The Most Popular Books and Audiobooks on NetGalley in 2022

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Ready to reflect on your 2022 reading year? Earlier this month, we shared the best books the NetGalley team read this year and our most-anticipated reads of 2023. Now we want to look at the buzziest books, audiobooks, and covers on NetGalley this year. 

In 2022, ​members submitted over 1.1 million Reviews and Opinions for their approved books and audiobooks—that’s a lot of reading! Let’s take a peek at some of your favorites. The books below were the most popular on NetGalley this past year based on total member activity (including approved requests, widget invites, Read Now access, and auto-approved access). This includes both 2022 releases and upcoming 2023 books which were active on NetGalley during 2022. Click on the covers to learn more about each book and submit your review if you’ve read it!

Most Popular Books

Teens & YA

General Fiction (Adult)

Mystery & Thrillers

Romance

Sci Fi & Fantasy

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake

New Adult

Women’s Fiction

Biographies & Memoirs

Historical Fiction

Literary Fiction

The Naughty Or Nice Clause by Kate Callaghan

A Mystery of Mysteries by Mark Dawidziak

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Nonfiction (Adult)

Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga

Children’s Fiction

LGBTQIAP+

History

The Women of Rothschild by Natalie Livingstone

Answers in the Pages by David Levithan

Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake

Most Popular Audiobooks

Teens & YA

General Fiction (Adult)

Mystery & Thrillers

Romance

Sci Fi & Fantasy

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston, narrated by Natalie Naudus

Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger, narrated by Vivienne Leheny

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney, narrated by Stephanie Racine

Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score, narrated by Emma Wilder

Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein, narrated by Stephanie Fritz

New Adult

Women’s Fiction

Biographies & Memoirs

Historical Fiction

Literary Fiction

Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson, narrated by Tyra Kennedy

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center, narrated by Patti Murin

Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon and Sean Wilsey, narrated by Molly Shannon

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari, narrated by Jodie Harris

The Measure by Nikki Erlick, narrated by Julia Whelan

Nonfiction (Adult)

Children’s Fiction

LGBTQIAP+

History

Horror

Murder in the Neighborhood by Ellen J. Green, narrated by John Chancer

Relatively Normal Secrets by C.W. Allen, narrated by Ivy Tara Blair

Husband Material by Alexis Hall, narrated by Joe Jameson

A Haunted History of Invisible Women by Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes, narrated by Linda Jones

Most Liked Covers

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Favorite Book Advocate Resources

This year We Are Bookish launched a publisher page on NetGalley to share helpful resources. Here were your five favorites:

NetGalley’s Book Advocate Toolkit

Book Club Kit: By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

Book Club Kit: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Book Club Kit: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Book Club Kit: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Of course, we also had tons of articles here on We Are Bookish to help you become the best book advocate possible. Here are the most popular of the year:

We want to know the authors, books, narrators, and covers that stood out to YOU this year! Join us on Instagram for #MyNetGalleyYear story templates and to discover what your fellow readers loved this year.

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