The Best Books I read in 2022

Hi all!

I love doing “best books of the year” roundup posts, and I have done others before (2021, 2020, 2018, 2017).

This year, I read less books because I spent so much time doing university reading. In actuality, I probably read the same, or more, as I usually do. For example, I read a lot of Sartre, but I didn’t read Being and Nothingness from start to finish, so it isn’t included in my total.

In total, I read 28 books in 2022. I’ve been using Goodreads since 2009 to keep track of my readings.

I have four favourites to share with you. None are textbooks, only one is from a burst of Existentialism reading I did, and I’m not sharing any of the books about Canada in the 1930s either (though that was a fun bout of research).

Also a notable mention goes to the book “Nuclear War Survival Skills,” which I found absolutely fascinating (what do you do with human waste in a disaster? how bad are fallout clouds? And so on). It’s an older book (late 80s/early 90s) and I just lived for reading it. Such a good time.

Here’s my list of favourite books from 2022:

note: check out the video for more detail into each of these!

  • Breaking Bread with the Dead by Alan Jacobs
  • Invisible Women Caroline Criado-Perez
  • Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman