If you’re in the market for some gifty books (and who isn’t?), here’s a gigantic list of Best Books of 2022 lists. Happy gifting!
This is the first such list I saw. It was posted on October 10.
From Canadian bookseller Indigo. This is another early one, posted on October 20.
This is the entry portal for Publishers Weekly’s lists: “We’ve got 150 selections in total, spread across all the categories we review in.”
YALSA, Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has announced the winners of the Teens’ Top Ten “teen choice” list. This list represents the best of YA literature as voted by teenagers.
Yeah, this sounds a bit specialized. But there’s this:
For its annual book award, the Financial Times looks beyond books that might be filed under business in a bookshop, picking out books that are compelling and enjoyable, explains Andrew Hill, the newspaper’s senior business writer. He talks us through the 2022 shortlist: books that shine a light on obscure but immensely important companies or industries, or address some of the bigger challenges facing our capitalist economies.
The renowned UCL neuroscientist Professor Maria Fitzgerald, chair of the 2022 Royal Society Book Prize, talks us through the judges’ selection of the best popular science books of the year—including a whistle-stop tour of the history of the Earth, a self-help book offering evidence-based advice on how to live a longer life, and a primatologist’s study of gender among apes.
I don’t participate on TikTok, but I keep reading about how influential its subgroup known as BookTok has become in influencing publishing and marketing. I’ve also read that BookTok skews quite young, so I looked at this list expecting to see a lot of titles I’d never even heard of. And I did see those titles, but I also saw a few others that I’ve heard of and some that I’ve even read: How High We Go in the Dark, I’m Glad My Mom Died, Malibu Rising, Normal People, The Secret History, The Song of Achilles, To Paradise.
From the New Yorker:
Our editors and critics choose this year’s most captivating, notable, brilliant, surprising, absorbing, weird, thought-provoking, and talked-about reads. Check back every Wednesday for new fiction and nonfiction recommendations.
“The editors of BookPage share their top titles of the year, across all genres and categories.”
Danika Ellis talked with Amazon Books Editorial Director Sarah Gelman for this article on BookRiot.
Audible’s list of the year’s best audiobooks: “We look at the year’s new releases and seek out the titles with the highest ratings and most compelling reviews.”
From the audiobook retailer used by indie bookstores.
“AudioFile, the 30-year-old bimonthly magazine dedicated to covering and reviewing audiobooks, has named its Best Audiobooks of 2022.”
From Off the Shelf, produced by publisher Simon & Schuster.
“New Statesman writers and guests choose their favourite reading of the year.”
This list from the Washington Post comprises five fiction and five nonfiction books. This page is also the launch page for the Post’s lists of the year’s best fiction and best nonfiction.
This piece is different from all the other lists here, and is probably more like a typical reader’s experience: “Novelists, poets, historians and actors on the best things they read in 2022 that weren’t published this year.”
Another list in the same vein as the one above: “we at Literary Hub wanted to take a moment to appreciate some of the books we’ve read recently that won’t be winning any new prizes or making a thousand lists—because they weren’t actually published this year.”
This is the launch page for the library’s recommendations for adults, teens, and kids. Includes a list in Spanish.
© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown