“So many books, so little time.” If you love to read, chances are you’ve found this statement to be true. After all, each new year brings new choices in every genre—fiction, memoir, mystery, and romance, just to name a few. So if you’re looking for a good read, check out some of the titles listed below. We think you’ll find something of interest in this list of books people are talking about in 2022.
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Named by Amazon as the Best Book of 2021, The Lincoln Highway has been described as “elegantly constructed and compulsively readable” (NPR book review). It has entertained and enthralled many readers with its tales of adventure, mishaps, and youthful escapades. Set in 1950’s America, this book spans ten days and is told from multiple viewpoints. The author, who gave us A Gentleman in Moscow, has penned another bestseller. Some have even called The Lincoln Highway the best book of the decade. See what all the talk is about by delving into this modern classic.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Looking for something to lift your spirits? The Midnight Library has been described as “whimsical, brilliant, and charming” (Amazon). Many say it’s a modern-day version of the classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. A powerful story about regret and the choices we make, this popular novel comes from an international bestselling author with a background in mental health. It’s sure to remind us that we all matter more than we think we do.
The Maid by Nita Prose
Glamour magazine calls it a “twist-and-turn whodunit, set in a five-star hotel, told from the perspective of the maid who finds the dead body.” Featuring Molly Gray, a quirky, socially awkward twenty-five-year-old obsessed with cleanliness, this page-turner delights. When Molly becomes the prime suspect in the murder, she struggles to prove her innocence. Not reading social cues well and not understanding non-literal language, Molly is at a disadvantage. But, fortunately, she has friends who come to the rescue. A movie based on this debut novel is soon to be released by Universal Pictures and will star Florence Pugh as Molly.
Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Over three million copies of this self-help book have sold. With its claim of “tiny changes, remarkable results,” this book offers suggestions on how to improve every single day. Written by an expert on habit formation, Atomic Habits promises to give readers the tools they need to form good habits and rid themselves of bad habits. It’s designed to help both groups and individuals reach their goals. Filled with practical strategies, this book also includes inspirational talks from athletes, comedians, business leaders, and physicians.
The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair
A bestselling book that gives the history of colors? That may seem impossible, but The Secret Lives of Colour proves otherwise. It tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes, and hues (Amazon). The author’s lifelong obsession with colors led her to compile this unique book that is filled with charts, facts, and historical insights. According to The Wall Street Journal, “the history of colors, it turns out, is the story of science as well as art.” Fun fact: the edges of the pages roughly match the colors being described!
Available online and at bookstores everywhere, delve into one of these popular books people are talking about in our community. And, don’t forget that the Tuscaloosa Public Library has an excellent selection as well. Happy reading!
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