2022 reading list

This was a very busy year for me and my writing, but grateful for all the time I spent reading and then reading some more. It was novel to read a novel outside my own four walls and even home country. From travel reads, to bedtime books, to lunchtime poems, to library picks, here are my top twelve books old and new that got me through these twelve months (I struggled to whittle down to ten).

  • All Down Darkness Wide – Seán Hewitt (read my thoughts in The Skinny)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Young Mungo – Douglas Stuart
  • The Nerves and Their Endings – Jessica Gaitán Johannesson
  • There Are More Things – Yara Rodrigues Fowler (read my thoughts in The Skinny)
  • Some Integrity – Padraig Regan
  • England’s Green – Zaffar Kunial
  • Letters Home – Jennifer Wong
  • Hourglass – Keiran Goddard
  • Assembly – Natasha Brown
  • Another Country – James Baldwin
  • Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood

Here is everything I read in 2022:

  1. Poems selected by Alan Hollinghurst – A.E. Housman
  2. Second Place – Rachel Cusk
  3. Some Integrity – Padraig Regan
  4. New Skin for the Old Ceremony – Arun Sood
  5. Winter Trees – Sylvia Plath
  6. The Tempest – William Shakespeare
  7. Nevada – Imogen Binnie
  8. Physical – Andrew McMillan
  9. The Last Days of Terranova – Manuel Rivas
  10. The Arena of the Unwell – Liam Konemann
  11. There Is (Still) Love Here – Dean Atta
  12. These Bodies of Water – Sabrina Mahfouz
  13. In Search of Equilibrium – Theresa Lola
  14. England’s Green – Zaffar Kunial
  15. Another Country – James Baldwin
  16. Selected Poems – T.S. Eliot
  17. Hourglass – Keiran Goddard
  18. All Down Darkness Wide – Seán Hewitt
  19. Sterling Karat Gold – Isabel Waidner
  20. Why I’m Like Tequila – Lupe Mendez
  21. Carrie Kills A Man – Carrie Marshall
  22. The Pharmacist – Rachelle Atalla
  23. The Giant Dark – Sarvat Hasin
  24. Bolla – Pajtim Statovci
  25. Like A Tree, Walking – Vahni Capildeo
  26. Standing Heavy – GauZ
  27. The Nerves and Their Endings – Jessica Gaitán Johannesson
  28. X – Davey Davis
  29. Libertie – Kaitlyn Greenidge
  30. Another Way to Split Water – Alycia Pirmohamed
  31. Tiepolo Blue – James Cahill
  32. Boy Friends – Michael Pedersen
  33. How to Make a Basket – Jazz Money
  34. Assembly – Natasha Brown
  35. Dancer from the Dance – Andrew Holleran
  36. We Move – Gurnaik Johal
  37. Quiet – Victoria Adukwei Bulley 
  38. Slum Virgin – Gabriela Cabezón Cámara
  39. An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life – Paul Dalla Rosa
  40. Dark Neighbourhood – Vanessa Onwuemezi
  41. Elena Knows – Claudia Piñeiro
  42. Just By Looking at Him – Ryan O’Connell
  43. Anoche Cuando Dormía – Antonio Machado
  44. No Man’s Land – Anne East
  45. from murky waters, we rise – Etzali Hernández
  46. Lions and Shadows – Christopher Isherwood
  47. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  48. Fishing In The Aftermath – Salena Godden
  49. Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors – Aravind Jayan
  50. Meditación Fronteriza – Norma Elia Cantú
  51. Gingerbread – Helen Oyeyemi
  52. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
  53. Bang – Daniel Peña
  54. More Fiyah – edited by Kayo Chingonyi
  55. Rattlesnake Allegory – Joe Jiménez
  56. There Are More Things – Yara Rodrigues Fowler
  57. Aristotle and Dante Dive Into The Waters of The World – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  58. Christopher and His Kind – Christopher Isherwood
  59. All The Names Given – Raymond Antrobus
  60. Kismet – Jennifer Lee Tsai
  61. Bless The Daughter Raised By A Voice In Her Head – Warsan Shire
  62. The Sunlight Pilgrims – Jenni Fagan
  63. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  64. This Fruiting Body – Caleb Parkin
  65. Selah – Keith Jarrett
  66. Peaces – Helen Oyeyemi
  67. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  68. Honorifics – Cynthia Miller
  69. Blood Salt Spring – Hannah Lavery
  70. Tender – Ariana Harwicz
  71. Loose Woman – Sandra Cisneros
  72. Nudes – Elle Nash
  73. Limbic – Peter Scalpello
  74. Young Mungo – Douglas Stuart
  75. Letters Home – Jennifer Wong
  76. Brickmakers – Selva Almada
  77. After the Formalities – Anthony Anaxagorou
  78. An Eye for An Eye for An Eye – Ellen Renton
  79. Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart
  80. Mrs Death Misses Death – Salena Godden
  81. Wake me when I’m gone – Odafe Atogun
  82. Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
  83. Cosmogramma – Courttia Newland
  84. Mona – Pola Oloixarac
  85. Meanwhile – Cynthia Rodriguez
  86. Black Lion – Sicelo Mbatha

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