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  • Waiting until December for “best books of the year” lists can feel impossible.
  • Fortunately, Goodreads reviewers are always rating new releases.
  • According to Goodreads, these are the 22 most popular books published in 2022.

Waiting for the “best books of the year” lists to come out in December can feel impossible. And with dozens of new books released every week, choosing a new book can be overwhelming, especially when you want to find something you know you’ll love. 

Fortunately, Goodreads reviewers are constantly rating and reviewing new releases of every genre so we can find the best books of the year so far. Goodreads is the world’s largest platform for readers to review and recommend their favorite books. 

The books on this list are ranked by how often they’ve been added to readers’ Goodreads shelves. They’ve all been published this year and have at least a 3.5/5-star rating. If you’re looking for a great new book to add to your reading list, these are the ones readers love the most right now.

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

“Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover

Reminders of Him book cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.57

Added to readers’ shelves over 818,000 times, the most popular book of the year so far among Goodreads reviewers is “Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover. Loved for her gripping and heart-wrenching romances, this novel is the story of a young woman named Kenna Rowan, who returns home after serving five years in prison and hopes to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. Though everyone is determined to keep Kenna away from her daughter, she forms a connection with a local bar owner and must find a way to prove herself to build a future with her child. If you’re looking for another great Colleen Hoover read, check out our list of her best books here.

“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry

Book Lovers book cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.58

When NYC literary agent Nora Stephens is invited for a month-long sister trip to the storybook town of Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, she’s eager to spend time with her sister, who has seemed distant lately, and hopefully become the heroine of her own story for once. Instead of a romance-novel meet-cute, Nora runs into Charlie Lasta, a book editor with whom she has a less-than-adorable relationship, and together find they may be able to rewrite their own stories. You can check out our full review of “Book Lovers” here.

“The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley

“The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99

Jess has just arrived at her step-brother’s apartment in Paris to find that it is far more lavish than she could have imagined — and that Ben seems to be mysteriously missing. With little more than an ominous voice mail, some scribbled notes, and a strange business card as clues, Jess sets out to find Ben and quickly realizes that each of his neighbors may be suspects with their own potential motives.

“The Maid” by Nita Prose

The Maid book cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.90

Though Molly Gray struggles with understanding social cues and situations, her nearly obsessive love of cleaning lends perfectly to her job as a hotel maid — until one day, she finds a wealthy man dead in his bed. Molly’s seemingly strange demeanor tags her as the police’s prime suspect until her friends unite to search for clues and help prove her innocence in this locked-room mystery read.

“Things We Never Got Over” by Lucy Score

"Things We Never Got Over" by Lucy Score book cover.


Available at Amazon and Booskhop, from $13.89

In this “grumpy/sunshine” romance novel, Naomi’s life is completely overturned when, after running away from her wedding with her estranged twin to a small but rough town, she’s abandoned by her sister and left with no car, no money, and a niece she didn’t know she had. Though the local barber, Knox, prefers to be alone, he’s compelled to help Naomi get back on her feet until the trouble she’s in turns into true danger.

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

House of Sky and Breath cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.74

In this highly anticipated sequel to “House of Earth and Blood,” Bryce and Hunt have just saved Crescent City and are looking for a chance to slow down and get back to normal. But as the threat of the Asteri begins to rise, they’re pulled into the rebels’ plans and can’t turn their backs on the chance to fight for what’s right.

“Hook, Line, and Sinker” by Tessa Bailey

Hook, Line, and Sinker cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.38

Fox Thornton is used to every woman finding him irresistible so when his new roommate, Hannah, just wants to be friends he’s thrown for a loop, especially since he really likes her and was hoping for something more than a fling. Though Hannah has a desperate crush on one of her coworkers, she finds that the more time she spends with Fox, the more she grows to like him. This fun friends-to-lovers romantic comedy read follows the pair as they try to deny their chemistry until they find their own happily ever after. 

“A Flicker in the Dark” by Stacy Willingham

"A Flicker in the Dark" by Stacy Willingham book cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.19

20 years ago, Chloe’s father went to prison for the serial murders of six teenage girls in her small town. Now, she’s a psychologist preparing for her wedding when teenage girls begin to go missing once again, digging up past pain and paranoia as Chloe searches for connections to unmask a killer once again. 

“One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle

One Italian Summer cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.30

When Katy’s mother passes away, she feels like a piece of her is missing and decides to take their planned mother/daughter trip alone to the Italian coast where her mother spent one life-changing summer before she met Katy’s father. In this atmospheric novel, Katy somehow meets her mother from the past and spends the summer learning about her mother in a way she could never have expected. “One Italian Summer” is one of our favorite summer reads. You can check out our full review here

“Book of Night” by Holly Black

Book of Night by Holly Black


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.12

Though Holly Black is known for her young adult fantasy novels, this adult debut has wowed readers with its dark and gritty urban fantasy feel. Charlie Hall is a low-level con artist in a world where shadow manipulation can change power, influence, feelings, and memories. When her past and present collide, Charlie’s life is thrown into a chaotic web of secret societies, murder, and magic. 

