Book Passage Summer Reads 2022 (Text-Only Reading List)

Join us Thursday, June 16th with Elaine Petrocelli and Book Passage staff for an exclusive, in-person and online event!

Below is the text-only list of all our favorite books

Summer 2022 Book Talk

Hardcover Fiction

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

The Measure by Nikki Erlick

Three by Valerie Perrin

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

The Evening Hero by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Trust by Hernan Diaz

Nightcrawling By Leila Mottley

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe


Paperback Fiction

The Last Queen by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M Masood

City of a Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Guncle by Steven Rowley


Mysteries & Suspense

Bad Actors by Mick Herron

Shifty’s Boys by Chris Offutt

Cherry Robbers by Sarai Walker

Never by Ken Follett



The Hummingbirds Gift by Sy Montgomery

The Coasts of California by Obi Kaufmann

The California Field Atlas Deluxe Edition by Obi Kaufmann

The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide 4th Edition by Terence Dickinson



Who Killed Jane Stanford by Richard White

The Pope at War by David Kertzer

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Freezing Order by Bill Browder

We Refuse to Forget by Caleb Gayle

The Monster’s Bones by David K Randall



James Patterson by James Patterson

Left on Tenth by Delia Ephron

This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan

Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris






Arabiyya by Reem Assil

My America by Kwame Onwuachi

The Korean Vegan by Joanne Lee Molinaro

Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Journeys by Sandor Katz

The Cook You Want to Be by Andy Baraghani

The Forest Feast Road Trip by Erin Gleeson

Let’s Eat Italy! by Francois Regis Gaudry



Picture Books

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

Mina by Matthew Forsythe

The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson

Lizzy and The Cloud by The Fan Brothers

Little Houses by Kevin Henkes


Board Books

Hello, Frog by Isabel Otter, illustrated by Sophie Ledesma

Drip by Maggie Li

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen


Early & Middle Grade Chapter Books

Ada Twist and the Disappearing Dogs by Andrea Beatty ages 6 to 9

Max & the Midknights: The Tower of Time by Lincoln C Pierce ages 7 & up

A Kitten in Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant ages 8 to 10

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by AF Steadman ages 9 & up

Charlie Thorne and the Curse of Cleopatra by Stuart Gibbs ages 8 to 12

Jennifer Chan is Not Alone by Tae Keller ages  8 to 12

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill ages 10 to 18

Shine On, Luz Veliz! By Rebecca Balcarcel ages 8 to 12

Answers in the Pages by David Levithan ages 8 to 12

Lines of Courage by Jennifer A Nielsen ages 8 to 12



Yes We Will by Kelly Yang

The Code Breaker - Young Readers Edition by Walter Isaacson ages 10 & up

The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin


Graphic Novel

Sir Ladybug by Corey R Tabor ages 6 to 10

Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu ages 8 to 12

The Tea Dragon Festival by K. O’Neill ages 9 & up


Young Adult

Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed ages 12 & up

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys ages 12 & up

Loveless by Alice Oseman ages 14 & up