Adult Book Discussion Titles 2022

By Becca Boland

These are the books that we have discussed on GoodReads and Instagram Live this year. The discussions and Instagram discussions are still available, so it isn't too late to read and join in the fun. You can also determine if they're a good choice for you or your book club.

  • All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries

    2017 by Wells, Martha

    January 2022 - Ostensibly a security guard hired to protect surveyors on a remote planet, cyborg Murderbot hacks its own programming – not to escape, but to watch hours of entertainment videos. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella, Murderbot is a unny, snarky exploration of what makes us human and how our choices makes us who we are.

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  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown

    2019 by Hibbert, Talia

    February 2022 - In this charming and steamy romance, after emerging from a life-threatening illness, a fiercely organized but unfulfilled computer geek recruits a mysterious artist to help her establish meaning in her life, before finding herself engaged in reckless but thrilling activities.

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  • Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology

    2021 by Zimmerman, Jess

    March 2022 - A fresh look at the female creatures from Greek mythology that are often seen as "monstrous." This collection of essays encourages the reader to view these figures through a different lens where perhaps the traits we've been told make women dangerous and undesirable are actually our greatest strengths.

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  • Clap When You Land

    2020 by Acevedo, Elizabeth

    April 2022 - A novel in verse that follows the stories of two grieving sisters who were unaware of each other until the sudden death of their father. Now, they must navigate not only their loss but their new relationship as well.

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  • Days of Distraction

    2020 by Chang, Alexandra

    May 2022 - A marginalized Silicon Valley staff writer moves with her boyfriend to a quiet upstate New York town where she confronts the challenges of their interracial relationship and the questions it raises about her heritage. Captivated by the stories of her ancestors and other Asian Americans in history, she must confront a question at the core of her identity: What does it mean to exist in a society that does not notice or understand you?

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  • Devil's Chew Toy

    2022 by Osler, Rob

    June 2022 - Hayden McCall wakes up to a black eye and the police knocking at his door. It seems that his new crush, Camilo Rodriguez, has gone missing and they suspect foul play. What happened the night before? And where is Camilo? Determined to find answers, Hayden seeks two of Camilo’s friends—Hollister and Burley. Convinced that the cops won’t take a "Dreamer's" disappearance seriously, the women join Hayden’s hunt for Camilo.

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  • Written in the Stars

    2020 by Bellefleur, Alexandria

    July 2022 - A lighthearted novel (with a nod to Pride and Prejudice) that tells the story of a laid-back social media astrologer who agrees to a fake relationship with an uptight actuary to placate their families in this opposites-attract romance.

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  • The Lost Apothecary

    2021 by Penner, Sarah

    August 2022 - A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary. NPR calls this dual timeline novel "a poisonously good read . . . An enthralling work of mystery, murder, trust, and betrayal."

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  • The Hacienda

    2022 by Cañas, Isabel

    September 2022 - A page-turning blend of gothic horror and historical fiction, this book follows Beatriz as she moves into her new husband's family home in Mexico, but the house -- and the people who come with it -- aren't the sanctuary she was expecting. With the help of a young priest, Beatriz tries to survive the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda.

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  • Her Majesty's Royal Coven

    2022 by Dawson, Juno

    October 2022 - A Discovery of Witches meets The Craft in this fantasy about four young girls who took an oath to join Her Majesty's Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department. Now, decades later, the witch community is still reeling from a civil war and one of the young women has defected to start her own more inclusive and intersectional coven. To make matters worse, a young warlock of extraordinary capabilities has been captured and seems to threaten HMRC's very existence.

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  • Fire Keeper's Daughter

    2021 by Boulley, Angeline

    November 2022 - Daunis has never quite fit in, either in her hometown or on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of college, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her mother. Not long after, another tragedy strikes when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, and she has to decide how far she will go to protect not only her family but her community as well.

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