The book worms may have been looking forward to the reading list for this year, as it has already been the second half of the year, and there has been a buzz about what books to read in 2022 and what not to.
Talking about the books to read in 2022 have a long list ahead of it, as 2022 has been a pretty decent year with people being able to get out of their houses again after almost two long years of the pandemic.
The books are about memorable characters, life, story, and the exciting element that they possess. People have been reading young adults, sci-fi, new romance, a memoir of a teacher, and family novels lately.
The inspiration of writers to write a story depends on what the readers like to read, making them the bestselling author and their books the best among all others.
The List of Books to Read in 2022
1. Malibu Rising:
Let us begin with Taylor Jenkins Reid, who never fails to write the best selling; she released her book Malibu Rising in June 2021, and it was the New York Times Bestseller.
Malibu Rising is a story that revolves around four siblings from one family and how their life changes drastically in 24 hours, the choices that they have to make during this period are what keep the readers hooked to the book.
The book is flooded with emotions; you’ll laugh and cry; with this book that makes it top the list, you’ll experience it all. It is a novel worth your time and is the book if you are craving family-based fiction that is filled with drama and determination that drives the ploy, so you don’t want to miss this book.
2. Daughter of the Moon Goddess:
Another novel on this list is by Sue Lynn Tan, an author known for fairytale romance fantasies. Her book Daughter of the Moon Goddess was released in January 2022 and has been in the headlines ever since. Her creativity with this novel is top-notch, as it covers two genres that are very popular in the new generations: young adult and fantasy.
The novel revolves around a captivating story inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman is on a quest to free her mother against the most powerful immortal in the realm.
She sets herself on a dangerous path, where her choices have consequences. Readers’ response to this book is amazing as they found it packed with elements that a book needs to have.
3. You and Me on Vacation:
The next read of 2022 so far should be You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry, released in May 2021. This love story revolves around two people, Poppy and Aex, who come to hate each other since they have known each other’s existence and are pretty confident that they will never talk again.
The book is about a summer where Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip, the trip that will determine the rest of their lives.
The book lets readers experience a roller coaster of emotions that feels like a dream, gives off a feel-good vibe and makes an emotional impact. The second chance romance, opposites attract track are the elements that would not disappoint you in the novel. The chemistry developed between the main characters is something that every teenager would want to experience.
4. The Candy House:
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan is the writer of The Candy House. It is science fiction, not written in a traditional novel style of story narration in chapter-to-chapter format but is instead a series of interesting, interconnected short stories.
Each chapter of the novel has something new to unveil, and the writing style of Jennifer is so effortless that the readers can guess that she knows what she is doing in her books.
The book delivers an extraordinary combination of fierce and exhilarating intelligence and heart which is indeed forecasting “the deep aspects of technology-driven and image-staturated culture,” as stated by Vogue.
Egan has done a brilliant job in introducing the characters based on the themes of the chapter. She has induced clean first person plural, duet voices, and epistolary chapter.
5. The School for Good Mothers:
This novel by Jessamine Chan revolves around a lady who recently got separated from her husband and has joint custody of her child with him. The book highlights the struggles that a single mother has to go through. The main character, Frida, finds herself in an intrusive, dystopian program to assess her mothering skills.
Her trust in herself and the custody over her child Harriet hangs in between as the book further proceeds in the story. The story is an insight in its portrayal of the scrutiny and judgment involved in being a mother in America.
As Frida goes through the test about her mothering skills and finds more ways to be better, the reader is faced with questions about what constitutes a good quality of a mother and what are the bad qualities of a mother.
This timely debut novel, published in February 2022, is about a beloved English professor in her 50s who is slewed by her professor’s husband, who is under investigation for a relationship with his former students. This book by Julia May Jonas is dark and cynical with pursuits of problems in marriage and extramarital affairs.
The story takes a turn when the professor develops an obsession of her own with a colleague who is almost two decades younger than her. The book explores how rage, sexual desire, and creativity can destructively entangle.
A book about female appetite – for sex, food, power, and success and what aging does to it is some great factors for a clever debut.
7. Reminders of Him:
New York Times best-selling author Colleen Hoover’s new novel Reminders of Him, released in January 2022, is based on a troubled young woman who is yearning for redemption in a heartbreaking story full of hope.
The story revolves around a young mother who went to prison for a tragic mistake, then returns to town hoping to meet her 4-year-old daughter, but rekindling the bond she craves will take a lot of work.
Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to keep her away from her no matter how much she tries to prove herself. Only one person hasn’t closed the door on her, a bar owner and one of the few remaining links to her daughter.
Later in the book, the two form connections and grow close to each other, but she knows she has to find a way to absolve her past mistake and make her future better than her present; she has to hold onto hope.
The writing and the characters that Collen Hoover portrays bind the readers to stick to the emotions they go through and make fiction come to life with her exquisite skills in writing.
8. The Paris Apartment:
This new novel by Lucy Foley was released in February 2022 and revolved around a girl named Jess who just left her job, finds herself broke and alone, and finds herself digging up about her half-brother Ben who is supposedly missing.
She decides to stay in Paris at Ben’s apartment but is shocked to see if Ben can afford it; she finds every neighbor a suspect as everyone knows something they are not telling her.
The book builds up a whole bunch of anticipation and every moment is almost so dramatic that the readers can not help but keep reading.
9. Night of the Living Rez:
This book is a collection of stories written by Morgan Talty and released in July 2022. It revolves around the trauma of a troubled family reflecting on life in the 21st century in a native community in Maine.
