The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2022 (2023)

The best fiction released this year reminded us to value our relationships with one another, no matter what form they take. These books emphasized how we are shaped by the people who surround us, as well as those who are no longer physically present but whose memories we continue to carry. They are stories about friendship and love, growing up and growing older, loss and living, all centered on characters reckoning with how their people do and do not show up for them. There’s a bruising portrait of grief told through an adult daughter remembering her mother, a gritty account of a young woman who forms a community at the depths of her loneliness, a celebration of friendship between two creative geniuses, and more. Here, the top 10 fiction books of 2022.

10. Signal Fires, Dani Shapiro

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Signal Fires, Dani Shapiro’s first novel in 15 years, begins with a horrible ending. It’s 1985 and three intoxicated teenagers go for a car ride that proves fatal. The details of the accident are kept secret—and will haunt one family forever. Decades later, the doctor who ran to the scene of the accident befriends his 11-year-old neighbor, right near the spot where it happened. As Shapiro draws connections between seemingly disparate threads, she creates a moving portrait of guilt, grief, and fate. And she shows, in aching terms, how life is made up of random moments—missed opportunities and curious circumstances—and that it only takes a second for everything to change.

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9. Trust, Hernan Diaz

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In 1920s New York, everyone who’s anyone knows Benjamin and Helen Rask, the wealthy couple sitting pretty at the top of the financial world. But how exactly did they accumulate so much power and wealth? That question is the driving force of the immensely popular 1937 novel Bonds—one of four distinct texts within Hernan Diaz’s Trust. The story of the Rasks (or the Bevels, depending which book-within-the-book you’re reading) contains mysterious multitudes. Their relationship and their privilege are undermined, examined, and rewritten as Diaz spins a dazzling story about subjectivity and greed.

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8. Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, Kim Fu

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The 12 stories that make up Kim Fu’s bold collection feature characters dealing with scenarios that border between reality and fantasy. In the spaces where lines blur, Fu reveals quietly profound commentary on the intersections of technology, love, and loss. In one narrative, a girl mysteriously sprouts wings, a development that forces her friend group to consider their ever-changing adolescent bodies. In another, an insomniac grows dependent on sporadic visits from a strange man made of sand who might be the secret to her finally falling asleep. And in a wildly twisted tale, a couple kills each other, over and over again, to keep their relationship alive. These stories, surreal and clever, all point to crises that sit below the surface. Fu brings magical realism to exciting heights, positioning her characters’ relatable emotional battles within wonderfully constructed worlds.

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7. Young Mungo, Douglas Stuart

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Douglas Stuart’s follow-up to his 2020 Booker Prize-winning debut Shuggie Bain is every bit as crushing as his first novel. Young Mungo is another visceral depiction of 20th-century working class Glasgow, this time centered on the impossible first love between two teenage boys. Homophobia and violence surround them, and the sensitivity that the young men possess is not welcome in their world of hostile masculinity. Through rich dialogue and rhythmic prose, Stuart brings to life a captivating portrayal of 1990s Scotland and the struggles faced by queer men who are learning how to live in the face of it all.

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6. If I Survive You, Jonathan Escoffery

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The first entry in Jonathan Escoffery’s lyrical and kaleidoscopic debut If I Survive You introduces the character at the short story collection’s center: Trelawny, the sole American-born member of a Jamaican family. In the seven linked narratives that follow, Escoffery follows Trelawny as he grapples with his identity as the son of Black immigrants living in Miami, where he never feels Black enough. Escoffery writes with urgency and heart as he illustrates his protagonist’s struggles to fit in, especially as his family falls apart in the wake of a devastating hurricane and recession. If I Survive You, longlisted for a 2022 National Book Award, is a timeless story of a young person wrestling with big questions about race and class, captured in intricately drawn scenes of everyday life.

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5. Vladimir, Julia May Jonas

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The protagonist of Julia May Jonas’ electric debut novel, an unnamed English professor, is grappling with the public fallout of her husband’s past affairs with students at the college where they both teach. The narrator is more annoyed than anything else—she and her husband had an open marriage—and she is quite preoccupied with an extramarital activity of her own: crushing hard on her department’s latest recruit. As the professor grows closer to her young new colleague, her desire festers into gnawing obsession. Jonas’s explosive novel asks timely questions about power and campus politics.

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4. All This Could Be Different, Sarah Thankam Mathews

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In Sarah Thankam Mathews’ tender debut novel All This Could Be Different, a finalist for a 2022 National Book Award, recent college graduate Sneha has just moved to Milwaukee and started an awful job as a corporate consultant. Though the work is soul-crushing, there’s a recession swirling and the money keeps Sneha afloat. Plus, she can send some of it to her parents in India. But Mathews’ contemplative protagonist is desperately lonely in this new life, despite a burgeoning romance with an older ballet dancer named Marina. As Sneha questions why she finds it so difficult to open up to others, she is forced to confront the inescapable trauma that she’s buried deep inside. Mathews explores this tension, and the community that Sneha builds for herself in the Midwest, in an incisive and surprising coming-of-age narrative.

