Books of the Year 2022

I have received several emails recently detailing various books of the year lists and so thought I would put them all on one page. Those in italics appear more than once on this page and bold font means I have read it but not reviewed it.

Amazon Editors

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinSolito: A memoir by Javier ZamoraStolen Focus by Johan HariDemon Copperhead by Barbara kingsolver
Horse by Geraldine BrooksCarrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins ReidFairy Tale by Stephen
Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
City on Fire by Don Winslow

Barnes and Noble Books of the Year

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusThe Light We Carry by Michelle ObamaA World of Curiosities by Louise PennyI’m Glad my Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

BBC 50 books of the year

Liberation Day by George SaundersThe Kingdom of Sand by Andrew HolleranBournville by Jonathan CoeDemon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Trespasses by Louise KennedyThe Whalebone Theater by Joanna QuinnThe Book of Goose by Yiyun LiI’m Sorry You Feel That Way by Rebecca Wait
The Passenger by Cormac McCarthyDarling by India KnightThere Are More Things by Yora Rodrigues FowlerGetting Lost by Annie Ernaux
Fairy Tale by Stephen KingNight Crawling by Leyla MotleyAfter Sappho by Selby Wynn SchwartzOur Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan KarunatikaliThe Colony by Audrey MageeThe Last White Men by Mohsin HamidTrust by Hernan Diaz
Best of Friends by Kamila ShamseeBooth by Karen Joy FowlerShrines of Gaity by Kate AtkinsonCult Classic by Sloane Crossley
Young Mungo by Douglas StuartThe Candy House by Jennifer EganEither/Or by Elif BatumanIn Love by Amy Bloom
Love Marriage by Monica AliTiepolo Blue by James CahillFire Island by Jack ParfettPure Colour by Sheila Heti
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John MandelBless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in her Head by Warsan Shire (P)In the Margins by Elena FerranteMemphis by Tara M Stringfellow
Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon JamesOlga Dies Dreaming by Xochiti Gonzalez (P)Glory by NoViolet BulwayoFrench Braid by Anne Tyler
To Paradise by Hanya YanagiharaThe School for Good Mothers by Jessamine ChanThe Exhibitionist by Charlotte MendelsonFree Love by Tessa Hadley
Aue by Becky Manawatu

Blackwell’s Books of the year

Lessons by Ian McEwanThe Ballad of Never After by Stephanie GarberLandlines by Raynor WinnThe Book of Phobias and Manias by Kate Summerscale
brother do you love me by Manni and Reuben CoeOn Browsing by Jason GurielBibliomaniac by Robin InceHow to Tell a Story by The Moth
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’FarrellApollo Remastered by Andy SaundersThe First to Die at the End by Adam SilversThe Book of Goose by Yiyun Li
Less is Lost by Andrew Sean GreerFen, Bog and Swamp by Annie ProulxDemon in the Wood by Leigh BardugoNight Crawling by Leyla Mottley
The World we Make by N. K. JemsinThe British Cook Book by Ben MervisThe Bleeding by Johana GustavssonThe Last Colony by Philippe Sands
What we Owe to the Future by William McAskillAnatomical Oddities by Alice RobertsThe Madman’s Gallery by Edward Brooke-HitchingIt Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover
Wild Light by Angela HardingLost Realms by Thomas J T WilliamsSurrender by BonoTrust by Hernan Diaz
Femina by Janina RamirezHagitude by Sharon BlackieAbyss by Max HastingsA Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin
No Plan B by Lee ChildThe Rise of the Dragon by George MartinThe Ink Black Heart by Robert GalbraithJust Sayin’ by Malorie Blackman
The Romantic by William BoydThe Wasteland by Matthew HollisUndoctored by Adam KayFairy Tale by Stephen King
Our Missing Hearts by Celeste NgDemon Copperhead by Barbara kingsolverNights of Plague by Orhan PamukShrines of Gaity by Kate Atkinson
Liberation Day by George SaundersAct of Oblivion by Robert HarrisIndia Express by Rukmini IyerNovelist as a Vocation by Murukami

