Top Five Books of 2022

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The year is coming to an end, and our December List of the Month is dedicated to LibraryThing members' Top Five Books of 2022. Please note that books don't need to have been published in 2022, just read this year. You can see the LT Staff picks on the blog: https://blog.librarything.com/2022/12/top-five-books-of-2022/, and you can join the conversation on Talk: https://www.librarything.com/topic/346468
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6,167 members
321 reviews
½ 4.3
2
4,562 members
199 reviews
4.1
24 Members
timspalding, Euryale, mooingzelda, N1na, BookLizard, edparks, KatyBee, anju04, Her_Royal_Orangeness, megbmore, KathyPlank, jpahl, hughesjones, LesFleming, Vamc, evangelinabriggs, CaschuNut, shecraig, Amy1030, dburkholder, rgiddey, Willowmoss13, Hilisoma, Suem330
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CaschuNut: Love the combination of friendship, love, tech, and gaming, which I knew nothing about. The rich details about the elements of the games was fascinating!
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1,868 members
98 reviews
4.1
22 Members
reader517, knerd.knitter, lmiller62, jeanned, stephenis, Leida, gypsysmom, noveltea, Haviland, jpahl, nankan, nyowh, LesFleming, ASTribe, Wynmasterfunk81, Craftybilda, shecraig, Amy1030, dburkholder, rgiddey, Willowmoss13, Hilisoma
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knerd.knitter: This story was very fascinating. It's probably the first book I've read that addresses Covid, so that made it feel very familiar. The characters seemed very real and were well developed, which is one of my favorite things in a book. Another thing I enjoyed in this book was the use of multiple meanings of language, for example the title re-appearing many times throughout the story in different contexts with different meanings.
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3,145 members
161 reviews
4
22 Members
swhite58, craso, mjfisher, terran, lmiller62, Whisper1, N1na, CarltonC, anju04, banjo123, Verkruissen, jzin, timetunnel, felixanta, BMer916, KathyPlank, Wynmasterfunk81, shecraig, Amy1030, dburkholder, rgiddey, Willowmoss13
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CarltonC: It’s written in that seemingly simple, easy flowing prose, which guides you confidently through leaps in time and space, narrative jumps. It’s knowing and self referential, in a playful way, especially the section about an author on a book tour. But it’s a pandemic novel, because of the awareness of self isolation with a sense of a before and after, the chance and arbitrary nature of life. A good read.
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5,918 members
335 reviews
½ 4.3
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5,192 members
283 reviews
4.2
10
5,674 members
277 reviews
4.2
10 Members
Edward, fastred, craso, brendaough, jburlinson, jeanned, aethercowboy, Sarielle, Julie_in_the_Library, LesFleming
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aethercowboy: I greatly enjoyed the imaginative nature of this story, the unreliable narrator, and the gradual unfolding of the mystery behind the labyrinth. Almost as good as Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
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1,890 members
130 reviews
4.2
12
1,641 members
83 reviews
4.2
8 Members
tardis, Herenya, reconditereader, roses7184, oceancat, pussreboots, Verkruissen, Brandy1411
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oceancat: by turns dark and funny and bittersweet, this is a fairy tale retelling that still feels like a fairy tale, pulling elements from so many different stories. i want to read everything t. kingfisher has written now!
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1,638 members
83 reviews
4.1
14
5,275 members
261 reviews
3.9
16
3,711 members
169 reviews
4.2
7 Members
agjuba, Storeetllr, sipthereader, almin, Trifolia, hattie_lou, CaschuNut
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CaschuNut: Possibly one of my favorites of all time. Loved the characters and the way they intertwined at the end. So amazingly creative and original.
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1,537 members
91 reviews
4.2
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14,148 members
612 reviews
4.1
19
1,005 members
29 reviews
4
7 Members
streamsong, justjukka, Her_Royal_Orangeness, megbmore, AthenaR, hughesjones, KeithChaffee
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KeithChaffee: lyrical fantasy laced with righteous anger, about what we risk when we refuse to deal with our personal and collective trauma
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1,249 members
35 reviews
4.2
6 Members
Aquila, bookwoman84, Sarahsponda, cmbohn, rarm, Narilka
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Aquila: A lot of series books in my top five this year, all ones where you have to read the other books first. Nona was a delight.
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11,674 members
778 reviews
4.1
22
1,348 members
65 reviews
4
23
8,371 members
351 reviews
4.2
24
3,108 members
118 reviews
4.2
6 Members
tardis, ca.bookwyrm, ktoonen, roses7184, SOlson096, Brandy1411
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tardis: This was such a comforting book, I read it twice.
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961 members
49 reviews
4.2
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1,191 members
77 reviews
½ 4.3
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251 members
15 reviews
½ 4.5
5 Members
jillmwo, swhite58, reconditereader, merrystar, Laura.a
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Laura.a: I read this book three times in 2022. That was some good pudding.
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794 members
49 reviews
½ 4.3
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697 members
45 reviews
4.1
4 Members
Bookmarque, zhejw, noveltea, RODNEYP
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Bookmarque: a strange novel, but one that works well to encapsulate how old wrongs can haunt people for a long time.
