Book Talk: What We Discussed in 2022

books discussed in BookBrowse's book club in 2022

Looking for reading inspiration? BookBrowse's Book Club discussions are a reliable resource for readers seeking ideas for their own book club picks or who just want to get some insight into specific books. In 2022, our members talked about 18 different books in our discussion forum. Scroll down for links.


BookBrowse 2022 Award Winners

Last week, we announced the Top 20 Books of 2022, as chosen by our subscribers. Now, we're excited to reveal the Award Winners for Best Fiction, Best Nonfiction and Best Debut, the books with the highest number of votes in each category.

Best Fiction Award 2022 Horse

Horse: A Novel
by Geraldine Brooks

Hardcover Jun 2022. 416 pages
Published by Viking

The Best Fiction award goes to Horse by Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks, a complex novel combining dual timelines that explores aspects of racism, human relationships and the world of thoroughbred horse racing.

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The Top 20 Best Books of 2022

Top 20 Awards LogoAs 2022 winds to a close, we once again have the pleasure of bringing you our BookBrowse Best of the Year titles, the Top 20 books of the year as selected by our subscribers.

This annual list, which we're proud to have published for over 20 years, is unique among "best of" lineups determined from popular opinion in that voting is open only to BookBrowse members and subscribers of our free newsletters. This prevents vote-stuffing and mitigates the imbalance between books with different degrees of social reach, giving a fairer and more accurate reflection of which books are personal favorites. Also, thanks to our subscribers' participation, the Top 20 Books are calculated from a robust pool of votes — topping out at over 9,000 in recent years. This makes it all the more significant and exciting to note the titles that have ultimately made the final cut, and we hope you enjoy perusing the Best Books of 2022, which you can view below. Thank you to everyone who voted — we couldn't do this without you!


The Best Nonfiction Books for Book Clubs in 2023

6 Nonfiction Books for Book Clubs in 2023
Reading nonfiction with your book club provides an opportunity to learn about new topics with the benefit of others' thoughts and perspectives. It can also be fascinating to discuss how authors have chosen to view and present certain aspects of nature, society, history or their own lives.

If you're looking to expand your group's nonfiction picks for next year, we have some suggestions! Below are half a dozen books covering a wide range of subjects that will be newly available in paperback during the first half of 2023, all of which come highly recommended by our reviewers. Three are memoirs that use the author's personal experience to reflect on the world around them, while the other three are substantial dives into complex and important subjects. Despite their depth, they're relatively short, digestible reads, ranging from around 240 to 350 pages. All of them are sure to provide plenty of worthy material for conversation, and we've included ideas for topics to discuss.


Best Fiction Books for Book Clubs in 2023

Top 10 Novels for Book Clubs in 2023
What novels will your book club love reading in 2023? It's never too early to start planning a spectacular lineup. To help you out, we've put together a list of fictional works being released in paperback during the first half of 2023 that have all received 5-star ratings from our reviewers.

Our list features exciting and significant debut novels, including two from authors who previously established themselves via poetry, Destiny O. Birdsong and Leila Mottley. We've also included books by writers who were already well-known and acclaimed for their fiction, like Douglas Stuart, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, and veteran bestselling author Victoria E. Schwab. While we're aware that some of these novels may be longer than the maximum page count that some book clubs stick to, we've considered what books would be worth exceeding this limit for and have endeavored to only choose longer selections that we think qualify as fast reads.

All the books have reading guides currently on the site or forthcoming, plus reviews and Beyond the Book articles that you can use to explore relevant subjects and start conversations. For each pick below, we've included discussion topic suggestions for your book club.


Book Club Food Ideas for Hearty Discussions

book club food ideas for hearty discussions
Is your book club in need of some fresh food ideas? In our most recent annual survey, we asked subscribers what snacks or meals their book groups prefer for their meetings. Below, we'll share with you some of the most popular responses, along with suggestions and resources that you can use for cooking up fun, food-filled sessions with your club in the future.


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