Recommended Reads of 2022

As library people, we love books and we love to talk about them! The list below contains all of our favorite books from 2022 that we recommend to you, our fellow book lovers. You may just find your next favorite book here. Many of these books can be found at Spokane Public Library or Spokane County Library District. Happy reading!


World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

This lovely, short book was exactly what I needed. It lifted my spirits and was so beautifully written. – Eva

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Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

It is an interesting true story that almost feels as though it were fiction. It also gives a unique perspective on the middle east and how terrorism became prevalent in the region. It’s witty and fun, but also packed with information regarding the written history of Timbuktu. I don’t typically read non-fiction for fun, but this book pulled me in anyways. – Julianna

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So Much for Love by Sophie Lambda

This book could be hard to read if you’ve been in a relationship with a narcissist (or are in one now), but it can also be comforting to know that you are not crazy, you are not wrong, and you are not alone. – Sophie

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Open to any page and you will find a thoughtful and inspiring message to uplift you in hard times. – Sophie

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Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

This is an amazing book of the state of women in Korea. This book was actually recommended to me by my daughter and it prompted wonderful discussion of lessons that we have learned in the realm of women’s rights….. and also how far we still have to go. – Cheryl

Outlove: A Queer Christian Survival Story by Julie Rodgers

I absolutely related to the author, and found this book to be enlightening and encouraging for queer people raised in the anti-gay Evangelical church. – Rachel

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The Catch Me if You Can: One Woman’s Journey to Every Country in the World by Jessica Nabongo

Stories from a woman who has been to every country on the planet. #lifegoals. She is my new hero. – Becky

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Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert

I am deeply interested in historical economic inequity in the USA, as a result of our DEI reading. This book was thought-provoking-how cotton was the largest part of our economy before the Civil War and that the entire system was based on slavery. Northern businessmen, Southern plantation owners, trade with the British Empire, were all complicit. Many of the deepest roots of the Industrial Revolution arose from the back-breaking labor of the enslaved. From Ivy League universities to Fortune 500 companies, this legacy denied millions of the chance to participate fully in our economy. – Paul

Check It Out: Audiobook (OverDrive) | Audiobook (hoopla)


Book Lovers by Emily Henry

The love story is adorable and I love the playful and witty banter between the two love interests! Such a feel-good, fun, and easy read. – Alina

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Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

For fans of the HEA sub-genre (Happily Ever After), this read is like diving head first into your favorite Meet-Cute Rom Com. It’s the pure escapism of a Hallmark Movie wrapped up in the pages of a book. Just like a cheesy holiday movie, sometimes you just need a book that will sweep you away with delightful, meaningless distraction, and this is that book. – Amanda D.

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Asexual representation in a romance. Finally. – Amanda

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Historical Fiction

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

All the observations you’ve ever made or experienced about misogyny and the patriarchy all wrapped up into one entertaining and surprisingly not depressing work of fiction. The title sounds like a textbook, but no science aptitude necessary to enjoy this read. – Amanda D.

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Longbourn by Jo Baker

I LOVED this book. I reread Pride and Prejudice shortly before reading this and the parallels were so good. This is P&P from the servant’s point of view. It was clever, thoughtful and well-written. Highly recommend to other P&P fans! – Eva

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The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry

A short but poignant story about the mistreatment of mental disability in the early 1900’s. Very powerful, yet also very beautiful! – Cheryl

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True Biz by Sara Novic

True Biz is an incredible novel that not only centers characters who are deaf but also effortlessly presents intersectional viewpoints of race, disability rights, LGBTQ+, socioeconomic status, and more. The author, who is deaf, weaves a tale that is both entertaining and educational. It is a great read from a perspective we rarely see – the deaf community. – Amanda D.

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I Wish You all the Best by Mason Deaver

First of all, this is an LGBTQ+ book with a very believable and relatable story line. The main character is non-binary. They get kicked out of their house by their parents, moved in with their sister and built their new life. They got to make new friends, go to a new school and experience the world as their real and authentic self. – Ashley R.

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Young Adult

Gregor the Overlander Series by Suzanne Collins

This is by far Suzanne Collins best series (and I also love The Hunger Games!)! It’s an amazing story of an 11 year old boy falling into an underground world full of huge creatures, adventures, and prophecies. Literally everyone in my house, adults and children alike, could not put these books down. – Cheryl

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Children’s Books

A Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall

A witch attempts to make frog soup and finds it harder than she anticipated. Hilarious and adorable! – Sophie

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Fart Quest (The Series) by Aaron Reynolds

A wonderfully funny adventure for anyone that loves fantasy, farts, or dungeons and dragons. – Sophie

Book 1: Book | Audiobook

Book 2: Book | Audiobook

Alone by Megan E. Freeman

Emotionally compelling dystopian juvenile fiction, but written in verse. – Amanda M.

