Well-Read Episode 99 - The 2022 Reading List

After a year of hard work, we’re happy to share the results of the 2022 Reading List! We’ll share the winners and the shortlist, along with our thoughts. As always, we end with what we’re reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:



Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby (buy from Bookshop)

Short List

Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka (buy from Bookshop)

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian (buy from Bookshop)

The Push by Ashley Audrain (buy from Bookshop)

Red Widow by Alma Katsu (buy from Bookshop)



A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark (buy from Bookshop)

Short List

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (buy from Bookshop)

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman (buy from Bookshop)

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (buy from Bookshop)

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec (buy from Bookshop)

Historical fiction


The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (buy from Bookshop)

Short List

Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood (buy from Bookshop)

– A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (buy from Bookshop)

Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter (buy from Bookshop)

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (buy from Bookshop)

A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein (buy from Bookshop)



Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (buy from Bookshop)

– The Ring (film)

– The Grudge (film)

Short List

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling (buy from Bookshop)

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones (buy from Bookshop)

Near the Bone by Christina Henry (buy from Bookshop)

This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno (buy from Bookshop)



Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (buy from Bookshop)

– A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette (buy from Bookshop)

Short List

Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest (buy from Bookshop)

The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (buy from Bookshop)

Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey (buy from Bookshop)

Under Color of Law by Aaron Philip Clark (buy from Bookshop)

– Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (buy from Bookshop)

– Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (buy from Bookshop)

– Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (buy from Bookshop)

– Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano (buy from Bookshop)

Relationship fiction


The Guncle by Steven Rowley (buy from Bookshop)

Short List

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (buy from Bookshop)

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (buy from Bookshop)

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (buy from Bookshop)

– Arrested Development (TV)

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan (buy from Bookshop)



One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (buy from Bookshop)

Short List

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun (buy from Bookshop)

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod (buy from Bookshop)

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (buy from Bookshop)

For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes (buy from Bookshop)

Science fiction


A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (buy from Bookshop)

Short List

Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill (buy from Bookshop)

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (buy from Bookshop)

One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Unity by Elly Bangs (buy from Bookshop)

– The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (buy from Bookshop)

What We’re Reading This Week:

Halle: First Comes Like by Alisha Rai (buy from Bookshop)

– Modern Love series by Alisha Rai

– A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli (buy from Bookshop)

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