21 Favorite Reads of 2022


Nothing soothes a tired soul like a good book. As yet another whirlwind year comes to a close, many of us here at Sundress Publications find ourselves returning to our bookshelves for comfort.

Below, you’ll find links to 21 stunning 2022 releases, recommended by nine Sundress staff, authors, and alumni. While they vary substantially in terms of genre and themes, they remain unified in their caliber and by their enthusiastic endorsements.


1-4. —Recommended by dave ring, Sundress Academy for the Arts Alum

Hawk Mountain by Conner Habib (W. W. Norton & Company)

Base Notes by Lara Elena Donnelly (Thomas & Mercer)

No Gods for Drowning by Hailey Piper (Polis Books)

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (Atria Books)

5-6. —Recommended by Katie Steenerson, Sundress Author and Winner of the Sundress Chapbook Contest

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (Tor Books)

Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson (Ecco)

7-8. —Recommended by Michael Bondhus, Sundress Author

Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham (Little, Brown and Company)

Feral City: On Finding Liberation in Lockdown New York by Jeremiah Moss (W. W. Norton & Company)

9-11. —Recommended by Lynn(e) Schmidt, Sundress Academy for the Arts Alumnus

Night Swim by Joan Kwon Glass (Diode Editions)

Something Dead in Everything by Lannie Stabile (ELJ Editions)

Bird Body by Zoë Fay-Stindt (Cordella Press)

12. —Recommended by Haley Fedor, Sundress Academy for the Arts Alum and Reader for Best of the Net

Nona the Ninth: The Locked Tomb Series #3 by Tamsyn Muir (Tor Books)

13-17. —Recommended by Holly M. Wendt, Sundress Academy for the Arts Alumnus

The Affirmations by Luke Hathaway (Biblioasis)

Natural History by Andrea Barrett (W. W. Norton & Company)

Curing Season: Artifacts by Kristine Langley Mahler (West Virginia University Press)

The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel (Tin House Books)

Spear by Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom Publishing)

18-19. —Recommended by Korrin Bishop, Sundress Academy for the Arts Alum and Reader for Best of the Net

Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America by Lauren Rankin (Counterpoint)

In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial by Mona Chollet (St. Martin’s Press)

20. —Recommended by Millie Tullis, Assistant Editor for Best of the Net

Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble by Carolyn Oliver (University of Utah Press)

21. —Recommended by Francesca Padilla, Sundress Academy for the Arts Alum

City Without Altar by Jasmine Mendez (Noemi Press)


Happy, happy holidays, from all of us at Sundress! We hope that you’ve found something new to add to your wishlist—and, of course, that you enjoy!

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