making a list of books i'd like to read in 2022; calling out to fedi, what are the best books you've ever read (fiction and non-fiction) ? 🌱

(feel free to boost; i'd love to hear everyone's favourites :3)

i can start ✨

i have no one favourite book (or rather i do but it's always different on any given day) so i just like recommending books ive read in the last year or two which i've loved, so a few of those were:

🪴 the circle by dave eggers
🪴people of the whale by linda hogan
🪴 hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world by haruki murakami
🪴 season of migration to the north by tayeb salih
🪴 vibrant matter by jane bennett
🪴 a billion black anthropocenes or none by kathryn yusoff

Ursula LeGuin - The Disposessed
Bell Hooks - Feminist Theory: from Margin to Centre

(Ask me again tomorrow and get a different answer… but that probably goes without saying.)

@ghost_bird @raindrops yes, The Dispossessed in in my top 3 of all time, too. I love all excerpts I have read of bell hooks and glad for your recommendation because I need to read a full book.

Other favorite fiction that pops up in my mind:

Cloud Atlas
East West
The Poisonwood Bible
The Three Body Problem (trilogy)


How To Do Nothing
The Ark Before Noah
A Spy Among Friends
Killers of the Flower Moon
The Polynesians

@petiterienne @ghost_bird hehe yes the dispossessed is already on my list and i'm so excited to read it as ive wanted to for a few years now as it always gets mentioned in great essays - maybe that'll be the first read 🐛💚

@raindrops @petiterienne @ghost_bird Very recently I read "The Left Hand of Darkness" by her too and it's so great, specially the second half.

@tagomago yes i read that a few years back and loved it :3

that said, bc i was reading it for a class and there was so much to read, i read is so quickly (too quickly, maybe most of it in one sitting at night aha) which was necessary at the time but i do regret it bc i feel i would have enjoyed it more at a slower pace, would have been really able to soak in the expansive landscapes etc

^ this is a tale as old as time i feel for a lot of books ive read for various classes aha

@raindrops Yeah, I also tend to have the opposite problem, also regrettable. In fact I took 2 years to read "The Magic Mountain". I drop them for whatever the reason and then months go by... Then I get back to it and think "what am I reading".

@petiterienne @raindrops Feminist Theory has a dry and intimidating title but it’s not actually a difficult read and it’s been so important for my understanding of feminism - do give it a try if you feel inclined

for me, from le guin, i'd rather recommend other stuff from the hain's stories: the five ways to forgiveness and the telling and the short stories! also her poetry! my fave stuff ever would be mushishi (a manga)! it's the only thing popping up rn, sorry ^^" @raindrops @ghost_bird

@raindrops recently very much enjoyed Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning and sequels

Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Fables In Slang by George Ade

Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

@douglasfur yeees haunting of hill house is on my list ! ty for all the recs xx

@raindrops some fiction: Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones for old favorites, and the Murderbot Diaries series for new favorite

@raindrops Independent People, by Halldor Laxness. Like you I have many favourite books, but for whatever reason that was the first one that came to mind right now.

@eldang yeah i feel it's a really hard question bc there are just so many good books we read in our lifetimes its so hard to remember them all (!!) but the book that pops to mind is always a good place to start 🌱 ty for the rec

@raindrops this is an impossible question but I'll say middlemarch by george eliot for fiction and the periodic table by primo levi for nonfiction (although there are some stories in it, it's basically memoir)

@raindrops oh, and borges's ficciones for the category of things that are outside categories

@prehensile i looove borges - will defo put some of him on my list ☀️☀️

@prehensile cool suggestions! i've only read silas marner of eliot's works but found it really beautiful 🌳

@raindrops They're only like a 5th grade reading level, but A Plague of Sorcerers and its sequel Journeyman Wizard are still old favorites of mine. I always wished it was a trilogy, but last I checked (many years ago) it was only ever those two.

Otherwise Dilvish is pretty amazing serious work from Zelazny, though I understand he's known for comedy. His Forever After is good comedy, largely written by his friends as a compilation connected by his parts shortly before his passing.

@bluestarultor sometimes (esp when feeling low or stressed) the best books to read r the nostalgic ones we read when we were younger that carry comfort and have more simple language - i adored corbenic by catherine fisher growing up, so maybe ill add that to my list for the same reasons

ty for the recs 🧡

Fiction: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Non-fiction: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach


Nonfiction: Isaac's Storm and Devil in the White City are bellwethers. Transgender Warriors is a must read imo. Khan's Codebreakers is massive and covers the scope of crypto and signals Intel from Romans to public keys.

Fiction: great recs so far and I'd add Larsen's Passing to the list.

@raindrops It’s technically a teen fiction, but I had a lot of fun reading Ready Player One.

