It should come as no surprise that our staff has read A LOT this year. This is evidenced by the fact that when asked what their favorite book(s) of 2022 were, most staff members had no problem compiling long lists of book after book. It's hard to pick just one favorite when there are so many amazing books out there to read.
Our staff is always happy to give book recommendations or tell you what they think about a particular author. So never hesitate to ask us. We'll get you started with our favorite books of 2022 that you can add to your "to be read" pile for the new year!
Below you will find a list of our staff's favorite adult books that they read in 2022 as well as links to the catalog and/or eZone so you can check them out yourself.
We also have a list of our Staff Favorite Kids/YA Books of 2022 as well.
#1 Staff Pick of 2022
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
A charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus.
Joanna's Pick (Reference Department)
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell
The author of award-winning Hamnet brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life in this unforgettable fictional portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de' Medici as she makes her way in a troubled court.
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
Shiela's Pick (Circulation Department)
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance by Alison Espach
Opening in the early nineties and charting almost two decades of shared history and missed connections, Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance is both a breathtaking love story about two broken people who are unexplainably, inconveniently drawn to each other and a wryly astute coming-of-age tale brimming with unexpected moments of joy.
Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
A woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love.
Going There by Katie Couric
This heartbreaking, hilarious, and brutally honest memoir shares the deeply personal life story of a girl next door and her transformation into a household name.
Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this electrifying romance.
Ben's Pick (Reference Department)
True Biz by Sara Novic
A tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf.
Wren's Pick (Circulation Department)
Devil House by John Darnielle
A book that blurs the line between fact and fiction, that combines daring formal experimentation with a spellbinding tale of crime, writing, memory, and artistic obsession.
Tanya's Pick (Teen Librarian)
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A lavish historical drama reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico.
Martha's Pick (Collection Development)
Finding Me by Viola Davis
In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.
Catherine's Pick (Administration)
The Anomoly by Herve Le Tellier
Winner of the Prix Goncourt, this dizzying literary page-turner ingeniously blends crime, fantasy, sci-fi, and thriller as it plumbs the mysteries surrounding a Paris-New York flight.
Patrick's Pick (IT Department)
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
In this exhilarating novel two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.
Kyle's Pick (Reference Department)
How to be More Tree by Annie Davison
A beautifully illustrated celebration of the wisdom of trees and what they can teach us about everyday life, from basking in the sun to weathering the storm.
Carolyn's Pick (Circulation Department)
Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris
In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all.
Pat's Pick (Children's Department)
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
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The first Mistborn trilogy chronicles the efforts of a secret group of Allomancers who attempt to overthrow a dystopian empire and establish themselves in a world covered by ash.
Kieran's Pick (Reference Department)
Poukahangatus: Poems by Tayi Tibble
The American debut of an acclaimed young poet as she explores her identity as a twenty-first-century Indigenous woman. Poem by poem, Tibble carves out a bold new way of engaging history, of straddling modernity and ancestry, desire and exploitation.
Happy Holidays from the Staff of Barrington Public Library and happy reading!
This list compiled by Reference Staff at Barrington Public Library. Please contact us at 401-247-1920 x2 with any questions or if you would like help placing a hold on one of these titles.