Best Reads of 2022

Best books of 2022

It’s that time of year again: time to look through my list of read books from 2022 and highlight my favorites!

I don’t track my books on Goodreads anymore, but I do keep a journal. It was fun to look back and remember everything I read this year.

These are books I read in 2022; a lot of them came out a while ago.

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Top Sci Fi Reads of 2022

Ghost Pirate Gambit by Jessie Kwak Nanshe Chronicles Book 1

I can’t possibly say enough good things about Ghost Pirate Gambit, and the whole Nanshe Chronicles series so far. It’s fun, exciting sci fi with a cast of characters that captured my heart from page one. Every one of them.

Lots of heists (Jessie is SO good at that satisfying heist zing!) space artifacts, found family, and a thread of romance. And no one’s worlds jump off the page quite the way Jessie’s do. The first three books are out, and they were all among my favorite reads of the year. No contest.

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The Central Corps trilogy by Elizabeth Bonesteel murdered my feelings. In a good way! (Readers get what I mean, right?) I just don’t understand why I don’t hear science fiction fans talking about it all day, every day.

Sci-fi fleet politics, corporate conspiracies, dangerous worlds, and a strong romantic subplot. Highly, highly recommend these bingeable books.

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Oh my gosh, the Kaiju Preservation Society is just pure fun.

Really, if the world is just getting you down and you need a book with the silly, fun, monster-mash energy that is Pacific Rim, this is a perfect read. I enjoyed it so much.

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Starshine by GS Jennsen

If you like good political sci fi, Starshine is a fantastic choice (and the first book in a great series). G.S. Jennsen is just so good at weaving the Big Political Story with relatable characters who get caught in the flow of things. Great romantic subplot, too.

It reminds me of the Expanse in that way — one of my very favorite series.

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Emily St. John Mandel is always an auto-buy author for me. Station Eleven is in my top-five favorite books of all time. I love the way her books talk to each other and bounce off one another, even though they all stand completely on their own.

When I figured out what was happening in Sea of Tranquility, I definitely gasped. She’s just fabulous.

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The Replacement by Jordan Rivet

(Note: the ebook is Amazon only, but the paperbacks are widely available)

Jordan Rivet has quickly become one of my favorite science fiction authors. Last year I binged the Bunker trilogy, and this year she’s got a brand-new series about clones.

As usual, Jordan creates a fascinating world and delivers on the premise she sets up — don’t start reading this one unless you can stay up late to finish, because you won’t want to put it down.

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Top Reads in Other Genres

Madhouse at the End of the Earth

I’m obsessed with Antarctica and have read many, many books about ill-fated expeditions there. Endurance is probably the best one, but I’ll venture that Madhouse at the End of the Earth is a close second.

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The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

I’ve read a few of John Green’s novels and enjoyed them well enough. As we know, though, contemporary YA (or contemporary ANYTHING that doesn’t include wizards or vampires) isn’t really my thing.

This collection of essays, though? Easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Smart, funny, poignant — he’s a brilliant writer. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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