2022 has been an excellent year for new books that readers have discovered and escaped into. Despite a number of incredible books this year, some have more folks talking than others. These novels have become popular with book clubs and have been making the rounds as more and more people share them with friends and family.
What books are people talking about the most? Barnes & Noble keeps a running list of the most purchased books and it’s a great place to check in if you are someone who has reader FOMO. These novels from fantasy to memoir are true page-turners that you will not be able to put down. Let’s talk about the year’s most buzzworthy books to discover your next great read!
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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
$12.50 at the time of publication.
This story spans 300 years and follows an exiled son of an earl, an author on a book tour during a pandemic, and a time-traveling detective who has seen the opportunity to do something great that would change the fabric of the timeline of the universe. Emily St. John Mandel has written a couple of hits prior to this standout that include The Glass House and Station Eleven which are also excellent!
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
$15.75 at the time of publication.
Jennifer Egan cements herself into icon status with this standalone novel that meditates on the effects of privacy and memory; a mind-altering read that is both creative and complex. It’s hard to put into words the impact that this novel will have on you. It brilliantly alters your perspective.
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
$13.59 at the time of publication.
A fantastically written gothic, gorgeous ghost story and it reads like a Rebecca for a new generation. Cañas delivers an atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of the Mexican War of Independence. A truly winning debut!
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
$22.99 at the time of publication.
With its lush world-building, a strong female protagonist, and vivid characters, this tale of love, sacrifice, and honor is already topping all the fantasy must-read lists.
“Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality,” the book’s blurb reads. “But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.”
South to America by Imani Perry
$20.49 at the time of publication.
The American South is often cast as a backwater cousin out of step with American ideals. In this vital cultural history, Perry argues otherwise, insisting the South is, in fact, the foundational heartland of America. Fusing memoir, reportage, and travelogue, Perry weaves Southern history alongside high-spirited interviews with modern-day Southerners from all walks of life. At once a love letter to “a land of big dreams and bigger lies” and a call for change, South to America will change how you understand America.
Book of Night by Holly Black
$14 at the time of publication.
Charlie Hall is trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading, but she can’t seem to escape this maelstrom of doppelgängers, thieves, and magic. Holly Black’s adult dark fantasy debut is everything!
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
$11.58 at the time of publication.
Book Lovers is a rom-com lover’s dream of a book. It is razor-sharp and modern, featuring a fierce heroine who does not apologize for her ambition and heartfelt discussions of grief. Readers know that Emily Henry never fails to deliver great banter and a romance to swoon over but this may just be her best yet.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
$18.76 at the time of publication.
When scientist Elizabeth Zott becomes the host of a cooking show, she kicks off a revolution that does more than just challenge the status quo. You’ll fall in love with the cast of characters in this debut novel.
I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart
$18.95 at the time of publication.
A razor-sharp debut that follows four disparate people during the 2014 Maidan revolution in Ukraine, I Will Die in a Foreign Land is the kind of read that feels like a timeless ballad detailing the connections between humankind and the tragedy of war. A must-read today.
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To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
$19.71 at the time of publication.
Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life is a modern classic, and we are so happy to share her latest with you. To Paradise is a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss, and the elusive promise of utopia.
There you go! We hope you found some excellent books to add to your reading list. Throw some in your cart and escape into a new world!
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
- 2 The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
- 3 The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
- 4 Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
- 5 South to America by Imani Perry
- 6 Book of Night by Holly Black
- 7 Book Lovers by Emily Henry
- 8 Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
- 9 I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart
- 10 To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
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