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Top Books of 2022 According to Amazon

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With more than 300 million print books sold every year, Amazon makes up around 40% of all Book sales in the US. This means they definitely know what the top books of 2022 were.

So, I took to Amazon to see what they rated the top books of the year and I am going to tell you a little about the top 10!

Keep reading to learn more, and let me know what you have read, what’s on your TBR, and what you aren’t interested in!

1. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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“We are all living, at most, half of a life, she thought. There was the life you lived, which consisted of the choices you made. And then, there was the other life, the one that was the things you hadn’t chosen.”

Gabrielle Zevin, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Coming in the number one spot of Amazon’s top books list is Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. It’s also a New York Times Bestseller, and it won a GoodReads Choice Award for Best Fiction.

Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 416 (hardcover), 418 (kindle)
Publish Date: July 5, 2022
Average Rating: 4.4/5

A novel covering a time period of thirty years, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow follows Sam Masur and Sadie Green (friends since childhood). Before they turn 25, the two create their first blockbuster film, Ichigo, and find themselves wildly successful.

However, all their success can’t keep them safe from their creativity and their hearts. This coming-of-age mixed with contemporary romance is nothing like you’ve read before, and you will love every second of it.

2. Solito: A Memoir

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All of the colors are amazing—some still linger at the edges of the sky, but when sunrise was at its peak, it felt like we were walking in a painting. Pinks, oranges, reds, purples, yellows, mixing together like watercolors. I thought I liked sunsets most, but I think I like sunrises better.

Javier Zamora, Solito: A Memoir

Second on Amazon’s Top Books of 2022 is Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora. It was a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee for Best Memoir & Autobiography (2022).

Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Biography
Page Count: 400 (hardback), 386 (kindle)
Publish Date: September 6, 2022
Average Rating: 4.7/5

Javier Zamora, a poet, tells his story of migrating to the United States from El Salvador when he was just nine years old. He details his journey of three-thousand miles through Mexico and Guatemala and finally crossing the border to the US.

This memoir is called not only one of the best books of 2022, but also one of the best books of the last 10 years. If you are a fan of memoirs, this is a must-read.

3. Stolen Focus

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The ocean makes you feel like the world is greeting you with a soft, wet, welcoming indifference. It’s never going to argue back, no matter how loud you yell.

Johann Hari, Stolen Focus

Next on the Top Books list is Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari. A New York Times Bestseller, this book was also a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee for Best Nonfiction (2022).

Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-help
Page Count: 368 (hardback), 348 (kindle)
Publish Date: January 25, 2022
Average Rating: 4.4/5

In the US, research shows teenagers can only focus for 65 seconds at a time, and office workers can focus for about 3 minutes. As our attention span continues to collapse, it is important to figure out why, and that is what Johann Hari set out to do with this book.

Hari went on a journey around the world to interview experts in the attention span of humans, and learned that pretty much everything we know about attention is wrong.

Hari also learned how we can work to regain our focus, transforming the debate about attention. If you have found yourself with a dwindling attention span, you need Hari’s book in your life.

4. Fairy Tale

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There is pain in every almost.

Steven King, Fairy Tale

Number 4 on Amazon’s Top Books of 2022 is Fairy Tale by Steven King. It was a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee for Best Fantasy (2022), a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Page Count: 608 (hardback), 607 (kindle)
Publish Date: September 6, 2022
Average Rating: 4.6/5

Charlie, who appears to be a normal teen in high school, has a lot more baggage than any normal teen should. His mother died when he was young, so he had to learn to take care himself and his dad.

One day, when Charlie is 17, he meets a dog (Radar) and her elderly master (Howard Bowditch), a recluse living on top of a hill with a locked shed in the back. Charlie starts helping out Bowditch, and quickly falls in love with Radar.

Soon, Bowditch dies, leaving Charlie Radar and a cassette tape. On the cassette tape, Bowditch lets Charlie in on a secret he kept his entire (very long) life: what is in his locked shed.

Steven King, being the legendary writer he is, tells a compelling, hard-to-put-down story. Lovers of King’s other works and fantasy should definitely add this to their TBR.

5. Horse: A Novel

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You never get a second chance to have a first impression.

Geraldine Brooks, Horse: A Novel

Following Fairy Tale on Amazon’s Top Books list comes Horse: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks. Based on the true story of thoroughbred Lexington, this novel will quickly win over your heart.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Animals
Page Count: 416 (hardback), 413 (kindle)
Publish Date: June 14, 2022
Average Rating: 4.6/5

1850 in Kentucky, an enslaved groom by the name of Jarret builds a bond with a bay foal hat goes on to set victory records all across the South. During the civil war, a painter who has captured the foal more than once heads off to war.

Flash forward to 1954 in NYC. Martha Jackson is a gallery owner who becomes obsessed with a 19th century equestrian oil painting.

Finally, in 2019, an Australian scientist from the Smithsonian (Jess), and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian are connected through their interest in the horse. Jess studying the bones of the stallion for a clue to his strength and endurance, Theo working to uncover the lost history of who the readers know as Jarret.

This novel is fantastic for lovers of history, art, and science. There are also touches of love, obsession, and the unfinished reckoning of racism. Definitely a must-read!

