Books I Read in 2022

Here we are again! 2022 involved a lot of fun fantasy/sci-fi books (23, to be specific), compared to only 6 nonfiction. As always, most of these were recommended by friends and coworkers. I’m always up for a book recommendation!

How did this year’s books compare? Here are the highlights and lowlights:

  • No one-star books this year (phew!) but nine books with only two-stars. Unsurprisingly, most of those were not recommendations – and two that were recommended were the 3rd book(s) in a series.
  • Happily, I also read a few new five-star books. I highly highly recommend the short story compilations Exhalation, by Ted Chiang, and That Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Nigozi Adichie (one of my favorite authors). I will also be buying a copy of Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Ciado Perez, and I may finally buy myself Mistborn, my favorite Brandon Sanderson book (which I treated myself to a reread of, at the end of the year).

Let’s dig in.

The Rating System

If you’re unfamiliar with my rating system, here’s how it works:

  • * I couldn’t finish reading it, I hated it so much
  • ** I finished the book, but I wish I had the hours back I spent on it
  • *** It was about as expected, glad I read it but I wouldn’t recommend it
  • **** I really enjoyed reading the book, and would definitely recommend it to others
  • **** I MUST OWN THIS NOW! ! I want to reread it over and over and over

Looking for past years? Here’s 2021, 2020, 20192018, 20172016201520142013, and 2012.

Books I Read in 2022

Here they are

  • Thrawn Ascendency: Chaos Rising, by Timothy Zahn***
  • Neverworld Wake, by Marisha Pessl***
  • Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker***
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley***
  • Instructions for a Heatwave, by Maggie O’Farrell***
  • A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, by Jules Feiffer***
  • Horns, by Joe Hill**
  • Thrawn Ascendency: Greater Good, by Timothy Zahn***
  • Thrawn Ascendency: Lesser Evil, by Timothy Zahn***
  • All About Me, by Mel Brooks***
  • All In, by Billie Jean King****
  • Eva Moves the Furniture, by Margot Livesey***
  • Exhalation, by Ted Chiang*****
  • The Eiger Sanction, by Trevanian***
  • Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett***
  • Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk***
  • Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel***
  • The Sentence, by Louise Erdritch***
  • The Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie***
  • The Health Gap, by Michael Marmot****
  • Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel***
  • That Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Nigozi Adichie*****
  • Big Cats, by Holiday Reinhorn**
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan**
  • The Mirror and the Light, by HIlary Mantel***
  • Good Morning Midnight, by Lily Brooks-Dalton**
  • Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters**
  • The Searcher, by Tana French***
  • Gallant, by V.E. Schwab***
  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders***
  • Gang Leader for a Day, by Sudhir Venkatesh****
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger***
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train, by Agatha Christie****
  • A Girl is a Body of Water, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi****
  • Waking Gods, by Sylvain Neuvel***
  • Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel***
  • Only Human, by Sylvain Neuvel**
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis***
  • Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Ciado Perez*****
  • Murder on the Links, by Agatha Christie***
  • Sky Raiders, by Brandon Mull***
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel***
  • Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie****
  • The House on the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune***
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin***
  • Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang**
  • Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo***
  • Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon**
  • The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie***
  • Thistlefoot, by GennaRose Nethercott****
  • Everything I Need I Get From You, by Kaitlyn Tiffany**
  • Before They Are Hanged, by Joe Abercrombie***
  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot***
  • The Nine Billion Names of God, by Arthur C. Clarke***
  • The Last Argument of Kings, by Joe Abercrombie**
  • Cold the Night Fast the Wolves, by Meg Long****
  • Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson*****

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