Goodreads Members' Top 72 Hit Books of the Year (So Far)

Posted by Cybil on June 6, 2022


We’re halfway through 2022—that seemed awfully fast, didn’t it?—so it’s time once again for our annual check-in of Goodreads’ most popular new books of the year (so far).
 
The listings below represent the books that have generated the most interest and enthusiasm from Goodreads members in the first half of the year. The editorial team measures this by tallying up reader reviews and watching how often a particular title is added to readers’ Want to Read lists. We’ve also limited the selections to books that have a 3.5-star or better average star rating.
 
As of this writing, Goodreads has more than 140 million members worldwide, so the number crunching can get pretty serious. This time around, we’ve also chopped up the results by genre.
 
Scroll over the covers to learn more about each book, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!
 

Fiction

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Mystery & Thriller

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Romance

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What are some of your favorite reads so far this year from your 2022 Reading Challenge? Let us know in the comments!

   

Comments Showing 1-50 of 291 (291 new)


message 1: by PinkPanthress (new)

PinkPanthress Hmhmm, yummy! :D
Many of these are on my read or to-read List… lovely!


message 2: by David (new)

David Swisher Add Horror!


message 3: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Cahill Mulligan Just finished & loved Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau… a perfect, coming-of-age summer read!


message 4: by PinkPanthress (new)

PinkPanthress David wrote: "Add Horror!"

Hear, hear…!


message 5: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab


message 6: by Robbie (new)

Robbie I don't trust any list that once had The Midnight Library as #1


message 7: by Brandi (new)

Brandi Gray My thoughts exactly, Robbie. Haha


message 8: by Sue (new)

Sue J That's funny, because Midnight Library was one of my favorites.


message 9: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn We won't be halfway thru the year until the end of June


message 10: by Tony (new)

Tony da Napoli Please separate Science fiction from the Fantasy genre... we keep begging.


message 11: by Tony (new)

Tony da Napoli And how about a category for European and Nordic genres?????


message 12: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn deGramont, Nina The Christie Affair
Dray, Stephanie The Women of Chateau Lafayette
Ephron, Delia Left on Tenth: a second chance at life
Messud, Claire A Dream Life
O’Brien, Keith Paradise Falls: The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe

Renehan, Edward J. Jr. Deliberate Evil: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Daniel Webster, and the 1830 murder of a Salem slave trader

Thomas, Will Fierce Poison
Truss, Lynne Psycho By the Sea
Wolfhart, Nell McShane The Great Stewardess Rebellion: how women launched a workplace revolution at 30,000 feet
W. T. Flint Hot time


message 13: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Lessons in chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is a great summer read. Quirky, relevant, topical, entertaining.


message 14: by Amélie (new)

Amélie Tony wrote: "Please separate Science fiction from the Fantasy genre... we keep begging."

OMG yes please!


message 15: by Ruth Anne (new)

Ruth Anne Robbie wrote: "I don't trust any list that once had The Midnight Library as #1"

I totally agree about The Midnight Library! Nonsense so predictable: Just click your heels three times and say "There's no place like home."


message 16: by Ruth Anne (new)

Ruth Anne Tony wrote: "Please separate Science fiction from the Fantasy genre... we keep begging."

Yes, please! They're completely different genres, each deserving its own list. You can't just lump together magick and fantasy with future technological advances, major social or environmental changes, space or time travel, and life on other planets.

I love them both, but they don't make good bed-mates.


message 17: by Sara (new)

Sara F. I've only read one of these so far - Run Rose Run - but several others are on my wait list at the library. I have to say I didn't care much for Run Rose Run - it was disappointing.


message 18: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Kilgore I loved Matrix!


message 19: by Sbaker99 (new)

Sbaker99 I just finished The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz — ENJOYED!!


message 20: by Alisha (new)

Alisha Add on Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt


message 21: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Olga Dies Dreaming is favorite read all year, and I don’t know that anything will beat it. I’m excited to find out though. But I can’t recommend this book enough.


message 22: by L I Z A (new)

L I Z A Tony wrote: "Please separate Science fiction from the Fantasy genre... we keep begging."

