The 100 Best Books of 2022 According to the New York Times

With the end of the year almost upon us, we are seeing many institutions release their best books of 2022 lists. Now, the New York Times has gotten in on the fun and has released their top 100 picks for the best books of 2022!

Many people know the New York Times for being the most trustworthy news service but they cover a variety is topics. One of them happens to be books. The New York Times best-selling list is one of the most respected lists out there. While there have been more and more lists, people will always hold the New York Times one in high regard.

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The New York Times Releases its 100 Best Books of 2022

They review books on a consistent basis and keep track of most of the new books that are released. That gives them some expertise but the readers will ultimately decide if their list is good. Without further ado, you can see the full list below.

New York Times 100 Best Books of 2022

  1. Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah
  2. Also a Poet by Ada Calhoun
  3. American Midnight by Adam Hochschild
  4. The Arc of a Covenant by Walter Russell Mead
  5. Avalon by Nell Zink
  6. The Bangalore Detectives Club by Harini Nagendra
  7. Best Barbarian by Roger Reeves
  8. Black Folk Could Fly by Randall Kenan
  9. Bliss Montage by Ling Ma
  10. The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk
  11. Breathless by David Quammen
  12. The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
  13. Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  14. A Catalog of Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On by Dung Kai-cheung
  15. Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett
  16. Come Back in September by Darryl Pinckney
  17. Companion Piece by Ali Smith
  18. Constructing a Nervous System by Margo Jefferson
  19. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  20. The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
  21. Dead-End Memories by Banana Yoshimoto
  22. Democracy’s Data by Dan Bouk
  23. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  24. Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham
  25. Dr. No by Percival Everett
  26. Ducks by Kate Beaton
  27. Easy Beauty by Chloé Cooper Jones
  28. Either/Or by Elif Batuman
  29. Everything I Need I Get From You by Kaitlyn Tiffany
  30. Fire Season by Gary Indiana
  31. Flung Out of Space by Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer
  32. Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
  33. The Furrows by Namwali Serpell
  34. G-Man by Beverly Gage
  35. Getting Lost by Annie Ernaux
  36. Gods of Want by K-Ming Chang
  37. The Grimkes by Kerri K. Greenidge
  38. Half American by Matthew F. Delmont
  39. Hokuloa Road by Elizabeth Hand
  40. Homesickness by Colin Barrett
  41. How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz
  42. The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón
  43. If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery
  44. An Immense World by Ed Yong
  45. The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara
  46. In Love by Amy Bloom
  47. Indelible City by Louisa Lim
  48. Index, A History of the by Dennis Duncan
  49. Indigenous Continent by Pekka Hämäläinen
  50. Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang
  51. Kiki Man Ray by Mark Braude
  52. Kingdom of Characters by Jing Tsu
  53. The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  54. Legacy of Violence by Caroline Elkins
  55. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  56. Liberation Day by George Saunders
  57. Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson
  58. Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout
  59. Magnificent Rebels by Andrea Wulf
  60. Metaphysical Animals by Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman
  61. Motherthing by Ainslie Hogarth
  62. Mr. B by Jennifer Homans
  63. My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson
  64. Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
  65. Now Do You Know Where You Are by Dana Levin
  66. The Old Woman With the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo
  67. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
  68. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
  69. The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
  70. The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy
  71. Path Lit by Lightning by David Maraniss
  72. Picasso’s War by Hugh Eakin
  73. Pure Colour by Sheila Heti
  74. The Quiet Before by Gal Beckerman
  75. The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
  76. Red Blossom in Snow by Jeannie Lin
  77. The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina Ahmad
  78. The Revolutionary by Stacy Schiff
  79. The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
  80. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  81. Secret City by James Kirchick
  82. Seek and Hide byAmy Gajda
  83. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
  84. Shy by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green
  85. Solito by Javier Zamora
  86. Son of Elsewhere by Elamin Abdelmahmoud
  87. The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  88. Stay True by Hua Hsu
  89. Strangers to Ourselves by Rachel Aviv
  90. Super-Infinite by Katherine Rundell
  91. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  92. The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander
  93. Trust by Hernan Diaz
  94. Under the Skin by Linda Villarosa
  95. Walking the Bowl by Chris Lockhart and Daniel Mulilo Chama
  96. We Don’t Know Ourselves by Fintan O’Toole
  97. The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
  98. When McKinsey Comes to Town by Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe
  99. Yonder by Jabari Asim
  100. You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

What do you make of the New York Times best books of 2022? There are a lot of books from all over the world. New authors and old both made it to the list. It will take a couple of years to know which books were hidden gems on the list while other books made a splash when they were released.


Which books have you read or plan to read in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

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11 thoughts on “The 100 Best Books of 2022 According to the New York Times

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Not a one.
    I like my books to age a couple of years to let all the garbage sink to the bottom so I can skim off only the good stuff floating at the top 🙂


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