I wanted to take a look at some of my favorite reads of the year. I had a wonderful year of reading. I hope you did too.
I managed to read 29 nonfiction books this year, and these were my favorites:
Dopesick by Beth Macy
You Can’t Be Serious by Kal Penn
Winter Pasture by Li Juan
Made in China by Anna Qu
Savor by Fatima Ali
We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu
Diagnosis by Lisa Sanders
Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang
The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson
Here are my favourite speculative fiction reads of 2022.
Here we have:
⭐️ Amari and the Night Brothers – B.B. Alston
⭐️ Kaiju Preservation Society – John Scalzi
⭐️ The Starfarers Quartet – Vonda N. McIntyre
⭐️ Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel
⭐️ Hunt the Stars – Jessie Mihalik
⭐️ The Book Eaters – Sunyi Dean
⭐️ A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik
⭐️ The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik
⭐️ The Golden Enclaves – Naomi Novik
With these books, I escaped to parallel worlds and other universes, braving mals and kaiju, meeting telepaths and magicians. What a whirlwind year of reading fantasy and science fiction!
These were my favourite translated books. I read 37 translated books this year, and featured two already in the section on nonfiction reads.
Here are my favourites, which happen to all be written by women:
🔹 The Waiting by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong
🔹 Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong
🔹 The Old Woman with the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo, translated by Chi-Young Kim
🔹 The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura, translated by Lucy North
🔹 Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Asa Yoneda
These are the rest of the books that stuck to me, whether because of unforgettable characters, setting, plot, beautiful writing or a combination of all.
▪️Afterparties: Stories by Anthony Veasna So
▪️Joan is Okay by Weike Wang
▪️Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
▪️Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
▪️Himawari House by Harmony Becker
▪️XOXO by Axie Oh
▪️Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean
▪️If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
▪️When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
▪️The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh
▪️Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
▪️Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
Winter Pasture was a great read and I am looking forward to reading Sea of Tranquility too.
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Fantastic list! I’m so impressed that you read 37 translated books, especially! I read 25 but am always trying to nudge that number higher — the frustrating bit is that since the pandemic, my library has been getting translated books exclusively in ebook format in many cases, which I don’t enjoy as much as physical books. I just gotta figure out a better system for dealing with library ebooks vs physical ones.
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That’s too bad about your library – are you able to make a request for them to purchase specific books as physical copies?
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So many great books! Winter Pasture has me intrigued and with so many people praising Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow I may have to track it down this year.
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