It’s the most anticipated list of the year: The Top Ten Most Memorable Reads of 2022.
2022 Most Memorable Reads:
The Top Ten List
I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite Books of 2022.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
It is been fabulous fun this week reading through top ten lists. The variation is striking, demonstrating that reading really is a personal experience and that no two readers read the same book!
I mostly love the angst of creating top-ten lists! Although it can be a daunting task, it’s my most anticipated post of the year! First, let me remind you that this list is subjective. It’s comprised of books I’ve read this year (there are always so many more great ones that I didn’t get to), and each one has made it onto this list because reading it was an enjoyable, memorable, emotional experience and gave me a “book hangover.” These are truly unforgettable books that I’ll think about months and years later. If I can’t envision remembering a book on this list years from now, it doesn’t belong on the list.
Last week as part of my brainstorming process for this list, I created an Especially Satisfying Reads of 2022 post. That post is a bit more comprehensive because I provide some runners-up and books that didn’t make it to my official top ten.
One more note:
I have ONE clear number one read of the year. However, the other nine could all be number two. How can I rank them? I simply could not. In ten days I could arrange this list in ten different ways. Do you struggle with ranking your top ten list?
Titles are links to my reviews (which contain Amazon affiliate links).
Most titles in this post were published this year, but one was not.
Thanks for sharing great reads with me this year!
Top Ten Most Memorable Reads of 2022
Based on the qualities of enjoyment, engagement, compelling, unputdownable, memorable, page-turning, and book hangover.
The Girl From Guernica by Karen Robards
WHY: This represents everything I’m looking for in a 5-star read: memorable for months and years, page-turning, compelling, well-researched and well-written, likable characters, and a balance of character-driven and plot-driven.
The Other Nine
Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe
WHY: This is a diverse read that reads like a memoir written by an “own voices” author. It’s a poignant and compelling read which allows me to live a life I’ll never experience.
The Winter Orphans by Kristin Beck
(WW11 Historical Fiction)
WHY: I love untold stories of real-life difference-makers in the face of the most challenging circumstances. There must be a special reward in Heaven for people risking their lives to safeguard innocent children.
The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman
(Civil War Historical Fiction)
WHY: This is a riveting dual POV story of discrimination, survival, and friendship from “own voices” authors told from the Slave and Jewish perspectives.
The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer
(post WW II with WW II backstory)
WHY: I enjoyed the compelling, controversial, and thoughtful themes surrounding “Operation Paperclip” in which the U.S. government coerced Nazi scientists to come to the U.S. and work for the space program.
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (YA)
WHY: This is an unputdownable and page-turning story of a young man and his family living under a Communist Regime. Ruta Sepetys is one of my favorite authors.
The Winners by Fredrik Backman
(Contemporary Literary Drama)
WHY: Very few authors can create memorable characters and explore thoughtful themes better than Backman.
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
(Literary Fiction Novella)
WHY: This is one of the most poignant, well-crafted, and beautifully written short stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Truly unforgettable as it asks the question, “Will you take action or look the other way?” I already have it on my reread shelf.
The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore
WHY: Narrative nonfiction is my favorite form of nonfiction because it reads like a story; in this case, a thriller. I appreciate learning more about mental health in the 1800s and the fight this woman led to guarantee women’s rights. Her sacrifice and determination are inspirational.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
WHY: I love a memoir that provides an insider’s perspective and fascinating facts about something I can never know. From his initial dream to his training to his determination and perseverance to his ultimate achievements in space to his practical life lessons, this is one memorable memoir and one amazing man. I highly recommend the audio format so you can hear him in his own words.
There are so many more wonderful reads this year that deserve mention. Among them:
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
The Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolley
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
The Next Ship Home by Heather Web
The Sisters of Seaview by Julie Klassen
The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews
Most Memorable Middle Grade
Links to Previous Best-of-Year Posts
Share your best read of the year in the comments! Please?! I’d love to hear!
Happy Reading Book Worms
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes
“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text
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