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The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2022

There were so many good books in 2022 — how can a reader choose?  But we narrowed the list.

Last Updated on December 15, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2022

Are you looking for the best fiction books of 2022?  As we say goodbye to this year, it’s time to reflect on some of the amazing books published.  Here, we’ve taken a look at ten novels that captured our attention over the last twelve months and stood out from the rest.  Whether you’re a literary connoisseur or just getting into reading, you can be sure that these will only become more discussed as time goes on.  Offering compelling storylines, diverse characters, and powerful social commentary, let me introduce you to 10 of the best fiction reads of 2022!

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

A provocative, razor-sharp, and timely debut novel about a beloved English professor facing a slew of accusations against her professor husband by former students—a situation that becomes more complicated when she herself develops an obsession of her own.

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The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

From the best-selling, award-winning author of The Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine comes a novel about what happens to a group of obsessed recreational swimmers when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool—a tour de force of economy, precision, and emotional power.

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The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran

The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran

Andrew Holleran’s unique literary voice is on full display in this poignant story of lust, dread, and desire—the first novel in thirteen years from one of the most acclaimed gay authors of our time.

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Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

This tour-de-force novel from an award-winning author is the triumphant story of a lifelong friendship between two singular women across the arc of the 20th century.

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All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews

From a brilliant new voice comes an electrifying novel of a young immigrant building a life for herself—a warm, dazzling, and profound saga of queer love, friendship, work, and precarity in twenty-first-century America.

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Lessons by Ian McEwan

Lessons by Ian McEwan

From the best-selling author of Atonement and Saturday comes the epic and intimate story of one man’s life across generations and historical upheavals: from the Suez Crisis to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall to the current pandemic, Roland Baines sometimes rides with the tide of history but more often struggles against it.

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The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

A propulsive, gripping new novel about fate, art, exploitation, and intimacy by the award-winning author of Where Reasons End.

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The Furrows by Namwali Serpell

The Furrows by Namwali Serpell

How do you grieve an absence? A brilliantly inventive novel about loss and belonging from the award-winning author of The Old Drift.

I don’t want to tell you what happened. I want to tell you how it felt.

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Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell

Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell

Passion and risk, fathers and daughters, wives and single women, jazz and soul: a provocative debut novel about the perennial temptations of dangerous love, told by the women who love Circus Palmer—trumpet player and old-school ladies’ man—as they ultimately discover the power of their own voices.

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The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken

The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken

A taut, groundbreaking new novel from bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken, about a writer’s relationship with her larger-than-life mother—and about the very nature of writing, memory, and art.

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The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2022

  1. Vladimir by Julia May Jonas
  2. The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
  3. The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran
  4. Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark
  5. All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
  6. Lessons by Ian McEwan
  7. The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li
  8. The Furrows by Namwali Serpell
  9. Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell
  10. The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken

What do you think about this best books of 2022 list?

Have you read any books from this list?  Are any of them on your TBR?  What are your favorite or best books of 2022?  What books would you add to the list?  Let’s talk all about your best books in the comments.

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