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From debut novels to new works by bestselling authors like Colleen Hoover and Emily Henry, these are the best books of 2022, according to Goodreads.
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  • Reviewers have already found some of their favorite new books released this year.
  • We turned to Goodreads reviewers to rank the most popular books of 2022 so far.
  • For more books, check out the most anticipated new books of 2022.

Although there are quite literally hundreds of books on my “to-be-read” list, I can’t help but gravitate towards the latest releases that fellow readers are already predicting to be the best books of the year. Whether it’s a new work from a favorite author or debuts that have been picked up by celebrity book clubs, readers are already finding their favorites of 2022 so far. 

To make this list, we looked at the most popular books on Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest online platform for readers to rate, review, and recommend their favorite books to friends and the community. All of these recommendations have been published in 2022 and are ranked by how often they’ve been added to readers’ “Want To Read” shelves. 

Whether you’re looking for a great new read to kick off your upcoming vacation or relax with in the morning, here are the 22 most popular books of 2022 so far.

The 22 best books of 2022 so far, according to Goodreads:

“Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover

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“Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.22

In Colleen Hoover’s latest fan-favorite novel, Kenna Rowan is looking to prove herself so she can reunite with her four-year-old daughter, having just been released from her five-year prison sentence. Shut out by nearly everyone in her and her daughter’s life, Kenna connects with Ledger Ward, a local bar owner, but as the romance between the two grows, Kenna risks everything to absolve her past and create a new future. You can find more of Colleen Hoover’s most popular books here.

“The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley

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“The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.16

When Jess is in need of a fresh start, she reaches out to her half-brother, Ben, to stay with him for a bit in his Paris apartment. Ben didn’t seem thrilled about the arrangement, but when Jess arrives to find a shockingly stunning apartment, she finds that he is nowhere to be found. As this gripping thriller unfolds, Jess begins to look into Ben’s strange and unfriendly neighbors, each of whom is a suspect with a secret. 

“The Maid” by Nita Prose

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“The Maid” by Nita Prose, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.90

“The Maid” is about Molly Gray, a 25-year-old hotel maid who is left struggling to fend for herself socially after her grandmother’s passing. When Molly discovers Charles Black dead in a terribly ravished hotel room, the police immediately target her as a lead suspect until her friends step in to prove her innocence in this exciting thriller that’s described as a “Clue”-like, locked-room mystery.

“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry

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“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.96

Emily Henry’s “Beach Read” and “People We Meet on Vacation” have already captured countless readers’ hearts, so it’s no surprise her latest release has already done the same. “Book Lovers” stars Nora Stephens, a literary agent whose love life is anything but a romance novel. When Nora’s sister plans a trip for the two of them to a picture-perfect little town with a list of “to-do”s to live out the plot of a romance novel all their own, Nora finds herself not with a storybook prince, but a brooding editor from the city with whom she’s had plenty of terrible run-ins in the past. 

“House of Sky and Breath” by Sarah J. Maas

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“House of Sky and Breath” by Sarah J. Maas, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $ 17.74

After saving Crescent City, Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are ready to slow down and find some normalcy once again, but as the ruler’s threat grows, the two are slowly pulled into the rebel’s plans. “House of Sky and Breath” is the sequel to “House of Earth and Blood”, a fan-favorite fantasy/romance featuring demons, angels, and fae.

“A Flicker in the Dark” by Stacy Willingham

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A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.29

One of readers’ favorite new thrillers this year is “A Flicker in the Dark,” which follows Chloe Davis 20 years after her father’s arrest for the serial murder of six teenage girls in her small town. As Chloe prepares for her wedding, teenage girls begin to go missing once again and Chloe isn’t sure if she’s just paranoid or nearing a killer for the second time in her life. 

“Hook, Line, and Sinker” by Tessa Bailey

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“Hook, Line, and Sinker” by Tessa Bailey, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.38

Fox Thornton has a reputation as a flirt but his new roommate, Hannah, seems entirely impervious to his flirtatious ways and insists they’ll just be friends. In town for work, Hannah has her eye on a coworker and asks for Fox’s help. But as they spend more time together, she can’t help but fall for him as he tries to prove that he wants more with Hannah than just a short fling.

“Book of Night” by Holly Black

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“Book of Night” by Holly Black, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.76

Holly Black has written incredible fantasy young adult novels but makes her adult debut with “Book of Night,” an urban fantasy that became a 2022 favorite before it was even published. Charlie Hall is trying to lay low in her shadowy, magical world when a figure from her past returns and thrusts her into a chaotic spin of murder, secrets, magic, and a fight for survival. 

“The Book of Cold Cases” by Simone St. James

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“The Book of Cold Cases” by Simone St. James, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.49

Shea Collins runs a popular true-crime website, a passion ignited after she was almost abducted as a child. When she runs into Beth Greer, an infamous suspect in an unsolved double homicide from 40 years prior, Shea asks for an interview, meeting Beth regularly at her alluring but uncomfortable mansion. As Shea and Beth grow closer, Shea’s unease refuses to subside in this suspenseful thriller, perfect for those who love true crime.

