Surely we all need more books to add to our TBR list right? We definitely do after seeing the books that made the ‘Best Books of 2022’ list on Goodreads! This is the 14th annual Goodreads Choice Awards.
If you have a Goodreads account, you hopefully voted for your favorite books in these stellar categories. Interested in knowing just how many votes were cast? 5,779,854 votes! Since 2011, Goodreads has announced the best books of the year chosen by us– the readers. Keep reading to see if your favorite book made the list!
This is by far the longest listicle I’ve ever done and I’m happy it is on the Goodreads books of 2022! The year might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still read these iconic books. Trust me– you’re going to want to add all of these to your TBR. There is a little bit of everything for everyone!
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
With 90,000 votes, Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow wins Best Fiction of 2022.
It is a cold day in December when Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees Sadie Green. She pretends not to hear him for a moment, but when she turns, a game begins. They will be launched into stardom as they borrow money, beg favors, and create their first ever blockbuster before graduation. They aren’t even 25 and the world feels like it is theirs, but this won’t last forever. Their creative ambition and betrayal could tear things apart.
Mystery & Thriller
The Maid by Nita Prose
A big fan of mysteries and thrillers? Here is the best of 2022 with 78,000 votes!
You wouldn’t describe Molly Gray like anyone else. Her Gran used to interpret the world for her since she struggled with social skills and misread the intentions of others. But when Gran died a few months ago, 25-year-old Molly took to navigating life by herself. Everything changes, though, when she is working one day as a hotel maid and finds Mr. Black in his room dead. She is now the target of police suspicion.
This Clue-like mystery with a heartwarming journey explores what it means to be like everyone else, but also entirely different.
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Carrie Soto is Back takes Historical Fiction with over 100,000 votes! I am not surprised–this must be on your TBR!
Carrie Soto retired from tennis as the best player the world ever saw. After shattering every record and claiming twenty Grand Slam titles, she’s done it all. However, six years later she is sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open while her record gets snatched away by a stunning player named Nicki Chan.
Her next move shocks everyone—at 37, Carrie Soto decides to come out of retirement for one last year to claim her record.
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
It is no secret how much of a Sarah J. Maas fan I am. I am so excited to add this series to my TBR!
Since this is the second Crescent City novel, I won’t give away too much, but trust that the Fantasy queen herself will never be a bad choice as your next read! Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life— working all day and partying all night. However, when a demon murders her closest friends, she is left alone, wounded, and bereft. She will do anything to avenge their death. In comes Hunt Athalar, a notorious Fallen Angel. Is anyone sensing Mortal Instrument vibes? I can’t wait to read!!
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
175,000 votes–are any of us surprised? I absolutely voted for this one! It is and always will be a forever favorite now. Chosen by book lovers for book lovers. See what I did there? If you haven’t read this book by Emily Henry, what are you waiting for?
Nora Stephens’s life is all books all the time. Can you blame her? She’s read them all and knows the tropes. There isn’t much she loves more than her clients and her sister Libby, which is exactly why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina on a sister trip. She may not believe in cheesy romance tropes, but they keep finding her at every turn. One in particular is Charlie Lastra, who Nora just can’t seem to shake.
Up for an enemies to lovers? This one will have you wanting a sequel!
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
This book won countless awards this year–Do you need any more convincing to add it to your TBR?
Edwin St. Andrew crossed the Atlantic by steamship at only 18 years old after being exiled from polite society. He enters the forest and is captivated by the Canadian wilderness when he hears a violin echoing in an airship terminal, sending him through an experience that shocks him to his core.
Two centuries later, Olive Llewellyn, a famous writer, is on a book tour. There is something strange in her best-selling pandemic novel though— a passage about a man playing his violin for change in an airship as trees rise around him. Explore time travel and metaphysics in this very strategic science fiction novel!
Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
Mallory Quinn is fresh out of rehab and lands a babysitting job for Ted and Caroline Maxwell looking after their five-year-old son, Teddy. As she falls in love with the job, she grows more comfortable, gaining the stability she so desperately craves. Teddy is a normal five-year-old who carries his sketchbook around until one day he draws a man in a forest dragging a woman’s lifeless body. His artwork slowly becomes more and more sinister. Mallory begins to think these are visions from a previous murder through some sort of supernatural occurrence lingering behind the Maxwell’s house.
The Office BFFs by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
If you haven’t watched The Office, now you have two things to add to your list!
