The best books we read in 2022

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Here at the Litty Committee, we love a book. So for this edition, we thought we’d bring some great, gorgeous recommendations and mini book reviews right to your doorstep (or, you know, your laptop screen).

But we knew we couldn’t do it alone, so we asked some of our most trusted PEDESTRIAN colleagues to suggest the best books they’ve read this year, and they pulled it off.

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Here’s a breakdown of the best books we’ve read in 2022: from true crime to fiction to biographies. There is something for every taste. And believe us, we have good taste.

The best books we’ve read in 2022 so far

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

penguin

Who: bella

Category: YA Fantasy

What I liked about this book:

It’s a YA fantasy about a girl called Kiva, who was sentenced to life imprisonment as a child. Zalindov is a brutal place where most people don’t even survive their sentence for a month, but Kiva managed to survive about 10 years in this “death prison”. When she receives a coded message that orders her to keep an incoming prisoner alive, she must “volunteer as tribute” through a series of deadly trials that require magic to survive (which she doesn’t have. ).

I’m a sucker for a YA fantasy novel, but I was sold on this book when I found out it’s based on WA’s Fremantle Prison. It explores complex mental health issues such as depression. He has the most mad twist at the end of the first book that had me thinking for months afterwards. It’s also a complete series now since the last book, The blood traitor, was released at the end of May. Happy drinking!

Or buy:

Amazon ($16) | Booktopia ($21.25) | eBay ($16) | BDQ ($19.99)

Sold Out by Dan Ozzi

Sold
United States

Who: Chris

Category: Biography

What I liked about this book:

If you ask a certain generation of punks, there’s no greater sin than selling out. But in the mid-90s, when underground music burst into the mainstream, these alternative bands suddenly became the hottest bands, with major record labels lining up around the block to offer them deals. majors. While signing to a major label has helped some bands blossom into household names, other bands haven’t been so lucky.

Sold covers the origins of some of the biggest punk and alternative bands of the time, including bands like Green Day, Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance, and the effect signing to a major label had on their careers and the genre as a whole. Through a series of profiles detailing both successes and failures, Dan Ozi explores whether selling is essential for a band to succeed, a necessary evil, a curse that goes against the genre’s sense of authenticity and anti-corporate beliefs, or perhaps a gray combination of all of these who is before ?

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Amazon ($49.15) | Booktopia ($42.25) | eBay ($46.25)

Love Stories by Trent Dalton

Litty Committee: We've raided our shelves to bring you our best reads of 2022 so far
Harpercollins

Who: Elijah

Category: Biography and memory

What I liked about this book:

I’m definitely not ahead of the curve with this recommendation, but Love stories> was so beautiful. So many tears of joy and sadness flowed while reading it. It’s perfect for ending a reading crisis, as you can only skim through a few pages and complete a story.

Also it can be an inconvenience but I’m terrified of something bad happening to the people I love and reading how so many regular Aussies have dealt with the loss has made me feel a little less scared.

Or buy:

Amazon ($19) | Booktopia ($19.95 with signed copy) | eBay ($19) | BDQ ($25.99)

Unmasked: Crime Scenes, Cold Cases, and My Hunt for the Golden State Killer by Paul Holes

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Big title

Who: Josie

Category: true crime

What I liked about this book:

I’m a real crime girl, but I haven’t read or listened to a new book in ages. I finally stopped listening again Harry Potter long enough to devour Paul Holes‘Memory on Audible.

I was excited because as a forensic expert/investigator he worked massive cases (Golden State Killer, Jaycee Dugard, Laci Peterson) but I actually found the tea on his personal life the more fascinating. How he married young and struggled to balance his career, his marriage and his life as a father. It’s nice to meet the person behind the heroic crime solving and find out he’s only human after all! (Plus, he has a nice soothing voice, a bonus.)

Or buy:

Amazon ($26.25) | Booktopia ($26.25) | eBay ($30.25) | BDQ ($26.39)

Sunbed by Isobel Beech

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Allen and Unwin

Who: Maggie and Jasmine

Category: Fiction

What I liked about this book (Maggie):

This debut novel by the Melbourne writer Isobel Beech is really something special. I won’t compare her to a certain Rally Soney writer, but her observational and introspective perspective makes this such personal and heartfelt writing. Set mostly in southern Italy, it’s viscerally emotive and a delight to devour; I kept looking for this book as a way to escape the Melbourne winter. It’s a beautiful book about family, friends and heartbreak.

What I liked about this book (Jasmine):

Set between Melbourne and Italy, this book is a beautiful story of heartbreak and love while feeling like you’re on vacation in the sun yourself.

Or buy:

Amazon ($16) | Booktopia ($24.25) | eBay ($16) | BDQ ($29.99)

Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

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penguin

Who: Ruby

Category: Manga

What I liked about this book:

I like the vast majority of Junji Itōhorror manga, Tomie at crushed. He really is the king of the trade. However, one of his books, which happens to be one of his shortest, was a huge hit for me. It’s called Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu.

It’s a comic manga that plays to the horror themes of his past work while also being a very goofy and silly story about how he and his wife came to own their two cats. This is the first time I’ve laughed out loud reading something since The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Or buy:

Amazon ($37.99) | Booktopia ($39.35)

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

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Hatchet

Who: Ky

Category: queer fiction

What I liked about this book:

This book literally broke me. But like in a good way (I guess?). The writing is so sweet and tender and tells a weird love story in a way I’ve never seen before. It’s incredibly raw, so it’ll definitely tug on your heartstrings (or tear them), but it’s such a worthy and well-written read.

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Amazon ($15.99) | Booktopia ($17.50) | eBay ($17.57)

Anna: the biography of Amy Odell

Litty Committee: We've raided our shelves to bring you our best reads of 2022 so far
Simon & Schuster

Who: Katherine

Category: Biography

What I liked about this book:

I certainly don’t consider myself a high fashion girl, but when my colleague Matty lent me this bio of Anna Wintour I was intrigued.

What I found most compelling was how this biography – which features more than 250 interviewees – charted the ups and downs of the magazine industry. Honestly, the stuff you could get from high fashion magazines to pay in the 90s! And if you’re a Met Gala fashion critic from the couch like me, learning about the early days of the event is super interesting.

Or buy:

Amazon ($26.60) | Booktopia ($27.75) | eBay ($35.26) | BDQ ($34.99)
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