“One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle

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“One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.08

Just before their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Positano, Katy’s mother tragically passes away, leaving Katy reeling and facing their adventure alone. Katy decides to take the trip anyway and as she walks the cliffsides of the Amalfi Coast, she magically sees her mother at 30 years old. Over the course of a beautiful summer, Katy gets to know her mother, her history, and her memories in a way she never could have imagined. 

“Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson

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“Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.81

In the wake of their mother’s passing, Byron and Benny are left with a voice recording and the family recipe for a traditional Caribbean black cake. As their mother’s story unfolds, the siblings are set off on a journey of family history, inheritance, and relationships that reshapes their understanding of their mother, their family, and themselves. 

“Daughter of the Moon Goddess” by Sue Lynn Tan

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“Daughter of the Moon Goddess” by Sue Lynn Tan, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.49

“Daughter of the Moon Goddess” is a new young adult fantasy novel inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess. Xingyin has grown up on the moon, hidden from the Celestial Emperor, but when her magic is discovered, she’s forced to leave her mother and her home behind and embark on a legendary but dangerous journey to save her mother and the realm.

“The War of Two Queens” by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“The War of Two Queens” by Jennifer L. Armentrout, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.87

Loved for its strong main characters, fast-paced action, and intense romances, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s “Blood and Ash” series’ latest book continues as Poppy determinedly sets out to destroy the Blood Crown and create a future where both kingdoms can rule in peace. Together, Poppy and Casteel know that there is far more than a war to face as they uncover what began eons ago.

“Gallant” by V.E. Schwab

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“Gallant” by V.E. Schwab, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.95

Olivia Prior has spent much of her young life at Merilance School for girls until the day she receives a letter inviting her home to Gallant, a large, strange family house. When Olivia crosses a ruined wall at the home at just the right moment, she finds herself in a crumbling and mysterious version of Gallant and searches for the secrets her family has held for generations. 

“Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel

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“Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.25

In a propulsive novel that spans from 1912 Vancouver Island to a futuristic colony on the moon, Emily St. John Mandel’s latest work follows three main characters through time and space as their lives are upended around various events. As Edwin St. Andrew crosses the Atlantic and arrives in the Canadian wilderness, Olive Llewellyn writes a pandemic novel during a pandemic, and detective Gaspery-Jacques Roberts investigates their strange stories, along with one of a childhood friend, their metaphysical and intertwining lives create an enchanting science fiction read. 

“The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan

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“The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.19

Frida is struggling in nearly all aspects of her life when everything suddenly takes a turn for the worst when a lapse in judgment lands her in the hands of government officials who will determine if she must go to an institution that will measure her success and devotion as a mother. In this dystopian sci-fi novel, Frida must prove that she meets the standards of being a good mother or risk losing her daughter.

“The Golden Couple” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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“The Golden Couple” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.68

From bestselling author duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen comes a new, twisty domestic thriller about successful therapist Avery Chambers who lost her license because of her controversial methods. When Marissa and Mathew Bishop turn to Avery after Marissa’s infidelity threatened to end their marriage, this suspenseful novel takes off on a collision course of dangerous secrets. 

“To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara

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“To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.01

“To Paradise” spans three centuries and three versions of the American experiment: 1893, where New York is part of the Free States; 1993 Manhattan in the height of the AIDS epidemic; and 2093, in a society torn apart by plagues and totalitarian rule. In each of these sections, family, lovers, and strangers are torn apart and come together over what makes us uniquely human in a new, powerful piece of literary fiction by the same author of “A Little Life.”

“Violeta” by Isabel Allende

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“Violeta” by Isabel Allende, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $22.84

“Violeta” is a sweeping, century-spanning novel about a woman, born in 1920 to a family full of sons, whose life is continuously marked by historical events, crises, and life-changing love. Told in the form of a letter, Violeta recounts her early years in South America through decades of joy and loss and across a lifetime of emotional and inspiring events. 

“Reckless Girls” by Rachel Hawkins

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“Reckless Girls” by Rachel Hawkins, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $22.49

Set on an isolated Pacific island, this new thriller takes off with Lux, her boyfriend, Nico, and the two women who hired them to sail to Meroe Island, despite its eerie history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and murder. When the four meet another couple on the island, they settle into a relaxing rhythm until a single stranger arrives and throws off the group’s balance, uncovering cracks in their seemingly-perfect dynamics. 

“The Cartographers” by Peng Shepherd

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“The Cartographers” by Peng Shepherd, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.93

When Nell Young’s legendary cartographer father is found dead in his office with a seemingly worthless map, her investigation reveals its incredibly valuable and rare nature, as well as the plot of a mysterious collector, determined to destroy every last copy. In this fantastical upcoming thriller, Nell’s subsequent and remarkably dangerous journey reveals her family’s darkest secrets and the power of the map. 

“The Christie Affair” by Nina de Gramont

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“The Christie Affair” by Nina de Gramont, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.33

“The Christie Affair” is a fascinating historical fiction account of the real-life 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie. Told from Miss Nan O’Dea’s point of view, Agatha’s husband’s mistress, this novel transports readers to 1925 London as Nan slowly lures Archie away from his wife, Agatha simply disappears, and one of the greatest manhunts of all time ensues.

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