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7,735 members
368 reviews
½ 4.4
31
1,534 members
76 reviews
4.1
33
6,114 members
360 reviews
½ 4.4
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1,233 members
64 reviews
½ 3.7
35
242 members
15 reviews
4.1
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3,589 members
181 reviews
4.1
37
10,313 members
446 reviews
3.8
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3,346 members
169 reviews
4.1
39
1,542 members
98 reviews
3.9
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37,926 members
505 reviews
4.1
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669 members
15 reviews
4
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50,340 members
450 reviews
½ 4.5
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1,220 members
43 reviews
½ 4.4
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1,152 members
48 reviews
4.2
45
4,718 members
233 reviews
½ 3.7
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301 members
15 reviews
4.1
47
15,315 members
205 reviews
4.1
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3,223 members
127 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,193 members
84 reviews
½ 3.7
50
1,085 members
50 reviews
4
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749 members
43 reviews
4.1
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1,849 members
54 reviews
3.8
3 Members
conceptDawg, knerd.knitter, kleo
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knerd.knitter: I saved this book as my last Murakami to read because I love his longer books. This one did not disappoint! It had all the elements I expect from a Murakami book and felt familiar almost from the start. I love reading a long book that is written well and enjoyable. You begin to really feel that you know the characters and the settings. This book made me feel that I wanted it to go on forever.
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2,462 members
126 reviews
4.2
54
1,127 members
54 reviews
4.1
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524 members
18 reviews
½ 4.5
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1,338 members
59 reviews
3.9
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294 members
21 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,068 members
56 reviews
4
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357 members
18 reviews
4.2
3 Members
tardis, swhite58, oceancat
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oceancat: the second book in a trilogy often flags, but not so here. my only complaint is i wish these books were longer, i want to stay in the world they create
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722 members
22 reviews
4
2 Members
meadcl, anju04
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276 members
16 reviews
4.2
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3,544 members
96 reviews
4.1
2 Members
SimoneA, DoomLuz
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192 members
6 reviews
4.1
2 Members
LDVoorberg, JenMDB
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LDVoorberg: Amazing essays of her trauma and survival, in a way that is so truly humble. I talked about this book all year.
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151 members
8 reviews
½ 4.4
65
8,773 members
182 reviews
3.9
66
2,476 members
164 reviews
4
2 Members
erinclark, RBeffa
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985 members
37 reviews
4
2 Members
onyx95, N1na
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8,303 members
183 reviews
3.8
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1,170 members
65 reviews
4
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724 members
40 reviews
4.1
2 Members
ablachly, dacejav
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523 members
25 reviews
4.2
2 Members
Trifolia, banjo123
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2,927 members
197 reviews
4.1
2 Members
Storeetllr, Laura.a
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Storeetllr: As someone else said, nothing much happens, yet this coming-of-age-in-a-crucible story is compelling. I love how it handles otherness and the growth of the characters.
Laura.a: I read this book three times in 2022. That was some delicious pudding.
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1,537 members
67 reviews
4.2
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323 members
19 reviews
4
2 Members
N1na, CarltonC
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CarltonC: Storytelling. Jump straight in, the variation is familiar, anonymous officialdom and borders, wordplay and playfulness, changing time frames, accidentals and historical tales. That was life. Everything suspect. Nothing uncorrupt. Fun and engaging, as ever.
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43,977 members
704 reviews
4.1
2 Members
TseMoana, RODNEYP
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6,063 members
306 reviews
4.1
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1,575 members
79 reviews
3.9
2 Members
terran, vwinsloe
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860 members
19 reviews
3.9
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516 members
23 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Capybara_99, KatyBee
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Capybara_99: If I counted re-reads my No. 1 would be Middlemarch. But George Saunders always lives up to the high bar he has set for his stories.
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462 members
20 reviews
3.8
2 Members
Bookmarque, sturlington
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Bookmarque: not quite as perfectly executed as Needless Street, but creepy, unsettling, intricate and odd horror tale. But in a good way.
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6,402 members
389 reviews
4.1
82
5,479 members
342 reviews
4.1
2 Members
Deedledee, Tosta
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831 members
46 reviews
3.8
84
645 members
20 reviews
4
85
182 members
5 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
swhite58, Dwaz
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34,899 members
272 reviews
3.9
87
3,722 members
169 reviews
½ 4.3
88
2,302 members
118 reviews
4.2
89
2,088 members
43 reviews
4.2
2 Members
zhejw, timetunnel
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517 members
22 reviews
3.8
2 Members
revbean, bjappleg8
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330 members
16 reviews
3.9
92
34,742 members
787 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
SirThomas, chwiggy
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1,985 members
97 reviews
½ 4.3
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14,788 members
224 reviews
4
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1,180 members
44 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
mahsdad, Boand
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Boand: A book I thought might just be interesting enough to read, turned out to be a really engrossing biography full of ambition, loss and love. The dedication, hard slog, and gruelling journey of Dave Grohl is everywhere laced with respect and devotion for those around him.
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555 members
27 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
paroof, dianeham
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16,343 members
475 reviews
4.2
2 Members
kleo, hildretha
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3,191 members
102 reviews
½ 4.3
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2,209 members
128 reviews
4.2
2 Members
revbean, Laura.a
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Laura.a: Mind blown, combined with wanting to live in the world of the book.
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1,589 members
99 reviews
4
2 Members
jeanned, cmtl