My Top Ten Books of 2022

Top Ten Books of 2022 (Revised)

It’s that time of the year for retrospection.

After posting my Top Ten Songs of 2022, I’m moving on to a list of my favorite reading material. At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself: to read five to ten books written by authors whose worldviews are significantly different from my own. A different gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or so on. And I’m happy to report that I succeeded in this mission! Ten of the sixteen books (and counting) that I’ve read over the course of the last year have helped to diversify my worldview.

Along the way, I’ve been taking the time to reflect and write up a little “book report” on each one, shortly after finishing it, which I’ve discovered to be a really helpful practice. So, I’ll link to my full write-up for each book, in case you want to read more — but for the purposes of this retrospective post, I’m going to limit myself to five words for each book.

Anyway: Out of the sixteen books I read in 2022, here are my Top Ten Books of the year, in ranked order:

  1. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
  2. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
  3. The Memory of Old Jack, by Wendell Berry
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
  5. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
  6. The Pastor, by Eugene Peterson
  7. The Best of Me, by David Sedaris
  8. Remember Me, by Penelope Wilcock
  9. The Hidden Delight of God, by John Hever
  10. The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue

And again, for those who would appreciate more context, my five descriptive words (plus the links to my full write-ups) for each selection are included with the listing (reverse rank-order), below:

The Wonder

#10 – The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue

History. Irish “Fasting Girls.” Motherhood.

The Hidden Delight of God, by John Hever

#9 – The Hidden Delight of God, by John Hever

Identity Quest. Redemption. Exodus Exegesis.

Remember Me, by Penelope Wilcock

#8 – Remember Me, by Penelope Wilcock

Remembering: Opposite of Dismembering. Romance.

"The Best of Me" by David Sedaris

#7 – The Best of Me, by David Sedaris

Humor. Dysfunctional Family. Mortality. Humanizing.

The Pastor

#6 – The Pastor, by Eugene Peterson

Re-read. Language. Vocation. Sabbath Rest.

Less Book Cover

#5 – Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

Gay Despair. Loneliness. Aging. Love.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

#4 – A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

Afghan Women. Powerlessness. Perseverance. Hope.

The Memory of Old Jack

#3 – The Memory of Old Jack, by Wendell Berry

Love. Loss. Legacy. Memory. Grief.

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

#2 – Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

Nigeria. Colonization. Mixed Motives. Tragedy.

Lonesome Dove

#1 – Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry

American West. Friendship. Beauty. Danger.

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