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2022 Lariat Reading List Announced

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The 2022 Lariat Reading List is here!

The goal of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List is to highlight outstanding fiction that is “simply a pleasure to read.” To that end, a committee of librarians from the Texas Library Association annually selects 25 outstanding fiction titles.

Readers looking for a sweeping family saga will enjoy Stacey Swann’s Olympus, Texas, described as “the Iliad meets Friday Night Lights” as it chronicles the Briscoe family in a small East Texas town. Kirstin Valdez Quade’s The Five Wounds, named one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year, describes five generations of the Padilla family in an eventful time that begins when 15-year-old Angel shows up pregnant on her father’s doorstep. And Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun, about an innocent robot who cares for a child, is an unforgettable meditation on what it means to love.

You’ll find these and many more wonderful titles on this year’s list.

2022 Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List 

  1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (Avon/HarperCollins)
  2. Black Buck: a Novel by Mateo Askaripour (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  3. The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel by Pip Williams (Ballantine/ Penguin Random House)
  4. Down Range by Taylor Moore (William Morrow/HarperCollins) 
  5. Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel by Emily Austin (Atria/Simon & Schuster) 
  6. The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade (Norton) 
  7. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah ( St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Publishers) 
  8. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf/Penguin Random House)
  9. Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster) 
  10. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab (Tor/St. Martin’s)
  11. Klara and the Sun by Kazou Ishiguro (Knopf/Penguin Random House)
  12. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Park Row-Harlequin/HarperCollins) 
  13. Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau (Custom House/HarperCollins) 
  14. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Viking/Penguin Random House)
  15. Olympus, Texas: A Novel by Stacey Swann (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)
  16. The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel by Marianne Cronin (Harper/HarperCollins)
  17. One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (Henry Holt/Macmillan) 
  18. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley/Penguin Random House)
  19. The Push by Ashley Audrain (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)
  20. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
  21. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Grand Central Publishing/Hatchette)
  22. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Quirk/Penguin Random House) 
  23. The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (Little, Brown/Hatchette)
  24. We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker (Henry Holt/Macmillan)
  25. Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson (Simon & Schuster)