Best Books of 2022 – Gift Ideas

This post provides a list of my favorite books of 2022. It was a great reading year for me! I have read over 125 books so far this year and so many of them were really good.

I’m a bit of a geek. I have a spreadsheet in which I keep a list of books I read each year, logging in the titles, authors and genres. I have logged over 125 books so far this year, ranking them on a scale of 1 – 5. It occurred to me that this spreadsheet could be a wealth of information for anyone looking to give books as gifts this holiday season.

First, let me just review how I rank my books.

5 – I enjoyed this book so much I will likely read it again (or I already have read it multiple times)

4 – I enjoyed this book so much I have to recommend it to others

3 – I really enjoyed this book

2 – I did not care for this book

1 – Bad, bad, bad (I rarely score a book a 1, instead it will become a DNF (did not finish)

Below is my list of 4s and 5s (5s are in this color). I have not written about all of these, but where I have, I have also included a link so you can see what I had to say about it! I’m breaking them out into loose genres, but other than that, they are simply in the order that I read them.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Crime

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin {BlogPlost}

 Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney {BlogPost}

The Maid by Nita Prose {BlogPost}

Into the Downing Deep  by Mira Grant {BlogPost}

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment

A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

The Anomoly by Herve LeTellier

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson {BlogPost}

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Cover Story by Susan Rigetti

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Sworn to Silence (book 1) by Linda Castillo {BlogPost}

Pray for Silence (book 2)  by Linda Castillo

Breaking Silence (book 3) by Linda Castillo

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell {BlogPost}

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell {BlogPost}

Gone Missing (book 4) by Linda Castillo

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister {BlogPost}

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Historical Fiction

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver {BlogPost}

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Romance/Lighter Reads

Book Lovers by Emily Henry {BlogPost}

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble {BlogPost}

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston {BlogPost}

Magical Realism

The Binding by Bridget Collins {BlogPost}

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

The Measure by Nikki Erlick

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen {BlogPost}

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen {BlogPost}

Cackle by Rachel Harrison {BlogPost}

Other Fiction

The Unseen World by Liz Moore {BlogPost}

Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center {BlogPost}

The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney {BlogPost}

Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

The Mixtape by Brittainy Cherry

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

Britt – Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman {BlogPost}

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle {BlogPost}

These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simson {BlogPost}

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan {BlogPost}

Non-Fiction

Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman {BlogPost}

Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver {relatedBlogPost}

Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott

Bittersweet by Susan Cain

My Holiday Favorites

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Winter Solstice by Rosamund Piltcher {BlogPost}

Recommendations from Facebook Comments

I asked for your book recommendations. Here are a few of your suggestions:

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

Verity by Colleen Hoover

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

The gift that keeps on giving

Did you know that you can give the gift of AUDIBLE? If you know someone that loves audio books as much as I do, this would make an amazing gift!

There are some great books on this list that will make the perfect gift for someone on your shopping list (or a great gift to give yourself). I hope this eases some of your stress this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

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