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3. The Book of Goose, Yiyun Li

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Agnès has just heard the news that her childhood best friend, Fabienne, is dead. Now an adult living in America, Agnès reflects on growing up in France with Fabienne by her side and a decision Fabienne made that changed both their lives: when they were kids in the war-ravaged countryside, Fabienne wrote a fictional account of their experiences, and published it under Agnès’ name. The move catapulted Agnès to literary fame—and to a London finishing school where she suffered tremendously without Fabienne nearby—and now, she’s finally ready to tell her version of the events that defined her adolescence. Yiyun Li dissects the girls’ achingly intimate and, at times, unsettling friendship, and asks if Agnès ever really knew the person she was so devoted to. In detailing the answer, she unveils a cutting portrait of girlhood.

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2. The Hero of This Book, Elizabeth McCracken

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An unnamed writer arrives in London for a trip. She feels her recently deceased mother’s absence—and presence—everywhere she goes. As she walks around the city, she’s reminded of her mother’s complicated life, the memories they shared, and the curious, ever-evolving relationship between child and parent. But, the unnamed writer repeats, even though she’s constructing a deeply felt tribute to her mother, this is, in no way, a memoir. Her mother hated those. And so goes Elizabeth McCracken’s latest work of fiction, poking holes in the very idea of fiction itself as the story unfolds. The prolific author, whose own mother shared many similarities with the one described in the book, delivers a potent meditation on processing loss. Along the way, she makes startling revelations about what it really means to write, and how fiction can help us understand the most challenging parts of life.

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1. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zevin

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In his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur runs into Sadie Green on a subway platform. They’ve known each other since childhood, when they first bonded over a shared love of video games, but a rift set them apart. In Gabrielle Zevin’s inventive and sweeping novel, the estranged friends reconnect and rebuild their relationship, becoming creative partners on a video game that shoots them to fame before they turn 25. As Sam and Sadie wrestle with their growing ambitions over the years, they cultivate a friendship much more meaningful than any romance. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a celebration of the narratives, in video games and in life, that reinforce just how important connection really is. In following Sam and Sadie’s journey from Massachusetts to California and into the imagined worlds of their games, Zevin writes the most precious kind of love story.

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What are the current top 10 fiction books? ›

  • Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult; Jennifer Finney Boylan. ...
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. ...
  • Babel by R. F. Kuang. ...
  • Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor. ...
  • A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny. ...
  • The Villa by Rachel Hawkins. ...
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. ...
  • Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks.
Jan 12, 2023

What is the most read book in 2022? ›

Goodreads Most Read Books of 2022
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover.
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.
  • Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover.
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry.
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
Jan 10, 2023

What is everyone reading now 2022? ›

The 100 Must-Read Books of 2022
  • A Heart That Works.
  • Afterlives.
  • All the Lovers in the Night.
  • All This Could Be Different.
  • An Immense World.
  • Ancestor Trouble.
  • Animal Joy.
  • Anna: The Biography.

What is the number 1 best-selling book today? ›

Best Sellers in Books
  • #1. Spare. ...
  • #2. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. ...
  • #3. It Starts with Us: A Novel (It Ends with Us) ...
  • #4. It Ends with Us: A Novel (1) ...
  • #5. Verity. ...
  • #6. The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times. ...
  • #7. Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel. ...
  • #8.

What is the number 1 book ever? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

What is the number 1 most read book? ›

The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world. In the past 50 years, the Bible has sold over 3.9 billion copies. It is the most recognizable and famous book that has ever been published. The Bible is a collective book with many different preachings based on God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is the No 1 novel? ›

Top 100 best selling books of all time
1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan
2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J.K.
3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J.K.
4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J.K.
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What novels are trending now? ›

Trending Books
  • The Sacred Well Murders (Paperback) ...
  • Immoral Origins (The Desire Card, #1) ...
  • The Odd and the Strange: A Collection of Very Short Fiction (ebook) ...
  • Death Leaves a Shadow (Marlowe Black Mystery, #2) ...
  • Paradox Effect: Time Travel and Purified DNA Merge to Halt the Collapse of Human Existence (Paperback)

Which story is best to read? ›

Classic Novels to Read
  1. 1984 by George Orwell. ...
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. ...
  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. ...
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. ...
  5. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. ...
  6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. ...
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Oct 29, 2020

Which book is best to read? ›

Your Must-Reads: 30 Best Books to Read
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. ...
  2. 1984, by George Orwell. ...
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. ...
  4. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. ...
  5. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ...
  6. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. ...
  7. The Diary Of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank.
Nov 22, 2022

What is the most read novel? ›

What Are the Most Read Books In the World?
  • The Harry Potter Series. ...
  • Animal Farm. ...
  • The Lord of The Rings. ...
  • The Alchemist. ...
  • Gone With the Wind.