@raindrops surreal numbers by d.e. knuth is a book that i dont really know how to describe

@raindrops the harry potter series, always. Though i guess you might already gone through them.

@raindrops does a long, well-researched series of blog posts the basic thesis of which could easily make a small (or not so small) book count as a book for this purpose? i've got this open in a background tab right now

@carcinopithecus yeees i'm totally here for different mediums ! ty for the rec 🧡

@raindrops ive been reading Matt Haig's Notes on a Nervous Planet.

it's about how anxiety is intertwined with technology and the world around us as well as how technology affects the culture and actions of humans.

@threeoh6000 that sounds so interestinggg will defo check out ! ✨

@raindrops the moon is a harsh mistress. stranger in a strange land. seveneves. candide. 3001. infinite jest. the culture series. dune.

@raindrops Noting that these reflect my own interests and tastes, which are of course excellent 😺

Jack London, Tales of the North (anthology)
Neal Stephenson, The Baroque Cycle
A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, RAND Corportation
Umberto Eco, Name of the Rose
Daniel Yergin, The Prize
Vaclav Smil, Energy in World History
William Ophuls, Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy (all seven books)
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Homer, The Odyssey

@dredmorbius In what sense is A Million Random Digits your favourite? I get the sense that you might not have actually read even a significant portion of it.

@dredmorbius some big names in here - ty ty!

i read some stephenson last year (the diamond age) and really enjoyed it so was contemplating adding seveneves on to 2022's list but ill check out your rec too !

have always wanted to read some jack london too so thanks for sharing !

@raindrops I strongly considered putting either Diamond Age or Anathem on my list. All three are excellent reads (and most of the rest of his work). The Baroque Cycle is a big investment, and it doesn't start paying off solidly until you're into the second volume (though the first gets moving about 1/3 of the way in). It's a real mix of ideas, mostly around the Enlightenment, trade, finance, and piracy.

Anatham is ... well, one interesting part is sort of a retelling of philosophy. Another part involves protracters. Also complex and good IMO.

I've not read Seveneves.

The London collection includes two of his best-known works, Call of the Wild and White Fang (the latter scared the bejeesus out of me as a kid), as well as some shorter stories, mostly based around California and Alaska.

I could make a ton more nonfiction recommendations but decided to limit myself to 10 total. One of which is a gag.


"No place to hide", Glenn Greenwald.
"The eight", Katherine Neville.
"1984", George Orwell.
"Brave New World", Aldous Huxley.
The Interdependency series by John Scalzi.
The Hichhicker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams.
@raindrops I'm sorry it's French literature but I hope the translations are good:

Mad love and Surrealist Manifesto from André Breton.
Journey to the End of the Night from Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
Foam of the Days from Boris Vian.

@raindrops here's mine:

## Fiction
Recent favs: Dreamblood duology by N.K. Jemisin, Fall or Dodge in Hell by N. Stevenson, Seveneves by him as well.
In queue: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

# Non-fiction
Recent favs: How to argue with a racist by A. Rutherford, Permanent record by E. Snowden
In queue: The dawn of everything by D. Graeber, D. Wengrow.

@isagalaev great names here too ✨ i have seveneves so would defo love to read (am a little intimidated by the size haha!) i also have the fifth season of jemisin's which might go on the list ! tysm for the recommendations 🌳

@raindrops The Dawn of Everything

Ancillary Justice

The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere

Akata Witch

@raindrops Ursula le Guin: the Lathe of Heaven; more recently: This Is How You Lose the Time War
by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone; Piranesi by Susanna Clark; America City by Chris Beckett; Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

@Jmtd i adoooooored the lathe of heaven (read it this year)

ty for your suggestions 💚

@Jmtd @raindrops oh yes, “Station Eleven” was excellent. I forgot I read that this year, it should be on my ⭐️ list.

@raindrops Anything by Saramago or Tabucchi is beautiful. Calvino and Pavese are great authors too.

For something that's more contemporary, Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck is lovely.

Another concrete recommendation is Chronicle of a Death Foretold by G. G. Marquez, love that book.

Ray Bradbury Martian Chronicles
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (yes I know witcher season 2 is coming and previous one was pretty close to books but there was still something lost in translation - westernized a bit)


I feel like there are books I haven't read yet that will be here in the future, but so far in top order:

Iliad, by Homer
Anna Karenina, by Tolstoy
Don Quixote, by Cervantes
The Red and the Black, by Stendhal
Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky
The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann
Divine Comedy, by Dante
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa, by Potocki
The Trial, by Kafka
Satyricon, by Petronius

@raindrops My favourite book from last year: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. pub 2019.

It's beautiful.
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