Reading more books often features on people’s lists of New Year’s resolutions – perhaps including yours? Whether you took advantage of the lockdown to read like the wind in 2021 or fell a few chapters short of your reading goals, now is the perfect time to start planning your 2022 reading list. If you need more inspiration, here are our top picks for novels and non-fiction books to add to your “to read“ pile this year.
To paradise by Hanya Yanagihara is a novel set in 1893, in an alternate version of America. Each of the characters, in each of the three different Americas, are united by shared experiences – despite living very different lives. They include members of wealthy families, a Hawaiian paralegal and a woman living in a totalitarian, pandemic-ridden New York.
How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them is written by Barbara F Walter who has advised the CIA, the US Senate and the United Nations on political violence. In the last 20 years, the number of civil wars around the world has doubled. This book examines the dramatic rise in violent extremism and warns of the increasing likelihood of a second civil war in America.
Lost and Found: A Memoir by Kathryn Schulz is a tale of loss and discovery. If you’re looking for a guide to living in a world that is full of wonder and joy as well as suffering, this could be it.
A School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan. A lapse in judgement leaves a mother in a government reform programme with custody of her child hanging in the balance while she is taught how to be a ‘better’ mother. This thought-provoking book is sure to spark conversations about what – and who – makes a good mother.
Anthem by Noah Hawley is a literary thriller that imagines a post-COVID-19 America. A suicide epidemic is sweeping through American adolescents, and the country is on the verge of a civil war. The apocalypse has begun, and it is up to three teenagers to save the nation.
Emotional – How Feelings Shape Our Thinking by Leonard Mlodinow. A physicist argues that taking our feelings into account can help us make better and more rational decisions. He offers plenty of real-world examples, including his parents’ experiences as Holocaust survivors.
Velorio by Xavier Navarro Aquino is set in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a storm that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017. Velorio follows Camila, a survivor of the disaster whose grief leads her to a rural cult called Memoria. But the leader of the cult has demons of his own, as well as a vision for a new society.
I came all this way to meet you by Jami Attenberg is a memoir from a New York Times Bestseller author. It details the moments that pushed her to create a life and voice she could claim for herself.
These are just a few of the many riveting and highly anticipated books to hit the shelves in 2022. Be sure to check out the selection on bidorbuy and keep on reading!