12 books you have to read in 2022, if you haven't already

22 December 2021, 08:34

12 books you have to read in 2022, if you haven't already
12 books you have to read in 2022, if you haven't already. Picture: PH
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

If your New Year's resolution is to read more, we've got you covered.

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As people up and down the country begin to reflect on the past year and look forward to 2022, one resolution which regularly appears on people's self-goal lists is to read more.

If, like us, you love a good book but struggle to make it a priority, join us on a journey in 2022 of replacing scrolling on social media with a good novel.

But, what to read? Well, to make your life a lot easier, we've pulled together 12 books everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Picture: PH

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

Buy now, £8.19

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Picture: PH

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man falsely charged with the rape of a white girl.

Buy now, £6.55

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Picture: PH

It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Picture: PH

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Picture: PH

Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes of friendship and shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work.

Buy now, £6.82

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Picture: PH

Extravagant rumours abound of a man named Jay Gatsby who has newly arrived to the coastline of a section of Long Island known colloquially as West Egg. Long into the night, the mysterious Gatsby threw lavish parties at his sprawling estate, but when alone, Gatsby could be found staring longingly at a solitary green light across the dark water. For all Gatsby has attained in his life, that green light represents all that he lost.

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Two Brothers by Ben Elton

Two Brothers by Ben Elton
Two Brothers by Ben Elton. Picture: PH

Two babies are born.Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice....Which one of them will survive?

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Picture: PH

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the '80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Buy now, £7.37

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Picture: PH

Pride and Prejudice is story of the Bennet family, a family of five daughters where the parents are desperate for at least one of them to make a wealthy match and save the next generation from destitution. Austen's story engages with the tension between marrying for love, rather than wealth or social prestige, and the pressure to assure financial security.

Buy now, £8.23

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Picture: PH

For years, rumors of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

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