This behind-the-scenes by our favorites is a must-read! We all love Pam Beesly and Angela Martin from Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. While they didn’t seem to have much in common on the show, the two bonded quickly on set. Their friendship was built during the show and continues to this day. They are sharing everything with us from the early days to their first red carpet. We even get exclusive stories on making milestone episodes!
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
I’ve been a big fan of nonfiction lately! I’m so excited to add a new one to my list.
As a researcher herself, Brené Brown attempts to map the human heart in this very extensive nonfiction project. The title isn’t kidding when it says “Atlas of the Heart.” Explore 87 of the emotions and experiences that make up a meaningful life. She even gives us the language and tools we need to access a universe of new choices and second chances.
Memoir & Autobiography
I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
You’ve seen it all over the internet, and it is no surprise it made the list! With over 200,000 votes, Jennette McCurdy’s memoir took us by storm. This funny and heartbreaking memoir follows her years as a child star in iCarly and the complicated relationship with her mom. She was just six years old when she did her first audition. Trying to live up to her mother’s dream of her only daughter becoming a star, she would do anything to make her happy.
After landing her spot in iCarly, she is overcome with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing which leads to eating disorders, addiction, and unhealthy relationships. Things only get worse when her mom dies of cancer. After seeking therapy and quitting acting, she embarks on a journey of recovery and decides for the first time what she really wants.
History & Biography
Bad Gays: A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller
Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller argue the past is filled with queer people whose sexualities and dastardly deeds have been overlooked. You know who Oscar Wilde is, but who speaks for Bosie? Being part revisionist history and part historical biography, this book–based on the popular podcast, Bad Gays– subverts the notion of gay icons and queer heroes. Instead it asks: what can we learn about LGBTQ+ history, sexuality, and identity through the villains and baddies? Through Emperor Hadrian to Ronnie Kray, these two authors uncover a buried history of queer lives.
Graphic Novels & Comics
Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
A recent adaptation was announced by Netflix for this graphic novel, also! What a big year for great news!
You all know it. You all love it, and so do we! Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. Charlie didn’t think Nick would ever like him, but now he couldn’t be more wrong. They are officially boyfriends and Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say the big three words. While Nick feels the same way, he has a lot on his mind, including the fact that he hasn’t come out to his dad and the possibility of him having an eating disorder. The seasons begin to change and the two are about to learn a lot about what love really means.
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
Does anyone else have such a sweet spot for poetry? There is truly something so beautiful about it and my soul just gets so warm. Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, this amazing new collection reveals a new unforgettable voice in American poetry.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in the 1960s. Her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute views equality very unscientifically. However, there is one person who is different—Calvin Evans. He’s a lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize-nominated grudge-holder who just so happens to fall in love with none other than Elizabeth’s mind. Her story takes a turn she never saw coming a few years later, when she is not only a single mother, but also the star of Supper at Six– America’s new beloved TV show.
You might think she is just teaching women to cook, but she is actually on her way to changing the status quo.
Young Adult Fiction
The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Now time for some YA! Goodreads didn’t forget about you and neither did I. I’m a sucker for a good YA novel. I don’t think you can ever be too old!
All Avery Grambs had to do to inherit billions was survive a few more weeks living in the Hawthorne House. Financial pressures are building. The paparazzi are documenting her every move. Danger is just a normal fact of life. The only thing getting her through it? The Hawthorne brothers. They know her secrets and she knows theirs. Their lives are intertwined. However, when the clock comes down to the wire when Avery becomes the richest teenager in the world, trouble arrives. Someone needs her help.
Young Adult Fantasy
Gallant by V. E. Schwab
Let’s not forget Fantasy YA! Olivia Prior grew up in Merilance School for Girls. The only thing she has from her past is her mother’s journal, which seems to unravel into madness. A letter arrives for Olivia inviting her to come home… to Gallant. However when she arrives, no one is expecting her. She isn’t going to leave under such strange circumstances, even if her cousin is acting weird and she is seeing ghosts haunting the hallways. She knows there are secrets hidden and she is determined to find them out.
Middle Grade & Children’s
I am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us. by Andie Powers
I wasn’t lying when I said there is a little bit of everything on here for everyone. Finally, a book for all of us introvert book lovers.
IThis picture book experience follows young introvert, Emile, and his astounding imagination. You might think that shy people are always quiet, but those quiet people aren’t always shy. This beautiful story encourages and honors the beauty of being exactly who we are.
Hopefully you added all of these to your TBR list and even had the chance to vote for your favorite books. It’s always a good feeling to see your favorite book win an award, right?
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