What are the top 5 most sold books of all time? ›

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time
  • #1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) ...
  • #2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold) ...
  • #3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold) ...
  • #4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold) ...
  • #5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)

What is the name of 10 famous book? ›

Here is a list of 12 novels that, for various reasons, have been considered some of the greatest works of literature ever written.
  • Anna Karenina. Greta Garbo in Anna Karenina Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. ...
  • To Kill a Mockingbird. ...
  • The Great Gatsby. ...
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude. ...
  • A Passage to India. ...
  • Invisible Man. ...
  • Don Quixote. ...
  • Beloved.

What is the highest rated fiction book on Goodreads? ›

To Kill a Mockingbird

What book has been on the NYT best seller list the longest? ›

The longest duration on the New York Times best-seller list (founded 1935) is that for The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, which on 14 Apr 1995 had its 598th week on the lists. Over 5 million copies of the book, which is published by Touchstone (a division of Simon  Schuster), are currently in print.

What is one book everyone should read? ›

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank. "1984" by George Orwell. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling.

Which book no one can read? ›

The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an otherwise unknown writing system, referred to as 'Voynichese'.

What is the 2 most read book? ›

The most read book in the World is Bible. This holy book so far has outsold any other in the world. During the last 50 years, a whopping 3.9 billion copies has been sold. The second most read book in the world is the Holy Quran.

What are the top three most read books in the world? ›

He found that the Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years. "Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung" came in second with 820 million copies sold, and "Harry Potter" came in third with 400 million copies sold.

What is the biggest selling book? ›

The best-selling book of all time is the Christian Bible.

What is America's favorite novel? ›

To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America's #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read.

What is considered the best book of all time? ›

The Greatest Books of All Time
  1. 1 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. ...
  2. 2 . Ulysses by James Joyce. ...
  3. 3 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. ...
  4. 4 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ...
  5. 5 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ...
  6. 6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville. ...
  7. 7 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...
  8. 8 .

What is the best novel to read right now? ›

The 10 Most Popular Books Right Now
  • Hell Bent (B&N Exclusive Edition) ...
  • Lessons in Chemistry (B&N Exclusive Edition) (B&N Book of the Year) ...
  • The Stolen Heir: A Novel of Elfhame (B&N Exclusive Edition) ...
  • If He Had Been with Me. ...
  • It Starts with Us: A Novel. ...
  • The Way I Used to Be. ...
  • The Last Thing He Told Me.
Jan 13, 2023

What is the most read fiction book? ›

Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history.

What types of books are hot right now? ›

The bestselling book genre is romance and the most profitable fiction book genre.
The top five bestselling genres of audiobook are:
  • Literature & Fiction.
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
  • Science Fiction.
  • Fantasy.
  • Romance.
  • Business & Money.
Nov 17, 2022

What is the most impressive book to read? ›

The Greatest Books
  1. 1 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. ...
  2. 2 . Ulysses by James Joyce. ...
  3. 3 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. ...
  4. 4 . One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ...
  5. 5 . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. ...
  6. 6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville. ...
  7. 7 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ...
  8. 8 .

What is the most beautiful book to read? ›

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. ...
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. ...
  • Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. ...
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison. ...
  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman. ...
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot.
May 29, 2018

What is considered the best novel ever written? ›

12 Novels Considered the “Greatest Book Ever Written”
  • Anna Karenina. Greta Garbo in Anna Karenina Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. ...
  • To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group. ...
  • The Great Gatsby. F. ...
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude. ...
  • A Passage to India. ...
  • Invisible Man. ...
  • Don Quixote. ...
  • Beloved.

What is the number 2 most read book in the world? ›

The most read book in the World is Bible. This holy book so far has outsold any other in the world. During the last 50 years, a whopping 3.9 billion copies has been sold. The second most read book in the world is the Holy Quran.

What are the current top 10 nonfiction books? ›

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022
  • Buy Now: The Revolutionary on Bookshop | Amazon.
  • Buy Now: The Invisible Kingdom on Bookshop | Amazon.
  • Buy Now: How Far the Light Reaches on Bookshop | Amazon.
  • Buy Now: His Name Is George Floyd on Bookshop | Amazon.
  • Buy Now: Constructing a Nervous System on Bookshop | Amazon.
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What is the most popular genre of fiction in 2022? ›

What Readers Want: Genre. When looking at the various genres and sales volumes, fiction, romance, fantasy, and sci-fi topped the list, across the globe. Romance continues to dominate and is still the most profitable fiction genre worldwide.

What Are Hot Key books? ›

Hot Key Books publishes books targeted at teen and older readers, some of which appeal to an adult audience. The content of a Hot Key book is defined by originality of voice and challenging, thought-provoking stories that resonate on a global stage.


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