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The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Such a complex, somewhat creepy novel about final girls and their complex trauma surrounding their past. – Alina

Check It Out: Book | Book (Large Type) | eBook | Audiobook

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

I like thrillers. I like it when women are the heroes of their own story, not the victim. Thoughtful, tough, inspiring, take-no-prisoners, get what she wants stories. – Karen

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Fletch, Too by Gregory McDonald

A new Fletch movie came out and I’m re-reading the whole series. So far, Fletch, Too is my favorite. They’re fast, witty and short reads. – Ryan

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

A page-turning psychological thriller told in two unreliable POV’s, a mother and daughter, both dealing with mental illness. – Rachel

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Comfort Me With Apples Catherynne M. Valente

My novela of the Year. Sophia lives in a perfect neighborhood. Let me just go ahead and spoil it for you. Something is not right. I can’t say more, but you must tell me when you figure it out! – Becky

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The Book of Lost Saints: A Cuban American Family Saga of Love, Betrayal, and Revolution by Daniel José Older

I listened to this book. The reader was excellent. I loved learning about the Cuban revolution through the eyes of an unusual narrator – a ghost! The story moves fluidly from dream space to physical space and the place is so excellently depicted that it’s almost one of the main characters! – Eva

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

This lovely sci-fi story is an intricately-plotted, serene journey through a vast space and time. Metaphysics, time travel paradoxes, sweet celebrations of being human, and a pandemic. – Kathryn

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The first entry in the epic Stormlight Archive, Sanderson’s masterful world-building, rich character development, and philosophical exploration are on full display.

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Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Characters inspired by Chinese history. Giant robots. Alien attacks. “Welcome to your nightmare!” (Now just imagine me cackling insanely while throwing this book at people’s heads because it really is SO FREAKING GOOD.) – Becky

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Exciting adventure with a ton of side stories and an entertaining and highly emotional young narrator. – Amanda M.

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

A beautifully written fantasy novel centering around Chinese mythology! So fascinating and intriguing. – Sam

Sam recommended this to me and I seriously couldn’t put it down. The imagery is incredible and I was mesmerized by the storyline. I am still thinking about it! – Skyler

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Beautifully written fantasy but easy to read. Relatable characters. All around amazing book! – Cheryl

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Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

The first book in another trilogy by the duo that brought you the Illuminae Files! (What!? You haven’t read those either!? Go forth and fix that!) You know how much you liked that trilogy? Remember how you lost all that sleep because you couldn’t put it down, then wouldn’t shut up about it to all your friends? This book is even better than that! EVEN BETTER. (You read that right. Hard to believe, I know.) Also, the audiobook is done by a full cast. Bliss. – Becky

Fun Sci-fi adventure with a variety of interesting main characters. – Amanda M.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

You know when you start a book and suddenly it’s midnight, you’re crying, you’re mad at yourself because you read a book so amazing too fast, and now you keep wishing you can go back in time to relive it immediately? No? Just me? Well, if you want to accompany me on this emotional journey, then I totally recommend this book. – Skyler

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Adventurous alternate-history story with magic and sisterly bonding. – Amanda M.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (Series) by Sarah J. Maas

So fun and magical! If you like fantasy that includes romance, war, twists, and fantastical creatures, this is for you! – Sam

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Compelling and fun and action and adventure! Love the imagery all the descriptions of the creatures, places, and travels evoke. So good! – Sam

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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

A sci-fi adventure into space to save the sun from being devoured by microscopic organisms (and in turn, save earth). It just takes one spaceship crew… oops. No. All but one person on that crew died in transit. How do you save everything alone? Read this book to find out. Trust me. It’s good. – Becky

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This is a very well written book. Easy to read. Such an amazing message of hope and seeing the beauty in the everyday. The book version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. – Cheryl

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Graphic Novel

M is for Monster by Talia Dutton

A heartbreaking spin on Frankenstein, the relationship between sisters, and what really makes us human. – Sophie

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The Big She-Bang: The Herstory of the Universe According to God the Mother by Marisa Acocella

An amazing alternate creation story using ancient Goddess mythology. – Rachel

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan by Gaku Kuze

Dark humor for the adults that are tired of being adults. – Sophie

The Walking Cat by Tomo Kitaoka

It’s the zombie apocalypse, but the main character is a white tomcat. Be ready for emotional devastation. You will like it. – Becky

Dire Days of Willowweep Manor by Shaenon K. Garrity

Ever wished you could go into a book? Especially a Gothic romance? And then fight evil? If you didn’t before you will want to after reading this book. – Becky