PLEASEEE I want my scifiiiii


message 23: by L I Z A (new)

L I Z A Tony wrote: "And how about a category for European and Nordic genres?????"

A bit specific but in love with it!


message 24: by Mikaela (new)

Mikaela Robbie wrote: "I don't trust any list that once had The Midnight Library as #1"

Amen. That book was awful.


message 25: by Erin (new)

Erin Why is horror always left out of these lists?


message 26: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Zorich Amélie wrote: "Tony wrote: "Please separate Science fiction from the Fantasy genre... we keep begging."

OMG yes please!"


Agree, they are two different categories.


message 27: by Shruti (new)

Shruti Sathe Tony wrote: "Please separate Science fiction from the Fantasy genre... we keep begging."

I Support Totally.


message 28: by Horror Junkie (new)

Horror Junkie David wrote: "Add Horror!"

I co-sign what he said


message 29: by adriana (new)

adriana Tony wrote: "And how about a category for European and Nordic genres?????"

Or maybe just translated fiction?


message 30: by Sadie (new)

Sadie Hartmann David wrote: "Add Horror!"

It's so annoying these posts never include Horror.


message 31: by Ankit (new)

Ankit Saxena Shruti wrote: "Tony wrote: "Please separate Science fiction from the Fantasy genre... we keep begging."

I Support Totally."


I Third.


message 32: by Iyanuoluwa (new)

Iyanuoluwa Olorode Well, KPop Revolution, Tokyo Dreaming.


message 33: by Steve (new)

Steve Townshend Sci-Fi and Fantasy are NOT the same thing. They should have two distinct categories. By grouping them together you are saying that Asimov and Tolkien wrote the same sort of books.


message 34: by Tim (new)

Tim Brindle Really cool to see Heather Gudenkauf on this list. She is definitely a favorite of mine.


message 35: by Christine (new)

Christine Lamitina David wrote: "Add Horror!"
Agreed!


message 36: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Wadsworth Steve wrote: "Sci-Fi and Fantasy are NOT the same thing. They should have two distinct categories. By grouping them together you are saying that Asimov and Tolkien wrote the same sort of books."

Amen. They need to be split.


message 37: by Aura (new)

Aura Add horror and separate Science Fiction from Fantasy please!


message 38: by aliciugh (new)

aliciugh i refuse to trust any of the romance genre ratings anymore lmao


message 39: by Misty (new)

Misty Scarecrow Has a Gun—by Michael Kozlowsky and the The Patient’s Secret by Loreth White—both five star reads!


message 40: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Need to separate Sci-Fi from Fantasy!!!


message 41: by Jill (new)

Jill Tony wrote: "And how about a category for European and Nordic genres?????"

hear! hear!


message 42: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Barbara wrote: "I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab"

Barbara wrote: "I loved The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab"

Me too! Best book I've read this year!


message 43: by Molly (new)

Molly David wrote: "Add Horror!"

Agreed!


message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Robbie wrote: "I don't trust any list that once had The Midnight Library as #1"

I laughed out loud at this one. True fact.


message 45: by Carol (new)

Carol Hammal Nice list! Read many of them and many others in my TBR. Time to catch-up!


message 46: by Pete (new)

Pete Ashcroft David wrote: "Add Horror!"

Definately


message 47: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski I guess we all have our biases, but this list should have definitely included "Dream Town" (Archer #3) by David Baldacci in my most humblest of opinions.


message 48: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Turnsek Where is the Historical Fiction?????


message 49: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor Zavada Robbie wrote: "I don't trust any list that once had The Midnight Library as #1"

Well, The Midnight Library is rated 4.05 on Goodreads, so a lot of people must love it. Just because you didn't enjoy it doesn't mean it makes a list untrustworthy lol, it just means your taste differs.


message 50: by Jeana (new)

Jeana Budnick i love how I haven't read any of these lol


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