2022 Reading List

If you are like us, you have been contemplating what books will be on your 2022 To Be Read list. Will you participate in a reading challenge? Will the books on your list be just published, last year's bestsellers, new to you, or a favorite re-read? We asked our authors what is on their TBR lists for 2022. You can read their responses in detail below. Or head over to our Bookshop page where we have curated the recommendations in a convenient list.


John L. Smith
So many books, so little time. So I will keep it simple. 

I want to read Sam Quinones’ new book The Least of Us about the tragedy of Fentanyl and meth in America, and Before I Grew Up by Giuliano Cucco and John Miller, what some would call a children’s book. Very different books.

Here’s to a healthy 2022 to all.
Bertha Vázquez

All In by Billie Jean King is at the top of my list. I bought copies for my book club friends. I sent a photo of everyone holding up their books to Billie Jean King and she responded! She wrote, "It became apparent to me at a very young age that the world I wanted to live in did not exist. It was up to my generation to change that." (Yes, I am a lifelong tennis fan).

Other books on my list include first reads of Blacktop Wasteland and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and a re-read of The Orphan Master's Son (brilliant).

Blake Touchet

I'm currently in the middle of rereading the whole Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I'm on book 6, The Lord of Chaos, at the moment. I'm hoping that 2022 will finally be the year Patrick Rothfuss releases Doors of Stone.  I've been waiting over a decade to read that one. And I am looking forward to reading Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes.
Robert Cooper

Currently I am reading two biographies and will likely still be working on them in the early weeks of 2022: Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims and The Reason for the Darkness of Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science by John Tresch. I am also planning to read in 2022: A Brief Guide to Sherlock Holmes (A Brief History) by Nigel Cawthorne and The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World by Riley Black.

Sarah Holden
I just started reading The Annotated Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White with notes and introduction by Peter F. Neumeyer. Reading a children’s book classic by a literary great with notes on his process and craft is so interesting. Also In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney. Great inspiration for creatives.
Reginald Finley, Sr.I have this book and have started it. I will probably finish it over the break. Excellent immune primer and refresher: IMMUNE, from Philipp Dettmer, the creator of the Youtube Channel Kurzgesagt. 
“Through wonderful analogies and a genius for clarifying complex ideas, Immune is a truly brilliant introduction to the human body’s vast system for fighting infections and other threats.”—John Green
Nikki ChambersIn 2021, I particularly enjoyed: LIfe's Edge by Carl Zimmer, Some Assembly Required by Neil Shubin, and Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz (who ever thought I'd love a book about calculus?? Amazing book.)
I am currently very much enjoying Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. Finally...for all of us who love both evolution and teaching, To Be Taught, If Fortunate is likely to hit home! The author is Hugo-award-winning Becky Chambers. Full disclosure, she's my daughter, and I am immensely proud of her and her science stories (I love telling stories about this universe, but she gets to tell stories about all the universes she invents!).
Erich Goldstein

I would like to read Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina by Julie Freed.