BookPeople’s Favorite Reads of 2022

A lot of books came out this year, y’all. It’s utterly impossible to read them all, even among a building full of booksellers. While it’s easy to fall into the gamification of reading goals, it’s also important to take a step back and enjoy stories that are precious to us – which is what we’re doing with this list, as we look back throughout the year to the stories that really stuck with us.

Our 2022 Year in Review at BookPeople

Throughout 2022, we kept hearing from customers the same heartwarming sentiment: “I’m so glad we’re able to gather together again!” As we’ve lengthened operating hours, expanded cafe seating, and turned our events programming back in-person, we’ve loved seeing local authors and readers show up to browse, read, eat, and shop. Let’s take a look back at what we’ve been up to this year: Banned Camp in the summer, events nearly every day, community partnerships, and, of course, the incredible books we read.

Books I’m Excited About: ‘Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes’

Everybody needs a laugh, Uriel included. He's looking forward to the joy of a new Phoebe Robinson essay collection later this year! 2020 was messy, and if you're still mad about it: join the club. I'm personally over folks trying to make sense of it (S___ is f'ed!), but if there's anyone's commentary I want to hear, it's Phoebe … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes’

Books I’m Excited About: ‘Lapvona’

New Ottessa Moshfegh. That's it. That's the post. Stop the presses. Drop everything you're doing. There's a new Ottessa Moshfegh on the horizon. The digital ink on this news hasn't even had time to dry, but I want you to know about it first. I have a few tasty morsels of information (thank you, LitHub) to report … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Lapvona’

Books I’m Excited About: ‘Bewilderment’

Richard Powers returns this fall with a novel about our dying world and the bewildering prospect of raising a child in it. Uriel hasn't and won't soon forget it. Read more and see why. Psst. Can I tell you a secret? I just finished the new Richard Powers book. Yes, that Richard Powers. The Overstory Richard Powers. Pulitzer Prize and … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Bewilderment’

Books I’m Excited About: ‘Harlem Shuffle’

Fall 2021's a distant dream, but Uriel's still looking forward to all the wonderful book's we'll be getting when we finally get there. In a year when so many standout authors are making a splash, there's one title he's most stoked for. Read on for more! Colson Whitehead's done it all. He's penned historical novels, a … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Harlem Shuffle’

Books I’m Excited About: ‘A Little Devil in America’

If you're into music + feeling things, Uriel's got just the book for you! I love Hanif Abdurraqib. The way his mind works, his taste in music and sports, his aura, just everything. And his work—an alchemical blend of criticism and poetry—is some of the very best I've ever read. Yes, I'm prone to hyperbole, … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘A Little Devil in America’

Books I’m Excited About: ‘Hummingbird Salamander’

Sci-fi lovers, here's a book you should be looking forward to! Out next month! I wasn't able to truly get into sci-fi writing until I stumbled across Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy sometime in 2014. Comprised of Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance, it tells of an ecological l wasteland known only as Area X and the scores of scientists and … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Hummingbird Salamander’