The book is written well with the episodes of twelve short stories that describe the life of David, a young man growing up, his mother’s abusive relationship, his sister’s mental illness, and more life struggles.
The readers find the interlinked connection of the story well maintained, which kept them hooked to the book, as it is a mainstream genre and doesn’t develop later.
10. Sea of Tranquility:
This historical fiction written by Emily St John Mandel is an elegant demonstration of historical periods. This tale has 8 parts and revolves around different stories bound together with finesse and the great art of writing.
The story begins with a boy named Edwin, who arrives in Canada after he has offended his wealthy British family after making disapproving comments about the colonization of India.
The readers found themselves connected to the story of this new style of historical fiction as it proceeds slowly, quietly, and builds plots altogether, it weaves and overlaps, and everything comes together, making a bigger picture at the end.
11. Nuclear Family:
This book by Joseph Han was released in June 2022 and is a family drama that is well woven of realism and tragicomedy tone.
The story is about a Cho couple and their two kids, a daughter and a son. They are Korean American people living in Hawaii and are determined to spread their franchise of Korean lunch pate all over Hawaii. Their daughter is in the final year of her college, and their son has left for Seoul to teach English.
Their world turns around when their son’s video of trying and failing the Korean demilitarized zone goes viral, and the South Korean Government detains him. No one knows that he has been possessed by the ghost of his grandfather, who wishes to cross the divide and find the family he left in the north.
This laugh-out-loud funny and strikingly beautiful book is an offering that aches with histories inherited and the reunion missed, asking the readers how they heal in the face of remembrance and forgetfulness.
12. The Pink Hotel:
This book by Liska Jacobs was released in July 2022 and is based on a couple who finds themselves stuck in an inevitable situation. Newlyweds Keith and Kit Collins hardly believe their luck when invited to a luxurious stay at the Pink Hotel.
The story reveals the tenuous class system in the society and unspoken resentments; soon after their arrival, the wildfires sweep through the surroundings, and Los Angeles becomes a pressure cooker.
The Pink Hotel closes its doors to outsiders. The couple finds themselves stuck with an anxious, disgruntled, ultra-wealthy staff, and dangerously idle guests flock to the hotel for company and entertainment.
The readers are forced to turn the pages as the book evolves slowly, and their interest in the plot grows intense after the entire development.
13. The House of Fortune:
Literary fiction and the sequel of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton were set in Amsterdam in 1705, a tale of fate, ambitions, secrets, and dreams and a young woman determined to rule her destiny.
Thea Brandt is turning eighteen, and the love of her life awaits her at the theatre but back home, her father and aunt continue to argue as they have to sell furniture to order food. On her eighteenth, also the day her mother died, the past secrets begin to overwhelm her.
The plot does not develop much, but the drama keeps the readers engrossed and connected to the book and urges them to keep turning the pages to unveil more.
14. Under One Roof:
This book by Ali Hazelwood is another one that revolves around academia and is based on a scientist who believes that in science and love, opposites attract. Mara is an Environmental Engineer and knows all about delicate nature. The romance between roommates in the books is nothing new to the readers, but involving academia in every type of romance is Ali Hazelwood’s cup of tea.
Liam is a lawyer and Mara’s roommate, both of them don’t seem to get along, but Mara is determined to stay there and not to give up, though one can not expect to hate someone while living with them. Finally, when Mara gets to know more about Liam while living with him, the harder it gets for her to loathe him and the easier to love him.
The readers are hooked to the plot with love, sacrifice, and the power of holding on; it is an emotional ride that keeps them captivated from the beginning to the end.
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow is an engrossing book about the lives of three generations of Black ladies in Memphis, Tennessee. The book deals with the complexities of what families pass down: fate, forgiveness, doubt, and faith. However, it may seem brutal initially but is subtle as the plot grows further. The readers like it, and the writing style is poetically beautiful.
16. Anxious People:
The book by Fredrick Backman comes together for a crime that never occurred, a would-be bank robber who disappeared, and eight extremely anxious strangers who eventually find that they have more in common. The apartment becomes a hostage for those eight strangers as the bank robber breaks in and holds them captive; the pressure mounts and pushes them to open up with each other disclosing the hidden truths.
This whimsical plot gives an unforgettable insight into the human condition and highlights a gentle reminder to be compassionate towards all anxious people. The readers feel that the book is deceptive, heart Tribbing, and dazzling and follows a great thought that should be addressed more often and carefully.
17. Hook, Line, and Sinker:
This book by Tessa Bailey is another delicious, fun rom-com with a tsunami of emotions, and it will speak to readers more if they see themselves as the support rather than the main character. A platonic pals relationship between the carefree Fox Thornton and a flirt-immune Hannah Bellinger will bring out the depths of this bizarre combination.
Hannah is in town for work and decides to stay in Fox’s spare bedroom; though she knows her friend too well that he is a notorious ladies’ man, she believes they are definitely just friends. Hannah has a crush on her colleague, and Fox is the person who is helping her with her love life; Hannah is set out to get along with her co-workers though the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants to be with him.
As they grow closer, the line between friendship and flirting starts to blur, and Hannah can not deny that she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another one of his flings. She thought that living with her best friend would be easy, but now she feels herself edging closer to him, and Fox, on the other hand, can not handle or help her get along with the other guy as he has fallen for her.
For him, it is torture to help her get another guy, but he thinks that maybe if he can tackle this and show Hannah that he’s all in, she will choose him.
This whole bunch of emotions will unroll as Hannah and Fox grow closer to each other as the tale unfolds so that it will be an iconic read for anyone into romantic comedies.