Last year I watched a livestream of The Ten Best Books of 2021 from The New York Times. It was fun! I had not read any of the books they listed, but I soon read The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen and thought it was excellent, despite the jarring cover. I was interested in reading Red Comet by Heather Clark, and I even checked it out from the library, but it was ridiculously long (1184 pages) and I could not commit. I’ll be honest, sometimes I find the NYT’s recommendations a little too heavy (haha) but I always like to see what they pick.
The new list came out this week. I don’t know if you can access the article yet without a subscription (I tried), so I apologize. By the way, if you have a library card, you might be able to get free full access (except for the crossword) to the NYT. That’s what I do and it’s great! I’ve linked them to Amazon in case you’re interested and the blurbs are also from Amazon.
I’ll probably read a couple of these, but, in keeping with my partly-rogue self, I’m going to choose them based on the blurbs and covers. So here they are:
The Ten Best Books of 2022 from The New York Times
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan: From one of the most celebrated writers of our time comes an “inventive, effervescent” (Oprah Daily) novel about the memory and quest for authenticity and human connection.
Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: From the author of the “dazzling. . . . and daring” Pond (O magazine), the adventures of a young woman discovering her own genius, through the people she meets–and dreams up–along the way.
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver: From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity
The Furrows by Namwali Serpell: From one of the most celebrated new voices in American literature, a brilliantly inventive and “enthralling” (Oprah Daily) novel about the eternal bonds of family and the mysteries of love and loss—“Already earning its author comparisons to Toni Morrison . . . Destined to end up on every Best of the Year list” (Lit Hub).
Trust by Hernan Diaz: An unparalleled novel about money, power, intimacy, and perception
An Immense World by Ed Yong: A “thrilling” (The New York Times), “dazzling” (The Wall Street Journal) tour of the radically different ways that animals perceive the world that will fill you with wonder and forever alter your perspective, by Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist Ed Yong
Stay True by Hua Hsu: From the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu, a gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art.
Strangers to Ourselves by Rachel Aviv: The acclaimed, award-winning New Yorker writer Rachel Aviv offers a groundbreaking exploration of mental illness and the mind, and illuminates the startling connections between diagnosis and identity.
Under the Skin by Linda Villarosa: From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.
We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole: A celebrated Irish writer’s magisterial, brilliantly insightful chronicle of the wrenching transformations that dragged his homeland into the modern world.
What do you think? Have you read any of them? Do you want to? Leave a comment!
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53 thoughts on “The Ten Best Books of 2022 from The New York Times”
The only one that appeals to me is Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead. I love everything I’ve read by her.
Hi Darlene, I haven’t read a book by Barbara Kingsolver in a very long time, but I enjoyed the ones I read. That would be one of the books I’d like to read. Thanks for reading and commenting. So sorry for the delayed reply 🙂
No apologies necessary. A busy time of the year! Take care. xo
I think We Don’t Know Ourselves and Checkout 19 sound particularly good.
Hi Priscilla – I like looking at these lists – not everything appeals to me – perhaps something for everyone! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂
Hi, Barb – I love checking out these lists. Like you, I don’t always follow them but love knowing about them.
Hi Donna, same here. Not all of these look good to me, even though they made a top ten list. I do like knowing about them 🙂
I’ve not heard of any of these books, but have read other novels by Egan & Kingsolver. Another list that makes me wonder how the books got on it…
Hi Ally – although a few of these books look interesting to me, I’m not sure I’d want to read a lot of them. Top Ten lists are always subjective! Thanks for the visit 🙂
Thank you for publishing this. I read ‘The Candy House’ but wouldn’t put it on my top ten of the year.
I’ve heard the same thing from 2 other commenters about The Candy House. These lists can be pretty subjective, but I like to know about the books. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂
Thanks for sharing the list, Barbara. I haven’t read any of them yet but I’ve added Trust by Hernan Diaz to my To Read List after having read and loved his 2017 novel In the Distance.
Oh that’s good to know, Rosaliene. I hadn’t heard of Trust. It sounds interesting. I will probably read a couple of these, but not all. Thank you for stopping by!
I have not read any of these yet.
Hi Alethea, I may read a couple of them. Thank you for stopping by 🙂
My interest in books can’t be confined to lists although I like knowing about them. Jennifer Egan and Barbara Kingsolver are the only authors I recognize here. I’m partly rogue too. Thanks, Barbara! 😀
Hi Marian – it’s good to be a little rogue 😉 I didn’t recognize the other authors, but I am interested in a couple of them. Thank you for stopping by!
