USA TODAY’s Best Books of 2022

USA TODAY has been releasing the best-selling books of the week list for a couple of years now. They have established themselves as a reliable book recommendation organization. Keep reading to see which books they chose as the best books of 2022.

These books were chosen by USA TODAY critics and only the books that received perfect four out of four stars made the list. You can see the full list below!

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USA TODAY’s Best Books of 2022

USA TODAY’s Best Books of 2022

  • In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom
  • Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen
  • Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor
  • Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Lessons by Ian McEwan
  • Life’s Work by David Milch
  • Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times by Azar Nafisi
  • A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker
  • Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng
  • Liberation Day by George Saunders
  • The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff
  • The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit by Ron Shelton
  • The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
  • Properties of Thirst by Marianne Wiggins
  • Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson

A High Standard

There are some great books on the list. The high standard that USA TODAY makes this a difficult list to make but 18 books were able to make the cut. There are some gems here like Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel and Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng.

Still, I do not like the approach by USA TODAY. By making it so only books that got a perfect rating make the list is ridiculous. Especially because there is no perfect way to rate books. The process is biased and it comes down to personal preference at the end of the day.


There are have been tons of lists and it is fun to see how different organizations have been choosing their best books of 2022. I personally am not a fan of USA TODAY’s formula. But that is how they do thinks I guess. Until next time, happy reading!

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