22 Books I Want to Read in 2022
As we enter another New Year with uncertainty, here are some books I can say with certainty I want to read in 2022.
Over the next twelve months, I’d like to get to at least half of these books. Ideally all of them, but I’ve written so many of these kinds of lists before and I’ve never accomplished any of them. But we live in hope, never more so than 2022.
Without further ado though, here are the 22 books I want to read in 2022.
I had to kick off with a Greek Myth retelling. I read Jennifer’s debut novel Ariadne in 2021 and really enjoyed it. So I’m hoping I’ll love her latest retelling of Elektra.
As ever, whenever Emma Gannon writes something I read it. Her latest book is just about to be released. It is all about getting offline and making sure we live our lives in real life as much as online.
I’ve yet to read Sally Rooney’s latest novel, despite the massive hype. I was one of the first people to review Sally Rooney’s debut so I’ve always felt a connection to her writing. That being said, over-hype tends to put me off. So in 2022, at some point, I hope to find a quiet moment to properly delve into Beautiful World Where Are You?
I’ve been saying I’ll read A Little Life for. years, but it is so big it’s hard to find the right moment to pick it up. But here’s hoping 2022 will be the year.
I’ve yet to read any books by Toni Morrison, and whilst I’m told Beloved is devastating I’ve also been told it’s amazing.
I love a bit of Elizabeth Gaskell and in 2022 I’d like to carry on with my collection of her books by reading Mary Barton. Or rather listening too, since I have the audiobook edition narrated by Juliet Stevenson who is one of my favourite actresses/narrators.
Another Greek Myth retelling! This one is an illustrated edition of the tale of Medusa. I always felt Medusa got a terribly bad wrap. She was turned into a monster by her beloved goddess Athena after she was raped at an altar by Poseidon. The reason she was turned into a monster – because she was defiled and all-female followers of Athena have to be virgins. How is that fair?!
Next up is a historical retelling of one of the most neglected characters in history: Cecily of York. Mother of King Edward V and King Richard III, and grandmother to the Princes in the Tower. Cecily is a deeply fascinating woman who saw her children die and who was extremely powerful and manipulative. I don’t particularly like her, but I respect her greatly. And I’m fascinated to see how Annie Garthwaite portrays her in fiction.
Next up on my Charles Dickens list is Nicholas Nickleby. In 2021, I read Oliver Twist and Bleak House, as well as re-read A Christmas Carol. Nicholas Nickleby is a tome of over 1,000 pages, so I’m once again turning to the audiobook for help.
Another author I tend to read a book by a year is Nicholas Sparks. I don’t even like Christian fiction, but there is something about a Nicholas Sparks book that is just easy. Even if most of them are melodramatic.
I read Heartstopper Vol. 1 in 2021, and with the TV series adaptation coming out in 2022 I thought it was time I got to Vol 2 of this sweet LGBT story.
I love a Brat Pack memoir! So as soon as I heard Andrew McCarthy had released his memoirs, I was adding this to my TBR list.
I accidentally started collecting the fairytale retellings illustrated by Sanna Annukka and the next and final one on the list is The Snow Queen. I don’t think I’ve read the Hans Christian Andersen original story before, only some adaptations. It will be great to read the original – they’re always slightly darker and surprising.
In 2021, I had planned to read Malibu Rising but never got around to it. After reading Daisy Jones and the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo I wonder if Taylor Jenkins Reid can write anything so good again! But apparently, she can, as the reviewers seem to love it.
One for the audiobook collection. I love a bit of Scottish folklore and memoir, so Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish book of their travels around Scotland sounds like a barrel of laughs. With the audiobook narrated by the two Scotsman, I’m definitely listening to this in the New Year.
I want to read more poetry in 2022 and everyone tells me I should read Rupi Kaur, so she’s on the list!
A modern classic I know the basic premise of but have never read. I’ve now got the ebook so I’ll try to get to it in 2022.
I’m trying to read more of Shakespeare’s plays. I haven’t read many since I left school, but I always liked Shakespeare. Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of my favourite film adaptations of a Shakespeare play, but I’d like to read the original text.
The author of Queenie returns. I read Queenie a while back, and whilst I didn’t love it I can understand why it was a hit. I’m interested to see what she does next.
The Maid is one of HarperCollins’ biggest books of 2022. My colleagues say it’s incredible and have sent me an ebook to read, I hope to get to this one sooner rather than later.
Another HarperCollins book I’ve been told I need to read. I’ve got a proof of this and since it’s comped to fans of Bridgerton – which was my favourite series of 2021 – I’m sure I’ll love it.
And finally, Impossible. I’ve seen this all of social media and the endorsements and reviews have been incredible.
And there we have. The 22 books I want to read in 2022. What’s on your TBR list for 2022? Let me know in the comments below.