Esquire Books of the Year

Didn’t Nobody give a Shit what Happened to Carlotti by James HannahamHary Sylvester Bird by Chinelo OkpwantaYoung Mungo by Douglas StuartTime is a Mother by Ocean Vuong
Trust by Hernan DiazLiarmouth by John WatersButts: A Backstory by Heather RadkeFight Like Hell by Kim Kelly
Overdue: Reckoning with the public library by Amanda OliverWoman Eating by Claire KohdaThe Passenger by Cormac McCarthyFen, Bog, Swamp by Annie Proulx
Lost and Found by Kathryn SchultzLess is Lost by Andrew Sean GreerFairy Tale by Stephen KingLiberation Day by George Saunders
The Pink Hotel by Lisha JacobsNuclear Family by Joseph HanNight of the Living Rez by Morgan TaltyCult Classic by Sloane Crossley
The Angel of Rome by Jess WalterSea of Tranquility by Emily St John MandelThe Immortal King Rao by Vaukini VaraThe Invisible kingdom by Meghan O’Rourke
To Paradise by Hanya YanagiharaHow Civil Wars Start by Barbara F WalterHow High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia NagamatsuSouth to America by Imari Perry
Vladimir by Julia May JonasMoon Witch, Spider King by Marlon JamesGroundskeeping by Lee ColeTrust the Plan by Will Sommer
How to Take Over the World by Ryan North

The Guardian Crime and Thriller books of the year

The Twyford Code by Janice HallettWrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllisterThe Devil Takes You Home by Gabino IglesiasThe Partisan by Connor Habib
More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie GutierezA Heart Full of Headstones by Ian RankinGive Unto Others by Donna LeonThe Murder Book by Mark Billingham
Maror by Lavie TidharThe Lost Man of Bombay by Vaseem KhanQueen High by C J Carey

The Guardian Fiction books of the year

Bourneville by Jonathan CoeTrespasses by Louise KennedyThe Seven moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan KarunatilakaShrines of Gaity by Kate Atkinson
The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson

Good Housekeeping books of 2022

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen HoThe School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan30 Things I Love About Myself by Radhika SanghaniShit Cassandra Saw: Stories by Gwen E. Kirby
How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia NagamatsuNotes on an Execution by Danya KukafkaGood Rich People by Eliza Jane BrazierDevil House by John Darnielle
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You by Ariel Delgado DixonVery Cold People by Sarah MangusoWhere I Can’t Follow by Ashley BloomsThe Last Suspicious Holdout by Ladee Hubbard
When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd BanwoDisorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
End of the World House: by Adrienne CeltNobody Gets Out Alive: Stories by Leigh NewmanWhen We Fell Apart by Soon WileyYou Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
Trust by Hernan Diaz This Time Tomorrow: A Novel by Emma StraubRemarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van PeltThe Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz
You Have a Friend in 10A: Stories by Maggie ShipsteadThe Hacienda by Isabel CañasJameela Green Ruins Everything by Zarqa NawazLapvona: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh
Counterfeit: A Novel by Kirstin ChenThrust: A Novel by Lidia YuknavitchOn Rotation: A Novel by Shirlene ObuobiMaps of Our Bodies by Maddie Mortiner
The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories by Jamil Jan KochaiFire Season by Leyna KrowHuman Blues by Elisa AlbertMika in Real Life: A Novel by Emiko Jean
Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik FofanaThe Last Housewife: A Novel by Ashley WinsteadMother In the Dark by Kayla MaiuriOn the Rooftop: A Novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Bliss Montage: Stories by Ling MaLess Is Lost by Andrew Sean GreerBest of Friends by Kamila ShamsieDemon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
River Woman, River Demon by Jennifer GivhanFlight: A Novel by Lynn Steger StrongNow Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin WilsonWeightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul by Evette Dionne
A Dangerous Business by Jane SmileyHow Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures by Sabrina Imbler

Good Reads books of the year

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by ZevinCarrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins ReidHouse of Sky and Breath by Sarah J MaasBook Lovers by Emily Henry
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John MandelHidden Pictures by Jason RekularkAtlas of the Heart by Brene BrownI’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
Heart Stopper by Alice OsemanLessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

The Irish Times books of the year

Trespasses by Louise KennedyThe Madness by Fergal KeaneWhat Just Happened by Marina HydeThe English Understand Wool by Helen Dewitt
The Exhibitionist by Charlotte Mendelson Seven Steeples by Sara Baume

