrovert. Song of Achilles was one of my favorites too—the audiobook absolutely blew me away.