Books to read in 2022 for your New Year's resolution

On the "Sound of Ideas," a panel discusses the best books to read in 2022. [Prostorina/shutterstock]
On the "Sound of Ideas," a panel discusses the best books to read in 2022. [Prostorina/shutterstock]
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The beginning of a new year is a good time to think about how we want to better ourselves over the coming year. Maybe your New Year's resolution is to eat healthier, or go for more walks outside, or try meditation. 

The team at the "Sound of Ideas" decided that our New Year's resolution is to read more, and so this hour, we've invited some local bibliophiles to come on and give us their favorites book recommendations to try in 2022. They'll tell us about the best literary works, including novels, non-fiction, poetry, and more, that should be on your reading list to feed your soul, inform you about the world, and just make you think. We'll also dig into the local literary scene to find out what are some gems that we can discover right here in our backyard. 

 

2022 Reading List Recommendations

 

Nonfiction:

-The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones

-All That She Carried by Tija Miles

-Crying in the H Mart by Michelle Zauner

-How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

-A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib

-On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

-Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome

-UNCULTURED: A Memoir by Daniella Mestyaneck Young with Brandi Larsen   

-The Book Bible: How to Sell Your Manuscript - No Matter What Genre - Without Going Broke or Insane by Susan Shapiro

 

Fiction:

-The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

-Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

-Matrix by Lauren Groff

-The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr

-Honor, by Thrity Umrigar

-You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi 

 

Poetry:

-Floaters by Martin Espada

 

Childrens Books: 

-Endlessly Ever After by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Dan Santat. 

-The Book of Elsie by Joanne Levy

 

Resources:

2022 African American Read-In hosted by Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus

Livestream on Feb. 3, 11a.m. - noon

Guests: 

- Karen Long, Manager, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

- Brandi Larsen, Writer & Board President, Literary Cleveland

- Kisha Nicole Foster, Poet & Regional Coordinator, Poetry Out Loud

- Kevin Latimer, Poet, Playwright & Co-founder, Grieveland

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