Literary Hub favourite books of the year

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’FarrellThe School for Good Mothers by Jessamine ChanSaint Sebastian’s Abyss by Mark HaberElderflora by Jared Farmer
Getting Lost by Annie ErnauxDinosaurs by Lydia MilletBabel by R F HuangScorched Earth by Jonathan Crarey
Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha AllenMy Three Dads by Jessa CrispinHaven by Emma DonoghueFight like Hell by Kim Kelly
Diary of a Void by Emi YagiStay True by Hua HsuThe Candy House by Jennifer EganO by Zeina Hashem Beck
How High We go in the Dark by Sequoia NagamatsuA Woman’s Battles and Transofromations by Edouard LouisAlso a Poet by Ada CalhounThe Bond King by Mary Childs
The Disappearance of Josef Mengele by Olivier GuezFen, Bog and Swamp by Annie ProulxThe Rabbit Hutch by Tess GuntyOur Wives under the Sea by Julia Armfield
Vladimir by Julia May Jonas Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel Weasels in the Attic by Hiroko OyamadaThe Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
Paradais by Fernanda MelchorAn Honest Living by Dwyer MurphyEither/Or by Elif BatumanThe Red Arrow by William Brewer
Brother Alive by Zain KhalidThe Books of Jacob by OlgaTokrczukThe Book of Goose by Yiyun LiBut For I am a Woman by Sophia Stid

New York Times Books of the Year

The Candy House by Jennifer EganCheckout 19 by Claire-Louise BennettDemon Copperhead by Barbara KingsolverThe Furrows by Namwali Serpell
Trust by Hernan DiazAn Immense World by Ed YongStay True by Hua HsuStrangers to Ourselves by Rachel Aviv
Under the Skin by Linda VillarosaWe Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole

Reader’s Digest books of the year

Stay True by Hua HsuYoung Mungo by Douglas StuartAn Immense World by Ed YongConstructing a Nervous System by Margo Jefferson
Trust by Hernan DiazTomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinRemarkably Bright Creatures by Kamal KozanDemon Copperhead by Barbara kingsolver
The Maid by Nita ProseI’m Glad My Mum Died by Jennette McCurdy

The Times Readers’ favourite books

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusWhalebone Theatre by Joanna QuinnLandlines by Raynor Winn The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
Young Mungo by Douglas StuartAct of Oblivion by Robert HarrisStill Life by Sarah WinmanThe Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg MasonLessons by Ian McEwan