“Every Summer After” by Carley Fortune

"Every Summer After" by Carley Fortune book cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.65

Over six summers, Percy and Sam fell in love on the lakeshore until everything tragically fell apart. A decade later, Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral and while their connection is just as strong as ever, their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart and leave them with only a weekend to repair years of damage.  

“Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel

Sea of Tranquility cover.


Available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.50

“Sea of Tranquility” is a complex and intricate science fiction novel that follows linked stories from a young man in the Canadian wilderness to a moon colony detective over 300 years later. Readers love careful and intellectual storylines that cumulate into a thought-provoking, reflective, and emotional novel.

“Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus

Book cover for Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.96

After a tumultuous series of events and a career as a chemist in a terribly sexist industry, Elizabeth Zott finds herself a single mother and the host of a beloved cooking show in the 1960s. There, she combines cooking and her love of chemistry to teach women revolutionary new cooking methods that dare them to change the status quo.

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

The Book of Cold Cases cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.78

Shea Collins runs a true crime website, fueled by her own attempted abduction as a child. When she meets Beth Greer, the infamously acquitted suspect of the 1977 Lady Killer Murders, Shea can’t help but ask for an interview. This eerie thriller moves between dual timelines as Shea feels less and less at ease around Beth and the truth about the crimes is slowly revealed.

“Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.81

In the wake of their mother’s passing, siblings Byron and Benny are left with little more than a voice recording and a recipe for a traditional Caribbean black cake with a long family history. In this masterfully written historical fiction read, the two must reconnect with each other, uncover their mother’s past, and fulfill her final wish to share the cake when the time is finally right.

“Daughter of the Moon Goddess” by Sue Lynn Tan

Daughter Of The Moon Goddess cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.99

Inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, this young adult fantasy read is about Xingyin’s journey to save her mother from the Celestial Emperor after a flare in her magic revealed her secret existence. Readers love this story for its elements of Chinese mythology, strong female warrior protagonist, and the inspiring yet perilous quest.

“Gallant” by V.E. Schwab

"Gallant" by V.E. Schwab book cover


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.95

V.E. Schwab’s latest young adult fantasy, “Gallant”, is about a young girl named Olivia who receives a peculiar letter inviting her to come home from her boarding school to Gallant, yet no one seems to be expecting her. While exploring the grounds, Olivia crosses a ruined wall at the exact right moment to find herself in a dark and shadowy version of Gallant where she finally uncovers the secrets that unraveled generations of her family. 

“The Golden Couple” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.19

When Marissa cheats on her husband, Matthew, the two decide to try and repair their relationship for the sake of their son. Meanwhile, Avery Chambers has lost her therapist license but hasn’t stopped counseling couples, requiring they strictly follow her far-from-traditional methods. In this thriller, the three are set on a fast-paced and dangerous course from the moment Marrisa and Matthew walk through Avery’s doors. 

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

War of Two Queens cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.85

“The War of Two Queens” is the fourth fantasy novel in the “Blood and Ash” series and continues Poppy and Casteel’s story as they try to stop the destruction of the Blood Queen as shocking and terrible revelations emerge. In this suspenseful installment, Poppy fears she may have to realize her prophecy if she stands a chance against the ancient primal powers that have already begun to rise.

“The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan

The School for Good Mothers cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, $17.99

Frida Liu is already struggling with her career and marriage when a lapse in judgment lands her in a Big Brother-like government reform program that will force her to prove herself a “good” mother. This science fiction dystopian novel addresses the deep challenges of parenthood as Frida navigates the year-long program in the hopes of keeping her daughter. 

“Reckless Girls” by Rachel Hawkins

Reckless Girls cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.72

When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend are hired to sail two women to a remote island, they find another delightful couple already docked and begin to enjoy their exotic and remote trip as a group. As an unsettling solo traveler arrives on the shores, the group’s secrets begin to emerge and dismantle their seemingly blissful trip, truly illuminating how isolated they are when one person goes missing and another turns up dead. 

“Violeta” by Isabel Allende

Violeta cover.


Available on Amazon and Bookshop, $19.86

This expansive historical fiction novel follows Violeta through her joyful and painful century-long life, marked by momentous events in history. Born in 1920 as the Spanish flu arrives in South America, Violeta lives through the Great Depression, the fight for women’s rights, a second pandemic, and so much more in this emotional and compelling novel written as a letter to her grandson. 

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