Best Books of 2022

I collected over 12 lists of the Best Books of 2022 from the Internet, newspapers and magazines and combined them into one meta-list.  Here are the results, every book on at least three of the original source lists, organized by rank (that is, with the books on the most lists at the top).

NOTE: These are not my personal opinions and I have not read all these books.

On 9 lists

The Candy House. By Jennifer Egan

On 7 lists

Either/Or. By Elif Batuman
Our Missing Hearts. By Celeste Ng
Vladimir. By Julia May Jonas

On 6 lists

The Furrows. By Namwali Serpell
Lessons. By Ian McEwan
Liberation Day: Stories. By George Saunders
Sea of Tranquility. By Emily St. John Mandel
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow. By Gabrielle Zevin
Trust. By Hernan Diaz

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams. By Stacy Schiff

On 5 lists

The Book of Goose. By Yiyun Li
Glory. By NoViolet Bulawayo
Lucy by the Sea. By Elizabeth Strout
The Marriage Portrait. By Maggie O’Farrell
Olga Dies Dreaming. By Xochitl Gonzalez
Young Mungo. By Douglas Stuart

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us. By Ed Yong
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands. By Kate Beaton
Easy Beauty: A Memoir. By Chloe Cooper Jones
Getting Lost. By Annie Ernaux. Translated by Alison L Strayer
Index, a History of the: A Bookish Adventure From Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age. By Dennis Duncan
In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss. By Amy Bloom
Stay True: A Memoir. By Hua Hsu
Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us. By Rachel Aviv

On 4 lists

Afterlives. By Abdulrazak Gurnah
Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution. By R.F. Kuang
The Books of Jacob. By Olga Tokarczuk. Translated by Jennifer Croft
Fiona and Jane. By Jean Chen Ho
The Hero of This Book. By Elizabeth McCracken
Mouth to Mouth. By Antoine Wilson
Nightcrawling. By Leila Mottley
The Passenger. By Cormac McCarthy
The Rabbit Hutch. By Tess Gunty
The School for Good Mothers. By Jessamine Chan
Shrines of Gaiety. By Kate Atkinson
Siren Queen. By Nghi Vo
To Paradise. By Hanya Yanagihara

The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays. By CJ Hauser
Finding Me: A Memoir. By Viola Davis
Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir. By Margo Jefferson
The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness. By Meghan O’Rourke
I’m Glad My Mom Died. By Jennette McCurdy
Lost and Found: A Memoir. By Kathryn Schulz
Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation. By Linda Villarosa

The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On. By Franny Choi

 On 3 lists

All the Lovers in the Night. By Mieko Kawakami. Translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd
All This Could Be Different. By Sarah Thankam Mathews
Checkout 19. By Claire-Louise Bennett
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Dinosaurs. By Lydia Millet
The Employees. By Olga Ravn
How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water. By Angie Cruz
If I Survive You: Stories. By Jonathan Escoffery
Night of the Living Rez: Stories. By Morgan Talty
Pure Colour. By Sheila Heti
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. By Shehan Karunatilaka
Signal Fires. By Dani Shapiro

Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me. By Ada Calhoun
Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and a Reconciliation. By Maud Newton
Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus. By David Quammen
Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It. By Kaitlyn Tiffany
Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad. By Matthew F. Delmont
A Heart That Works. By Rob Delaney
His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice. By Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa
How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures. By Sabrina Imbler
Life Between the Tides. By Adam Nicolson
The Light We Carry. By Michelle Obama
Manifesto: On Never Giving Up. By Bernardine Evaristo
Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe. By David Maraniss
Solito: A Memoir. By Javier Zamora
The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human. By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne. By Katherine Rundell
The Trayvon Generation. By Elizabeth Alexander
We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland. By Fintan O’Toole

The Hurting Kind. By Ada Limón
Time Is a Mother. By Ocean Vuong