Staff Top Reads of 2022 Part 1

Check out what our staff said were their favorite reads of 2022. What was the best book you read last year?  

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy 
A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor–including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother–and how she retook control of her life.

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
A luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago.

Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang
The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world–an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent. See our talk with the author on YouTube.

The Lost Ticket by Freya Sampson
Strangers on a London bus unite to help an elderly man find his missed love connection in a beautifully uplifting novel about how a shared common experience among strangers can transform lives in the most marvelous ways.

Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
A wildly inventive spin on the classic horror story, a creepy and warm-hearted mystery about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange and disturbing secrets.

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
In this sexy, action-packed sequel to House of Earth and Blood, Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode–and the people who will do anything to save it. 

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
Alternating between Orquídea’s past and her descendants’ present, this is a gorgeously written novel about a family searching for the truth hidden in their past and the power they’ve inherited.

Good Morning Monster: A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Stories of Emotional Recovery by Catherine Gildiner  
In this fascinating narrative, therapist Gildiner presents five of what she calls her most heroic and memorable patients. Each patient presents a mystery, one that will only be unpacked over years. 

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
When Zoey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment on Mallow Island, she meets her quirky and secretive neighbors, including a girl on the run, two estranged middle-aged sisters, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts.

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
The author’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.