Time books of 2022

A Heart that Works by Rob DelaneyAfterlives by Abdulrazak GurnahAll the Lovers in the Night by Mieko KawakamiAll This Could be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
An Immense World by Ed YongAncestor Trouble by Maud NewtonAnimal Joy by Nuar AlsadirAnna by Amy Odell
Babel by R F KuangBitter Orange Tree by Jokha AsharthThe Book of Goose by Yiyun LiBreathless by David Quammen
Butts: A backstory by Heather RadkellCalling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar HokeahThe Candy House by Jennifer EganCarrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Chef’s Kiss by JJ AlexanderCivil Rights Queen by Tomiko Brown-NaginConstructing a Nervous System by Margo JeffersonCover Story by Susan Rigetti
The Crane Wife by C J HauserThe Daughter of Dr Moreau by Sylvia Moreno GarciaDinosaurs by Lydia MilletDirtbag Massachusetts
Ducks by Kate BeatonEasy Beauty by Chloe Cooper JonesEating to Extinction by Dan SaladinoEither/Or by Elif Batuman
The Emergency by Thomas FisherThe Employees by Olga RaunThe Escape Artist by Jonathan FreedlandEverything I need I Get From You by Kaitlyn Tiffany
The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man by Paul NewmanThe Family Outing by Jess HempelFellowship Point by Alic Elliott DarkFinding Me by Violet Davies
Fiona and Jan by Jean Chen HoThe Furrows by Namwali SerpallGetting Lost by Annie ErnauxGlory by NoViolet Bulwayo
Goliath by Tochi OnyebuchiHalf American by Matthew F DelmontThe Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCrackenHis Name is George Floyd by Samuels and Toluse
Honey and Spice by Bolu BabalolaHow Far the LIght Reaches by Sabrina ImblerThe Hurting Kind by Ada LimonI Came all this way to Meet You by Jan Attenbeg
If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Nagaif I survive You by Jonathan EscoffeyIn Love by Amy BloomIndex by Dennis Duncan
The Invisible Kingdom by Meghan O’RorkeLearning to Talk by Hilary MantelLesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim FuLiberation Day by George Saunders
Life Between the Tides by Adam NicolsonThe Light We Carry by Michelle ObamaLost and Found by Kathryn ShultzLucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout
The Man who could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas ContrerasManifesto by Bernadine EversitoMaps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie MortimerThe Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
The Method by Isaac ButlerMouth to Mouth by Antoine WilsonThe Naked don’t fear the Water by Matthew AtkinsNight of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
Niughtcrawling by Leyla MotleyNow is not the time to Panic by Kevin WilsonNuclear Family by Joseph HanOlga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
Our Missing Hearts by Celeste NgThe Rabbit Hutch by Tess GuntyThe Revolutionary by Stacy SchiffScattered All Over the Earth by Yoko Tawada
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine ChanScandel by Sarah WeinmannShrines of Gaity by Kate AtkinsonSignal Fires by Dani Shapiro
Siren Queen by Ngh VoSouth to America by Imari PerryStay True by Hua HsuStill Life by Jay Hopler
Strangers to Ourselves by Ted Kennedy by John A FarrellThis Time Tomorrow by Emma StraubTides by Sara Freeman
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinThe Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth AlexanderTrust by Hernan DiazUnder the Skin by Linda Villarosa
Vladimir by Julia Mary Johns

Vanity Fair Best books of 2022

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man by Paul NewmanThe Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas ContrerasAesthetica by Allie RobottomLess is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer
Stay True by Hua HsuHeartbreak by Florence WilliamsIncredible Doom by Bogart and HoldenThe Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
How Far the Light Reaches by Serena ImblerLincoln and the Fight for Peace by John AvlonMr B by Jennifer HomansYou Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
In the Mouth of the Wolf by Katherine CorcoranThe Old Place by Bobby FingerThe Candy House by Jennifer EganTrust by Hernan Diaz
Constructing a Nervous System by Margo JeffersonHoney and Spice by Bolu BabalolaI’m Glad My Mum Died by Jenette McCurdyCorporate Rock Sucks by Jim Ruland
Young Mungo by Douglas StuartEverything I Need I get from You by Kaitlyn TiffanyWho By Fire by Matti FriedmanPicasso’s War by Hugh Eakin
Secret City by James KerchickPortrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel SilvaTemples of Books by Marianne Julia StraussAll This Could be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
Just Passing Through by Milton GendelThe Ruin of All Witches by Malcolm GaskillAgent Josephine by Damien LewisLast Call at the Hotel Imperial by Deborah Cohen
Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi ObaroBless the Daughter Raised by the Voice in her own Head by Warsan ShireTime is a Mother by Ocean VuongI’ll Show Myself Out by Jessie Klein
The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha MukherjeeLungfish by Meghan GillisThe Method by Isaac Butler

Graphic Novels


Ducks: 2 years in the oil sands by Kate Beaton Enter the Blue by Dave ChisholmKeeping Two by Jordan CraneDays of Sand by Aimee Jongh
Who Will Make the Pancakes by Megan KelsoThe Night Eaters by Liu and TakedaIt’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth by Zoe Thorogood

The Guardian

Alison by Lizzy StewartDucks by Kate BeatonThe Con Artists by Luke KealyActing Class by Nick Drnaso
Birds of Maine by Michael DeforgeWho Will Make the Pancakes by Megan KelsoThe Joy of Quitting by Keiler RobertsDays of Sand by Aimee Jongh
Two Heads by Frith and LockeAnatomy of Comics by Damien McDonaldFantastic Four Full Circle

The Washington Post

Into HeartlandsDucks by Kate BeatonThe Nighteaters by Liu and TakedaThe High Desert
The KeeperFantastic Four Full CircleChivalry by Gaiman and DoranLiving and Dying in America by Steve Brodner

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