Best Books I Read In 2022

This was a good year for catching up on classic speculative fiction, for me. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Disposessed were remarkable reads which deserve their reputations. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson was interesting as a historical object and exciting to read, but probably a tier below both of those in its significance.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik, and There is no Antimemetics Division by qntm are less meaningful to me than any of those, but were each tremendous fun in different ways.

In non-fiction, The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan was an outstandingly broadly-scoped history which was ultimately worthwhile though a bit tough-going. In contrast Virginia Postrel’s The Fabric of Civlization was a ripping yarn that I couldn’t wait to tell friends tidbits from whenever I could.

Julia Galef’s The Scout Mindset was a book I had been looking for without knowing it, and helped crystalise a lot of ideas that needed to be crystalised.

See 2023’s best books here.

The full list of all books is here.