January 28, 2023

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Best book of the year according to Barnes & Noble Booksellers

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In October, Barnes & Noble published its list of the 11 best books of the year, as selected by its booksellers. The list included best-selling novels, a picture book, a New Orleans cookbook, a history of hip-hop jewelry, and more.

Some of these books overlap with Barnes and Noble’s previously editorially selected list of Best Books of the Year, like AF Steadman’s Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, but most don’t.

However, B&N has just released the results of the final vote for Bookseller Book of the Year from this shortlist and the winner appeared on both leaderboards and became Best Seller of 2022:

Chemistry lessons from Bonnie Garmus

“Our booksellers are extremely proud to have made Lessons in Chemistry the 2022 Barnes & Noble Book of the Year. Not only is this blockbuster debut charming, funny and snazzy, it proves that life, like science, is unpredictable.”

The CEO of Barnes and Noble also said, “Lessons in Chemistry is one of those rare novels that hits hard while being brilliantly funny and a compulsive read. It’s sensational and everyone should read it.”

Bonnie Garmus was on the Barnes and Noble podcast in April talking about the book.

This year, however, also saw another book recognized in a new category: the 2022 Barnes & Noble Speculative Fiction Book Award.

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Book cover of Babel by RF Kuang

Babel by RF Kuang

“Barnes & Noble’s inaugural Speculative Fiction Book Award goes to RF Kuang’s Babel, a dark academic work in its own right that is clever, funny and chilling – the kind of book you can’t stop reading and recommending!”

Barnes and Noble’s Director of Books said, “Booksellers have been obsessed with, and revisited, the dark magic, lavish lore, and atmospheric world not too far removed from our own of RF Kuang’s Babel.”

The 2019 Barnes & Noble Book of the Year award was previously given to Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (2019), World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks “, and other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (2020) and The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney (2021).

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