I haven’t read any of these but have enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver’s other novels. Interesting list; thanks for sharing it.
Hi Lynette – I was thinking the same thing. I’ve read a few of Barbara Kingsolver’s books, but nothing recent. Thank you for the visit!
An Immense World sounds good to me, Barbara, because I adore animals! The only one I read on this list is The Candy House which left me decidedly underwhelmed. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
Hi Jennifer – another commenter said the same thing about The Candy House. An Immense World does sound interesting. Nature/science books are very popular these days and I think people have become much more interested in books like this. Thanks for the vist 🙂
Cool beans! Thanks for sharing all this. I’m always curious to see what and who makes these lists. Hugs.
Yes, I can’t resist looking! Thanks, Teagan!
Demon Copperhead is the only one I’ve got on my TBR. I’ll have to read more about the others.
Yes, I’d like to read Demon Copperhead, but some of the others seem too serious for me. Thanks for the visit!
I am currently reading Demon Copperhead and loving it so much! I have Trust on my bookshelf and hope to read it in 2023.
Oh that’s good to know! Barbara Kingsolver is a very good writer and that’s one of the books I’d like to read. Not all of these appeal to me, but Trust sounds interesting too. Thank you for stopping by, Kaleigh!
Thanks for sharing, Barbara. I don’t follow lists, I rather read books written by friends and my favorite authors.
That’s a better method, Jill. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Yet another useless list of “best” books. I read hundreds of book blogs and literary publications, and I haven’t heard of any of these books. Mind you, I gave up on their book reviews a long time ago.
Hi Davida, thank you for stopping by. I take the reviews with a grain of salt, but I do like looking at what they pick. Sometimes I do enjoy the books they recommend, though. Hope you are doing well!
An interesting collection. You know I am unlikely to read any 🙂
With a library like yours, why would you? So many great books already at your fingertips! Thanks for the visit, Derrick 🙂
The Times is a truly professional publication, but I don’t think I’ll read any of them. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess. 🙂
Hi Tim. If it doesn’t interest me, I’m not going to read it, no matter where the list comes from, even the NYT. Thanks for reading and commenting. Sorry for the late response!
Thanks, Barbara, for the NYT list. They look so serious. I think you’re right, too heavy.
Well put, Grace. Thanks for reading and commenting!
I read Candy House, which was a well executed novel that I didn’t love. I always feel like the times has an agenda
That’s exactly how I feel. Interesting that the author of Under the Skin is a writer from the NYT. Thanks for the visit!
You know, I haven’t read any of these and since I’ve been very disappointed by the various recommended best-sellers, I am unlikely to pick these up. Maybe Demon Copperhead.
I know how you feel, Noelle. I hadn’t heard of these except Demon Copperhead and The Candyhouse. Thank you for stopping by – sorry for the late reply!
Hey, no problem. I don’t expect a reply normally – my own comments allow me to vent! Good to hear from you, and I appreciate the topics of your blog a lot!
Thank you, Noelle. I feel so stretched for time lately. Makes me feel guilty about not being on WP as much…
Thanks for this post! I haven’t heard of any of these, but a couple sound very interesting.
Hi Lenore – thanks so much for stopping by. I think I would like to read a couple of these 🙂
I always check out the NYT top books lists — but I usually find that I haven’t read any. I guess my tastes don’t really align with “literary” fiction. Oh well…
Hi Lisa – I understand that – sometimes I feel like the editors are on a mission to push certain books and I don’t like that. Still, I can’t resist looking at the lists and considering the books. Thanks for the visit – I hope you are doing well!
Interesting list. Thanks, Barbara.
Hi Norah – thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are doing well 🙂
Hi Barbara, I haven’t read any of these. I’m not much of a reader of modern books.
I get that and as you know, I’m drawn to these NYT lists, but I don’t always want to read them. Thank you for the visit, Robbie 🙂
Like you, I often find the NY Times book suggestions on the “heavy” side, and many I suppose quite beautifully written but (dare I say?) boring. That said, I’m interested in reading the first three in the fiction list. I’ve enjoyed much of Kingsolver books, and the (more thorough) reviews I’ve read of this one sound really good. I have a more difficult time reading non-fiction, but I do have An Immense World on my Audibles. The narrator though is the author, I believe, and has a bit of a monotone in his voice, which makes it hard for me to stick with it. But I have a friend who adores the book.
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