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    People Are Sharing The Best Book They've Read So Far In 2022, And I'm Adding Every Single One To My Reading List

    "I read on average 80 books a year, and only a handful are memorable enough that I recommend them to others. This is one of those books."

    Since it's the mid-point of 2022 and the start of summer, book readers across the world have checked off a few good books from their reading list.

    So to find out exactly which were some of the best books they read this year, we asked the BuzzFeed Community, "What is the greatest book you've read so far this year?" And the answers covered just about every genre. If your favorite isn't mentioned here, leave it in the comments!

    1. "I read This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar in January, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. It’s a short epistolary novel (I read it in one sitting) that follows two characters who communicate with each other through letters that travel in weird ways across time and space. I had no idea what was going on for the first 75 pages, but I loved every minute of it."

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    2. "The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan. It's so well-written and creative. It really aces the nuances of motherhood."

    Book cover of The School For Good Mothers

    3. "The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. It gave me a whole new perspective on how things that we don’t notice have massive effects on our lives and others."

    Book cover of the five people you meet in heaven

    4. "Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. It was a good one. A small part of it is quasi-sequel to her The Glass Hotel — which is also worth the read — but it's one of those rare things that's full-on sci-fi in premise (involving time travel, handled in a deftly smart way that holds up the Novikov self-consistency principle). But despite also introducing another pandemic (and not her first in fiction!) and all the global anxiety that brings, it told a small essential human story that comes together in a beautiful little burst of violin music you can practically hear off the page."

    Book cover of "Sea of tranquility"

    5. "Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus was the best book I've read, not only in 2022, but probably in the past five years. I read on average 80 books a year, and only a handful are memorable enough that I recommend them to others. Lessons In Chemistry is one of those books. It is a feminist, smart book with a protagonist along the vein of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine that makes science interesting. It is a beautiful, unexpected book."

    Book cover of "lessons in chemistry"

    6. "I read Yours Cruelly, Elvira obviously written by Cassandra Peterson herself. She has lived such a wild life and it was beyond interesting to get a sneak behind the persona of Elvira. From her almost dying as a toddler to her teenage go-go dancing days to her current relationship, I highly recommend reading about all her history. I managed to get an autographed copy and it is now a treasured possession."

    Book cover of "yours curelly"

    7. "Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard. It's such a great telling of the LGBTQ experience in rural Australia. The characters are diverse, and I was able to identify with bits of each, which has been a first in quite a while. There are moments that made me cry and other moments that had me grinning from ear to ear. For his first novel, Holden did a fantastic job."

    Book cover of "Invisible boys"

    8. "A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. This book is so informative and fun to read. It’s so cool to hear how tiny niche things play into each other from paleontology to astronomy to physics and biology. If you’re looking for a scientific book that isn’t too hard to understand, this is a good place to start. It scratches the surface of so many different fields and how they’re connected. It mentions notable scientists in the various fields, too, which I found interesting because a lot of scientific books make it so boring to learn but this book wove everything together near seamlessly."

    Book cover for "a short history of nearly everything"

    9. "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. My heart ached for Addie. I fell in love with a boy named Henry, and I was charmed by the darkness. Addie made a deal to live forever to finally have the freedom to see the world, but in return, she learns she gave up the ability to ever be remembered. Such a powerful story. I was ready to reread immediately after I finished it."

    Book cover of "The Invisible life of addie larule"

    10. "The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams hands down. It's a funny romance novel that's perfect for a beach read. I tend to hate romantic books because they tend to be super raunchy, but this one has the perfect combination of a little bit of sexiness and comedy. I devoured this book in a single afternoon and found out it's a series, so I'll be reading all of them as soon as I can get my hands on them!"

    Book cover of "The Bromance Book Club"

    11. "Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura. It touches upon key issues such as loneliness, bullying, and mental health in such a beautiful way."

    Book cover of "lonely castle in the mirror"

    12. "Ready When You Are by Gary Lonesborough. I am obsessed with how good this book is. It hits on serious topics thoughtfully, while being a heart-warming rom-com aimed at a YA audience. It features two boys who are just realizing they are LGBTQI+. The main characters are all aboriginal and the book looks at oppression and racism in modern Australia, too. Listening to the audiobook is even better as the narrator is aboriginal and brings such life to the story. This book simultaneously taught me so much and stole my heart. A must read."

    Book cover of "ready when you are"

    13. "Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. The same guy who wrote The Martian. The sun is dying and we have to do something about it. I could not put the book down."

    Book cover of "project hail mary"

    14. "Seven Days in June by Tia Williams. It tackles themes of chronic pain and illness, features BIPOC main characters, and attempts to destigmatize erotica!"

    Book cover of "Seven Days in June"

    15. "I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston is one of my favorite reads so far in 2022. If Paper Towns had a baby with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this would be that book. Absurd, romantic, and intimate, McQuiston’s YA coming-of-age novel centers on the disappearance of the most popular girl in a small Southern town and how the last three people she kissed — her rival, her boyfriend, and her next-door neighbor — hunt for clues to her whereabouts."

    Book cover of "I kissed shara wheeler"

    16. "Billy Summers by Stephen King. I love the dark sinister side of how Stephen King writes all of his stories, but this took a different side of dark. The build of connection with the main character and small breadcrumbs within that nudge to The Shining made me absolutely have to read it again. Seriously, I fan-girled over this book to this day."

    Book cover of Billy Summers

    17. "This Is The Fire by Don Lemon. It’s an incredible book about the state of racism in our country. It shares a lot of historical accounts and how they’re relevant today. I couldn’t put the book down."

    Book cover of "this is fire"

    18. "Murder at Melrose Court by Karen Menuhin. The book took you on a ride, with unpredictable characters, and plots, and twists. It kept me guessing right up until the end of the book! Great unexpected find!"