6. Carrie Soto is Back

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We live in a world where exceptional women have to sit around waiting for mediocre men.

Taylor Jenkins Reid, Carrie Soto is Back

Number 6 on Amazon’s Top Books of 2022 is Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Another #1 New York Times Bestseller, and the winner of the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction, this book definitely deserves the hype.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 384 (hardback), 363 (kindle)
Publish Date: August 30, 2022
Average Rating: 4.4/5

When Carrie Soto retires from tennis, she is one of the best players to ever exist by beating every record and earning 20 Grand Slam titles. Her father, Javier (a former champ himself), coached her, and she gave up just about everything to be the best.

However, at the 1994 US Open six years after her retirement, she watches her records be shattered by Nicki Chan, a brutal tennis player. It’s here, at 37 years old, she decides to come out of retirement to defend her records.

Despite everything working against her, Carrie is back for one last season in Reid’s most emotionally vulnerable story to date. As a fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid, this is going right on my list!

7. Demon Copperhead

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At the time, I thought my life couldn’t get any worse. Here’s some advice: Don’t ever think that.

Barbara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead

The next book on Amazon’s Top Books, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, was very busy last year! It placed in New York Times Best Books of 2022 list, it was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, a New York Times Bestseller, a Wallstreet Journal Bestseller, a #1 Washington Post Bestseller, and a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee for Best Fiction (2022).

Genre: Historical Fiction, Coming of Age
Page Count: 560 (hardback), 556 (kindle)
Publish Date: October 18, 2022
Average Rating: 4.6/5

Demon Copperhead is set in the mountains of Southern Appalachia, and follows the story of a boy who was born to a single teenage mother. Demon goes through the struggles of foster care, child labor, schools with poor conditions, addiction. He also experiences success with athletics, love that ends in disaster, and loss that crushes him.

Those who have read David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, and even those that haven’t, will love the familiarity between the two stories. With as high praise as it was given, this book can’t be missed.

8. Our Missing Hearts

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If we fear something, it is all the more imperative we study it thoroughly.

Celeste Ng, Our Missing Hearts

The eighth book on the Top Books list for 2022 was another really busy book for the year. It was a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee for Best Fiction (2022), a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, named a Best Book by People, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, Los Angeles Times, and Oprah Daily, and a Reese’s Book Club Pick.

Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Page Count: 352 (hardback), 347 (kindle)
Publish Date: October 4, 2022
Average Rating: 4.3/5

Bird Gardner, a twelve-year-old boy, lives with his dad who works shelving books at a university library. His mother left when he was nine, leaving no trace of where she was going or if she was coming back. The only thing Bird knows is her books have been banned and he resents her.

One day, out of the blue, Bird receives a letter consisting of a weird, cryptic drawing. This sets him off on a journey to find his mother. During his journey, he is taken back to several of the folktales his mother used to tell him about when he was younger.

He works his way through an underground network of librarians (ever the heroes) all the way to New York City, where he finally learns the truth of what happens to his mother.

As an old story turned new, Our Missing Hearts teaches about legacies that we pass on to our children, and it is a great read for parents and kids alike!

9. The Escape Artist

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Only when information is combined with belief does it become knowledge, and only knowledge leads to action.

Jonathan Freedland, The Escape Artist

The next book on the Top Books list is a true story called The Escape Artist, written by award-winning novelist Jonathan Freedland. It was a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee for Best History & Biography (2022).

Genre: History, Nonfiction, Biography
Page Count: 400 (hardback), 394 (kindle)
Publish Date: October 18, 2022
Average Rating: 4.6/5

In April of 1944, Rudolf Vrba was one of the very first Jews to escape from Auschwitz. He escaped to alert the world of the truth behind what was happening in the camp, and warn any remaining Jews of what was coming.

Along with another escapee, Fred Wetzler, Vrba climbed over mountains, crossed through rivers, and just barely escaped fires from German firearms. Together, they smuggled and released the first ever full account of what was happening in Auschwitz: a forensics report.

Heroically, the pair saved two hundred THOUSAND Jewish lives. The Escape Artist is an incredible story to read about an incredible man and what he endured as a Jewish man during the Holocaust.

10. City on Fire

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Lesson: Don’t hold on to something’s going to pull you into a trap. If you’re going to let go, let go early. Better yet, don’t take the bait at all.

Don Winslow, City on Fire

#1 internationally selling author Don Winslow brings the tenth book on Amazon’s Top Books of 2022: City on Fire. This book also made its way on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery Thriller
Page Count: 384 (hardback), 376 (kindle)
Publish Date: April 26, 2022
Average Rating: 4.3/5

All of New England is controlled by two criminal empires. Until one beautiful woman comes between the two, starting a war that brings death upon both empires, destroys an alliance, and sets the city on fire.

Danny Ryan wants to start living a more legitimate life, but as conflict continues to rise, he must become the leader he needs to be to protect the ones he loves.

Two empires enter the fight, but only one will remain and forge dynasty. This book has been called a masterpiece with similar feels to The Godfather, Casino, and Goodfellas. Lovers of crime will love this book!


While I only covered Amazon’s ten top books of 2022 in this post, there are many more! You can see all of them over at Amazon!

If you have read any of these books, let me know how you feel about them in the comments! If you haven’t, which are you adding to your TBR?

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