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22 Books to Read in 2022

Hello, my fellow Spirals!

New year means a new set of books to read! In my case, it is going to be several books that have been on my bookshelves for a looong time.

I feel like I should give a disclaimer that most of the books on this list are either going to be non-fiction or classics 😂. Any other genre that I pick up is usually for fun but non-fiction and classics are mostly for learning about a specific topic or improving English for me.

Now let’s get into it!

1. The Gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee

I mean this book has been on my TBR for over a year so it is only fitting that I tackle it in 2022. Genetics is one topic I am highly interested in but know very little about. I know this book is a chunky one but I have an inkling that I am really going to enjoy it!

2. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I know absolutely nothing about this book except that everyone loved it. I saw this book in the bookstore and immediately picked it up. The copy I own also has deckled edges which is such a unique addition to my personal library. Added to that, I know that this book takes place in Columbia which will account for my Around the World in Books challenge (check my post here).

3. Blood and Oil – Bradley Hope

I think I read about this book on Goodreads and immediately had to add it to my TBR. The past 1 year I have realized that when it comes to non-fiction books, I really enjoy a book that feels like a documentary or like investigative journalism. I really enjoyed Midnight in Chernobyl (review here) and Bad Blood which follow a similar outline. Naturally I am interested in picking this one as well!

4. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

To anyone who has followed my blog for a long time knows that I absolutely loved Big Bang by Simon Singh. It is one of my all-time favorite books and the topic has always sparked an interest in me. On hearing about this book, I immediately ordered it online and added it to my bookshelf. Hoping I read it soon!

5. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

I mean, at this point I feel like I don’t even need to give a reason. It’s just shameful that I have read so many books set during WW2 and not read this one. So let’s correct that this year.

6. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

I bought this book wanting to try out a Murakami book. And then I read After Dark which I did not enjoy. So now I am worried if I’ll enjoy this book or not especially because this one is a chunky bad boy. Nevertheless, I will definitely give it a fair shot.

7. Empire of Pain – Patrick Radden Keefe

Another true crime book that I have wanted to pick up for quite a while. There is such high demand for this on Libby that the wait is around 16 weeks +. This book follows the story of Sacklers whose name adorns the walls of many stories institutions: Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. However, it investigates their source of family fortune uncovering many secrets. This is definitely going to be a compelling read.

8. Emma – Jane Austen

I have heard sooo much about this book and cannot wait to dive into it. I have collected all the Jane Austen works so far except Mansfield Park and need to get to reading them soon.

9. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

I don’t have any particular reason for adding this book on this list except the fact that it is on my bookshelf and I want to read it. I would love to read more classics this year since I feel like the English in those books is quite advanced and could potentially improve my vocabulary.

10. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Another classic that I want to read this year. This is one of the OG science fiction novels and I have heard soo much about this book and especially the character. It would be nice to read about the true story behind the “monster”.

11. The Temptation of Gracie – Santa Montefiore

I picked this book up because of two primary reasons: 1. it involves a lot of authentic Italian cuisines. 2. it is set in Tuscan countryside. This book is going to be an absolute perfect pick for summer and I can’t wait to get to it.

12. The Martian – Andy Weir

Last year I read Project Hail Mary by Andy and oh my god. I literally loved it so much. The characters were so loveable and there were so many scientific aspects to the story along with it being set in space. I am hoping this book has similar vibes as well.

13. The Shadow of Kyoshi (#2) – F.C. Yee

Ahh the Avatar universe is such a beautiful place and I can’t wait to dive back into it. I read the first book of the series last year and was pleasantly shocked. The characters were so diverse and it had such a darker tone than the show. You can check out my book review for the first book here.

14. Girlhood – Melissa Febos

I usually don’t do short stories but I really want to read this one. Based on the genres mentioned on Goodreads, it’s all about feminism, memoir and LGBT community. I have heard wonderful things about this book so hoping I enjoy it too.

15. The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys

Historical fiction set in Madrid, Spain. That’s enough to make me want to pick it up.

16. Wild – Cheryl Strayed

A memoir about travelling, adventure. I know Cheryl Strayed is a well-liked author for Ariel Bissett from Books Unbound podcast so let’s see if I enjoy it too.

17. Calling Sehmat – Harinder Sikka

There’s a famous Bollywood called Raazi which is highly acclaimed. Recently I found out by my friend that it was adapted from a book. Naturally, I have to pick up the book before watching the movie.

18. Black Edge – Sheelah Kolhatkar

Another True Crime book here 😂. I have got nothing to say here because I have no idea about it myself. All I know is that it is about the billionaire trader Steve Cohen. Since I have zero idea about trading, it is definitely going to be interesting reading about it.

19. Piranesi – Susanna Clarke

No clue about this book except that the cover gives me Greek vibes? I have seen this book all over the internet though I haven’t heard anything about it.

20. A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

Historical fiction set in Russia. I have heard such brilliant things about this book and the author. Can’t wait to get to it!

21. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

I have no idea about this book and the only reason I bought it was because it’s by Ishiguro. I have heard mixed reviews about this book. Ishiguro is a hit or miss for everyone and in my case especially, I enjoy the book while reading but as a whole don’t like it too much.

22. Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah

Can there be a book list written by me without including at least one Kristin Hannah book? This author is a new favorite for me and I already know that I am really going to like this book!

Comment down below which book you positively want to pick this year.
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By Harini @BookSpiral

Hi! I am Harini and I run this blog. I am a massive lover of books and like to spend all my time reading. My main aim is to explore new topics and unique books and talk about it on my blog. Hope you enjoy the content that I put out!

7 replies on “22 Books to Read in 2022”

A nice list! I’ve read Emma, Frankenstein and The Remains of the Day from it. I will be mainly reading from my TBR this year, picking stuff out for challenges but otherwise working my way through it – but will I read oldest to newest or oldest then newest then next-oldest, then next-newest? I don’t know!

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