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Barnes and Noble Releases a List of the Best Books of 2022

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

Barnes and Noble released their top picks for several genres this year. From cookbooks to mystery novels, they’ve got every kind of book-lover covered. Below is the overall top ten list.

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy 

This book is a memoir by the formerly known Sam on iCarly. The actress and singer details the trauma of growing up under the spotlight and how her strenuous relationship with her abusive mother impacted her mental and physical health. According to Barnes and Noble, it’s both gut-wrenching and comical, shedding light on what was truly going on behind the scenes.

A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES: A Novel by Louise Penny

This fiction novel follows a young man and woman who experienced great suffering due to the murder of their mother. It is the 18th book in the popular series. Penny is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. 

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

This novel is about a mother and child living in a society of paranoia. The power of art is examined as a method to create change, and the idea of surviving in a troubled world and leaving with your heart intact becomes the center of the story. 

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 

A tale of womanhood, this book highlights scientist Elizabeth Zott, who challenges the status quo by being more than what a woman should be in the 1960s. It has been picked up by Apple to become a TV series. The main character is described by the Seattle Times as a unique heroine who you will find yourself wishing wasn’t fictional. 

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama 

The Former First Lady displays her strategies and advice on maintaining mental health and growth in an uncertain world. Barnes and Noble calls it “a rewarding blend of powerful stories and profound advice,” inspiring readers to examine their own lives. This book follows her popular memoir Becoming, published in March of 2021.

Prisoners of the Castle by Ben Macintyre

An almost cinematic read, this book tells the story of prisoners of war who attempt escape a Nazi prison in the midst of World War II. This captivating and gripping narrative takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster.

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence by R.F. Kuang

This novel explores the consequences of imperialism and violence. Barnes and Noble reviews it as “smart, witty and terrifying; the type of book you can’t stop reading and can’t stop recommending!” It’s a book that questions if revolution requires violence, asking readers to look within powerful institutions instead of seeking external solutions. 

The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee

A combination of scientific history and reflective moments, this read is the third book in Mukherjee’s series that seeks the answer to what it means to be human. He describes the work of doctors and their research of the human cell. 

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

This book is a National Book Award Finalist; Barnes and Noble naming Gunty “a brilliant new voice in American fiction.” It’s a tale of the Midwest and the balance between navigating loneliness and freedom. 

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

In a world of fantasy consisting of unicorns and heroes, Steadman writes an adventure novel geared toward readers of science fiction. Barnes and Noble recommends this book to children who are fans of the Percy Jackson and Eragon series.

This list highlights Barnes and Noble’s general top choices, but their website details specific lists for each type of person and their reading habits. Just in time for the holidays, they share their opinions on the best reads of 2022 and encourage customers to capitalize on these recommendations. 

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a junior at Florida State majoring in Business Marketing and RMI