    Book cover of "murder at melrose court"

    19. "Know My Name by Chanel Miller. I don’t know why this book isn’t talked about more. It is the most real, honest, and inspiring book I have ever read, and it helped me so much that I read it twice this year. I was in a bad car accident a few months ago (hit by a drunk driver) and during the recovery, I have told myself, 'If Chanel can get through that, then I can get through this.'"

    Book cover of "know my name"

    20. "Sunset by Jessie Cave. I didn’t know the author (she apparently played Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter movies) but it kept popping up in books about sibling loss so I got it and wow, I cannot tell you how much that book helped me to feel understood. It’s set in modern-day England, and about two millennial sisters who are very close. One is a beautiful go-getter and the other is a bit lost but they love each other dearly and go on annual vacations together. On one such vacation, tragedy strikes, and the rest of the book is about how the survivor manages her grief. It’s honest, funny, heart-wrenching, and encouraging. I cannot recommend it enough."

    Book cover of "Sunset"

    21. "The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. This book absolutely took my breathe away. It's well-written and just tugged at all my heart strings. I felt so connected to the characters and just loved getting to know them."

    Book cover of "The house in the cerulean sea"

    22. "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Murder mystery meets Groundhog Day. It was a wild ride, had bizarre and unpredictable characters, and one of the most exciting books to read."

    23. "The Elementals by Michael McDowell. This book subverted my expectations of the gothic/horror genre by showing me you don't need a dark or gloomy to have a terrifying atmosphere. Tension is slowly built up throughout that it slowly creeps up on you. You won't find blood and gore, but it you're looking for psychological horror, you'll love The Elementals!"

    24. "Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak. It’s a thriller about a recovering addict who becomes a live-in nanny for the summer and finds out some mysterious forces are occurring with the boy she’s nannying for."

    Book cover of "hidden pictures"

    25. "The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. It was one of the first books I read this year, and it totally got me out of a reading slump. The book follows three characters: Nella, the owner of a mysterious apothecary in 1800s London dedicated to providing poisons to help women get rid of the abusive men in their lives; Eliza, the spunky 12-year-old servant of a local noblewoman who begs Nella to take her on as her apprentice; and Caroline, an American visiting London in the modern-day as she grapples with the revelation of her husband’s infidelity. As Caroline tries to distract herself from her troubles, she discovers London’s long-unsolved 'apothecary murders' and decides a research project is just what she needs."

    Book cover of "The Lost Apothecary:

    26. "When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal. It's a story of two sisters told in flashbacks whereas adult women, they have to deal with the painful memories of their past. Kit is a doctor in California who loves to surf in her spare time. Josie is her older sister who was thought dead until after a fire at a club in Auckland revealed a woman who looked exactly like Josie. Kit goes to New Zealand to find out if it is really her sister. Both sisters are haunted by the tragedy that broke their family and what happened to the boy who became their adopted brother!"

    Book cover of "When we believed in mermaids"

    27. "Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. It’s an LGBTQ+ fantasy novel about a not-so-nice man and his journey after he dies. The characters are diverse and extremely lovable, the plot is interesting, and I really didn’t want the book to end. It was a delightful read!"

    28. "Master of One by Dani Bennett and Jaida Jones. What I absolutely loved about this book was that everything that happened in the plot was driven by who the characters are. In other books, it's clear that a character acted weirdly just to get people where they need to be for the plot, but with this book, every decision is completely led by the protagonists rather than convenience. I haven't heard my people talk about Master of One, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, props to the audiobook narrator who made it such a good read."

    Book cover of "Master of One"

    29. "The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. It touches on how trauma is stored in our body until we heal it. This book taught me so much about myself and the human healing process."

    Book cover of "the body keeps score"

    30. "Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica! It’s about a man living in a world where animals are considered 'unclean' and not fit for consumption, so we turn to the only meat source left, humans. I read it in two days! When I read the last sentence, I swear I could not function. It has stayed with me since then. I highly recommend a read if you are okay with talk of cannibalism, animal cruelty, and other not fun topics."

    Book cover of "tender is the flesh"

    31. "This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub! I loved it, can’t stop thinking about it. I scared my husband into thinking something was seriously wrong when I emerged from my reading hole in full hysterical tears. I will read and re-read this book many, many times."

    Book cover of "This time tomorrow"

    32. "A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson! I bought it because it was long-listed for last year’s Booker Prize, but kept putting off reading it because the story didn’t excite me. I ended up reading it a few months ago, and it was amazing! On the surface, the story is quite run-of-the-mill (i.e. missing girl, etc.) but it’s so beautifully written. Every character, even down to small ‘bit part’ side characters are so well fleshed out. The plot is told from the points of view of three people who all live in a small town in the 1970s and the author cleverly staggers the three interlinked stories so that you don’t see different characters recalling the same events one after another."

    Book cover of "a town called solace"

    33. "Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. One of the narrators is an octopus! Sounds strange but it’s a great story and a great read!"

    Book cover of "Remarkably Bright Creatures"

    34. "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I had no idea what it was about, but I kept seeing it everywhere and finally gave into the hype, and that hype was so deserved. The setting of Old Hollywood is incredibly described, the way it all interconnects with the past and present, and the unfolding of each story behind the seven husbands kept me guessing for so long. You really realize the whole thing is not what it seems as the chapters go on. Also, I loved the bi-sexual representation and that it was taken seriously, unlike so many other representations in books/media that make bisexuality out to be a phase."

    Book cover of "The seven husbands of Evelyn hugo:

    Have you read a book in 2022 that completely blew you away? If so, we want to know which book and why you resonated with it so much in the comments below.